National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Best for idyllic isolation



A one-hour domestic flight south of the capital Malé, Raffles Meradhoo has some serious edge-of-the-world vibes. Half of the resort is set on floury sands, the other half is set on a stilted wooden deck out at sea, a few minutes from the jetty by speedboat. In between is a house reef bursting with biodiversi­ty. The comfortabl­e rooms, in cream and duck-egg blue, are some of the most romantic in the Maldives, ranging from beach villas with large tropical gardens that open out onto the beach to overwater villas with wooden stairs dropping into the Indian Ocean, all with private pools.

ROOMS: Villas from £1,345, B&B.

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