Maldives, Sri Lanka and Dubai
Experience the perfect Island paradise where you can relax and unwind in the Maldives, then head onto Sri Lanka to visit Kandy and the Elephant Orphanage, before you hit the cosmopolitan city of Dubai where you can shop, dine and experience a Desert Safari!
The Maldives is situated on the equator, South West of Sri Lanka and comprises of over 1,100 islands forming 26 major atolls. 87 of these Islands are exclusive island resorts and just over 200 are inhabited.
As the Maldives are located on the equator, the average temperature rarely drops below 27o C with an average maximum of 32o C in the warmest months. Cultural and historical influences date back to 500 bc when it is believed the first inhabitants came from Ceylon in Sri Lanka. Travellers and early settlers from the days of the Silk Route have also brought influences from both East Africa and South Asia.The majority of Maldivians are Muslims and Islam is the national religion.
The Maldives offers some of the finest beaches and crystal clear waters you will find and boasts some of the best diving opportunities in the world. Due to the geographical nature of the Maldives, there is a lack of natural resources which means that almost everything has to be imported. This can mean that certain items are expensive when compared to home.
Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as “Undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world”. Sri Lanka, the Isle of Serendipity is a tourist paradise, a tropical island of golden beaches and blue waters. Famed for the amazing diversity of its culture, the natural beauty of the landscape and a complex history dating back to 543 BC.
One can choose from a variety of activities from lazing on one of the beautiful beaches to diving in coral reefs, observing the wildlife, mountain hikes through tea estates or wandering through the ruins of ancient temples and palaces. Sri Lanka has something for everyone.
The Capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a metropolitan city which keeps pace with modern developments while preserving the Old World charms.
Among the many places of interest in the City are the Fort, the Old Parliament House, Temples and Mosques. It is fast becoming the shopping centre of South Asia with highly competitive duty free prices. The Southern coastal belt is the most popular and comes alive mainly from October through April when the monsoon moves north east and the sea becomes calm with blue skies as it is the perfect place to spend the winter vacation. The main beach resorts are at Beruwala, Bentota, Galle and Hikkaduwa with stunning hotels each with exclusive beachfronts.
The United Arab Emirates were formed in 1971 when the states of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah came together to form the sovereign state. The UAE now covers 83,600 sq km’s with a population of just over 3 million.
Dubai is the main commercial centre within the Emirates and hosts some of the finest hotels anywhere in the world.
The investment in Dubai has continued to grow and the construction of Palm Island alone has added 120 km’s of beachfront to the beautiful Dubai coastline.
An upmarket winter retreat, Dubai has something to offer everybody. Wild Wadi water park, located adjacent to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a major attraction for adults and children alike. Those staying at any of the four Jumeirah International hotels will gain complimentary access throughout their stay.
Golfing is another major attraction, especially during the cooler winter months where you will also be able to experience night golfing on some of the finest courses.There are bargains to be had with everything from Japanese electronics to French and Italian fashion labels and quality jewellery all coming in at great prices when compared to back home. Dubai also hosts some of the world’s largest sporting events including golf’s Dubai Desert Classic and horse racing’s Dubai Cup
Medhufushi Island Resort - Maldives
A 4* deluxe resort in Meemu Atoll, 40 minutes transfer from Male by seaplane. This is a barefoot luxury island offering friendly service & a relaxing atmosphere in it’s truly tropical surroundings.
Accommodations: A range of 5 private Villa categories facing the sunset or sunrise side of the island that retains a traditional Maldivian look, while providing modern comforts. All with A/C, part open air bathrooms, wooden sundecks, mini bar, Tea/Coffee facilities flat screen TV, DVD player, beach robes & complimentary toiletries.
Facilities: There are 2 restaurants, the main Malaafaiy and an al la carte Al Fresco restaurant. A bar the Vilu bar, which is over the lagoon. An overwater spa. Gym, table tennis, volleyball, board games, evening entertainment, excursions and water sports.
FREE NIGHT OFFER: Receive up to 4 free nights on certain dates, meal supplements apply.
EARLY BOOKING OFFER: Receive up to €90 per room per couple discount on certain dates if booked by 30th April. Minimum stay 7 nights. Winter Early Booking Offer: bookings must be made 90 days prior to arrival. Summer Early Booking Offer: bookings must be made 45 days prior to arrival.
HONEYMOONERS: Receive a discount and a 20min massage with minimum 7 night stay. Not combinable with any other offers. Also receive a bottle of wine and fruit basket.
Habtoor Grand hotel - Dubai
Situated on Dubai's World-famous Jumeirah Beach and adjacent to the magnificent Dubai Marina, the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, occupies one of Dubai's most enchanting beachside locations. This luxury Hotel is within a 30-minute drive from Dubai Airport and is in close proximity to Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Shopping Malls. Pools, restaurants and bars are set amidst the hotel's tropical gardens.
Accommodations: 446 spacious rooms and suites are either seafacing or overlooking the landscaped gardens. All rooms have 42- inch flat screen television, IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) and a large choice of satellite channels, Individually controlled airconditioning, Most have private bath with walk in showers, International direct dial telephone, high speed internet access, in room safe and mini bar, hairdryer, same-day laundry service and 24-hour room service.
Facilities: The resort comprises 16 themed bars and restaurants designed to suit all tastes. Indoor or outdoor, sea view or sky view, cuisine ranging from Traditional Lebanese, Wholesome Italian, All Day Dining, Pub Grub, Signature Dishes or Amazing Seafood. 2 swimming pools, 1 kids pool with water slides, fitness centre, tennis courts, beach volley ball, wide selection of water sports, Kids club and Elixir Spa.
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