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For those seeking a one-of-a-kind luxury holiday experience, the unique tranquillity of the Maldives could be the perfect tonic. Located south of the Indian subcontinent, the Maldives is arguably the bucket-list destination.

This far-flung exotic location consists of 26 tropical atolls scattered over 500 miles of Indian Ocean and boasts unforgettable white-sand beaches and a breathtaking underwater world.

WHERE TO STAY

The picture-perfect Conrad’s Rangali Island leaves you feeling like you’ve finally landed on that imaginary remote desert island paradise you’ve been dreaming about for a lifetime. Although there are more than six stunning accommodation options on offer at the Conrad Maldives, spanning two islands, the Superior Water Villa is a top pick.

Combining elements of local style and classic thatched roofs, the traditional overwater bungalows feature a Jacuzzi on a large private sun deck that directly faces the sea, showcasing the unforgettable Maldivian sunsets.

Next on the list is Baros Resort. A five-star property, Baros is extremely popular and rated highly by past guests. The 30 water villas here are all very large and well appointed, including a king-size four-poster bed in each. There are also 45 island villas, which too are quite luxurious. The water villas include numerous amenities, such as a bathtub with an ocean view, air conditioning and much more.

RELAX AND UNWIND

Amongst the 12 restaurants across the resort, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is certain to be your favourite. Here you can dine with your loved one, families or colleagues a staggering 16 feet below sea level whilst marvelling at 180-degree views of the coral reef and vibrant marine life.

Set on stilts over the lagoon, 50 metres off the tip of the resort’s main island [Rangalifinolhu Island], the Spa Retreat offers guests an extensive range of treatments, plus holistic and wellness activities. The resort’s signature Maldivian treatment includes a coconut scrub followed by a full body massage using heated coconut sticks.

Coral reefs in the Maldives offer some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling experiences in the world. Explore the crystal clear turquoise waters to see schools of brightly coloured tropical fish, green sea turtles, Reef Mantra rays and whale sharks – and don’t forget to strap on your GoPro to capture the whole encounter.

Words: Claire Bloomfield

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