Above-water villas, spectacular beaches and cocktails – holidays to the Maldives dole out luxury and relaxation for days.

One for water babies

With over a thousand coral reef islands, the Maldives archipelago in the Indian Ocean has more beaches than inhabitants. You can find your perfect island holiday here, whether you’re looking for a luxury private resort with lots going on or a peaceful, deserted spot. Wherever you end up, the crystal-clear waters are welcoming, the white sand’s warm beneath your feet, and the vibe’s laid. There’s lots to explore around the archipelago and you have cruises, snorkelling and diving options galore to pick from. Plus, some hotels here have their very own coral reefs.

Island hospitality

The mantra of the Maldives is ‘no news, no shoes’. That’s because the point of coming here on holiday is to get away from the outside world – although you’ll find Wi-Fi in most of the hotels. The sand is so warm and soft that you’ll only ever want to be barefoot, snapping those selfies and soaking up the year-long sun. Stay in one of the famous above-water villas for instant access to the sea.

Location, location, location

There are 26 atolls – ring-shaped islands – to stay on in the Maldives, each with their own selling point. Think everything from aquarium-style diving conditions to the peak of gourmet dining. The Maldivian capital, Malé, is where you’ll fly into, before a boat or seaplane transfers you to your hotel, and the North and South Ari Atolls offer the easiest access. Further south, you’ll find the more cutting-edge hotel designs and destinations.

At a Glance

  • Island hop to secluded sandbars
  • Relax with a candlelit dinner on the beach
  • Snorkel with free-roaming manta rays