Villingili is unique in the Maldives thanks to its size and location, lying at the most southerly tip of Addu Atoll, just south of the equator.
Its 12 hectares boast a profusion of flora and fauna, including coconut and Banyan trees and native flowers and birds, drawn to the lagoons. The villas are jaw-dropping in their dimensions (each is at least 166sqm) and luxe feel.
As well as 25 nearby dive sites there are also 'snorkel gardens' close to the shore. With beach-side dining, an Asian-fusion restaurant, a yacht for cocktails and the Maldives' first nine-hole golf course, Villingili will keep you amused.
Cycle to the five neighbouring islands via a 17km wooden road and enjoy a slice of local life as fishermen bring their daily catch into a café (we loved the chilli prawns and fresh tuna). If 'castaway island' sounds a bit too slow, this is definitely your kind of Maldives.
WOW FACTOR: The 'tree-house villas' - three metres above the ground - are unique.
FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours
WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring