Bliss in the Maldives

A geological eccentricity nestled in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives islands are a series of ancient coral reefs that grew up around the sides of towering prehistoric volcanoes. These immense structures have long since sunk into the ocean, leaving behind coral islands of incredible natural beauty.

Its picturesque cobalt blue waters have attracted many luxury resorts over the years the country (and its tourism board) have successfully made it synonymous with “paradise”, whether it be for honeymooners, families, or even individual sun worshipers looking for a getaway.

Luxury resorts in Maldives cater to the wealthy or those looking to splurge. An all-inclusive seven days stay can cost around $10,000 for two. That’s the downside. Upside is that they’ve anticipated every need so any possible amenity is included.

The following pictures are of the Reethi Rah Resort which is located on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll. Surrounded by endless white sand coves and turquoise bays, all 130 private villas enjoy beautiful ocean views and direct access to the lagoon. 98 Beach Villas are secluded by lush tropical greenery, while 32 Water Villas are set above the clear, protected waters of the lagoon.

This is life stripped down to simplicity: bright blue skies, all-year sunshine, and fantastic diving and snorkeling in lagoons the temperature of bath water. Makes me want to go now.