Maldives – This is the perfect destination for adventurous families

As the only resort to open in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll, in the archipelago’s tranquil southern reaches, COMO Maalifushi is entirely surrounded by a thriving house reef. Under the waves, find a circus of branching corals, butterflyfish, parrotfish and octopus, while on land, life is more refined. Elegant, understated and pared back, the 65 villas range from Garden Rooms in the island’s leafy heart to one, two and three-bedroom overwater lodgings, each with sun-soaked deck, infinity pools and waterside cabins.

Adventurous families can embark on a snorkelling experience in the verdant house reef, kayak the lagoon, visit the Whale Shark hangout or stand-up paddle board, before taking to a traditional Dhoni for a splash-net dolphin-spotting cruise. Tai is the sleek Japanese restaurant, while Madi takes inspiration from the region’s fresh, topical produce and abundant seafood. The fish is served fresh-from-the-ocean across the island’s eateries, whether sushi and sashimi at Tai, or on the nutritious COMO Shambhala menus.