Powder-white beaches, incredible sea life and, best of all, peace and quiet, are things I could never tire of.
Also, being a destination primarily visited by honeymooners, privacy, standards and service (and therefore prices, too) are always high.
However, if you do worry about getting restless, moving around might be the answer.
My boyfriend and I stayed at two of Coco Collection’s resorts, which both have their own styles and we enjoyed different, equally incredible, experiences.
First up was Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in the Baa Atoll, a 30-minute seaplane flight from capital city Malé’s international airport.
There’s no better first impression of the Maldives than flying over the seemingly-endless Indian Ocean, dotted with hundreds of tiny islands ringed with bright turquoise lagoons and reefs.
Here we upgraded to one of the 12 lagoon villas, perched on stilts over the clear, shallow water where you’ll regularly spot shoals of fish, rays and baby reef sharks.
Dhuni Kolhu is the epitome of barefoot luxury and, situated in a UNESCO biosphere reserve, it’s very much focused on sustainability.
I was delighted to discover a turtle rescue centre on the island – one of just three in the Maldives – where animals found with horrific injuries from fishing nets are brought for treatment and hopefully rehabilitation.
Guests can walk around the tanks, watch the turtles being fed and speak to the passionate vets who care for them.
Most resorts in the Maldives offer a plentiful programme of excursions to keep even the most fidgety holidaymakers occupied.
We did a dolphin spotting boat trip early one morning, a short visit to a local village on a neighbouring island and an afternoon snorkelling around some of the best coral reefs I’ve ever seen.
Food options have to be varied, too. In addition to the ever-changing Cowrie buffet restaurant, there’s also a Thai restaurant, beach bar and a barbecue twice a week.
As we prepared to leave the island and head to our next destination, it was hard to believe this could be topped.
Once back at Malé, we took a comfortable speedboat journey on to the nearby Coco Bodu Hithi resort.
Here we checked into an island villa, which was certainly no step down in our eyes – it was absolutely huge, with a circular bathtub big enough to do laps in, a private pool on one side and direct access to the beach on the other. Bodu Hithi is Dhuni Kolhu’s bigger, newer and shinier younger sister.
There are six restaurants to choose between, from Aqua’s seafood offerings to authentic Japanese cuisine at Tsuki, plus a heavenly spa set over the lagoon. We also tried some of their Uniquely Coco experiences, privately arranged for just you and your partner or family.
One evening we took a romantic sunset cruise around the island, while the next day we tried our hand at fishing in the traditional line-and-hook method, attempting to catch that night’s dinner (we weren’t particularly successful, but fortunately didn’t go hungry).
Another morning I had a personal underwater tour around the island’s house reefs with the resident marine biologist, and I swam right next to Hawksbill turtles. It was almost enough to make me pack in the day job and join her.
Part of the beauty of the Maldives is being able to do as much or as little as you like, but splitting up the trip is an excellent way to see more of this incredible country. And with more than one thousand islands, there are plenty more for me to explore.
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