There’s no paradise quite like the Maldives islands. This group of 26 atolls, spread across the Indian Ocean, features beautiful lagoons and powder-soft beaches that appear unreal — the sights will leave you breathless. Underwater, you’ll find a paradise of colorful marine life. Here, each resort is on its own island, making this destination ideal for privacy and some of the best luxury amenities. Lounge in your own private plunge pool, dine in an underwater restaurant, or enjoy a world-class spa experience. Let yourself be captivated and recharge.

Gateway city: Male

Best time to travel: Year round

Highlights: Male — National Museum, Ari Atoll, Ihuru, Kulhudhuffushi, Hithadhoo