How to celebrate the New Year in the Maldives
Palm trees, ocean and sand instead of TV, olivier and champagne. Peculiarities of meeting New Year in the Maldives: prices in 2023, tourist reviews for last year, a summary of the weather. We also tell you where and what hotel to choose and what to do on vacation.
The idea of meeting the New Year under the rustle of waves more often visits the inhabitants of northern latitudes. The desire to replace the cold snow with warm soft sand is quite understandable – the summer is still so far away, but to bask in the glorious rays of sunshine is what you want. The Maldives in late December welcomes visitors with the warmth of summer, crystal clear waters and stunning scenery. The perfect place to celebrate the new year 2023!
Check out: How to go to the Maldives now – there you’ll find fresh tourist reviews, pandemic entry conditions and tour prices. See also the list of open countries. Below we talk about holidays in the Maldives before the pandemic.
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How they celebrate the New Year in the Maldives
Every year in the Maldives, hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including our compatriots, for whom the New Year and Christmas are favorite holidays. Maldivians profess Islam, and New Year’s Eve has no special meaning for them. But as good hosts, they strive to please their guests as much as possible, and skillfully create a festive atmosphere.
How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve 2023 in the Maldives? Usually it goes as follows. On the territory of the hotels there are decorated Christmas trees and the master of ceremonies Santa Claus is dressed in flippers and a red cap. In family-type hotels, where animation services are available, the fancy dressers congratulate the children. In the evening everyone is invited to a sumptuous dinner with delicacies. Dress code is light sundresses and T-shirts, no ties or stilettos. The gala meal is accompanied by an entertainment program, the celebration ends with a symbolic burning of the old year, fireworks, fire shows and dancing.
In the hostels on inhabited islands, the atmosphere is more modest, but the celebration is just as good: seafood with fruit and drinks, dancing with drums, fire shows, missing only the chimes and Olivier and champagne. Although, if you’re lucky and one of the tourists will carry fuel, then the latter is not a problem. In many hotels-resorts you can already buy alcohol in the bar, but the prices are merciless. That’s why our enterprising citizens are eagerly discussing on forums how to smuggle the coveted drink under the guise of mineral water, Coca-Cola or baby formula.
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What’s the weather like in the Maldives on New Year’s Day
The Maldives archipelago has a long stretch from north to south and west to east, so there are slight climatic differences from region to region. Sometimes in January there can be winds and light rainfall – up to 3-4 days per month. There is a little more rain in the south, but the effect of winds here is less noticeable than in the north. Sunny days prevail over cloudy days, but the celestial sun sets early – it gets dark after 6:00 pm.
And in general, the end of December and beginning of January are characterized by remarkable weather conditions, so you can not worry about what the weather will be in the Maldives for the New Year – 2023. The air temperature is usually +30°C, +27°C at night, the water is at least +28°C. Due to a sharp decrease in rainfall, the humidity level drops to a comfortable 70%. Such conditions are suitable for absolutely all age groups of holidaymakers. No wonder that on New Year’s holidays tours to the Maldives are in incredible demand, and the price for the rest increases several times.
What to do on New Year’s vacations
The middle of winter is the best time to vacation in the Maldives. During this time the ocean is calm and warm, and the weather is dry and sunny. All holidaymakers sunbathe, swim, go scuba diving and snorkeling, water skiing, fishing, go on marine excursions, watching the animals, enjoy nature and each other’s company. Almost every hotel has SPA-centers and massage rooms, where you can perfect your body.
What else to fill the leisure during New Year holidays in the Maldives? Very popular with tourists walks on a boat with a transparent bottom, feeding stingrays and dive safaris. The capital of the Republic of Male’ is not anything remarkable in terms of attractions, but a sightseeing tour of the city, experienced travelers still recommend it. The modest town with narrow streets and lots of cars at first sight will seem noisy. In addition, a visit to the local malls and markets will be able to bring some variety to the measured and quiet life of resorts.
