Maldives getaways

MELANIE ANDERSON loves island holidays and rates the Maldives as the best of them all

Children’s drawings of islands might look a lot like Kurumba — an oval of emerald green fringed by a white beach and encircled by shades of blue… azure, turquoise, cerulean, sapphire.

It is here that my partner Harry and I fall in love with island life.

One of the closest resorts to the Maldives’ capital Male, Kurumba has outstanding gardens. It also has a superb house reef, just on the other side of the rock walls that circle the island.

Our traditional Maldivian bure, with its pitched timber roof, indoor-outdoor bathroom, king-size bed facing the sea and luxe touches is a delight.

Later, we visit Velassaru, a sister resort to Kurumba and a half-hour boat ride away from Male, across the Vaadhoo Channel.

Barefoot five-star style is Velarussa’s signature and evident from the moment we step into the sand-floor reception area and are invited to pack away our shoes for the rest of our stay.

Again, we have a beachfront bure with a beach-sand garden and direct access to the sea. Here the indoor-outdoor bathroom is particularly lovely, with its own lush tropical garden and tiny coloured LED lights which create a fairyland ambience at night.

Then there is the Conrad Rangali, in the South Ari Atoll, which comprises three “destinations” — a beach resort on one island, a quiet water villa resort on another and a spa on stilts over the Conrad’s own lagoon.

The two resort islands are linked by a 500m walkway with a midway platform — the seaplane lounge from where guests arrive and depart.

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