More in the Mal­dives

From more than 100 re­sorts on 1,000-plus is­lands, here are three that stand out among the atolls.

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Club Med Kani All com­ers are wel­come, of course, but Club Med Kani is a firm favourite for fam­i­lies, at­tracted by a well-run children’s club for four- to 10-year-olds and scores of all-in­clu­sive ac­tiv­i­ties for four- to 17-year-olds. Children from two years are wel­come, and those un­der four stay free. Lit­tle ad­ven­tur­ers can join co­ral prop­a­ga­tion ses­sions, cook­ing lessons, face paint­ing and a fly­ing trapeze school; children aged eight and older can take lessons in sail­ing, snorkelling, wake­board­ing and kayak­ing. travel-as­so­ci­ Soneva Jani The night skies here are some of the most daz­zling on Earth, and this year-old re­sort in Noonu Atoll makes them a star­ring at­trac­tion. Each of Soneva Jani’s 24 vil­las, ar­rayed around a five-is­land la­goon, fea­ture re­tractable roofs to en­cour­age heav­enly con­tem­pla­tion. For more se­ri­ous stargaz­ing, there’s an over­wa­ter ob­ser­va­tory with a five-me­tre tele­scope and a res­i­dent as­tronomer on hand. A new sea­plane ser­vice flies guests be­tween Soneva Jani and sis­ter re­sort Soneva Fushi. travel-as­so­ci­ Lux South Ari Atoll Full marks for be­ing able to pro­nounce (or spell) the re­sort’s lo­ca­tion, on the is­land of Dhid­hoofi­nolhu. Re­cently re­fur­bished, the re­sort has 193 vil­las – some on land, oth­ers over the la­goon – with all the ameni­ties ex­pected: a dive cen­tre, two pools, ten­nis courts, gym. Its distin­guish­ing fea­tures are a cut-above spa tended by a “well­ness concierge”, eight eater­ies and five bars, and a fo­cus on wa­ter­sports. Mean­while, sis­ter re­sort Lux North Male opens this month with 67 pent­houses, each served by a but­ler. travel-as­so­ci­

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