About Malé, Maldives
More than 133,412 residents call the 2.2 square miles of this island home. As is usually the case with tropical islands of this size, tourism is the main economy in Malé. Tourism actually accounts for the vast majority of the area’s foreign exchange receipts. Tourism-related taxes and import duties make up 90% of the government tax revenue. When viewing this island from the sky, it is nearly impossible to find the island’s natural greenery due to all the concrete buildings and streets. Travelers cannot help but notice that mostly bicycles line the side streets, greatly outnumbering cars.
Popular Destinations in Malé
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in Malé? Resorts and tourist attractions decorate many tropical island getaways, and Malé is no exception. Listed below are some of the favorite sites on this island paradise:
Sala Thai: The generous choice of curries, noodles, and soups demonstrate an authentic and sumptuous example of Thai dining. Sala Thai’s food is exceptional and well-priced. The al fresco meals are served inside the plush dining room that offers a charming walled terrace.
Newport: The food at Newport is excellent, the establishment is minimalist and sleek, and the overall atmosphere is impressive. Those traveling through the area consider Newport to be the busy seafront road’s coolest spot. Exceptional coffee, giant prawns and burgers, sandwiches, seared tuna cubes, and amazing breakfasts all can be found on Newport’s menu.
Irudhashu Hotaa: Located by the Henveiru football field, this seasonally busy meeting place is a favorite (particularly among the locals) as a ‘quick eats joint’. Particularly delicious is the selection of hedhikaa as well as their spicy fish curries. Irudhashu Hotaa is frequently crowded, particularly after prayers at the nearby mosque.
National Museum Maldives: Opened in 1952, this was the country’s first national museum. Highlights of its collections include the Sultan Ghaazee Mohammed Thakurufaanu-al-A”z”am, which is an excellent example of 16th century craftsmanship. Another noteworthy piece is a coral stone sculpture from Alifu Thoddoo. This reflects the head of Lord Buddha, circa 11th century. Also exhibited is a diverse collection embroidery, maps, belts and fancy slippers for special occasions, turbans, ceremonial dresses, textiles, and armor. Additional exciting pieces include ornaments, coins, shoes and costumes, furniture and royal sunshades, thrones, and other relics and artifacts from a pre-Islamic period.
Artificial Beach: This Artificial Beach is exactly as the name implies. It’s a haven for foreigners as well as locals, but also made from artificial constructs. This beach has been reclaimed from the sea and is now a long stretch of a sandy oasis on an island of human-constructed collections of concrete. Swimwear is a necessity here; live concerts, shows, carnivals, restaurants, and cafés are available for both locals and tourists to enjoy.
Luxury Lodging in Malé
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in Malé? Malé is known for having a number of high end accommodation facilities, some of which include:
- Adaaran Prestigo Vadoo
- Angsana Ihuru
- Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
- Baros Maldives
- Jumeirah Vittaveli
- Kurumba Maldives
- Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
- Velassaru Maldives
Airports In or Nearby Malé For Private Jets
Interested in renting a private airplane to Malé? The best airport to use would be Velana International Airport:
- Velana International Airport (MLE): This airport is located 1.8 miles away from Malé, and is the easiest way to get to the island by air. It has a single asphalt runway measuring 7800 feet in length, and designated in the 03/31 direction. The airport sits at an altitude of 12 feet above sea level, and is one of the busiest airport on the island.
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