The Maldives lies in two rows of atolls in the Indian Ocean, just across the equator. The country is made up of 1,190 coral islands formed around 26 natural ring-like atolls, spread over 90,000 square kilometers. These atolls structures are formed upon a sharp ridge rising from the ocean, making way for their secluded uniqueness.
Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.
Picture this: the sun comes up over an endless, calm ocean. You hear the sound of the waves rolling onto powder white sand. A stroll onto your deck brings you a chance meeting with a reef shark, casually exploring the water beneath your exquisite villa. In the distance you see a pod of dolphins playfully jumping out of the water. This is the Maldives, this is paradise.
An easy six-hour direct flight takes you from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong to the crystal clear waters and pristine sand of the Indian Ocean. Historically, these tiny islands were reserved for honeymooners and couples looking to relax in luxury without the giggling sounds of children around them, but all this has changed. A new wave of family-friendly, activity-packed luxury resorts now lead the way. We’ve asked Hong Kong Mom of two little ones, travel fanatic and, well, our resident expert on the Maldives, Victoria Millwood of 360 Private Travel, to share her insight into this heavenly destination.
Regardless of the location you end up choosing, you will be rewarded with accommodation of the highest standards, excellent service, world-class spas, an abundance of marine life and a seemingly endless array of watersport activities. If you’re looking to unwind in style, nowhere does luxury quite like the Maldives.