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THE MALDIVES

Effortlessly delivering on the promise of luxury escapism, this Indian Ocean archipelago is the very image of island paradise. There’s not much to do here, which is why it is so appealing. Think powdery white sand lapped by luminous waters, sumptuous resorts offering space and privacy, and an opportunity to completely unwind from the everyday. This is a tiny country of almost 1200 tiny islands, the majority of which are completely uninhabited. On the more than 100 private island resorts there are no beach hawkers, no traffic, and no interruption to serenity and solitude. Many are genuinely barefoot retreats, with wooden walkways, spacious sand, and the beauty of silence.

In general, the northern islands are smaller, while those to the south have deeper lagoons and are better for snorkelling and scuba diving. Each has its own audience, so there are islands for divers, honeymooners, seniors and families. Male is the main international airport and gateway. From here visitors need to take a light aircraft or private speedboat to their island.

Glance at the photos and every island resort suggests the same idealised combination of curving palms, white sand, and shallow cerulean waters. You need to look beyond the photos because Maldives resorts vary in quality and what they offer. For example, all-inclusive packages can be great value for money and don’t necessarily mean monotonous buffets.

Our experts know the best deals for different budget and our bulk purchasing power means Maldives luxury will be within your reach.

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