While visiting Male and enjoying a stay at PER AQUUM Hotels & Resorts which features its own luxury resort collection, shopping in Male will certainly be a delightful additional experience for tourists, in this shoppers’ paradise which has an amazing variety of goods to offer. Shopping in the evenings, when it is cooler, is one of the favourite activities of tourists. The main road on the island Majeedhee Magu, has along on its sides, shops selling various goods from the smallest commodities to virtually everything one could imagine. These shops offer among many things, garments, perfumes, cosmetics, jewellery, watches, electronics, and souvenirs to name just a few.

Chaandanee Magu in Male is the best place to shop for souvenirs, where, handicrafts made by Maldivians are displayed. These shops offer souvenirs, including signature Maldivian thudu kuna mats and wooden miniature dhonis (ships). Most of the Maldivian handicrafts are handmade from local wood to form beautifully crafted boxes, ornamental objects and containers of various shapes and sizes. These elegant pieces, carved with flowing flowery patterns are lacquered in shades of red, black and yellow resin for long lasting beauty. Beautiful red mats woven in different sizes from place mats to a full size single mattress, are made from reeds, dried in the sun and dyed with natural dyes hand woven on handlooms with intricate abstract designs, according to the imagination of skilful weavers.

While strolling around, one will come across four big state-of-the-art shops that deal in genuine articles with famous brands in fashion, consumer electronics and beauty products from all over the world.

Canned fish products vacuum packed, smoked fish and chipped dried tuna fish are available in many supermarkets around Male. These genuine Maldivian products make excellent gifts for a friend or for you to try out.

Thus, shopping in Male is a delightful holiday experience, buying local souvenirs and branded durables to your heart’s content, while, enjoying tropical sun and sand and the comfort of a luxury hotel.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.