Maldives New Year’s Eve: Which Island to Celebrate On?
The year is coming to a close and everyone is scrambling to get people gifts and wish everyone seasons greetings and good tidings. And with celebrations such as these, people tend to travel somewhere where they can spend this once-in-a-year holiday with their loved ones and one of the best and coveted places to go tends to be Maldives!
Why Choose the Maldives for New Year’s Eve?
Honestly, the picture speaks for itself. Who wouldn’t want to spend the turn of the year somewhere like this? For those who want a warmer holiday away from the cold or for those who just want to chill on a beach at year’s end, this is the country to be.
Welcome to New Year’s Eve in Maldives where the fireworks reflect off of the cerulean ocean and an island breeze gently blows through the air. Combine this imagery with the energy and ambiance of the Maldivian spirit and you’ve got yourself an unbeatable combo.
The Maldives Islands: An Overview
An archipelago that sports 1,192 islands (of which only 200 are inhabited), Maldives is spread across 26 atolls, with each island nurturing its own ecosystem, a lot of which do so without any human interference allowing nature to flourish.
This goes for both the world that is above water and under the water. The surrounding coral reefs (Maldives has 5 percent of the world’s reefs) are astounding, with a rainbow of colours painted along the watery canvas with its own fauna (of which there are over 1,000 species of fish) inhabiting these crystalline seas.
Top Maldives Islands for New Year’s Eve
Here are our top picks for spending New Year in Maldives for a grand and fun time.
- Niyama Private Islands Maldives
- Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
- Lily Beach Resort & Spa Maldives
- Ayada Maldives
- The Residence Maldives Dhigurah
New Year’s Eve Celebrations in the Maldives
The New Year in Maldives is replete with celebration at resort islands. You get to stare out of your overwater villa while a beautiful array of fireworks fill the sky. Party on a cruise after indulging at a gala dinner that showcases a variety of exquisite tastes. Dance the night away with in-house and guest DJ’s tearing up the venue with their heart-thumping beats. All these and more are available to experience at this island nation.
Locally, it’s quite chill when people celebrate New Year’s Eve in Maldives. Friends and family will get together to share a meal, couples will go out to have a dinner filled with romanticism and a gusto for conquering the new year. There are fireworks here and there but it’s not really common. There are shows that do happen much like the New Year’s show in Hulhumale’ in 2022 known as the Maldives Wow Fest, a music show that featured local and international artists.
The Boduberu dance also makes its rounds during New Year’s Eve in Maldives as it is their traditional song and dance.
Factors to Consider When Choosing an Island
When it comes to choosing an island, everyone would have different things they’d take into consideration. One of the first things that pops into mind is budget. Would you be able to cover accommodation, food, experiences and so on? If you’re also looking for a more authentic and a cheaper experience you might consider looking into guest houses scattered across Maldives.
Another thing you’d need to consider is activities. Sure, you want to experience what New Year’s Eve in Maldives is like but you’re not solely going just for that! When you go to a place such as Maldives, you’d best believe you’re going there for more such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, food hunting, all that good stuff so make sure you choose a resort that accommodates all your needs.
Next is ambiance. You want to go to this fantastical area of the world and you already know the sort of vacation you want to have. Whether it’s to party, relax, indulge in activities, have a romantic retreat, you want to pick a destination that offers an ambiance that you’re specifically looking for. There are certain islands that are more party centric, others that give off a more romantic vibe and so on.
You might want to consider location as a factor as well. Maybe you’re more on the adventurous side and want to explore the capital and some other islands. We would like to suggest that you choose an island that lies closer to the airport just so that you’re closer to the capital.
Where to Stay on Your Chosen Island
1. Niyama Private Islands Maldives
Niyama Private Islands Maldives has two accommodation categories that you can look into, both of which have their own subcategories, known as villas and pavilions.
If you’re travelling as a couple, we highly recommend staying at the Over Water Pool Villa. Your villa will look out towards the ocean where you can climb down for a quick dip and if you’re not too keen on swimming in the lagoon, an infinity pool awaits you. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be glad to know the room comes with a popcorn machine, ice-cream and an assortment of snacks.
If you’re travelling as a large friend group or family, we recommend the Three Bedroom Beach Pool Pavilion, perfect for a sizable group of travellers, able to accommodate 9 adults. Enjoy direct beach access that also offers sunset views, two private pools, an outdoor jacuzzi and a champagne bottle upon check-in.
2. Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
For this fantastic resort, if you’re travelling as a couple, we suggest the Beach Tented Villa Private Pool. Maldives is perpetually in summer time so it’s nice to have a pool to jump into right outside your room. The villa has a separate living and dining area along with a Bose Hi-Fi System, dedicated Villa Host service, a wine fridge and more amenities. If you’re a couple that has a baby, the villa also has a baby crib upon request to rest your child’s head on.
