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Hotels in Maldives Operate at Different Time Zone

Hotels in Maldives follow their own daylight saving time schedule that lasts all year as they adjust their clocks to save daylight making their local times different than the actual local time in Maldives.

Island of Paradise. White sand beaches with coco-tree and crystal blue water. Maldives.
Many hotels in the Maldives have their own time zone.
Many hotels and resorts follow a different time zone than the actual time in the capital Male, Maldives.
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The Time in Maldives

The nation of Maldives does not observe daylight saving time (DST) so many hotels and resorts have changed their clocks in hopes to save more daylight for their staff and guests. Maldives Time (MVT) is five hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), but many resorts have chosen to follow their own offset from UTC.

Many island resorts have adopted their own daylight saving time schedule that moves their local time an hour, a half an hour, and even some and hour and a half ahead of the local time in Male, the capital of Maldives.  The Four Seasons moved their clocks one hour ahead making their time UTC+6, while the Rihiveli Beach Resort is one and a half hour ahead of the local time making their time UTC+6.5. So when traveling through the many island resorts of the Maldives, be sure to check with your hotel the current local time that they follow.

The Maldives

The Republic of Maldives consists of more than 1,000 coral islands that are grouped into atolls in the Indian Ocean which is about 417 miles (671 kilometers) southwest of Sri Lanka. Currently there are about 98 islands that are developed exclusively for tourism which have about one resort per island.


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