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Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts You Can't Miss

Fantastical Festive Celebrations at JOALI Maldives
From grand gala dinners on Christmas Eve to fireworks on New Year's, Maldives is the best place to celebrate this festive season.

There is no more memorable place to spend the holidays with family and friends than the Maldives. Maldivian resorts go all out for the entire festive season, making sure not to leave out a single detail. From grand gala dinners on Christmas Eve to brunch and fireworks on New Year’s, the archipelago is the best place to celebrate. So relax, unwind and go with the flow of these enchanting festive celebrations.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts

From 22nd December 2021 to 7th January 2022, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience with LUX* South Ari Atoll. This festive programme captures the soul of the Indian Ocean.

This Christmas, immerse yourself in the rich art, eccentric culture and heritage of the Maldives. Talented Maldivian artists will be on hand to help you create your own masterpiece to take home; a reminder of your time in paradise with the ones you love most. The resort has something planned for everyone — couples, families, singles, and young ones.

During this festive season, the island will also be celebrating its 10th anniversary with the introduction of the Coral Adoption programme. Guests can play a part in helping restore damaged and degraded reefs around the island by adopting and planting a coral frame.

Latino Vibes

Celebrate Christmas in splendour with Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. Each event has been branded with a cool Latino theme sure to make you want to join in the fiesta.

The world-class Cuban band Sweet Habana will be playing a range of music, from classic ’40s and ’50s tracks to modern-day salsa and hot timber. Furthermore, key highlights include a spectacular firework show, a global gourmet adventure, and fancy wine pairing dinners. Have a blast at Raffles Maldives’ Christmas extravaganza this holiday season.

Check out Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s festive program here.

What the Dickens!

Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts

Guest at Amilla Maldives will be entertained by performances and workshops from 22nd December to 7th January 2022. ‘What the Dickens! An Island Christmas Carol Cabaret’ will be thrilling the crowds on Christmas Eve.

Also read: Pixie Lott Joins Amilla Maldives’ Star-Studded New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Christmas Day will be celebrated with a delicious brunch, followed by a Gala Dinner with traditional fare. After brunch, Santa will be arriving island-style to hand out gifts. Furthermore, the resort has a star-studded lineup of performers this year; headliners include British DJ Shift K3y and homegrown Maldivian talent Limestone Band.

Amilla also presents a golden opportunity for guests of all nationalities to learn about another culture. Russian guests will be treated to a visit from ‘Ded Moroz’, or Grandfather Frost, who is to arrive on New Year’s Eve with his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden.

View Amilla Maldives’ festive brochure here.

A Tropical-Chic Festive Season

Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts

Set in one of the Maldives’ largest crystal-clear resort lagoons, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the ultimate destination for a picture-perfect festive holiday.

Guests here are invited to reconnect with their loved ones through fun activities such as the Perfume Master Class and the creating souvenirs at the new Sustainability Lab. Rediscover your zest for life with thrilling water activities. Rebalance the body and mind with the visiting wellness experts, and enjoy lavish festive menus created by Michelin-starred guest chefs.

To welcome 2022 in style, the resort will host a tropical-chic ’70s party. The event will feature music from the talented ABBA Tribute Band and a whole host of other sensational acts. Then, a spectacular firework show will light up the beautiful Maldivian sky as the clock turns to midnight.

View Fairmont Maldives’ festive lineup here.

Christmas in a Castle, New Year in a Beach Shack

Festive Celebrations in Maldives Resorts

The theme for this year’s Christmas a Mirihi Island Resort is ‘Christmas in a Castle’, with regal purples and glittering silver. In contrast, the theme for the New Year’s celebrations is ‘Beach Shack’, the colours being turquoise and teal.

The in-house artist will be transforming the main Dhonveli Restaurant with art pieces created especially for the events. The festivities at Mirihi include a whale shark seeker cruise, house reef discovery, chocolate tasting, a magic show, and more.

The Glamorous 70’s

Travel back in time to the Glamorous ’70s at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives. From colourful tropical escapes and the famed Maldivian white coral sands, the resort is offering an unforgettable Christmas with mouth-watering feasts.

See also: Enjoy a Warm Festive Season in the Maldives with Accor

Mövenpick has also organized an array of activities to occupy both kids and adults alike, so there is no room for boredom. The live entertainment lineup includes British DJ Paul Rees, Electric Girls Band from Poland, and the StaySee Band from Ukraine. So don your most stunning 70’s wear and party all night, every night at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.

Flip through Mövenpick Maldives’ festive brochure here.

Rejoice at Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu Resort Maldives

The stylish Radisson Blu Resort Maldives has arranged a wonderful array of festivities, from family-fun Christmas to romantic New Year getaway, they have all the ingredients to suit everyone throughout the holidays.

Families and couples will enter the magical realm of Christmas in the Maldives with a Tree Lighting ceremony to the sound of joyous Christmas Carols during which eggnog, sparkling wine, and delicacies will be served. 

