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Known for its perfect climate, turquoise waters and wide variety of colorful coral reefs, Maldives is a year-round vacation destination. It is the smallest Asian country in population and land area, but also one of the most dispersed in the world, with 1,190 islands — only 200 of which are inhabited. Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives enjoys temperatures of 75-91 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, making it an ideal beach getaway location for any season. For adventure-seekers, it offers great diving conditions, watersports and land excursions. For those in need of a little R&R, Maldives boasts excellent spa and wellness retreats, and is also a popular destination for honeymooners. Read more about Maldives hotels, spas and vacation ideas in our guide.

Jumeirah Hotel Group Opens Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives Resort
Rounding out a year of notable hotel openings, the Jumeirah hotel group launched the Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives resort, featuring 91 villa suites, all with individual pools.
Jumeirah Vittaveli resort in the Maldives features 91 villa suites, many perched over a lagoon and all with individual pools

Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives
Overwater Villas and Underwater Dining in the Maldives

The Anantara resort brand brings a new level of luxury — not to mention an underwater restaurant — to the Maldives with the opening of Anantara Kihavah Villas this spring.

Best Spas in Maldives

With views of the peaceful underwater sea life or looking out onto the turquoise Indian Ocean, these top spas have indulgent treatments in awe-inspiring surroundings unlike anywhere else.
Away Spa in the Maldives

A room in a beach suite at Waldorf Astoria Maldives
Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Waldorf Astoria Maldives on the small island of Manafaru boasts 83 thatched villas, complete with king-size beds, iPod hookups, private pools and open-air bathrooms.

Angsana Resort & Spa Ihuru

Blending villa living, holistic spa pleasures and ecological adventures, Angsana Maldives Ihuru also offers palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters and pristine reefs.
Angsana Resort & Spa Ihuru

The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

One of the most prestigious gatherings of yachts in the world, the Monaco Yacht Show is an exhibition of 100 super yachts and 500 companies over a course of three days.

For more information, visit the Maldives Tourism Board at

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(Updated: 01/11/12 CT)

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