|Most expensive month:||May|
|Average price in Malé:||S$ 675/night|
|Cheapest price found:||S$ 59/night|
|Most expensive day:||Thursday|
Huvan Beach Hotel at Hulhumale'
Kaanimagu Lot 10710, Malé, Maldives
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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
Akasdhoo, South Malé Atoll, Malé, Maldives
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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
Furanafushi Island, Malé, Maldives
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A vibrant capital and picturesque islet, Male is a colourful mix of historic mosques, narrow streets and local residences. It’s also a good base for exploring the neighbouring islands of Hulhumale and Villingili, and serves as the gateway to the idyllic atolls that lure honeymooners to the Maldives.
Take time to explore the Maldives National Museum in Sultan Park, situated within the only part of the sultan’s palace still standing. It contains many of his former possessions, including thrones, weaponry and clothing, together with rare Buddhist statues dating back to the Maldives’ pre-Islamic years.
Don’t miss a visit to the bustling Fish Market, which lies on the main street of Boduthakurufaanu Magu. It’s a great place to soak up the local comings and goings when the fishing dhonis return in the early afternoon, with octopus and giant tuna hauled in.
A highlight of visiting Malé is the Grand Friday Mosque, which dates back to the mid-17th century. The interior walls are made from coral stone carved with geometrical designs and Arabic script, while a 13th-century panel depicts the country’s conversion to Islam.
Art enthusiasts should visit the Esjehi Art Gallery, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Malé. It contains an impressive collection of Maldivian arts and crafts, with wooden wall panels carved with scenes depicting former life in Malé.
Malé International Airport is located on the neighbouring island of Hulhumale and connected to Malé by regular ferries. The city is small enough to walk around, with most sights concentrated on the north shore.
You can find several places worth visiting in Malé. Galolhu, Henveiru, and Maafannu are some of the most popular amongst our users.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, rated with a score of 8.6 from 544 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Malé. Other top stays include Jen Maldives Male by Shangri-La, with an average rating of 7.4 from 298 reviewers, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, with a score of 9.0 from 619 reviewers.
With a rating of 9.0/10 from 11 reviews, Hotel Octave Maldives is a hotel close to Islamic Centre that is highly recommended by HotelsCombined users.
The average price of a hotel in Malé has been around S$ 334 per night over the last 3 days. For a 5-star hotel in Malé, the average price is around S$ 1,749/night, depending on your dates. The average price of a 4-star hotel is S$ 348/night.
S$ 44/night is the cheapest price found for a hotel in Malé by HotelsCombined users over the last 72 hours.
The Maldives are known worldwide as a tropical Indian Ocean paradise, but it’s wonderful fusion cuisine is often overlooked. Book hotels in Male, the capital city, and you’ll never be far away from an interesting restaurant, cafe or bar. Head to the harbour for small informal eateries offering meals made from the day’s catch, like The Sea House. The Seagull Cafe House is also very popular, serving mostly vegetarian dishes. For takeaway, there’s Shell Beans, and if you want to taste what’s purported to be the best Thai food in the region, eat at Thai Wok. For bars and nightlife, try trendy places like Party In Da Hood, The Detox Bar or Undhoali Cafe, locally known as the Sip & Swing. For nearby Male accommodation, you can book at Ui Inn.
Unsurprisingly, Male is all about water sports and aquatic fun in the sun. If you’re holidaying with your family, Nine Star Water Sports is a great place to take the kids – a water playground with slides and rides. A variety of water sports are on offer for adults, teens and younger children. You can go jet skiing, take a trip in a glass-bottomed kayak or be tugged around by a speedboat on a small inflatable raft for thrills. There are guided snorkelling tours to swim amongst turtles, and kids as young as eight can join in the Bubblemaker programme to learn scuba diving. For close encounters with dolphins, you can hire someone to take you out on a Dhoni boat. There’s lots more on offer, and you’ll never worry about your kids running out of things to do in Male. A good place to stay is Rivethi Beach Hotel.
Nature provides the most obvious things to see in Male, but there are many hidden attractions. There’s the National Museum, with a large collection of artefacts that trace the history of the atolls. One of the oldest mosques in the country, the Old Friday Mosque, was built in 1656, with walls made from coral stone. These are covered with intricate Quranic inscriptions and other decorations chiselled into them. There’s also the larger, more modern Grand Friday Mosque, which has become the symbol of the city. You can also visit the old sultan’s palace at Muliaage. Choose Male hotels close to the city centre to reach these attractions, like Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort.
The Maldives is a chain of atolls, and Male is a densely populated island – the more stereotypical, palm-fringed beaches amid unspoiled nature are to be found on some of the other islands. It doesn’t matter if you book accommodation in Male, though – the city is designed as a step-off point for island hopping. You can get onto small, private boats, take larger ferry trips or sail/hire your own boat to visit the surrounding islands. Islands close to Male are Emboodhu Finolhu Island and Lankanfinolhu Island, both popular for their spa resorts. You can also quite easily reach Vaadhoo Island, Kurumba and Bandos Maldives from Male. Departure points are close to most city hotels – have a look at Ripple Beach Inn.