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Milaidhoo Island Maldives, Baa Atoll

You know you are in a tropical paradise the moment your plane begins the descent to the Maldives’ capital island of Malé: the islands lie below you like emerald gems set in white gold. The runway is surrounded on all sides by the ocean and it is by seaplane that you fly on to Milaidhoo, a 35-minute flight to a perfect tiny island in Baa Atoll, with glistening white-sand beaches surrounded by coral reefs and lagoons in a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

At Milaidhoo island, a new five-star boutique resort which opened last November, nothing will get in the way of your unrestrained relaxation and recuperation in the heart of Nature. This is all about sophisticated understatement, and stylish switching-off. Young children are not allowed, and neither are selfie-sticks and drones. Low-key barefoot bliss with fine dining, spa treatments and lagoon living are, however, high on the agenda.

Your large private villa awaits, standing on stilts above the crystal clear waters, or on the beach.

These villas are sublime. Blending contemporary and Maldivian style in a natural harmony of wooden interiors with a breezy indoor-outdoor feel, each boasts private luxury living surrounded by the warm lagoon. In a Water Pool Villa you will have your own sundeck and large freshwater infinity pool, allowing you to live by the water’s edge so you can sunbathe, swim and dive at will—and the pristine coral reef is just yards away. You will have amazing ocean views from every angle—including down into the ocean, so you can watch colourful tropical fish swimming below as you sip your Maldive Lady cocktails. . . . . more

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, Haa Alif Atoll

Of all the exotic islands under the sun, the Maldives are the paradise isles of our dreams. More than a thousand perfect ‘Robinson Crusoe’ atolls are scattered across 35,000 square miles of warm, crystal-clear blue waters in the Indian Ocean, and guests are invited to live as close to the water and the natural world as they desire: it is unadulterated bliss. But with so many islands to choose from, the question is, Where to stay?

Our travel editors have selected an award-winning five-star resort for those who like their unadulterated tropical-island bliss to come with plenty of space and style—but also some action. Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is the only island in the Maldives to have a marina, for example, and it combines the fabulous peace and tranquility of overwater pool villas jutting out into the ocean with all manner of water sports, including fishing, kitesurfing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, motor-boating, tennis, basketball, and of course snorkelling and diving—the on-site Padi dive centre offers knowledgeable instructors to help you explore the island's reef and lagoon—and this is the perfect jumping-off point for a few days on the fabulous motor launch Sultan of the Sea (see separate article).

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa lies in Haa Alif, one of the northern atolls, an island which really is hidden away. A white-sand, palm-fringed crescent 1.5km long, protected by a double reef running the length of the island, just yards from the beach, it is one of the largest islands in the entire Maldives. It is a haven of 103 large thatched overwater villas and beach villas which, because of its size and layout has the knack of remaining tranquil even when fully occupied. . . . more

Cruise the Maldives in a private motor yacht, Sultans of the Seas 006

Steer a course to the Maldives to charter an ultra-modern and sleek private 21-metre motor yacht. From doing nothing on the Maldives’ beautiful beaches to immersing yourself in a lagoon in the Indian Ocean, or skimming across the water on a power yacht that cruises at 33 knots, this is a unique way to explore a tropical paradise.

Nowhere on earth does ‘desert island’ conjure quite the same image as the myriad atolls of the Maldives. Nothing can top the magic of their lagoons, there is nowhere to equal the vibrancy of their sunsets, their warm, clear waters and emerald-green palm trees, their game fishing and the true ‘desert island’ appearance of their uninhabited silver-sand atolls.

Currently cruising the Maldives’ turquoise waters is Sultan of the Sea 006, the stylish motor yacht operated by the Sultans way, designed and built by Azimut of Italy. Featuring a streamlined profile yet space to hold an al fresco cocktail party on board, this is one of the most eye-catching motor yachts available on the charter market. She accommodates four guests in two en-suite cabins—including a large master suite and a double stateroom—both impeccably laid out, continuing her über-stylish feel.. . . . more

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