Why go?With its icing sugar sand and an ocean as clear and as blue as a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, the Maldives has firmly established itself as the dream honeymoon destination, but that shouldn't stop you from treating yourself to this Indian Ocean paradise when hunting down some winter sun.
With 100 island resorts in the Maldives it can be overwhelming to choose which one is right for you. Niyama, which means peaceful journey in Maldivian, is brand new and boasts the world's first underwater club (Tinie Tempah performed at its opening bash). It is the sister resort to the upmarket Huvafen Fushi which is a favourite with celebrities such as Kate Moss and George Clooney.
The vibeEasygoing and perfect for young couples or families. Go night snorkelling where ultraviolet torches light up fluorescent coral, or simply chill out in the spa and have a massage in an overwater treatment hut followed by a siesta on your beach swing.
The roomsThe main difference is whether you want to be over the lagoon in a studio on stilts or slap bang on the beach. The beach studios have incredible open-air bathrooms at the rear (they have high walls but no ceiling). At night your 'Thakuru' or butler will put rose petals in your freestanding bath and turn on the magical al fresco lamps.
Eating and drinkingEdge is the resort's spectacular overwater restaurant which appears to float 500 metres out in the ocean and is only accessible by speedboat. SubSix, the cosy underwater club, is right next door (or rather, below) and has huge glass windows so you can gaze at clown fish and coral whilst sipping Cosmopolitans. Tribal is the resort's atmospheric African barbecue restaurant where you point at what you fancy on the grill and then sip cocktails by a campfire until it's done.
Best time to goDecember through to April, when rain is scarce. It also coincides with the migration of whale sharks (the harmless variety) and manta rays to the Dhaalu Atoll where Niyama is located, so this is definitely the best time to go.
Getting thereOnce you have flown the ten hours to the Maldivian capital of Malé it is a 40-minute seaplane ride to Niyama.
RatesStay 7 nights pay for 6 plus receive complimentary half board. ITC Classics (01244 355 527; www.itcclassics.co.uk) has prices from £2,350 per person based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Studio for 7 nights on a half board basis including return economy flights with Qatar from London Heathrow and seaplane transfers. Saving up to £730 per person. Valid for travel completed between 8 April - 30 September 2013