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Malé is a quirky city complete with colourful buildings, groovy (alcohol free) bars, and of course the turquoise lagoons which the Maldives are famous for.

The capital of the Maldives, Malé is a buzzing and densely populated city. It offers a completely different holiday experience to the paradise resorts elsewhere in the island nation. Hotels in Malé offer the opportunity to see the “real” Maldives and get a feel for local culture.

Location isn’t too important when you’re choosing a hotel in Malé. It’s a very compact city, which you can easily wander around in an hour. The most convenient place to stay in Malé is on the north shore of the island. This area is where the most important sights and buildings can be found, and is also where the jetty for the airport island ferry is located.

As well as a lively marketplace and a range of great cafes, Malé also boasts plenty of history and culture. The city is home to the largest mosque in the Maldives and also offers an array of interesting museums and palaces. The east coast of the island has its own artificial beach, which is a great destination for experienced surfers.   

Accommodation in Malé tends to be fairly simple, and is geared towards travellers who are spending one night on the island before heading off to the more remote resorts elsewhere in the Maldives.

There’s a great range of luxury accommodation peppered throughout the Malé Atoll. These paradise islands are just a short distance from the capital but a world away in terms of peace and relaxation. From Malé you can catch ferries to most of the islands in the Maldives, with many hotels and resorts offering transfers as part of their package. While the capital is definitely worth a few days of exploration, if you’re planning on spending a few weeks in the Maldives it’s worth trying your hand at island hopping.

Most of the island transfers in the Maldives only take place during daylight hours, so check your flight times carefully and double check your itinerary. If your flight arrives late at night or departs early in the morning, you might need to spend a night in a hotel near the airport. You can find plenty of cheap accommodation on Hulhumalé, the airport island. There are some seriously luxurious hotels on the airport island, some boasting their own private stretches of pristine beach, so you don’t need to miss out.