If you’re looking to unwind in style, nowhere does beach luxury quite like the Maldives. This chain of coral islands in the Indian Ocean really does have the bluest seas, the whitest beaches, and the best luxury hotels in the world. Pamper yourself at world-class spas, scuba dive with manta rays, surf uncrowded reef breaks, head out on a fishing expedition, or snorkel from the back steps of your overwater bungalow, coming face-to-face with a kaleidoscope of colourful underwater life.
Capital Male is the jumping off point for most Maldives holidays and getting to your choice of atoll is easy – most resorts are a quick high-speed boat ride or short flight away. It’s here that you’ll find supreme island luxury, with six and seven-star resorts offering private plunge pools and stilted overwater bungalows, excellent kids’ clubs and a huge variety of cuisines.
The Maldives also boasts some of the best diving sites in the world. Head to the Ari and Addu atolls and discover Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers, jacks and sweetlips, and gentle giants of the sea; whale sharks, manta and eagle rays.
Of course, island hopping is mandatory – do so via speedboat, cruise or seaplane. If you want the ultimate Maldivian luxury experience, a private chartered yacht is also an option. Explore remote atolls, scuba dive from the back of the boat and follow the best waves around the archipelago.