The Maldives: An Imaginary Vacation

The Maldives is a string of emerald gems scattered across the Indian Ocean. The chain, which comprises roughly 1192 islands, is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world for good reason: everything about its crystal clear waters and white sand beaches sets the stage for romance. 

While we can’t jet off just yet, we’re taking you on a virtual vacation to one of the world’s most alluring locales. Considering a hotel in the Maldives could run you tens of thousands of dollars a week, this post is quite a savings, too.

Bag to Bring

The secret to looking super fresh after a long flight to the Malé Airport is having a bag you won’t have to wait for in baggage claim.

The Cuyana Classic Weekender is a carry-on made with busy travelers in mind. It’s extremely roomy, which you’ll need to pack all your clothes, bathing suits, and snorkeling gear. If you’ve invested in the 23-hour flight to the Maldives, you plan on staying a while, so you’ll need a big bag.

Part of the beauty of the Cuyana Weekender is that it is, well, beautiful. Its soft, handcrafted canvas is similar to the color and texture of the Maldives’s sandy beaches.

Sights to See

  • The Maldives isn’t all destination weddings and luxury resorts — it’s a serious surfing spot! Swells can change based on the islands you visit (North Atolls, Central Atolls, South Atolls), as well as the time of year.
Never surfed before? Now’s the perfect time to start practicing from your living room!
  • The Maldives is world-famous for its snorkeling and scuba diving, thanks to its many different kinds of reefs, where you can find sea turtles, manta rays and more. 
Personally, I’d kayak for hours just to get a glimpse of a whale shark. Imagine seeing one of these giant sea vacuums in real life? Diving goals.
  • If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, look no further than Fihalhohi Island Resort. This collection of bungalows stretched across the ocean is regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in all the Maldives — for obvious reasons.

Food to Try

The Maldives is surrounded by beautiful water brimming with fish. Its local catch — including tuna, grouper, and marlin — is simply incomparable. If you’re in Malé, you can stop over to one of the city’s bustling fish markets for an authentic local experience. You can even pick up a tuna to cook for dinner if you’ve got a grill back at the hotel!

But since we can’t ship you a marlin across the world, here are some Maldivian staples you can buy online and try at home:

  • Breadfruit is a potato-like food commonly found in Maldivian cooking. Like potatoes, it can be whipped into a delicious side dish. This starchy delight is difficult to find in most of the mainland U.S., but you can make waffles and pancakes from this gluten-free breadfruit flour.
  • Cassava is a tuber grown around the Maldives and other parts of the world, including many areas in South America. It’s very versatile in that it can be fried, baked, and mashed. In its raw form, cassava is poisonous, so it must be cooked before being consumed. You can purchase cassava flour (which is totally safe) online and mix it into your recipes that usually call for flour.
  • New chefs can try their hand at Huni roshi, or Maldivian Coconut Bread. Simple and delicious for all sorts of meals!
  • More advanced cooks can try to make Kulhi Boakiba, a traditional fish cake eaten at festivals.


The Maldives is an Islamic nation, which means alcohol is pretty much banned for the local population. However, if you are over 18 and not a Muslim, you can legally buy and consume alcohol on resort property.

Regardless, there are plenty of non (or lesser) boozy beverages you can try:

  • Sai, or “tea,” is extremely popular. You will typically have the option of kalhu sai (black tea) or kiru sai (tea with milk)
  • Raa, which is a sweet-tasting toddy made from palm trees. It is sometimes left a little fermented which gives it a low alcohol content.

Scents & Candles

Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, so why not make a truly immersive experience at home with Maldives-inspired fragrances?

While it’s technically made in the US, the Plaid Stallion makes a lovely Maldives Mist candle. Burn it for fruity vibes while taking a bath and listening to Enya, whale noises, or your choice of smoothing sounds.

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