If you are looking to get away from it all, the Maldives makes for the perfect holiday. Found in the centre of the Indian Ocean, southwest of India, this nation constitutes atolls stretching over an area of 900,000 square kilometres. First an Indian Buddhist kingdom, then a Muslim enclave and British protectorate, the Maldives are now a premier luxury travel destination, boasting a number of high-end hotels and resorts. Where to go
Relax on your own private resort beach. Stroll amongst the mysterious mounds of Kudahuvadhoo - thought to be the remains of Buddhist temples. Explore the riches of the past in the sprawling palace that is now the Maldives National Museum. Enjoy the spectacular diving off Alimantha Island. Enjoy the bustling sights, sounds and smells of Malé City. Spend the evening watching the sun set with a drink in your hand, before retiring to your private villa.
Food & Drink
Coconut, fish, starches and curries are the mainstays of cuisine in the Maldives. Make sure you try the mas rina - a tuna curry considered the national dish and served as part of most meals. Another mainstay is Gurudiya, a fish broth you will come across everywhere. Authentic Maldivian cuisine can be found at Irudhashu Hotaa (Filigas Magu, Malé), located in the well-preserved house of a local nobleman. For great views while you eat, try Seagull Cafe House (Fareedhee Magu), a local favourite, offers a mix of cuisines and an acclaimed ice cream selection. Nightlife
As a Muslim country, alcohol is restricted to hotel bars and clubs. Each resort island will have a selection of bars and clubs and some offer villa/poolside service. Check with your hotel to see what they offer! Where to stay
Our pick for the Maldives is the Huvafen Fushi
resort. Located on its own island. This amazing resort features the LIME spa, with underwater treatment rooms, a number of swimming pools, in addition to many guided activities, such as scuba diving and big game fishing. Foodies will love the restaurants, Celcius and Salt, the wine bar Vinum and the ability to privately dine anywhere on the island, just ask! We also recommend the Con Palm Dhoni Kalu and the Coco Body Hithi for their secluded location, luxury spas and outstanding level of service. How to get there
British Airways and Sri Lankan Airlines fly direct to Malé daily.