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Velassaru, Maldives

Long stretches of sand meet the limpid turquoise lagoon on this private island getaway in the Maldives. Bask in the glow of the afternoon sun while reclining on your sun lounger, cocktail in hand and let your worries disappear. Stay at Velassaru and choose between a room on the beach surrounded by soft white sand or suspended over the azure waters with direct access into the warm lagoon.

Five restaurants each offering a unique twist to their cuisine offer a range of dining and culinary experiences reflecting the exotic surroundings and two bars which are perfect for meeting with friends for a relaxing night overlooking the ocean or just indulging in a nightcap before bed. For a more intimate and romantic meal guests can take a Dhoni out to a secluded sand bank with a luxury hamper filled with delicious food and tropical juices and explore the coral bank or admire the 360 degree views of the ocean.

Guests can also get the chance to dive with a myriad of marine life with the on-site diving centre. Suitable for novice divers and seasoned professionals, the dive centre has a range of PADI courses and over 60 vibrant and breath-taking sites to explore, if you’re lucky you might encounter some manta rays, reef sharks and hawksbill turtle or maybe even dolphins.

If staying above the water is more your thing there are a variety of water sports to keep you entertained and explore the lagoon such as wakeboarding, parasailing, water skiing, kayaking and windsurfing.

The Spa has ten overwater treatment rooms and a hydropool perched over the ocean allowing full relaxation and invigoration while still making the most of the Maldivian horizon. Signature treatments, massages, wraps, facials and body scrubs are all performed by the expert therapists for ultimate rejuvenation and revitalisation.