Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives, or Republic of
Maldives to use the country’s full official title, is synonymous
with gorgeous beach hotels in luxurious surroundings, with a range
of luxuty beach huts in fabulous private locations as well as top
level hotels offering all the services you expect in 6 star
It’s no surprise then to find this is a popular venue to spend the festive season, with Christmas and new year’s eve both celebrated in fine style (despite being officially a Muslim country the importance of the tourist industry means you can still expect to see the seasonal celebrations attached to all the usual western traditions, there will still be plenty in the way of Christmas trees and fireworks)
The capital city of Male on Hulhule Island is the usual arrival point for tourists, who then spread out across the 26 natural atolls that make up the Maldives, with some even choosing to stay on board yachts that moor in and around the islands.
The locals tend to celebrate the new year with a night of fishing
followed by a barbeque with their fresh catch on the beach, but if
you’re visiting on holiday you’re more likely to be looking for some
pampering, so there are plenty of options to choose from.
For your new year’s eve celebrations in the Maldives the main parties are centred in the big resorts, of which there are plenty to choose from. You should be aware that the resorts typically enforce a minimum stay over the festive season so you are unlikely to be able to book for just Christmas or new year’s eve. Also there is likely to be a mandatory attendance at the new year’s eve gala dinners held in the most popular venues, so be sure to budget accordingly as they won’t be cheap – prices in the range of USD250 a head are pretty typical.
One very popular new year option is the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, which has it’s own private beach, private lagoon for diving and snorkeling, all the usual watersports and is also home to the overwater villas that are one of the ionic Maldives accommodation options you’re sure to have seen pictures of. The new year part yhere has a gala dinner, live DJ and fire dancers for entertainment.
Another top option is the Kuredu Resort and Spa, where the new year’s eve gala dinner at the resorts buffet restaurants is followed by a lively evening of entertainment including the famous Glow Party with neon paint and lighting at the Babuna Bar.
The Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa hold their new year’s eve gala dinner right on the beach at Meeru Bar & Grill, with live music, cocktails, champagne and of course fabulous food.
Fireworks don’t seem to be the mandatory feature that you expect at all of the Maldives new year parties, possible due to the environmental concerns, but one party they definitely seem to feature at is at the Lily Beach Resort and Spa, where there is a spectacular display promised as the climax to an event that also includes festive buffet, live music and another local tradition, the burning of the numbers that make up the previous year.
There are several live webcam views in the Maldives so you can
join the new year party remotely. Especially lively is likely to be
the one located on Meeru Island Beach, where there is the beach
party taking place:
The accommodation options are pretty much s discussed above - if you’re looking for a new year party then most hotels and resorts come with all the celebrations attached.
To check availability and make reservations at all the top hotels in the area, you can visit local hotels here.
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