For larger friend groups or families, the Three Bedroom Beach Sunset Villa with Private Pool is for you. A sunset view graces the villa that sits on the beach, three bedrooms with two of them having a king size bed each and the other one with twin beds, complimentary wi-fi and even more amenities. If your group is really big, the resort offers a 5 bedroom or 7 bedroom option to help accommodate.
3. Lily Beach Resort & Spa Maldives
For the beach loving couple, we recommend the Beach Suite with Pool or the Beach Suite with Jacuzzi. Enjoy coffee from the coffee and tea making facility, sun beds on the pool deck and beach, a Samsung Bluetooth SoundBar to blast some tunes and more amenities. For the ocean loving couple, we recommend the Sunset Water Suite. Enjoy snacks from the minibar, a private overwater deck with a private jacuzzi, a smart television, a king size double bed and more amenities.
If you’re travelling as a group or as a family, we recommend the Beach Residence. A Serta/Sealy mattress graces the Queen size double bed, you have direct access to the beach as well as a pool, 24 hour butler service, amenities from The White Company and much more.
4. Ayada Maldives
For the couples, we recommend the Sunset Lagoon Suite for that fantastic days end view. Jump into the lagoon at your own behest, enjoy the HARMAN KARDON surround sound system and dance your worries away as you sip coffee and tea from the respective machines and lounge on the comfortable sofa that sits on the outdoor terrace.
Families and friends can book the spacious 318 sqm Ayada Royal Ocean Suite for its two floors and two bedrooms. The bedrooms and living room come with glass floor panels for you to gaze into the ocean from the comfort of the suite.
5. The Residence Maldives Dhigurah
The more low-key resort of these options, this resort offers excellent accommodation options for couples, of which we recommend the Deluxe Lagoon Pool Villa. Enjoy the best of both worlds with the ocean beneath your feet and a pool out on the deck. Relax on the private veranda or on the villa’s four poster bed that screams comfort.
Booking Your Maldives New Year’s Trip
When you’re booking your trip, MadlyMaldives is where the best deals are. With a user-friendly interface, tons of resort options and excellent customer service, MadlyMaldives makes its waves in the tourism industry in Maldives.
If you’re going to book your trip to Maldives, especially during the holiday season and for New Year 2024 in Maldives no less, we highly recommend you make your booking as early as possible for the least amount of cost and the most amount of fun. About three to six months in advance would be your best bet so if you haven’t already, make sure you book your trip next time earlier in advance as the holiday season in Maldives is usually packed and has a hefty price tag on it.
Local Cuisine and Dining Options
Maldives is also a hub for people that love food and these destinations will not leave you disappointed with their selections. From Japanese to Maldivian, Indian to Chinese and International, prepare to take your taste buds on a journey.
Niyama Private Islands Maldives has in its selection Seafood, Asian, African, Mediterranean and International tastes for you to pick from. For more information, click here and if you’re wondering about what the food situation is for when you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Maldives, click here.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi has in its selection Seafood, Japanese, Asian and Maldivian cuisine to keep your palette occupied. Click here for more information on regular dining at this island and click here to find out what they’re offering for New Year’s Eve.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa Maldives dining options include International, Chinese, Indian and Japanese. Click here for more information on their restaurants and bars and click here if you want more information on their dining situation for New Year’s Eve.
Ayada Maldives sports a variety of culinary tastes such as European, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Maldivian, Mexican, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Click here for more information on that and click here for the New Year’s Eve information.
The Residence Maldives Dhigurah showcases International, Maldivian, Asian, Indian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese and Lebanese tastes. For more information, click here and click here for the New Year’s Eve section.
Countdown to Midnight: Welcoming the New Year
The time is 11:58 pm on December 31st 2023. The festive dances and spirit raising songs are coming to an end to make way for the countdown. Some places have fireworks and others don’t and that’s fine, as all it matters is the company you’re with. Drinks have been drunk and the mood is at an all time high as everyone gets ready to ring in the new year with a bang.
As midnight hits, the fireworks go off, everyone raises a glass and celebrates a new beginning, full of hope and positive vibes. And what better way to celebrate good vibes than on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, that which has allowed you to freshen up your mind, body and spirit in the name of the new year?
The New Year and New Year’s Eve in Maldives isn’t as hectic or packed as a lot of other countries’ celebrations, which makes it somewhat special. There are more friendly faces than there are strangers, making it seem like a more private affair. And there’s nothing quite like a Maldivian holiday, with a new year celebration taking the experience to a whole new level.
Let MadlyMaldives help you begin that experience by booking with us, allowing us to get you the best deals possible so that you can enjoy your vacation without worry.