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.

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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.

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WOW FACTOR: The 'tree-house villas' - three metres above the ground - are unique.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

GO: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk for more details or email bridesenquiries@turquoiseholidays.co.uk