8. Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island
Conrad Maldives boasts the Maldives’ most iconic restaurant. Venture 16 feet below the ocean to dine at one of the world’s most extraordinary venues, with 180° views of marine life through its glass walls and arched glass roof. The two islands that make up the resort are quite distinct and a 500 yard timber footbridge connects the main hub of Rangalifinolhu with the smaller Rangali Island — ideal if you’re seeking a tranquil escape with access to the facilities of the larger island. On Rangalifinolhu, the atmosphere is cool and lively and inspired venues range from a cinema under the stars to a cheese and wine bar. Almost every type of cuisine is covered here, from the eight show kitchens at the sand-floored Atoll Market to the Koko Grill – an exclusive, candlelit, Japanese live cooking venue on the beach. Accommodation is split over the two islands: spacious Beach Villas and Deluxe Beach Villas with private plunge pools on Rangalifinolhu Island and a range of water villas off Rangali Island. If you’re planning a pampering escape, the Retreat Water Villas have a separate, private treatment room.