If there’s anywhere on earth that truly captures the spirit of a castaway Robinson Crusoe experience, it has to be the Maldives. Of 1,192 coral islands across 26 atolls, just 200 are inhabited. Whether you’re pairing a few nights of private cruising with one of the country’s spectacular castaway hotels or embarking on an adventurous odyssey at sea, the Maldives has plenty to suit every luxury traveller’s desire.
Onboard your private yacht in the Maldives, you’ll sail past tiny islets spilling fauna onto shores strewn with a thousand shells, untouched by the blueprint of a designer retreat. The palest jade rings mark lagoons, set with sun-scorched sand banks, edges sculpted by the currents of the Indian Ocean. Swell-specialists and wave- wallflowers alike can learn to surf at breaks far off the beaten track.
Beneath the Maldivian waves, staghorn coral reaches skyward alongside delicate sea fans. Silvered needlefish graze the surface and schools of neon fusilier and skittish blue-stripe snapper dart across the reef. Angelfish drift by, clownfish snuggle into anemones, lionfish guard rocky lairs and sea turtles circle overhead, soaking their ancient shells with equatorial sunshine. The Maldives is a veritable sweetshop for underwater aficionados, with scores of dive sites.