THOMP­SON

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De­spite be­ing sev­eral al hun­dred yards from the he shore, I was still only waist­st­deep – and it was an­other er hun­dred yards be­fore a reef turned ed the wa­ter from bright turquoise to dark blue.

The sea con­tin­ued to re­veal its se­crets as the la­goon shal­lows of Maad­hoo Is­land merged into the In­dian Ocean.

The wa­ter was flat, clear, warm and shim­mer­ing – just like all the so­cial me­dia posts promised.

And it was only when swim­ming out in the la­goon that I re­alised I was fi­nally safe from Moet Man – a smil­ing waiter who had been tail­ing me with a cham­pagne bot­tle since I ar­rived at OZEN Maad­hoo, the pre­mier five-star lux­ury prop­erty in the re­gion for At­mos­phere Re­sorts.

The staff are like an army, I joked at one point. “Yes, we are ready to at­tack,” a team mem­ber laughed.lhd laughed. Thereh There w was an­other guy who kept sneak­ing into my room while I was at din­ner, run­ning a bub­ble bath in my out­door jun­gle bath­room ready for my re­turn.

But my favourite team were the guys who cleaned and raked the beaches non- stop through­out the d day, en­sur­ing the h white h sand d stays that way, with no sea­weed or leaves spoil­ing your In­sta­gram shot.

One of the most no­tice­able things was the sheer lack of other guests – de­spite low-sea­son oc­cu­pancy sit­ting at 85 per cent, or about 200 peo­ple over 90 vil­las. It of­ten felt like I had the e en­tire trop­i­cal is­land to my­self – far from the sunbed-clogged s sand of the Mediter­ranean’s p posh­est beaches.

At din­ner it seems there are m more staff than guests – even w when you are in buf­fet mode, th the ever- help­ful wait­ers will of of­fer to get items for you.

Is there any­thing else that co could make you feel lazier?

C Cou­ples can spend up­wards of £1, £1,700 a night for the stan­dard al­lall-in­clu­sive seven-night “in­dul­gen gence” pack­age to tick the famous Ma Mal­dives over-wa­ter villa off their trav travel wish list.

If you are aim­ing higher, there’s also a 4,630sqft, six- bed­room wate wa­ter suite where Bri­tish celebrity chefs, In­dian crick­eters and bank bosses are said to spend about £11,000 a night.

But the in­cred­i­ble ser­vice across the re­sort is avail­able to ev­ery­one. The re­sort’s stan­dard in­dul­gence pack­age

LUX­URYVilla with pool DEEP BLUE Pa­trick goes for a snorkel

GLO­RI­OUS Maad­hoo Is­land

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