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Maldives: Home to clear-as-crystal waters

Like a precious necklace draped across the aqua waters of its gigantic lagoon, the Maldives offers more than a thousand reasons to visit.

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One of the most unique island destinations in the world, the Maldives defies comparison in the luxury stakes. All the major hospitality brands are represented here and island resorts are scattered like loose gemstones across a distance of 90,000km2 to the south-west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.

Popular with scuba divers, surfers and especially honeymooners, this idyllic paradise is made up of 1190 tiny islands and sits upon a tranquil lagoon with year-round tropical weather. The crystal-clear turquoise water is its main feature and many of the activities are focused either on or under the ocean’s surface. However, if watersports are not your thing, each resort has luxury facilities to keep you active and relaxed.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is one of the closest resorts to the capital Male, and is just a short 15-minute boat ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. To the far south is the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, another glistening jewel that can be reached via a commercial domestic flight connecting with a 45-minute luxury yacht ride.

One of Maldives’ newest island resorts is Furaveri Island Resort & Spa in the exotic Raa Atoll, 151 kilometres north of the capital. The best way to arrive at Furaveri is by sea plane, making for a convenient and time-saving alternative to the domestic flight and boat transfer, which also gives you a stunning bird’s-eye view of this amazing island seascape.

Each resort offers over-water bungalow or villa accommodation as well as land options. The privilege of the over-water option is being able to view sea turtles and other marine life from the luxury of your infinity-edge swimming pool or daybed. Island living is quite magical because you’re so close to the powdery white sand and water.

My Maldives offers a great range of holiday packages, from getaways for the budget-conscious, right up to the exclusive W Retreat & Spa, which has the only nightclub in the Maldives. To fly to the Maldives from Australia you’ll need to connect in Singapore.

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