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Prices in the Maldives for the New Year – 2023
The Maldives has never been cheap for the tourist. Despite the emergence in recent years of budget hotels, the status of luxury holidays in the country still remains. During the New Year vacations, prices rise by 10-50%. An average cost of a week’s tour for two people with accommodation in a 3* hotel (half board) costs 180 thousand rubles, a similar variant in a 4* hotel – from 200 thousand rubles and higher. For more information on the prices for the tours see below.
The monetary unit used in the Maldives is the rufiya, but the figures in U.S. dollars will be more obvious. So, New Year’s dinner for two at a restaurant will cost from 100 to 250 dollars. Very expensive alcohol: a can of beer $8-10, a bottle of wine $40-50, whiskey $100-130. Exorbitant prices for SPA services and excursions – $100-200 per service.
In the case of the budget option, the estimate can be significantly reduced. However, free rooms in hostels on inhabited islands in the New Year’s holidays to find problematic, and, judging by reviews, there are annoying screw-ups with placement. On average a decent double room with breakfast can be taken for $ 60, and the New Year’s dinner for two and will cost $ 50. If you dream to visit the Maldives and do not go broke, read the article, how to go to the Maldives cheap.
Want to luxuriate in the Maldives on a bounty island, but you do not know how much it will cost? Find out the cost of luxury vacation in the islands!
Maldives tour prices for New Year – 2023
It’s hard to find cheap trips to the Maldives, especially during the winter holidays. The highest prices for tours with a departure on December 24, 28 and 29, and the lowest – December 22, 23 and 25, according to the price calendar on the service Travelata.
In 2023, you can celebrate the New Year in the Maldives for 180 thousand rubles for two in a 3-star hotel near the beach (departure from Moscow, 7 nights, breakfast). If you prefer a five-star hotel and “all inclusive”, then you’ll have to shell out, as the minimum price – 380 thousand rubles for two people for a week.
We advise to look for tours on the services Travelata and Level.Travel – they will help to find the cheapest tours (you can buy them online, which is very convenient).
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Where better to celebrate the holiday in the Maldives
Smaller islands offer a minimum of entertainment, betting on unity with nature and a quiet holiday, while the large hotels are expanding the range of services, and the holiday here is already closer to the European style. Below is a list of hotels that have received good reviews among those who have already spent New Year in the Maldives.
Fihalhohi Island Resort, Fihalhohi Island, South Male
An affordable, albeit somewhat outdated “trio” with well-maintained grounds, bar and restaurant. Accommodations in hulls or bungalows on the water. There is a wonderful house reef. This hotel is popular with Europeans in the 40+ age group and is more suitable for a quiet pastime, although there is some entertainment. The cost of accommodation directly for New Year – 2023 starts at $363 per night for two people.
Reethi Beach Resort, Fonimagudhu Island, Baa Atoll
New Year on a desert island – sounds romantic, doesn’t it? In the Maldives it is quite possible. Reethi Beach Resort, a luxury four-star hotel in the affordable price segment, next door to which there are two uninhabited islands, can organize such a celebration. The island itself, where the hotel is located, is small; people can be found only in the restaurant or at events – every evening at 6 p.m., feeding the stingrays. There are board games, boat rental, a bar with a restaurant. Expensive services SPA. The price per night in 2023 is from $176 for two people.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa 5*, Huvahendhoo Island, Ari Atoll
This five-star hotel has collected many positive reviews from grateful vacationers. It works on an all-inclusive system, and is close to Male. There are Russian-speaking staff. The hotel offers the widest range of entertainment. On the territory of the gym, tennis court, restaurants, children’s club, diving center and spa. The New Year is celebrated here in style: with fireworks, disco till morning and night swimming in the ocean. The price for a double room per night starts at $1,700 for the holiday night.
