A trip to the Maldives is sure to be the holiday of a lifetime. The paradisal setting of this group of atolls, spectacularly sited in the Indian Ocean, makes this the ultimate honeymooners' retreat. You can bask on the sun-baked white sands, eat fish straight out of the surrounding blue waters or learn to surf. Whether you're speeding along on a jet-ski or enjoying the local hospitality, Maldives holidays take your breath away.
Things to do
You'll find plenty of things to do in the Maldives if you're up for outdoor adventures. The crystal-clear waters here allow great visibility for diving with the inquisitive local fish, and you can also surf, snorkel, parasail, kayak or jet-ski in these dazzling blue waters. For something less energetic, visit a village on one of the inhabited islands and take a night-fishing trip to catch your own dinner. To see an alternative side of the Maldives, turn your back on the luxury resorts and spend some time on the fishing island of Guraidhoo. You can walk everywhere in this little community, and rooms are available to rent in the homes of local families.
Food & restaurants
Some of the best Maldives restaurants are located in the luxury resorts. It's a real privilege to eat at the Lighthouse Restaurant, where your table is set up on a wooden deck at the edge of the Indian Ocean – the fresh seafood and salads are simply delicious. The Jazz Café in Male offers a low-key option with fantastic burgers, coffee and live music.
Maldives hotels live up to the idyllic surroundings, and you can access most of these chic island paradises by seaplane. At relaxed Angaga Island Resort & Spa on the South Ari Atoll choose a water villa or a beach bungalow with views out over the stunning lagoon. The ultimate luxury haven is to be found at Huvafen Fushi, with its glass-floored bungalows and underwater spa rooms.
There's plenty of Maldives shopping for tourists, with many places staying open well into the evening. Start with the stalls and shops selling crafts on Chandani Magu in Male if you're after simple souvenirs. You'll also find designer stores stocking big-name brands for the affluent visitors who patronise these islands. Go to Water World to stock up on diving equipment.