Maldives - Everything a Paradise Island Should Be
Can't decide where to stay in the Maldives? We narrow-down some of our favourite luxury resorts
Everything you might have ever wanted from a paradise island can be found in the Maldives – clear blue seas, silky white sand, swaying palm trees and the rest of world at bay. There are almost 1200 islands in total spread across the Indian Ocean to the south west of Sri Lanka …and while fewer than 200 are inhabited …fewer still are home to some of the most luxurious hotels on earth, all offering the most bewitching experiences.
Here are just a few that shouldn’t be missed:
One&Only Reethi Rah
One&Only Reethi Rah is suffused with glamour, from villas almost the size of cathedrals, a black tiled swimming pool (why even try to compete in colour with the sea and the sky), designer labels in the shop and the best Japanese restaurant in the area. Bring your Gladrags.
At Kanahura enjoy your own private island – it has two, a special picnic island for a family special…or for your true Robinson Crusoe moment, just the two of you.
Niyama Private Island
Niyama Private Island is a misnomer – another spot of paradise which consists of two islands, connected by a causeway. One is pure castaway ‘Chill’, the other ‘Play’…you’ll love the former while the kids will love the latter complete with splash park.
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
The Maldives is synonymous with diving so aficionados should head for Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru which has its own marine biology centre where you can learn more about life beneath the waves and even nurse an injured turtle back to health.
Shangri La Villingilli
Golfers go to Shangri La Villingili which has its own nine-hole golf course, the island also boasts the highest point in the country a five-metre high grassy knoll – ideal for lazy hikers.
Should you need to get away from the beach (!) you can at Amilla Fushi which has its very own tree houses each one has its own pool… glorious fantasy experience