The bustling capital and the heart of Maldives tourism, Male is linked by regular flights to and from most major cities around the world and the airport is on Hulhule island which is some 2 kilometres from the city. A short ferry ride connects the two. While Male offers excellent boat connectivity to the neighbouring atolls and islands, you can rent a scooter or a bicycle in order to get around the city. Additionally, it is very easy to hail taxis in Male.Amazing Things to Do in Maldives: MaleMale is tiny and exceptionally so, yet it has a magnanimous heart, just the kind a bustling capital should have. It is a commercial hub and abounds in natural beauty at the same time. Its brilliant turquoise waters will blind you and the lively markets will keep you coming back for more. Tourism is evidently the largest industry and Male therefore is an indispensable part of a Maldives itinerary. Male, the phenomenal capital city, offers some of the best things to do in Maldives:1. Visit the impressive Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre. Both serve as the most important architectural landmarks in the city and are essential places to visit in Maldives.
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If you're living in Hulhumale, where the reclaimed island of Male city is and also the island where the airport is located, Haishal's Airbnb is a good choice. He is 100% credible, well-versed in English (he works in the hospitality industry), and he is patient in explaining all the logistics about getting to and around the Maldives. His room and toilet is a little tight on space though, but extremely convenient if you need to live near the airport since it leads you directly to the airport with a 24-hour public bus.
I have been here many many times and cannot fault their food. The menu has a mixture of delicacies from all the various Asian and European cuisines, competing for your attention.There is definitely something for everybody. Creative Salads, comforting Pastas, exciting Curries, Vegetarian Food, fresh Seafood, juicy Steaks and local Fayre. I personally went for the Hot and Sour Soup with Prawns. I love it, but if you are not used to the chillies it will give you hickups! One great thing that I like alot about Aioli, is that they will accommodate your taste for degrees of spicyness. Just tell them how hot or mild you like it and they'll do it.Which makes me think, why don't restaurants have a scoville chart type rating for dishes. ... Make mine an 8 out of 10 please
Lemongrass Fifth Restaurant
This is my Favorite restaurant in Male. I've eaten there so many times, they've given me a discount card. The Restaurant has an air-conditioned Downstairs, but we always favour the Semi Open Air area Upstairs or even right outside on the Balcony, where the Fruit Bats do their evening rounds. It's like an encyclopedia of Thai food. I could study it for hours before I decide what I'm going to have. I ordered a Tom Yum Steamboat, then I had one of the fried whole fish dishes. The side dishes are Garlic Water Spinach and Green Papaya Salad. Two of my 'Must Haves' in any Thai Restaurant. Once again everything was lovely.
Kurumba Island Resort
It is the first private resort that opened to tourists in the Maldives in the 1970's. The Design of the resort makes me think 'Zen' and 'Peaceful' and it may have been here for 40 years already, but there is nothing old about it. Kurumba has 180 rooms with 8 different styles to choose from. In amongst the plentiful flowers, shrubs and coconut palms the beautiful beach bungalows are hiding. My favourites are the Deluxe Bungalows right by the sea. You can open your glass double door out to your little terrace and hop right onto the beach. All it needs is a hamock, but maybe it's just me, I like hammocks. Being conveniently close to the airport this resort would seem favoured for families or shorter holidays, but I think a romantic getaway would be equally wonderful here. There are several restaurants and Bars dotted around, offering a great variety of delicious dishes including Seafood, Barbecues, Arabic, Chinese, Italian and Japanese cuisine as well as the usual Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Hulhule Airport Hotel
Normally a visit to Hulhule is solely for the purpose of getting a beer or such like, as Male itself is a 'dry' Island and doesn't of course serve these little indulgences. For local workers and us tourists, who stay in Male, this is the preferred meeting place for a sundowner. So when they start setting up their Tandoori cart and oven right next to the pool, the taste buds light up on a foodies mind like mine. Fresh reef fish marinated in the chefs own mixture of exotic spice and traditional Indian favourites are freshly prepared as you watch (if you're not to busy chatting).
Thai Wok Restaurant
With a large array of authentic dishes at very good prices this is an obvious choice for a casual meal for Locals and Foreigners alike. My Top Tip: Do ask them how big the portion is that you are ordering. Most rice and noodle dishes are large enough to share by a whole family. While meat and side dishes come in 3 different sizes and small really means small. I had the obligatory Tom Yum soup followed by deep fried fish with tamarind sauce and a dry minced beef curry. If like me you like Thai food spicy, you will probably also love the fact they have the chilli fish sauce and chilli vinegar condiments on their tables, to which I helped myself happily!
If you have to stay here for business or to catch your early flight home after coming from a resort island the Traders Hotel Male by Shangri-La is a smart choice. Their rooms are comfortable and modern with big showers in a bathroom that is made of glass walls! On the roof you'll find a popular evening hang out for locals and tourists alike. Smoking shishas, drinking tea and mocktails under the stars while listening to chill out tunes. In the daytime the rooftop converts to a swimming pool with double-bed sized sun loungers and a trendy sushi restaurant. They will bring your food on a cute little tray that sits over your lap, so you needn't move an inch from your sunny or shady spot.