Maldives: best destination for winter sun

With the British autumn in full swing and the winter just around the corner, the search for the best winter sun destination has begun. Travellers looking for a getaway between November and February and seeking beautiful white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters and unrivalled luxury, should look no further than the Maldives.

This paradise is a celebrity favourite - just recently, Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley honeymooned there, accompanied by their children. Prince William and Kate also visited during in 2014, the same year Beyoncé Knowles and Jay Z cruised the islands on their private yacht.

Maldives is the perfect destination if you are in the search for some winter sun

One direct flight from Gatwick airport and ten hours of flight time is all it takes to arrive there. With nearly 1190 islands and sandbanks there, guests are spoilt for choice, but to make things easier we've chosen two top islands perfect for unwinding on the holiday of a lifetime.

One tip before you board your flight: pack extra swimwear and sun cream – because you won't want to do anything else but soak up the sun and swim the clear blue waters whilst in paradise.

Bolifushi Island

This beautiful gem, which is located a short 20-minute speed boat ride from Maldives' capital Malé, is home to the wonderful Jumeirah Vittaveli resort – a perfect venue for both a romantic getaway or a fun family holiday.

Jumeirah Vittaveli's Ocean Suites are very popular with guests searching for privacy

This 31200 sq. metre island comprises of 89 villas and suites each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the white-sand beach that surrounds the island.

The resort has 89 villas and suites each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon

Jumeirah Vittaveli is a tranquil resort but also offers a lot of fun options for adventurous couples and families. Thanks to their five star PADI dive centre guests can while away the hours on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean with activities such as snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing and diving.

Diving in the Maldives is a must, luckily the resort has a 5 star PADI dive centre

To unwind, head over to the Talise Spa. Treatment rooms are set in a luxurious environment and with a yoga platform surrounded by the blissful ocean waves, deep tranquility is assured.

The Talise Spa is surrounded by lush, natural gardens

Family holidays are covered thanks to the Kuda Koli Kid's Klub which offers its own children's pool and games room. Some of the fun activities on offer for young ones include supervised snorkeling and swimming lessons, cooking classes and the option to discover the unique flora, fauna and marine life of the Maldives.

Dining options are varied with the resort offering three commendable restaurants and a bar. Quirky dining experiences are on offer; from sunrise breakfast on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat, to an aqua dinner served in the swimming pool.

Take in the wonderful sunrise or sunset on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat

Meradhoo Island

Situated adjacent to the equator and in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi resort is one of the most remote properties in the Maldives. Guests need a 55 minute-long domestic flight or seaplane transfer from Malé to reach this idyllic island.

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is nestled at the south end of the Maldives in the heart of the Indian Ocean

This stunning resort is definitely a place for couples, and is usually a favourite with newlyweds or those celebrating a special occasion thanks to its 24 hour butler service. This island also offers something extremely unique, a private island dining experience. Guests are whisked away to a nearby private island where a personal chef and server will treat them to a delicious barbecue of their choice accompanied by a perfectly chilled glass (or two) of champagne.

The award winning Talise Spa has suspended over-water treatment rooms

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi features just 37 villas; all fitted with Apple Media Centre, complimentary wifi, a private swimming pool a marble bath and, most importantly, panoramic views of the ocean.

The resort has13 Beach Revives, five island Revives, three Beach Sanctuaries, 14 Ocean Revives and two Ocean Sanctuaries (pictured above)

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