LOCATION North Ari Atoll, one of the closest groups of islands to Male.
WHO BOOKS? Glossy types who enjoy fine wine and expect nothing less than impeccable service.
ROOM LUST Rooms are palatia l- some of the beach villas are even two-storey affairs. Traditionally tropical, they feature high rafted ceilings, dark-wood shutters and marble floors, plus Asian accents abound. Everything is designed with grown-ups in mind. No trendy gimmicks here.
RELAX… Halaveli's main beach is one of the best stretches of bone-white perfection in the Indian Ocean. Enough said.
ACTION! All the usual watersports: pedal boating, windsurfing and kayaking are free. For diving, catamaran hire, waterskiing and banana boat rides, there is a fee attached. The resort offers tennis and yoga.
WE LOVE Eating at Halaveli. Its three restaurants are in a class of their own. Jing, the most formal one, is particularly special. It offers decadent Asian flavours in a setting that is beyond romantic: half way up Halaveli's jetty (the longest in the Maldives). You can hear the waves breaking all around you as you tuck in.
GET THERE 25- minutes by seaplane from Male. Or 75 minutes by boat.
Turquoise Holidays offer seven nights B&B in a water villa from £2,550 per person. To book call 01494 678 400 or visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk for more details or email email@example.com