Maldives in guesthouse format, to discover local communities and traditions

Maldives always and in any case, not only in luxury resorts, but also in a guesthouse version, with numerous options for a holiday budget-oriented. The archipelago has over 600 guesthouses, from the simplest to the boutique style, which allow the traveler to live the destination like a real one local: make new friends, discover natural treasures or participate in daily activities. Compared to luxury resorts with their concept of one Island-one resort, the guesthouses are located on inhabited islands, this means that it is necessary to be respectful of the local community, its customs and traditions. Service and comfort vary from that of luxury resorts, but guests can enjoy experiences and activities similar to those offered by resorts such as excursions to nearby islands, water sports, snorkeling, and diving.

A few examples? The Canopus Retreats is a small, Italian-run, 12-room gem located in the most exclusive corner of Thulusdhoo Island in Kaafu Atoll, reachable by a 30-minute fast boat ride from Male International Airport. The island has about 1500 inhabitants, most of whom are fishermen. Located on Mandhoo Island in South Ari Atoll, one of the few islands with less than 500 inhabitants, the South Ari Inn, is a small luxury hotel with 7 rooms, located near the beach. Located along the white sand beaches of the inhabited island of Thinadoo il Plumeria Luxury Guest House it has the typical services of a hotel, but with the informal style of a guesthouse. The Barefoot Eco Hotel is located in Hanimaadhoo, a 45-minute flight from the International Velana Aiport: this eco-hotel has Ocean View, Family and Beach Front rooms all comfortable and surrounded by greenery.