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One dazzling desert island surrounded by a luminous lagoon not enough for you?

How about a trip to Conrad Maldives, the only resort in the island nation that has accommodation spread over two islands (connected by a 500m footbridge or five minutes by motorised wooden boat), one of them - where we checked into a deluxe water villa - strictly adults only.


Given that two-thirds of the islands in the Maldives are less than half a kilometre square, the relatively massive Rangali is perfect for exploring.

Yet even with 150 villas, it's easy to find deserted spots on the beach for private moments á deux.

The resort boasts seven restaurants, making this a foodie heaven after dark. You'll be wowed by the Wine Cellar with its dining table flanked by 4,500 bottles of wine and, at the Sunset Grill, you can try the best chilli squid money can buy.


You won't even have to leave your villa to get in touch with nature.Brightly coloured parrots swoop past the windows, crabs scurry along the sand, and the island's herons have no qualms about gatecrashing your Jacuzzi.

WOW FACTOR: Even if you don't dine at Ithaa - the world's first all-glass underwater restaurant - make sure you book a visit for late-morning cocktails of strawberries, mango and champagne. As the sunlight streamed through the surface of the ocean above us, small sharks and brightly coloured fish zoomed past. Who needs a snorkel?

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours.

GO: Beach villas cost from £388, b&b while British Airways return flights start at £817 per person. Return seaplane transfers cost from £303.

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As you enjoy a back and neck massage in the hotel's private lounge at Malé airport before your seaplane transfer, you'll understand why the Conrad Rangali has a reputation for taking care of its guests from the moment they arrive. The Conrad is one of the larger resorts in the Maldives, with two islands connected by a 500-metre bridge, so there's no shortage of facilities and activities to keep you busy, and seemingly endless amounts of soft white sand. Not only are there seven restaurants (including fine teppanyaki beach-side dining at the Koko Grill), two spas and a first-class watersports centre, but you also don't have to go far to see what the Maldives is all about - the Conrad's house reef is a magical underwater world of iridescent movement and colour. Wow factor: The Ithaa Undersea restaurant - spotted eagle stingrays glide by as you eat. Flight time: From 10 hours via Malé. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit for more details or email