Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives is located on the smallest island capital city in the world. It’s a seven-minute speedboat ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport and a one-minute walk from the arrival jetty. The hotel is ideally situated amidst the bustling government and corporate centre.
Services and Facilities
- Fast free WiFi everywhere, always
- Unique airport transfer – speedboat
- Rooftop infinity pool
- Indulgent massages at Aristo Spa
- 24-hour fitness centre
- Free guided walking tour of Malé
MALDIVES Passion Points
Malé is one of the world’s smallest national capitals, but that doesn’t stop it from fuelling one of the most sought-out destinations on the planet. It is the backbone of the Maldives economy – acting as a business hub for hundreds of islands. Just because it is the business district, however, doesn’t mean it’s all business. There’s a lot of beauty to be discovered, as well. When staying at Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives, you are within walking distance to some of the city’s most well-known attractions. Simply put, a casual stroll is all that’s required to see the entire island in just a couple of hours. Everything from gorgeous beaches to the rich cultural heritage and amazing cuisine await you. So, to get you started, here is a short list of some of my favourite ways to enjoy a day in the life of Malé.
Begin your morning by visiting the local fish and fruit markets. A cool 7-minute walk from my hotel, it is the perfect way to acclimate to Malé’s warm weather while taking in the bustling street scenes. Browse the stalls and speak with vendors who will point you to freshly caught fish, including tuna, which is the pride of nearly every angler on the island. After you’ve made your selection, feel free to drop off your wares before heading back out to the National Museum.
Here, you will find one of the best collections of historic artefacts outlining pivotal moments from the island’s past. The period in which Maldivian culture spans may surprise you, and is a testament to what preserving one’s heritage throughout the volatility of history can achieve. Go from perusing medieval relics, such as primitive weaponry, archaic tools and religious paraphernalia, to more modern pieces that include prized examples of laajehun, or lacquer-work. Just a stone’s throw away from National Museum is the Grand Friday Mosque. The golden dome beckons visitors and accents the rich Islamic history permeating throughout its property. This is the largest mosque in all of the Maldives, so you can’t miss it. Nor should you want to.
There are many food kiosks worth checking out as you make your way around the city, but if you want my recommendation, then Sea House, located on the top deck of Hulhamalé ferry terminal, is where you want to grab lunch. When you do so, order the Mas Huni, which consists of finely chopped fresh tuna, onion, chilli, and juicy bits of coconut meat. Pair that with a warm flat bread made in-house and black tea, and you have an authentic taste of Malé in every bite.
Once you’re done, head back to my hotel for some after-hours fun in the form of excursions to get visitors off of the beaten path. One of my favourites is the fishing and barbecue tour. Take to the open ocean and witness the sunset as you fish from the deck. If you’re lucky enough to catch anything, you can barbecue it up in the dorney! Moreover, there are submarine rides and dolphin-watching tours available, so be sure to let us know what you like and we’ll be happy to recommend an activity to fit your idea of a perfect getaway.
There are also day excursions to Hulhamalé, where you can partake in a wide variety of beach-going activities. Whether you’re into riding jet-skis, snorkelling with tropical fish or just relaxing on a banana raft, Malé has what you’re looking for. At Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives, our goal is not only to provide you with a wonderful stay, but also to be your portal into the unique beauty this tiny island holds.