Choosing where to enjoy and celebrate any special occasion can be quite an exciting experience. Equally as exciting is a trip to the Maldives, a perfect paradise fit for any significant celebration.
Two of the Islamic faith’s most celebrated and joyous festivals are Eid al-Fitr, celebrated at the end of Ramadan, and the second being Eid al-Ad’ha, celebrated after the Islamic Pilgrimage (Hajj).
Having some of the highest religious significance within the Muslim community, experience the magic of Eid in the Maldives. An ideal destination for your next Eid celebrations, the Maldives combines luxury resort living with the highest degree of Halal travel.
Read on to find out why a vacation to the Maldives for Eid is the best choice you could make.
Marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the start of Shawwal, the three days of Eid al-Fitr hold special reverence in the Maldives. As a majority Islamic nation, the island archipelago couldn’t be a better place to observe this fantastic time of year.
Comprising a vast array of amazing luxury island resorts that provide a near-euphoric vacation experience, you’re in for an incredible time. Few places take the magic of Eid and mix it with unparalleled adventures, like a Maldives vacation.
It’s undeniable that the Maldives is an unbeatable destination thanks to its breathtakingly beautiful islands and rich marine ecosystems. However, the vibrant culture and heritage of the country add a certain flair.
This vibrancy is elevated when the people of the Maldives immerse themselves in the celebration of religious holidays. Joining Muslims worldwide, the Maldives takes an almost majestic pride in holy days such as Eid.
Now, if you’re a visitor to the Maldives and intend to experience Eid like never before, you’re spoilt for choice. The essence of Eid signifies starting and celebrating a new life in the coming year surrounded by your loved ones.
And, an all-inclusive resort trip package to the Maldives highlights the memorable experience of a family-focused getaway to paradise.
Tip: Contact Go Ocean directly to book a premier Eid-focused escape to the Maldives.
So, what can you expect from celebrating Eid in the Maldives? Observed nationwide, the day of Eid begins with a traditional early morning prayer. A massive congregational event that sees mosques around the country filled with locals and foreigners.
Within the capital city of Malé, the afternoon of Eid is characterized by numerous activities and gatherings. From large-scale water balloon throwing competitions to beach parties based on game playing, dancing and feasting.
Local households prepare an abundance of delicious foods and invite family, friends and neighbours to join in Eid feasts. An element taken from the local Eid tradition to many resort restaurants is the feature of Malaafaiy dishes.
These feasts are often accompanied by social dancing, music and chatter filling the streets of many inhabited islands throughout the Maldives.
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Beyond the traditional festivities, what does Eid hold on the surrounding luxury resort islands of the Maldives? When you’re envisioning the ultimate paradise destination, it’s comforting to know that whatever religious needs you may have will be met.
Luckily, the Maldives and its opulent resort islands aim to provide you with incredible vacation packages in line with your specific needs. Traveling to the Maldives for Eid, you can rest assured that no requirement goes unmet.
Having a mosque present on every Maldivian resort island ensures traditional practices are upheld. Whilst specialised packages designed for Eid are offered from nearly every luxury island.
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Including the most delicious Halal food in the Maldives in pre-planned meals during your stay to provide you with tailor-made experiences — celebrating Eid on the islands is pure bliss.
Many of the best restaurants in the Maldives commonly offer Eid discounts on meals ranging from 10% to 30%. Specific luxury resort packages that feature Eid specials include up to four meals per day enjoyed at the restaurants present on the island.
Alternatively, you can also enquire to have meals brought to your villa or bungalow for more privacy. These meals include specialty drinks such as herbal teas, coffees, or juices.
Of course, a significant aspect of Eid is the joyous gathering of families. That’s why private resort islands such as Landaa Giraavaru, Velaa, and Soneva Jani are excellent choices for enjoying Eid.
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Then there are also the fantastic Eid discounts on some of the best Maldivian attractions that come included in package deals to Maldives. You can expect numerous price discounts on things like spa treatments, complimentary use of certain water sports gear, and domestic travel discounts between islands.
Now that you’ve gotten a clearer insight into what you can expect from celebrating Eid in the Maldives, it’s time to choose the best resort for your trip. Here are some of our favourite picks:
Located in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Site, this opulent resort offers you a wide variety of options for your stay during Eid. The Four Seasons Resort offers villas featuring amenities such as private pools and private beach access to oceanfront bungalows fit for large families.
Throughout, you can marvel at traditional Maldivian architecture, and once at your accommodation, take in dazzling white sandbanks that stretch into the Indian Ocean. For a unique experience, indulge in anti-gravity yoga or snorkel with manta rays thanks to the ‘manta-on-call’ service.
A prime destination for the elite when they visit the Maldives, Velaa offers a stellar and unique take on Eid celebrations. Shaped like a turtle, the island getaway exudes a welcoming atmosphere that is groomed to perfection.
Truly distinct in the amenities it offers, each villa features a dedicated butler (either male or female), paddle tennis and covered tennis courts, and custom climbing walls. For a more refined time, the perfectly groomed Velaa Golf Academy offers seven holes and one-on-one guidance by trained golf coaches.
An ultimate bucket list addition to any Maldives vacation package, the Soneva Jani resort within the Noonu Atoll is the perfect Eid destination. Comprising 54 overly luxurious beach villas decked out with whitewashed wood and decorated with muted tones.
Divided into two ‘chapters’, each villa features access to a number of fantastic amenities, while some even have their own water slides directly into the ocean. On the island, you’ll find nine restaurants, an overwater movie theatre, and an outdoor observatory. Here sits the strongest telescope in the Indian Ocean, perfect for families who enjoy some stargazing.
Situated in the south of the Maldives in the gorgeous Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is an excellent Eid Maldives vacation choice. Characterized by breezy verandahs, platinum bronze beachfront, and a blend of new-old ambience.
Offering a personalized experience to all its visitors, you can fine-tune every aspect of your stay to meet your Eid celebration needs. Each villa includes sun loungers, outdoor sofas, and private pools ideal for large families.
Aimed at providing a more intimate couples retreat within the Maldives, Milaidhoo Island might not feature flashy decor, but it does offer a tranquil escape for a private Eid. On a relatively small island, it’s possible to walk from its spa, boutique store, and restaurant to your villas in under 10 minutes.
To celebrate Eid, Milaidhoo features a spa with four over-water treatment rooms perfect for some relaxation. It also includes the only purely Maldivian restaurant in the country and a dive centre renowned for its manta ray excursions.
Also sitting within the Baa Atoll, Vakkaru Maldives sits on a small almond-shaped island that flourishes with eye-catching tropical plantlife. With its sandy avenues leading between sprawling coconut trees and its ocean-facing restaurants, the island is a feast for the eyes.
What makes this such a fantastic destination during Eid is its family-focused amenities. It features dedicated PADI diving instructors (both male and female) and the Parrotfish Club or Coconut Club for adults and children. It’s a playground set in paradise.
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Highlighting the traditional elements of Eid celebrations, such as the coming together of families with luxurious aspects, the Maldives is the ideal choice. Featuring annual dedicated Maldives resort packages that are Eid-themed, the island nation elevates the holiday to new heights.