I always consider myself lucky to have found a group of Maldivian friends who would invite me to their family homes for dinner, share afternoon hedhika, and invite me for coffee and beetle nuts! My love and appreciation of this country, its people, its culture, and its traditions were almost immediate and resulted in me visiting the archipelago on over 30 occasions.
In 2012, the opportunity to relocate arose. I had at that point worked for UK retailer British Home Stores for over 25 years and felt it was time for a change so, with the support of a local businessman, Ziyad Mohamed, we formed Secret Paradise. Our mission is to introduce the real Maldives to guests and support local communities.
Maldivians are known for their friendliness and hospitality and nothing is too much trouble for them. It was my own experience of Maldivian hospitality and their eagerness to please that gave rise to the cultural aspects of our tours which allows us to engage with local families, communities, and businesses.
The basis of our tours has always been to allow guests to learn about the Maldives, its culture, beliefs, and traditions, and what better way to do this than to see the country through the eyes of a local and experience daily life. Traveling by public ferry, staying on an inhabited island where the local community benefits directly from the income gained from tourism. Sharing breakfast with a family in their home, exchanging stories of daily life, relaxing with a coffee in a local café watching the world go by.
In 2019, Ziyad pursued his dream and launched ‘Island Luxury by Secret Paradise’ where he combined all the best aspects of Secret Paradise with a touch of luxury. Creating experiences and expeditions at a premium level.
Secret Paradise continues to specialize in sustainable private and group travel for people of all ages, don’t think it is just for young adventurers, it is also for the young at heart!
We can handle your Maldives holiday from the moment of arrival to the time of departure. Or we are happy to act as a portal for independent travelers offering advice and recommendations on where to stay and the best way to discover the Maldives.
Most importantly, whichever way you choose to explore our country we aim to provide experiences that meet your budget, are fun, educational, sustainable, and allow you, our guest, to experience the best from the island paradise I am now privileged to call home.
Isn’t it time you adventured Maldivian style?