What an unexpected delight it was to find the Maldives! For those who aren't familiar (we weren't), it's a ring of 1200 islands located about 600 miles south of the southern most tip of India. We'd heard of it many times over the years from multiple well-traveled friends who'd said it was their favorite place on earth. So we gambled and added it to our around the world itinerary. Not a trivial thing to do as it took four long flights to get into and out of this tiny slice of paradise. Was it worth it? Oh yeah. We're planning on returning in 2019!
We stayed at Veligandu Resort, which encompasses the entire island. Sounds huge? You could walk the entire island in about 15 minutes.
The images below are not Photoshopped. The water really looks like liquid aquamarine.