What could be more luxurious than an escape to a desert island? The Maldives – with its barefoot-ready beaches slipping into clear waters – is real castaway territory. It’s made up of more than 1,000 Indian Ocean isles, so the sea life here is nothing short of amazing. Don your snorkel and your swim gear and wade into the bath-warm waters. You can spot everything from colourful clownfish to massive manta rays. Most of luxury hotels here have suites on stilts above the water, so you can jump straight into the bright blue, too. When you’re not in the water or kicking back with a cocktail in hand on the soft sands, there’s always a hammock to be swayed and a massage to be booked.