Azure atolls. Fishermen casting nets for the evening meal. The distant beat of a bodu-beru drum. The islands of the Indian Ocean are where paradise is found.
A favourite with honeymooners, sun worshippers or divers, these islands are famous for their luxury resorts. With the most taxing decision of the day being whether to have a full body massage or head out yachting, it's the ideal place for those with demanding lifestyles back at home.
The private island resort of Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is one of the most exclusive (and exquisite) in the Maldives. Here you can have champagne delivered by boat to your luxury wooden villa, a pedicure looking out over the clear waters or why not just step down the ladder at your door and take a dip in the warm waters? Each villa stocks our Body Remedies Collection of body oils, shower gels, body lotions and soaps and the 5 star resort has its own restaurant for fine dining under the stars.
•Make sure to stop off at Malé, the world's smallest capital city, and see the coral-carved 400-year-old 'Hukuru Miskiiy' mosque.
•Fancy a dip? Go for eco-accredited diving with the Dolphin Base Dive Centre.
•The best way to try traditional Maldivian food is with 'Hedhika' - a form of tapas involving all sorts of finger food.