BEACH DESTINATION: MALDIVES, SONEVA FUSHI
Located off the Indian sub-continent the Maldives is made up of nearly 1,200 islands, most of them uninhibited. A tropical paradise of pristine beaches and stunning coral reefs and marine life, Mr and Mrs Smith explain why the Soneva Fushi resort is the ideal place to stay with your family to experience the beauty of the Maldives.
Where to stay:
Boutique hotel Soneva Fushi's eco-chic villas, a private-island getaway on unspoilt Kunfundhoo. Responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the resort's philosophy. It has one of the largest solar power plants in the Maldives, and the resort has kept pockets of the island's coastline untouched so turtles can continue there. All the villas have an indoor-outdoor feel, with garden bathrooms, cost outdoor seating areas, and rustic-chic interiors of wood and crisp cottons. Cast off your shoes and your worries, with a superb spa, mesmerising house reef and ask-for-anything butler service.
What to do or see:
The island has four snorkelling access points; with Manta Rays and Turtles regularly sighted on the house reef, entire days can easily be filled drifting gently above the marine spectacle. There's also a diving school for beginners and confirmed PADI divers alike. Evenings can also be spent counting Saturn's rings in the Observatory.
Parents will love:
Set around a pond and waterfall nestles in the jungle, the indulgent Six Senses spa is as much about soothing the soul as the body. Local coconut is used in body scrub and massage treatments, and there are massage workshops, meditation training and yoga classes too.
Kids will love:
Every age is catered to-from the quiet toddlers sleeping areas and their own safe, shallow pool to zip line through the jungle and the DJ corner for teens. Definitely take a trip to Kudarikilu island to visit the local museum, privately owned and run with the largest collection of symbols and proof of ancient history in Maldives- your little ones will be fascinated!
Don't forget to pack:
It's more about what not to pack: for a truly blissed-out castaway experience, leave the phone charger at home. And don't bother with shoes-no one on the island wears them.