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

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2002

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.

These 42 incredible adventure getaways promise fun for the whole family…
Escape from the throngs of tourists at Angkor Wat to secluded villa retreats…
The new Sanctuary Collection of suites takes a top resort in Mauritius to another level of luxury…
This retro-chic resort takes a modern approach to the classic British farmhouse…
The recently renovated ships feature all-new woodwork, upholstered furniture, and more…
US Open - Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
These New York hotels offer extravagant amenities and close proximity to the grand-slam tennis...
A Global Journey by Private Jet, October 13 through November 4, 2016...
Photo by Thomas Hart Shelby
Robb Report’s senior travel editor visits Los Cabos’ hottest new hotel to open since Hurricane...
Photo by Giorgio Salvatori
Italy’s storied Motor Valley is best understood from the seat of a vintage roadster...
Now travelers can touch down within a few miles of Mukul, the boutique beach, golf, and spa resort…