SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED, MAAFUSHIVARU IN THE SOUTH ARI ATOLL may not be widely known but therein lies its appeal for the A-list. Quick to get to and infinitely discreet, models and moguls can frolic with the sand in their toes in the safe knowledge that the paparazzi only get whisper of it after they are long gone. Villas are light and airy, taking none of the limelight from the spectacular paradise-scapes outside, and there’s plenty of first-rate cuisine to choose from at the resort’s Mediterranean and Japanese restaurants. Best of all, with just 48 villas, there’s nothing to disturb the peace (and the romance, of course).

INSIDER TIP: Book a picnic or sleepover on Lonubo, Maafushivaru’s uninhabited sister island.

BOOK IT: 10 nights including full board and seaplane transfers from £3,005 per person. Overnight experience on Lonubo from £224 per person.

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