Swap the beach for the city in Male

There’s always one exception to the rule. And in the Maldives, where tropical seclusion is the name of the game, Male is that exception. A hub of high-rise blocks and neon lights, the island capital is the closest thing you’ll find to a city round here. Aside from that all-important airport, it packs in things like a National Museum and the Grand Friday Mosque that make it well worth a look.