Few places on the planet are more photogenic than the Maldives, a scattering of 1200 Indian ocean islands. This is a paradise for divers, surfers and sailors and each of its stunning resorts is set on its own private island, offering everything from underwater spas to open-air cinemas and sunken cellars to treetop restaurants.

TIME ZONE: GMT +5 hours | CURRENCY: Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR), which is a non-convertible currency, so you will not be able to exchange it outside the country. | LANGUAGES: Dhivehi, but English is widely spoken in resorts. |