Whispery, secluded, minimal, boring… if that's what you've been told about the Maldives, you've clearly not heard about LUX*.

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This is the polar opposite: a large, dynamic resort with tons to do; seven restaurants, six bars, 193 villas, yet still five-star and extra-decadent. The boundless options are what this luxury-destination resort has perfected. A typical day might be: an early kayak around the luminous lagoon, a boat trip and guided snorkel to see whale sharks (in the area year-round), a sushi lunch in the shade, stumbling across a special treat in a hidden bottle, and a spa treatment in a water villa with a glass floor to watch marine life float past.

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Rumour has it if ever a staff member leaves, they return within a week begging for their job back. The resort manager has even been known to fly about the lagoon on a water jetpack. Whispery and boring? You must be joking.

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WOW FACTOR A calming meditation walk in the warm lagoon with a personal trainer.

GO Rooms cost from £137 www.luxresorts.com; Qatar Airways www.qatarairways.com return flights start at £720. Trans Maldivian Air www.transmaldivian.com runs a regular 15-min seaplane to LUX*

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