The Maldives are a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, little islands of pure white sand and swaying palm trees, surrounded by reefs teeming with tropical fish. These islands are the epitome of paradise and many of the resorts are truly luxurious.
Many resorts have luxurious spas and dive schools offering trips out to nearby reefs for some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world.
Baros is one of the more intimate resorts in the Maldives. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Group, the water villas and pool villas were all designed with luxury in mind. The beach villas have stunning bathrooms and private courtyard gardens, while the water villas have ocean views and direct access to the lagoon.
One of the more fashionable resorts is Huvafen Fushi. The spacious bungalows, either above the water or on the beach, epitomise contemporary luxury, with private plunge pools, high-tech gadgetry and cutting-edge design. The resort also has a glittering infinity pool and the world's first underwater spa treatment rooms.
Most of the islands offer private candlelit meals on the beach with your very own waiter. Sunset cruises, island hopping and big game fishing can also be arranged from most resorts.
The spacious bungalows at Huvafen Fushi epitomise contemporary luxury, with private plunge pools, high-tech gadgetry and cutting edge design.Maldives specialist Laura
Recommended luxury hotels in the Maldives
Here is a small selection of luxury hotels and resorts you can incorporate into a tailor-made holiday to the Maldives.