Unlike anything you have ever seen before, welcome to Huvafen Fushi, a luxury resort with a fresh approach. Set within its own lagoon, Huvafen Fushi Maldives ...
Christina Ong's 33 cool, white suites are the most stylish on stilts: a sophisticated mix of urban slick and beach-shack chic. Like all of the hotelier's spas, the Shambhala Retreat here is quietly professional, offering hydrotherapy pools, yoga lessons, pilates, gym and indulgent therapies. The cuisine is exotic, fresh and light, focusing on pan-Asian flavours.
USP for non-divers? Free use of watersports equipment; yoga classes; sunset cruises, deep-sea fishing, and an infinity pool that makes you feel as if you're at sea.
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Super-slick and uber-modern, this island's 43 contemporary bungalows are built on white beaches feet from the water's edge. The double-storey beach pavilion is top-notch (who can resist a private infinity pool, glass floors, and bathrooms so cavernous that you could practise yoga there?).
USP for non-divers? The Lime spa, partly underwater so spa-lovers can watch fish while having a facial; gym and yoga pavilion; outdoor saltwater flotation pool; and raw-food bar whose treats are both healthy and delicious.
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Banyan Tree Madivaru
The wildest of the bunch: an intimate, yet still thoroughly luxurious camp, whose six tented encampments are placed between lush tropical foliage. Each of the creamy canvas "villas" is made up of a bedroom, bathroom and chill-out tent, linked by decking. Because the island is tiny (just 16,000 square metres) it's important to be able to get off: to nearby reefs or to explore on the Madi, a Turkish gulet.
USP for non-divers? All the watersports anyone could ask for, and a small but beautiful open-air Banyan Tree spa pavilion.
Four Seasons Landaa GiraAvaru
Set in remote Baa Atoll, with vast, empty ocean views, on a former coconut plantation, this is one of the larger resorts, with 102 villa-compounds tucked away among 18 acres of swaying palms. Pluses include a village-like Ayurvedic spa, dive computers and locators given out as standard, and the Four Seasons lounge to use at the airport.
USP for non-divers? It's family-oriented, with a children's club, teens' club, three pools, a marine lab and a resident marine biologist.