he latest resort in the Maldives archipelago opened this month on a secluded sliver of sand known as Vagaru Island. Here, 61 thatched villas stand along a pristine shore, lapped by the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean. All have private decks and plunge pools, with airy, whitewashed interiors. There are four restaurants, a spa and a Padi-certified dive centre which leads to coral reefs and exotic aquatic life, and offers boat trips out to neighbouring atolls.
Viceroy, Vagaru Island, Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives (00 960 654 5000; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com). Doubles from US$1,350 (£900), B&B. Diving from US$110 (£73).