If you do not have time to book one of the above hotels, do not get upset and try to find another one on the service Roomguru. It searches for lodging among several booking systems at once – so you’re guaranteed to find a hotel that meets your needs.
We also have an article on the best atolls, beaches and hotels in the Maldives to help you decide.
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Advantages and disadvantages of vacationing in the New Year in the Maldives
The flight from winter to summer is always like a fairy tale, and the Maldivian exotic can’t help but enjoy: neat bungalows, beautiful beaches, amazing local flora and fauna. Tourists enjoy nature and impeccable service.
Of the disadvantages, it should be noted the blatant cost. The resorts have high prices for everything: accommodation, food, water, transfers, excursions, alcohol, SPA. The hotels have a mandatory resort fee, and to the prices of services and food in the restaurant can safely add another 20% service charge with VAT. Therefore, more and more popular is budget recreation, when instead of resorts choose an inhabited island, where tourists take mini-tours to nearby resorts.
But there are also disadvantages: along with low prices tourist gets a small cramped beaches, large crowds of people and all the unsightly side of life of the natives. In addition, not everywhere you can appear in a bathing suit. But the costs are encouraging – you can invest in 70 thousand rubles for the entire trip and get a lot of pleasure from the rest.
However, whichever option you choose, the New Year is a great time to visit the Maldives. The weather is wonderful, nature is wonderful, the soul sings, and the body relaxes. This kind of relaxation is worth the money, and the pleasure received will long remind yourself of itself by colorful pictures.
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New Year in the Maldives: recommended hotels and prices for 2023
The Maldives is one of the few open beach destinations in winter 2022/23, so New Year’s Eve tours should be booked now.
Vyasan Magazine Editor.
The Maldives is one of the most expensive beach vacation destinations because of its geographical remoteness and, of course, the fact that the Maldives is an island nation with absolutely everything brought in.
We will tell and show you the hotels, all prices are current at the time of publication and are based on the departure from Moscow. Of course, with a change of departure city and other conditions, the price may change.
Plumeria Maldives 4* (Male)
Rooms: comfortable rooms with picturesque views of the ocean, air conditioning and balcony.
Beach: white sand
Facilities: swimming pool, restaurant, beauty salon, spa and free Wi-Fi.
Entertainment: fishing, diving and windsurfing. A team of animators provides entertainment for guests.
Arena Beach Hotel 4* (Male)
Accommodation: stylish rooms with elegant furniture, air conditioning, safe and TV.
Beach: white sand
On the territory: hot tub, bar, Wi-Fi. The restaurant on the sandy beach overlooking the blue lagoon serves excellent local and Western cuisine.
Entertainment: guests can enjoy water sports, including diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing. There is billiards. Excursions can be booked.
Kaani Beach Hotel 4* (Male)
Accommodation: All rooms are equipped with a 32-inch flat-screen TV, minibar and safe. Balcony overlooks the ocean.
Beach: white sand beach surrounded by coconut palms
On-site: rooftop sundeck and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant serves Maldivian and continental cuisine.
Entertainment: Hotel guests can dive, snorkel, picnic on the islands, and watch dolphins. The staff at the tour desk can help arrange day trips and bicycle rentals.
Kaani Village & Spa 3* (Male)
Accommodation: The comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms have air conditioning, a minibar and a private bathroom with a rain shower. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.
Beach: The crystal-clear waters of Maafushi Beach are a short walk away.
On-site: outdoor pool, relaxing spa treatments and restaurant.
Entertainment: A variety of water sports including diving, snorkeling, and snorkeling are available. The hotel also offers a sauna and traditional massages.
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 4* (Ari Atoll)
Rooms: The amenities of each villa include air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Some villas have ocean or garden views. All villas have a private bathroom.
Beach: white sand beach.
Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On-site: a spa is open and there is a private area on the beach. Free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant are available.
Recreational activities: you can play billiards, large tennis, and table tennis. Snorkeling is popular in the surrounding area.
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