Many of the Maldives' five-star resorts are equipped with sensational world-class spas, but not many can trump this newcomer. Standing on stilts above  a starfish-strewn lagoon, comprising eight massive treatment rooms - the biggest that we've seen in the Indian Ocean - Maalifushi is the ideal honeymoon retreat for spa lovers.

The long, nurturing strokes of the signature Como Shambhala Massage will lull you into a state of bliss, or for serious knotted muscles there's the deeper, more invigorating Taksu Massage.


Facials come in two varieties: French (Guinot treatments) and Ayurvedic (the Sundari range). The pick of the latter, the Age Defying Firming Facial, uses gotu kola, an Asian plant reputed to regenerate the skin. With gargantuan windows cast open to the elements and giant outdoor baths, the spa is as close to nature as it gets.

Como's stripped-back decor adds to the castaway feel - think swathes of bleached wood, wafting linens and white pebbles.

With Como Shambhala menus available in both restaurants, dishes are low-fat, low-sugar, low-carb and packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Best of all, thanks to Maalifushi's far-flung location in the southernmost Thaa Atoll, there's none of the visual pollution (barges, cranes, cruise ships) found at resorts closer to the capital. It's just you, the ocean and the sky…


WOW FACTOR: Epic yoga sessions with Indian goddess Rupali Salunke, one of the best yogis in the southern hemisphere.

GO: Carrier ( offers seven nights from £2,540 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours, 30 minutes