Simply put, the Maldives are paradise. The 1,192 coral islands which make up the islands contain such magnificent beaches, such pure blue water, that for many people the Maldives are heaven-on-earth. This is the picture you hang on the wall of your office as a dream holiday, a million miles from the cold, wet winter around you.
The capital city Malé offers a link to the modern world but to truly experience the Maldives you have to submerge yourself in the tropical setting. Diving and snorkeling are a must, as are other watersports such as surfing and fishing. With so many activities on offer make sure you don’t forget to spend some time on the beach with a book. After all, what’s the point of paradise if you can’t relax?