Maldives: Into the deep

I’m several metres below the surface when a manta ray ghosts past, almost brushing the mask off my face. I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t hear it coming. And even if humans could hear meaningfully underwater, I’m pretty sure it would have spooked me anyway

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Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives

Luxury travellers looking for privacy, personalised service, pampering spa treatments and rewarding local experiences can rest assured that this high-end private island resort ticks all the boxes
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Taj Exotica: Tropical bliss in the Maldives

Peaceful pampering, thrilling activities and romantic seclusion await guests at the luxurious Taj Exotica in the Maldives

Where to stay in the Maldives

This chain of coral isles criss-crossed by bright white yachts and cherry-red seaplanes shuttling guests to some of the most beautiful hotels has become one of the world's most enticing destinations

Bandos Island: A close shave

Swimming with sharks beneath the Maldives in a delicate world that's under threat from global warming

Experience The Maldives

Soak up the magic of the Maldives with Adaaran’s exclusive resorts, and discover a tiny nation offering big experiences