Maldives

I was recently lucky enough to visit Maldives, a group of 26 atolls known for its stunning natural beauty and incredible coral reefs, situated in the Indian Ocean.

From white tipped reef sharks, dolphins and graceful manta rays to spectacular underwater coral worlds, the natural plant and wild life on these islands is astounding.

To reach the Maldives you’ll most likely arrive at Male, the capital, then catch a sea plane to your individual atoll. Most of the islands are tiny and generally owned by one hotel or resort.

Once on your island you are unlikely to leave it, except maybe to go snorkelling on the nearest coral reef. Shopping here is limited to the hotel shops (which can be ludicrously expensive) unless you are near Male or a more residential island where there may be day trips

Despite the lack of shops here tourists to the islands do seem to be rather style conscious. The general vibe is laid back beach chic. For the evening take white linens shirts and chinos for men and floaty or jewelled pretty dresses for women. By day accessorise your bold block coloured or printed bikinis with ethnic layered up jewellery and a straw fedora or trilby hat. As the islands are made up of sand and wooden walk ways, heels are definitely not the most practical footwear.

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