Consisting of over 1,000 coral islands, spread over 35,000 square miles, the Maldives sometimes seems as if it were designed specifically for a secluded tropical getaway. Indeed, the peninsula, with its white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and eternal sunshine, can seem almost too good to be true.

To truly experience these magnificent surroundings, one needs to find accommodation worthy of it. For an elegant and tranquil experience that is still affordable, Club Med holidays in the Maldives are the best choice. The islands are secluded enough to satisfy any budding Robinson Crusoe wannabes, but still full of all the trappings of an ultimate luxury holiday.

MaldivesThe journey there

Even the airport in the Maldives is situated on its own island, so your arrival and departure take place in paradise, too. Take a boat or sea plane straight to your resort – you may feel like you’re in a Bond film. Few things feel quite as high-class as speeding across the ocean to your palace on the North Malé Atoll. Alight onto soft, white sand and be greeted by friendly and helpful staff.

Sleep on the water

While there are several options for land-bound accommodation, the best place to sleep is one of the 75 suites on stilts provided by Manta, the 5-Trident Luxury Space on Club Med Kani. Built on a peninsula branching out into the ocean in the shape of a palm tree, the suites provide you with the seclusion you need to truly relax. With direct access to the ocean, you can truly escape and enjoy a paradise of your own. The espresso machine and personal concierge don’t hurt either.

Underwater treasure

For the more adventurous traveller, the Maldives provide a stunning wealth of natural beauty all directly accessible from Kani. With a scuba diving academy on site, you can get your certificate and be underwater in no time. There are twenty different spots to dive nearby, each providing an opportunity to explore the awe-inspiring coral reefs and marine life. With snorkelling and kayaking available too, you can never be bored in the Maldives.

Relaxation done correctly

If all that exercise leaves you sore, then there’s really no option but to go straight to the Club Med Spas by Mandara, where they take ancient holistic rituals native to the island and provide you with the ultimate in relaxation. Enjoy Balinese massage, hot stone massages and reflexology at your leisure and let the outside world float away. You’ll never want to leave.

Afterwards, awaken your inner gourmand at Le Kandu, situated right by the cool blue lagoon. Sit under the shade of palm trees and feast on the special crayfish menu while enjoying a designer cocktail from the Iru Bar – pure bliss.

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