Ring in the New Year with the Chef’s special 2022 trending canapés at the cocktail reception, then head down for a Masquerade Countdown Party on the beach. Keeping the revelries alive on the first few days of 2022, start with a healthy brunch and wrap the festivities with an experiential wine-pairing dinner at the resort’s wine cellar, The Lab.

Fantastical Festive Celebrations

JOALI Maldives will be hosting a fantasy-world inspired three-week calendar of enchanting festive activities and joyful experiences for all ages. The paradise island will be transformed into an otherworldly playground that blends past and present, fantasy and reality.

Guests can take part in a range of traditional family experiences throughout the festive period, such as the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony; the unveiling of the culinary art-designed Gingerbread House, getting a visit from Santa Claus, JOALI style; and watching the ball drop for New Year’s Eve, welcoming 2022.

Where are you planning to visit this festive season? Book your last-minute island getaway now and welcome the new year at the sunny side of life!

Feature image by JOALI Maldives

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What to Pack for a Trip to the Maldives: A Complete Guide

From bikinis to sundress, let's uncover everything you need to pack for a short getaway to the Maldives!

Dressing for the Maldives is both about fashion as well as practicalities. This can make packing for the Maldives a little complicated for many. How many bikinis do I need to pack? Do I need an evening gown? Do resorts in the Maldives provide sunblock and sandals? These are all valid questions for a first-time traveller to the Maldives, or any tropical beach destination!

So, here is your guide on what to pack for your next trip to the Maldives.

How many Bikinis do I Need to Pack?

The answer to this question depends on a few factors. How many days are you travelling for? Are you planning to partake in lots of watersports activities? Regardless, the easy route to this answer is, that you can never pack too many bikis to a tropical destination. You can pack 10 bikinis for a 10-day vacation or 20 bikinis to switch things up more often. From experience, one thing about a trip to the Maldives is, that whether it rains or whether it’s scorching hot, beach day never gets cancelled. So you can never pack too many bikinis or beach wear.

It’s not just a practical choice, but packing more beach wear can also free up a lot of space in your travel bag for other essentials. If you’re going on a romantic getaway, we do recommend bringing a few sun-dresses for a nice dinner or cocktail party. Depending on the resort you book, white parties and themed nights are like small festive activities you can dress up for. You can either plan ahead and bring outfits coordinated for white parties or themed nights. But if you don’t have any space in your luggage to pack for these occasions you can always buy a brand new dress at the boutique shops. You can find these in most resorts in the Maldives. In addition to cute sun-dresses and evening gowns, guests can also purchase bikinis, trinkets and jewellery at these stores.

If you’re thinking of going island hopping, we do recommend bringing something more covered up. Unlike the resorts, in local islands travellers are not allowed to wear bikinis (unless there is a specified bikini beach). You can still wear shorts, sundresses and short-sleeved shirts!

Do I need to Pack Sandals for a Trip to the Maldives?

If you have any shoes packed into your luggage, we recommend switching them with your most comfortable pair of sandals. Or you could save more space by not bringing any additional footwear. In almost any resort in the Maldives, guests are presented with a pair of sandals and in-door slippers in the villa. In addition to this, resorts also provide beach bags and beach towels.

Upon arrival, you may also notice that most people just prefer to walk barefoot on resorts. After all, it’s all just sandy and beach in the Maldives! After a long day at the beach, you can always wash off in front of the villa before going in. So, sandals or flip-flops are the least of your worries here.

One addition you might want to make is a sun hat, sunglasses and beach cover-up. This is especially important for those who are new to tropical weather. It’s always best to keep yourself protected, even on vacation.

What are Some Essentials to Bring on My Trip?

Although you can find most things you need at resort shops, if you are someone who sticks to certain brands there are a few things you can bring. In addition to your cosmetics, we highly recommend bringing your favourite sunblock. You can always purchase them in resort shops if you forget. One recommendation when buying sunblock for the Maldives is to ensure it is reef-friendly. This way, you can keep yourself and nature protected at the same time.

Since a trip to the Maldives is often a long journey for many, we also fully recommend getting travel insurance. While this is not the most fun part of trip planning to the Maldives, it is essential. Travel insurance is the best way to safeguard your trip against any mishaps.

Another not-so-fun part of trip planning is thinking about an adapter. It is often a travel mishap that everyone faces. How many times have you been to another country and faced the struggles of not being able to plug your electronics into charge? Whether you’re going to Maldives or anywhere else in the world, getting a universal adapter is always a smart move to make.

Leave your Visa stress behind when you’re booking a vacation to the Maldives. In this country, it’s visa-on-arrival for travellers! As long as you have 6-month validity to your passport and a return ticket, you should be good to go!

If you’re not looking to have a Kim Kardashian moment, stop worrying about what accessories to pack for your trip to Maldives as well. Leave the luxurious pieces behind and embrace the island life. But if you really don’t feel like parting ways with your jewellery, most resorts provide safe boxes for your valuables.

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