The Maldives archipelago is located on top of the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the planet’s lowest country. It is also the country with the lowest natural highest point in the world, at 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in). Continue reading to see more.

5. Kuramathi Island Resort

Like many of the Maldives based resorts, the Kuramathi Island Resort is built upon the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, allowing direct water access from many of the 290 villas. As the name would suggest, this resort is located on the Kuramathi Island and features everything you would expect from a luxury resort including restaurants, spa, pool, and incredible villas.

4. Moofushi Resort

The simplistic design of the beachfront property keeps the focus on the natural elements surrounding the resort, but there’s no detail left behind, especially as seen in all of their fabulous fine dining establishments and bars throughout the property. Illuminated pathways, hammocks in the water, vibrant and light colors, gorgeous natural materials.

3. Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi is a smaller scaled resort, featuring 45 gorgeous accommodations all with environmentally friendly specifications in mind. Everything is set in the sparkling lagoon, some of which can only be reached via boat or jetski. Your own private water garden and sun deck, outdoor shower and more all give the user the utmost freedom in how you choose to spend your stay, and experience all sorts of new things.

2. Anantara Kihavah Villas

Indulge your senses at the spa, lounge at the dining pavilion, have a drink in the underwater wine cellar, or just hide out in one of the 74 one-bedroom villas or four two-bedroom suites available.The water hovering pool villas are all independent with private entries, and the amenities are amazing. The interiors are spectacular, with private pools, high timber ceilings all around and even natural marble floors.

1. Park Hyatt Hadahaa

There is an exclusive number of 50 villas on the property, with only a few being in the water themselves. The design of the villas is contemporary without being too sleek, yet still keeping the relaxed islander feel. The main attractions other than the landscape include the five star dining and private pools, dive center, renowned spa and custom excursions.

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