Laze away in the sanctuary of an overwater bungalow, and admire some of the world’s most exotic marine life during a snorkeling excursion. Dine underwater. Get a massage underwater. Go clubbing — you guessed it — underwater. If this sounds like a dream vacation, you can experience it all in the Maldives: a chain of nearly 1,200 gorgeous islands that fan out across the Indian Ocean.
Most of the isles are uninhabited, but the ones that are feature some of the most over-the-top experiences for adventure travelers and sybarites alike. Island hopping is a must, which can be achieved with speedboat transfers, seaplanes, or local ferries and cruises.
Some of the planet’s best diving sites can be found in the Ari and Addu Atolls, and certainly, you’ll never want for pristine, white-sand beaches and the clearest of cerulean ocean views. With the country’s highest point measuring in at just 8 feet above sea level, you’ll truly be at one with the water.
At its core, a trip to the Maldives is all about relaxation; so why worry about something as silly as pricey line items during your luxurious vacation?
Many of the top-rated properties in the archipelago offer “half board” or “full board” options, in which just breakfast or breakfast and dinner are offered as part of the nightly rate.
Keep in mind, however, that there are surprisingly few true all-inclusive in the Maldives, and even fewer packages that include high-end liquor.
To help you sort through the options, we’ve picked out favorite Maldivian hideaways that take the all-inclusive concept seriously, including epicurean delights, dreamy accommodations, and ultra-luxe extras. There might even be a private lagoon with your name on it.