highlights and main attractions of the maldives
Over one thousand ringed islands, an underworld utopia of dazzling colour and perfect beaches to leave you breathless; the Maldives are your gateway to enchanted islands that have become synonymous with paradise. Home to some of the most luxurious hideaways on earth, here sumptuous spas, fine cuisine and world-class diving sites are all regularly voted the best on the planet. Seize the opportunity to connect with the Robinson Crusoe inside of you, at once blissfully disconnected from civilisation (Wi-Fi optional!) and connected to some of the most dramatically vibrant natural beauty, which really does have to be seen to be believed.
The Republic of the Maldives is a small nation in the heart of the Indian Ocean on the equator and is a collection of islands that starts approximately 450 miles southwest of Sri Lanka and runs over 868 kilometres. Only a relatively small percentage of these islands are inhabited, perhaps a little over 200, which means there is plenty of undeveloped natural beauty that can be explored using a luxury resort as a base.
The islands are grouped together in ring-shaped reefs or ‘atolls’ and are characterised by lazily swaying palm trees, pristine white sand beaches and turquoise lagoons.