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Guide To The Maldives

Few parts of the earth are as synonymous with luxury as the Maldives, though it hasn’t always been thus: the archipelago in the Indian Ocean only began courting tourists in the 1970s, and many of the most extravagant island retreats came later.

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Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, The Maldives

One of five Adaaran resorts in the Maldives, the Prestige Vadoo is just a short speedboat ride from urban Malé.

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AVANI+ Riverside, Bangkok

Sunset Friday evening and the cocktails are going down a treat twenty-six storeys up at SEEN, the rooftop bar of the AVANI+ Riverside hotel.

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Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is a luxury all-inclusive retreat perched high up on a ridge overlooking the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers, northern Thailand’s natural border with Myanmar and Laos.

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Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru, Maldives

Our nifty 19 seater takes us over stunning aqua blue seas from Malé and right up to the jetty of the Movenpick, where the staff are assembled to wave in the new arrivals.

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Kandima Maldives Hotel

If your typical Maldives hotel is discreet and understated, then Kandima Maldives feels like the funky younger cousin.

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