Whether you are going on a romantic getaway, looking for some festive multi-generational family fun, or seeking a stylish solo escape, the Maldives and Mauritius are among the most coveted luxury winter break destinations. Here, we’ll explore why these tropical island paradises are hard to beat.
The view from the window of your private jet as you approach the Maldives is simply breathtaking. Tiny palm-fringed islands emerge from shimmering turquoise waters that then give way to the deep, vivid blue of the Indian Ocean. The sense of desert island paradise is immediate. Made up of 1,192 coral islands and known for its world-class resorts, vibrant marine life, tropical landscape and luxurious, laid-back vibe, the Maldives makes for a magical winter escape.
Sun, Sand and Celebration
December marks the beginning of the dry season and is characterised by clear blue skies, gentle breezes, low rainfall and long, sun-drenched days. Although a Muslim country, the famously friendly Maldivians ensure Christmas is warmly celebrated, and you can expect lavish cocktail parties, beach bonfires, divine dinners and dazzling fireworks displays. And, although more likely to arrive on water skis than a sleigh, Santa can pay a visit to entertain younger guests.
New Year’s Eve is also always welcomed in style. Top resorts host exclusive gala dinners and themed parties with mouth-watering spreads, traditional dancers, and international DJs. Or, if you prefer a private celebration, we’d recommend taking in the magnificent fireworks display whilst sailing beneath the starry skies on a private yacht.
Tropical Island Adventures
Regardless of whether you opt for a water pavilion perched on stilts above azure blue seas, or a luxurious villa that hugs the brilliant white sanded shoreline, you'll be immersed in the stunning vistas and the relaxing pace of island life.
But, if you want to explore beyond the secluded beaches and cosy hammocks, a wide range of activities can be enjoyed. The ideal location for underwater enthusiasts, the calm waters, sheltered lagoons and lively coral reefs are perfect for snorkelling and diving, and there is an extraordinary variety of tropical fish and marine life to spot. Alternatively, take a catamaran, or perhaps a traditional Dhoni, and set sail to discover uninhabited islands, or, if you're lucky, swim or dive with majestic manta rays or inquisitive dolphins.
If you'd rather stay above water, kayaking, windsurfing, and excellent game fishing are widely available. As are sunset sea cruises and exhilarating 4x4 forest safaris. Jumeirah Vittaveli can undoubtedly claim the most surprising activity – ice skating!
Indulge in Luxury: World-class spas, restaurants and resorts
The islands offer remarkable gastronomic highlights, from beachside European fine dining to modern Japanese grill restaurants. And, as you might expect, resorts take great pride in serving exquisite local cuisine that celebrates the freshest fish and seafood imaginable. For a truly unique dining experience, the Conrad Rangali Island resort takes some beating, with its world-first underwater restaurant providing panoramic views of coral reefs that teem with aquatic life.
Home to some of the most indulgent spas in the world, the Maldives is one of our favourite locations for relaxation and rejuvenation. Ultra-luxurious resorts offer sessions with leading wellness practitioners, beauty therapists, personal trainers, beauty therapists and yoga instructors, to help reset and restore physical and mental harmony.
At Kudadoo Maldives, your private butler can arrange experiences including deep cleansing mineral-rich Himalayan salt chamber treatments and traditional Balinese massage therapy. With a high-tech fitness and aqua wellness centre and a luxurious sea villa spa, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is an elegant resort to recharge your batteries. Whilst many spas have spectacular views over the ocean, Huvafen Fushi has gone one step further and developed the world's only underwater spa. And, no list of Maldivian resorts would be complete without a mention of the sublime Soneva Jani, celebrated for its unique blend of opulence and sustainability.
All international flights land at Malé airport, and depending on the location of your chosen resort, onward transfers can be serviced by private boat or seaplane. For more advice or information on private jet charter flights to the Maldives, contact our expert Private Jets team, who'll be happy to develop a bespoke solution for your needs.