The Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean and with Sri Lanka and India as its closest neighbours, means 'garland of islands' in the local language Dhivedi.

It is an island nation, made up of 1,190 islands, of which only 200 are inhabited, half of those being peaceful fishing villages and the other half comprising of some 90 resorts.

With each resort occupying its own private island, the Maldives are a haven for those seeking that true island paradise. With the soft white sand beneath your feet, it bears the epitome of sophisticated 'barefoot luxury' with many of the resorts encouraging a 'no shoe' policy!

The resorts themselves are luxurious beyond your wildest dreams. Stay in a wonderful beach front chalet or perhaps a beautiful water villa on stilts overlooking the turquoise sea. Superb spas feature highly at each resort with many of the treatment rooms overlooking picture perfect blue lagoons.

With the emphasis on peace and tranquility, each resort does still offer a range of water sports for the active and the Maldives are renowned as one of the world's premier scuba diving destinations. Take advantage of some of the luxury sailing and cruise boats available, allowing one to explore some of the seldom visited isles and atolls.