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Spend Easter like an A-lister in the Maldives

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If you're looking for something a little more tropical than a hot-cross bun and a Cadbury's creme egg to celebrate Easter this year, then why not book a heavenly holiday in the Maldives? It's the perfect time of year to visit this celebrity favourite holiday destination. Temperatures average a glorious 29 degrees, skies are blue and cloudless, and the warm water is inviting for swimming and snorkelling.

Holidaymakers looking to escape to the Maldives this Easter will benefit from even more time off thanks to the way the bank holidays and weekends fall in spring 2017. With three bank holidays and three weekends taking place within the Easter period, the extended time off provides the ideal opportunity to maximise annual leave allowances. Whether you want a relaxing beach holiday, luxury honeymoon or family holiday, there's no better time to visit one of the world's most exclusive beach destinations and stay in some of the most luxurious hotels around. One such hotel is the Dusit Thani Maldives which has attracted A-listers such as Roger Federer, Lulu, Jessica Chastain and Sam Faiers.

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Situated on breathtaking Mudhdoo island in the Baa Atoll, a short and very beautiful 35 minute sea plane ride from capital Malé, the Dusit Thani features 94 villas and residences each offering a haven of modern sophistication with luxurious amenities and cutting-edge technology.

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The spacious villas and residences offer panoramic views over the stunning beauty of the natural landscape, connecting guests with the very best of the Maldives from the comfort of their own private paradise. If you're after a truly romantic island experience, stay in one of the Ocean Villas. Offering the Indian Ocean as a backdrop, this gorgeous villa boasts an oversized bathtub, indoor and outdoor lounging areas and direct access to the rich coral reef through a private deck. Indulge in a bubble bath or spoil yourself with a dip in your own private pool hanging over the crystal waters. You'll even have your own butler who will be on hand for any requests.

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For families, we recommend the two-bedroom Family Beach Villa. With a spacious patio, outdoor dining pavilion perfect for BBQs, private plunge pool and a beautifully landscaped private garden, these villas provide a natural and relaxed castaway haven for an memorable family get away. Thanks to the Baan Sanook Kids club, children will be in their element and parents can enjoy some time out. Some of the fun activities on offer for young ones include cooking classes, t-shirt painting, coconut or shell painting and the option to discover the unique flora, fauna and marine life of the Maldives during a nature walk.

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Even the most seasoned island-hoppers can't help but be blown away by the natural beauty of this stunning resort. Surrounding the island perimeter is a 360 degree colourful house reef, a snorkeller's paradise ideal for discovering some of the 300 species of tropical fish in the Maldives.

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Coconut palm trees are scattered all over the island creating an enchanting nature trail which you can walk or cycle through on bicycles provided on your arrival.

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The Thai-inspired philosophy and ambiance of Dusit Thani is prevalent in the famed Devarana Spa. This 'garden in heaven' has eight iconic treatment pods, six of which enjoy an elevated tree top position amid a grove of coconut palms. Treatments include massages (the best you will ever experience), facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures.

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After your treatment you can enjoy the spa relaxation area which has a private pool, steam room, and sauna which are exclusively available for spa guests.

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Those searching for a spot of pampering won't be disappointed, whether it's stress-relief, rejuvenation or anti-ageing, the treatment team at this restorative spa have got it covered.

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Dining options are plentiful with the resort offering three excellent restaurants and two bars. Benjarong, an overwater Thai restaurant, will tantalise your taste buds with signature dishes including spicy shrimp salad and Thai seafood soup flavoured with lemon grass. Make sure you try the Thai style lobster and soft shell crabs!

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The Sea Grill offers the finest fusion of land and sea with fresh seafood and steaks grilled to perfection. This poolside restaurant offers beautiful ocean views and a laid back atmosphere.

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If you fancy a more intimate setting, take advantage of the 'borderless dining' experience. Whether it's a champagne breakfast on a beach at daybreak, a BBQ in the sand at sunset, or a private island trip with a butler providing a decadent picnic, this special experience will take your breath away.

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Situated alongside the infinity pool – one of the largest in the Maldives, is The Sand Bar. It's the perfect place to have a drink on a sun lounger or indulge in some tempting snacks whilst gazing out over the ocean and watching the sun go down – treat yourself to a sunset aperitif before dinner. For after dinner drinks we recommend The Sala Bar which is ideal for stargazing over the sea.

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Whether travellers are looking for a romantic break for two or a family holiday for four, there are a range of exclusive offers available at the Dusit Thani. Be sure to check out the 'All Inclusive Retreat' offer and the 'Family Getaway offer'. For more information or to book a dream holiday to the Dusit Thani Madives, click here

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