The Maldives is a fantastic destination for a luxury holiday so, if you’re lucky enough to be going there, I have to admit I’m a tad jealous! I think when you’re going somewhere this beautiful, it’s really worth spending a little time to get all the small details right, since these often have a big impact on how much you enjoy your break. Deciding what to pack is one of these, and you can get some handy tips below.
1) Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats…
Why: Because sunburn on a romantic holiday is a serious no-no
Even if you’ve got your heart set on coming back with the world’s greatest suntan, you absolutely have to pack sun cream, a hat and sunglasses – especially if you’re pale like me. After all, the Maldives is hot all year round, and for skin used to the UK’s cloudy skies, the change can come as a bit of a shock.
The last look you’re likely to go for on a romantic break is ‘lobster’, so slap on that sun cream. If you like, wear a higher factor for the first few days only, then gradually lower the factor over the following days (the experts say never go lower than factor 15, though, and I’m with them on that).
And, any time you get fed up with applying sun or after-sun cream, remember that it’s a great excuse to ask your partner for a relaxing massage, too!
2) Insect repellent
Why: Blotchy skin and incessant itching aren’t exactly the perfect ingredients for a romantic break
As anyone who regularly visits hot countries knows, insects can quickly become a problem. So, avoid becoming a walking snack bar for mosquitoes and other creatures by packing some insect repellent – and remembering to use it (I have managed to diligently carry some only to forget to use it before – not my finest hour!).
3) Heat-friendly clothes
Why: Because you want to smell nice – rather than sweaty – and feel comfortable
When it comes to clothes, my advice is to pack for heat rather than style (though who’s to say you can’t do both?). You’ll be spending most of your time on the beach anyway, where swish outfits would look out of place.
Speaking of beachwear, make sure you bring several swimsuits – bound to please shopaholics! – since you don’t want to have to wear a wet costume if it fails to dry by the following morning. It’s also worth chucking a sarong, shorts or a few long-sleeved t-shirts into your bag, just so you can cover up from the sun a little from time to time.
A note on eveningwear: romantic holidays pretty much always involve meals in sophisticated restaurants, so you’ll want to pack a few outfits that’ll leave you feeling suitably glamorous. Don’t, however, bring high heels or anything overly formal – you just won’t wear it. Light, simple yet stylish eveningwear is best. And, if you must have some fancy footwear, choose glitzy sandals or beaded flip-flops.
4) Practical packing
Why: Because there are some things you can’t do without!
There are lots of bits and bobs that fall into this category, like adapters for any electricals (hairdryers, phones, toothbrush chargers…), but there are a few I think are particularly relevant to romantic getaways:
• Presents and cards: If you’re going away for a special occasion, like an anniversary or birthday, forget cards and presents at your peril. As a side note, it’s worth looking into whether your resort offers any special ways to celebrate, like champagne on arrival – this’ll be a nice surprise for your partner.
• Camera: Self-explanatory, really – it’s nice to have a lasting memory of your trip!
• Games and books: Sometimes the best thing about romantic getaways is having time curled up alone together. Books and card games are great for when you’re feeling too lazy to leave your accommodation.
Been on a Hayes & Jarvis Maldives holiday recently? Leave us a comment and let us know what you’d recommend packing!