Maldives luxury holidays
The Maldives is a chain of some 1,190 low-lying coral islands spread across 26 atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Each island is the crest of an ancient volcanic mountain range, yet the highest point in the archipelago is just eight feet above sea level.
Conforming to most people's idea of paradise, the Maldives deliver. Comprising pristine tropical islands covered with swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches, brilliant, turquoise lagoons, colourful corals and masses of marine life, they are true island getaways, ideal for sun worshipers, water sports enthusiasts and honeymooners.
Most visitors fly into the capital Male, the modern face of the islands, and then hop to one of the resort islands aboard a boat taxi or dhoni. Pause long enough though and you'll see some impressive artefacts, including Sultanese thrones and palanquins. For a different perspective and to put all the islands into context, take a short flight over the archipelago and watch the patterns of sea, sand, reef and island unfurl below you.
Snorkelers and divers are well catered for. The coral is at its most colourful at Maa Kandu and Kuda Kandu, whilst Banana Reef is one of the best dive spots, with dramatic sea cliffs, caves and overhangs hiding reef fish, turtles, manta rays and moray eels. Whale sharks and nurse sharks can also be seen, whilst hammerheads gather at Hammerhead Point off Rasdhoo Madivaru.
Alternatively, explore the wreck of the Maldive Victory, a sunken cargo ship that provides a home for coral, sponges and large schools of fish. Stay above water and take a surf safari and go in search of the different waves and breaks that crash against the atolls.
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The W Retreat & Spa on Fesdu Island, Maldives is a private island luxury paradise where style meets soul in a playground of white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs.
Top places to stay in the Maldives
Surrounded by the crystalline waters of the beautiful Ari Atoll, Nika Island Resort & Spa enjoys a sublime location in the heart of the beautiful Maldives. Lush vegetation and gorgeous white sand beaches spill down to the wonderful house reef.
Constance Moofushi offers spacious villas with private terraces, thatched palm ceilings, vast beds, beautiful bathrooms and Indian Ocean views. The snorkelling and diving are excellent here, matched only by the service and the wonderful food, which is especially good for an all-inclusive resort.
Surrounded by some of the finest white-sand beaches in the Maldives, this romantic retreat offers exceptional value in an amazing location, 124 kilometres from Male on the spectacular private island of Dhuni Kolhu.
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The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is set on its own private coral island in an area of unspoilt wilderness and flanked by a large natural lagoon. The resort is styled like a Maldivian village while boasting all the luxury and superb facilities for which Four Seasons Resorts are r…
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One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives is a superb all-villa resort offering unsurpassed levels of style, choice and personal exploration. The sleek and spectacular resort offers unprecedented privacy and the wonders of the crystal blue Indian Ocean.
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