When it comes to escaping to a tropical paradise it’s hard to go past The Maldives.
The pearls of the Indian Ocean, as it’s popularly known, are situated to the South West of Sri Lanka and are a series of ancient reefs that grew up around the sides of towering prehistoric volcanoes, which have long since sunk into the ocean, leaving behind the coral islands.
With its cobalt blue waters, fresh lagoons, sandy white beaches and clichéd swaying palm trees, The Maldives is a tropical haven and one of the few places around the world where you can enjoy complete and utter privacy.
Spend your days snorkeling, sunbathing and simply recharging. If you’re growing slightly tired of spending your days hammock-swinging and cocktail-sipping though, take a boat cruise around the nearby islands or try your hand at scuba diving, sailing or fishing.
When to visit: To soak up the best of The Maldives’ summer rays visit during the dry season (December to April).
Must-do: An ambitious scuba dive in the deep lagoons, where the water is deliciously bath temperature, is a must.