It may sound clichéd, but the Maldives are just as picture-postcard perfect as you’d imagine. It’s the ultimate destination to kick-back and indulge in a luxurious and relaxing break, where all you have to do is pick up a book and, perhaps, a drink or two.
Lying in the Indian Ocean to the south west of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives archipelago consists of 26 atolls dotted with nearly 1,200 islands. Spend your time daydreaming on the beach, lounging by the pool, and indulging in spa treatments, as well as sampling world-class food (and sleeping!). Explore the Maldives' clear, warm waters with some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, and discover an astonishing array of marine life. Surfing and kite-surfing are also becoming popular ways to get out on those impossibly azure waters.
With just one resort per island you can really indulge in that Robinson Crusoe feeling. Each has its own charm and appeal, with something to suit every taste and (most) budgets. Whether you’re looking for maximum pampering (think personal butlers and private pool villas), a small rustic hideaway, or a more family-friendly vibe, the Maldives offers something for everyone. Those craving even more isolation can even charter a private cruise on the Dhoni Stella, its twin cabins making it perfect for both honeymooners and families.
We particularly love combining your stay in the Maldives with time in our other Asia destinations. Flight times are generally short and any combination gives you the chance to include some cultural exploration on your travels before kicking back on white sands for a well-earned break. These idyllic tropical islands are an easy beach addition, and in many instances share good flight connections, with Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and India, and also combine well with Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.