Our guide to the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives

There is a cluster of low lying islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Some call it the Maldives. We call it absolute heaven…

At a Glance

Made up of 1190 islands, you can easily get lost in this idyllic web of private beaches and islets, interwoven with luxury. If you were to get lost and gain some freedom anywhere, this would be it. Just off the shores of India and surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the perfect place to escape the nine-to-five monotony and indulge in some well-deserved ‘me time’. Perfect for a beach lover, there is more to these sandy havens than pure white sands and luxury bolt holes (although if that were it, we are sure you would be more than satisfied). The Maldives is home to 200 species of coral and 300 species of fish, not to mention the rare and magnificent whale shark and turtles whose faint smiles are likely to resemble that of an old relative. Charming and luxurious, peaceful yet exuberant, the Maldives need to be added to your bucket list, as a matter of urgency.

What to See

Stepping onto the soft sands of the Maldives is like stepping into another world – a world where your worries are washed away with the tide and you can unwind without even an ounce of guilt. The island capital of Male allows you to explore the cultural heritage of this group of islands and revel in the fact that no matter how hard they try; your boss will never find you. Home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, you can discover the tropical world that surrounds you, get your adrenaline fix in a range of water sports and taste some of the world’s finest cuisine. A trip to an underwater spa or restaurant (yes this is possible, we do not jest) would definitely make this a unique holiday and give you something to shout about once you’re home.

Why We Like It

With nothing but the sun, sea and sand, the Maldives epitomises natural beauty at its best. Escapism is the ‘it’ word here and as you revel in the shoeless sophistication adopted by many a hotel and met by a warm Maldivian welcome and impeccable service that will mean you could want for nothing more.