Butfortheultimateluxury,bookintothewatervillaswhicheachboasttheirownterracewithuninterruptedviewsacrossthelagoonandtheIndianOceanbeyond。

Theresnobetterfeelingthanrollingoutofbedinthemorningandsteppingstraightintothewarmturquoisesea。

Thoughifyouwantlotsoffishonyourdoorstepitsbesttoheadforthewaterbungalowsonthecorneroftheisland。

Thegentlecurrentacrossthelagoonmeansthewaterthereisthickwithangelfishandparrotfish。

Theislandhastwobarsandfourrestaurantsofferingcuisinefromaroundtheworld。

GastronomesmightbetemptedbytheupmarketMediterraneanflavoursandwinesattheEtesianrestaurant。

ButmyfavouriteswereTurquoisefortheMaldiviancurries(onlytakeupthechefsofferofmakingthemauthenticifyourefeelingreallybrave),andSands,whereyoucanfeastondeliciousteppanyakiwhileperchedoverthelagoon。

ButavisittoVelassaruisntjustaboutrelaxinginluxuryandstretchingyourwaistbandwithfabulousfood。

Thegoodnewsforanyonewhomaybeworriedabouttheonsetofcabinfeveristhattheresawholelistofactivitiestogetstuckintotoo。

Theislandhasadedicateddiveschoolcompletewithitsownmarinebiologist。

IdidmyfirstdiveinVelassaruanditwasthebestexperienceofthewholetrip。

ButyoudonthavetobeabletodivetoenjoytheamazingarrayofmarinelifeintheMaldives。

FortheultimatetripthestaffatVelassaruofferyouaspeedboattriptoyourveryownmid-oceandesertisland。

Oncethereyoullfindapicnichamper,yourownpersonalwaiter,stunningunderwaterviewsfromtheedgeofthereefandsomeofthebestsnorkellingyoucanimagine,withturtles,raysanddolphinsregularvisitors。

SinceElNi?

o,thelocalstellmethewetseasonhasbeenalotdrier。

SoyoudonthavetocomeintheDecembertoAprilhighseason–andpaypremiumprices–toenjoyasun-drenchedholidayintheMaldivesanymore。

Thesedaysitreallyisanall-year-rounddestination。

Kuoni(01306-747008)offerssevennightsBBatthefive-starVelassaruMaldives,includingdirectflightsfromHeathrowwithtransfers。

PricesforOctober2009from£1,205perpersonbasedontwosharing。

Threeotherparadiseresorts

Mauritius

TheIntercontinentalhasatwo-tierinfinitypoolandarooftopspa。

Ratesstartfrom£110。

Ichotelsgroup。

com,0870-4009650。

Tahiti

LeTahaaIslandResortSpaissituatedonitsownprivatecoralisland。

Doubleroomscostfrom£577。

SeeLetahaa。

com。

TheSeychelles

EveryvillaatMaiahasaprivateinfinitypool。

Roomscostfrom£1,739pernight。

SeeMaia。

com。

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