A tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean

A string of atolls with palm tree-fringed pristine white sand and turquoise lagoons, the Maldives is the ultimate postcard-perfect archipelago. From its coral reefs and underwater marine life to the year-round hot, sunny climate, it’s no wonder that this fly-and-flop beach destination tops the bucket list for many. And with three very distinct and exclusive Hilton experiences to choose from – all a short seaplane ride or boat transfer from Male International Airport in the South Male Atoll – there is a resort to suit everyone.

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Get up close and personal to the abundance of colourful fish, turtles, manta rays and sharks that swim around the vibrant coral. Spend days’ snorkelling off house reefs or explore a neighbouring atoll on a full-day excursion diving with hammerhead sharks. For those who prefer to see the ocean from above, there is a wide array of water sports, from a sunset dolphin spotting boat trip to catamaran sailing, windsurfing to wakeboarding. Active types can try their hand at stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking; low-energy options include a glass bottom boat trip.

Of course for many, the attraction of a getaway in the Indian Ocean is the chance to kick back and relax, whiling away the hours reading and snoozing on a sun lounger with cocktails on tap. Enjoy sophisticated barefoot luxury at the Conrad Maldives Rangali, a twin-island offering which features an infinity edge pool at the resort’s Adults’ Only zone, an over-water spa and daily yoga sessions on the beach while the adjoining Rangalifinolhu caters for families with a kids’ club and pool. There is just as much pampering potential at the elegant Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, only a 30 minutes yacht ride away from Male International Airport. Spread across three gorgeous islands that you can explore by bicycle, it has a world-class spa sanctuary, ten specialty destination dining venues and bars including Terra an elevated treetop restaurant, Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park – a water recreation area and enriching activities for kids, as well as a Personal Concierge service to customize your stay experience to your every wish.

It’s a livelier proposition altogether at SAii Lagoon Maldives, a Curio Collection by Hilton, just 15 minutes away from Male by speedboat that pairs the sanctuary of staying on a private island with The Marina @ CROSSROADS across a short footbridge. The first integrated complex of its kind in the Maldives, it combines a yacht marina with buzzing shops, cafes, bars and restaurants (these include Café del Mar, the renowned beach club from Ibiza and Japanese restaurant Nihonbashi). There is also a Maldives Discovery Centre, where guests can find out more about the marine life and local traditions.

Make your Maldives holiday truly unforgettable with unmissable adventures such as a speedboat trip to castaway islands, stopping off for a lunchtime picnic on a deserted sandy spit; learning more about the rich Maldivian culture and watching the sun set on a champagne cruise. And afterwards, return to your resort for dinner, perhaps feasting on freshly caught lobster and sesame sea scallops at an open-air restaurant on stilts. Or Thai-inspired noodles with a beachfront backdrop. Take your dining experiences to a whole new level with an elevated treetop setting or an undersea restaurant with coral garden views and a fusion menu. And after a nightcap under the stars, your villa is only a slow sandy stroll away.

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