A thrilling 10-minute speed-boat ride from Malé airport, Kurumba is so near the Maldives capital you can be enjoying your welcome drinks within half an hour of your plane touching down. If you like the idea of idyllic isles dotted in a turquoise sea but are worried about feeling trapped, Kurumba could be the resort for you. Spread over 48 acres, there are nine restaurants, a PADI dive centre and an Aquum spa. A golf-buggy tour takes you past tropical-flower and vegetable gardens (where much of the resort's produce is grown). With so many restaurants to choose from, you can dine on dishes from a different country - from Lebanon to Japan - almost every night.
Wow factor: You don't have to dive to enjoy the sea life - reef-tip sharks can be spotted even in the shallow waters. Flight time: From 10 hours to Malé. Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk for more details or email <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>