Imagine private white-sand islands fringed by crystal blue waters… the Maldives is the ultimate luxury island escape

The speedboat slows and it comes into sight. A tiny speck of an island surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and the whitest sand you've ever seen. It’s better than the pictures – the Maldives is where colour comes to life. We can tell you this first-hand, because we’re the original Maldives experts and have been creating luxury Maldives holidays for almost 50 years.

There’s a reason why this is our most popular destination. Expect to lose all sense of time and what’s going on elsewhere as you sink into your overwater villa’s private pool and drink in the views. Here, working your way through the hand-crafted cocktail list is as strenuous as it gets. Need more? How about venturing beneath the ocean’s surface to glide alongside turtles and whale sharks; sipping Champagne on a luxury cruise as the sun sets; or escaping to an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe-style, for an unforgettable evening-for-two under the stars.

We can tell you where you'll find the best house reefs, the sleekest water villas and the best-value all-inclusive options. From rustic beach escapes to ultra-luxury private pool retreats, we’ve hand-picked 36 of the best Maldives hotels and each of our chosen resorts sits on its own private island.

Maldives holidays - perfect for...

  • We're the original Maldives experts and have hand-picked our favourite islands
  • There's nowhere better for an away-from-it-all luxury honeymoon
  • Don't just limit yourself to one island; a twin-centre Maldives holiday is easier than you might think
  • Superb diving and snorkelling – many islands have their own house reef
  • Great choice of island resorts where you'll find one perfect for you.

Maldives Tourist Board

“I was blown away by the Maldives. The light across the islands is so startlingly sharp, and the colours of the sea, the sky, and the coral reef are all so wonderfully vivid. The Maldives astonished me with natural beauty above and below the waves.” - Simon Reeve

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Indian Ocean brochure

From cultural tours to the ultimate beach breaks on talcum powder sands – there are lots of ways to discover the idyllic islands of the Indian Ocean.

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