The best destination for beach-lovers demanding a luxurious holiday, is unarguably this beautiful country in the Indian Ocean—Maldives. With an elevation of just 1.5m from sea level, it is the world’s lowest, and Asia’s smallest country. An archipelago of nearly 1200 islands, Maldives is known to have some of the best white-sand beaches in the world, and is visited by millions of people every year. Apart from abundant luxury resorts and stays, the country’s rich marine biodiversity makes for some of the best underwater adventures in the world.
Deep-sea diving or snorkelling in Maldives is an experience to remember for a lifetime. Vivid coral walls, great caves, and some of the world’s largest tropical fish can be found in its waters. Maldives with its rich scenery is no less than a paradise. The white-sand beaches lining the blue waters rarely let visitors explore other attractions of the country. Regardless, it has plenty of sightseeing opportunities on its many islands. The Old Friday Mosque is the country’s oldest, dating back to 1656. Carved in coral stone, the mosque has verses from the Quran chiselled in its decorations, and is a beautiful site to visit and take in the country’s equally rich culture as well. Maldives’ National Museum is a gift from China, and contains in it a wide collection of artefacts, idols, weaponry, among other things. The artefacts preserve the history of these islands that have now become a favourite among travellers from around the globe.
Maldives is home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the world, with each resort having its private island. The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, and Taj Coral Reef are among the best in the country, offering luxury accommodation, private pools, in-room spa services and exquisite fine-dining options.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Kaafu Atoll, North Central Province, Maldives