Visit the Maldives For Your Holiday

One of the best aspects of travelling to the beautiful islands of the Maldives is that the weather is fantastic all year round. With that being said, there are certain times of the year that it’s best to travel to this enchanting destination. The following will provide tips on the specific months and seasons where it’s best to travel to the Maldives and why.

The Maldives are a group of islands that can be found in the Indian Ocean near Asia. Each of the 26 pieces of land that you can travel to are surrounded by striking blue waters as far as the eye can see. When planning a trip to the Maldives for the holidays, it’s important to understand the best time of the year to visit, so you can plan your vacation during peak conditions. When it comes to the Maldives, there are two basic seasons the islands go through, known as the dry monsoon and the wet monsoon seasons. The dry monsoon season lasts from December to March, while the wet monsoon season starts around May and ends in November, bringing with it gusty winds and heavy rains. April is a month that can be considered to be transitional and is one of the best times of the year to visit the Maldives with warm weather and just a bit of rain.

While it would seem like a good bet to choose to travel to the Maldives during the dry monsoon season as opposed to the wet monsoon months, there are advantages and disadvantages to both that you should take into account. First of all, visiting the Maldives during the dry monsoon season ensures that the sun is out and the humidity is low for the majority of the time. In fact, the temperatures are commonly around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. While these months are indeed the perfect time to visit the Maldives, it all depends on what you’re looking for. The fact of the matter is that the dry monsoon months are when the hotels in the area are typically at full capacity, which also means that you will need to book early when planning your vacation. If you don’t mind crowds and simply want to enjoy your time in the sun and on the beaches with very little rain to care about, then this is the time for you.

If you don’t mind rain and are more looking forward to enjoying the islands with relatively small crowds, then travelling during the wet monsoon season is probably right for you. It’s the time of year that will deliver the most affordable prices. Scuba diving is perfect for these months. The surfing season that lasts from May to October is also a good time of the year to travel to the Maldives, as the waters are at their most accommodating for surfers within this span of time.

Whenever you choose to travel to the Maldives, take comfort in knowing that there’s really never a bad time to visit!

Dhara Dhevi In Thailand by Bacall Associates Travel Singapore

The iconic The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, situated on a peaceful 60-acre estate in Northern Thailand, offers a magical backdrop in which children and adults alike can absorb Thai culture with a fantastic range of experiences, guaranteeing lasting memories for the whole family.

This fantastical resort, conceived as an ancient walled city, offers a sense of place like few others and this is reflected in its carefully curated activities, designed to immerse guests of all ages into local culture. Perfect for all the family, from little ones to adults, the resort’s Art and Craft Village offers an array of creative craft activities, from umbrella painting and paper making to bamboo weaving, which is led by a group of local village women who will help guests create beautiful artefacts and traditional toys from the plant’s leaves.

Housed in the same building, The Lanna Kids Club is open every day from 9am-5pm and offers half or full day programmes for children from 4 to 12 years old. The building’s tiny resident petting ponies and llamas are sure to make a great ice breaker for children who can then choose from a varied range of activities to stretch and stimulate them mentally and physically, whilst offering an insight into traditional Lanna (the ancient kingdom of northern Thailand) and Thai culture. Classes include Thai dancing and music and traditional Thai games and toys – children can also benefit for Thailand’s rich culture of wellness with mini Thai kick boxing classes and yoga for kids.

A must-try for visitors of all ages is the rice planting: donning a traditional protective tunic, the instantly recognisable Non La hat and waterproof socks, the session will teach budding rice farmers how the grain is grown from seed to harvest and includes the opportunity for all to wade into the squidgy warm mud and plant a few rows for themselves. Children will adore riding the water buffalo, which will obligingly walk little ones through the plantation.

Meanwhile adults can enjoy the Dhara Dhevi Cooking Academy, which stages daily Thai cooking classes, relax in the Jum Sri Hall Library, with one of its 5,000+ books, browse the 20 boutiques in Kad Dhara Shopping Village, or unwind and reboot at the Health and Fitness Centre and legendary Dheva Spa where in depth Ayurveda-based programmes are carried out in 11 spacious treatments suites.

Parents keen to make the most of the wide array of gourmet eating and drinking options at the resort can book the baby-sitting service, which is available on request. All tastes and nationalities are catered for with international cuisines of the highest calibre, from Japanese dishes at the light and airy Ren; Chinese at Fujian, formal French at Farang Ses and contemporary international cuisine at the Akaligo, which offers views through wall to ceiling windows. There is even a Victorian Style tea salon, the Dhara Dhevi Cake Shop which caters to the sweet toothed serving decadent treats. Fabulously chic watering holes include the louche Horn Bar, an after dark cocktail bar, the al fresco Loy Kham Bar which overlooks the serene infinity pool and the Colonial Pool Bar, which centers around the heart of the resort, the spectacular and imposing blue and white tiled swimming pool.

Easily accessible via a 15-minute car transfer from Chiang Mai International Airport, the Dhara Dhevi makes for an immersive cultural experience perfect for crafting lasting family memories.

ABOUT THE DHARA DHEVI:

The Dhara Dhevi is one of Asia’s foremost luxury hotels. More an experience than simply a hotel, this iconic property represents extravagant Thai luxury at its finest. Nestling in 60 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical grounds, enjoying a picturesque and secluded setting in the countryside in the North, the resort has established itself as a classic ‘must visit’ for high end travellers to Thailand. Its location on the outskirts of historic Chiang Mai, a walled ancient city known for its rich history of art and culture, is reflected throughout the resort. The spectacular accommodation was built in keeping with traditional Lanna and colonial style architecture, set among lush paddy fields. 69 traditional Thai villas each boast a private swimming, or plunge pools, Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers. 54 Colonial Suites featuring separate living and bedroom areas with private terraces overlook the pool, lake or stunning verdant gardens.