Best of the Best 2002: Travel: Best Destinations: The Maldives

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2002
  • Bobbie Leigh

The Maldives, a chain of low-lying, palm-fringed islands and atolls scattered across the equator in the Indian Ocean, is the ultimate locale for an aquatic escape. With crystal-clear lagoons, white powdery sand beaches, and pristine coral reefs, the Maldives are a mecca for sailing, surfing, snorkeling, and diving. Deep-sea fishing is another large draw, but it is the islands’ laid-back luxury as much as the thrill of catching a 250-pound tuna with a bamboo pole that makes the Maldives so enticing.

The natural beauty is best experienced by staying at one of the resorts erected on stilts over the tranquil blue waters encircled by spectacular coral reefs. Villas with rooftop terraces for moonlit dining, the bar, and even the spa are all built above water at the Soneva Gili Resort and Spa (www.sixsenses.com/soneva-gili). Equally delightful is the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa (www.fourseasons.com), with beach suites and bungalows situated over lagoons.

From Around the Web...
For each of these hotels, the term presidential suite takes on a new meaning…
The renovation added a library and bar and updated the sleeping pods with en suite bathrooms…
The Quintessentially Lifestyle experience includes a private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel…
The camp now has larger accommodations and an over-the-top suite named for a legendary explorer…
Machu Picchu is just the beginning as the new resort opens up the heart of the Inca Empire…
New vacation add-on from Black Tomato takes vacation photos to new heights…
Photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand
Propelled by luxury and beauty, South Korea’s megacity has become a new capital of culture…
A 10-day trip of a lifetime introduces discerning Robb Report VIPs the Land of the Long White Cloud…
Photo by Hadrien Brunner
A newly restored château is available for private rental in the French countryside…
Despite what you may have read, Rio is a vibrant city with uniquely diverse neighborhoods…