The Maldives

Holiday in The Maldives

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The Maldives, white sands, swaying palm trees and crystal blue waters, this is the picture-perfect, ultimate luxury beach escape.

Many of the islands are surrounded by wonderful coral reefs, often with fantastic marine life just moments from the shore. So if an all-day diving trip isn’t for you, look out for hotels that have a house reef accessible directly from the beach. If you prefer to stay dry and still experience the seas, take advantage of an underwater spa, underwater music club or underwater restaurant, all found on different islands.

The choice of accommodation in the Maldives is impressively diverse – from tiny hideaways with just a handful of rooms to larger, all-inclusive resorts with abundant facilities and authentic, rustic retreats to cool and contemporary hotels. Sand floor bars, overwater restaurants, open-air bathrooms and, at the luxury end of the scale, private Jacuzzis or plunge pools are typical of a Maldivian resort.

It's no surprise that the Maldives is a favourite with honeymooners - romantic candlelit dinners under starry skies, exclusive stilted water villas, which come with four poster beds and infinity views of the sea and palm-fringed beaches come as standard.

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