While there's no disputing the warm welcome at Landaa Giraavaru, the service is cleverly non-intrusive: each 137sq m beach villa is nestled in a remote jungle 'rainforest' and there's a real sense of privacy.

Your huge room opens onto a palatial terrace. There, you'll find a lap pool and, beyond it, your private stretch of beach, with another four-poster to cuddle on. Bicycles are provided, if the stroll to dinner or the main beach is too much effort. And don't miss that beach - there's an infinity pool built into it. At night, drinking cocktails at Blu bar, built over the sea on a neon-lit jetty, while feeding the rays and sharks that gather beneath (don't panic - they're little ones), is an unforgettable experience.

WOW FACTOR How about a six-course champagne dinner on your own private sandbank? Just have your complimentary speedboat whizz you home before the tide comes in!

FLIGHT TIME 9hrs from the UK

GO The Turquoise Holiday Company www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk offers seven nights from £2,749 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers