Shimmering turquoise waters, dazzling white sand beaches, stunning coral reefs and elegant overwater villas; it can only be the Maldives.

This breathtaking archipelago of sandbars, lagoons and viridian palm groves dots the Indian Ocean like a thousand idyllic oases.

From adrenaline-fueled water sports to snorkeling with sea turtles, from secluded beach bars to elegant overwater spas, this is a dream destination, and your experience starts with choosing the right resort.

Paradise: Sparkling turquoise waters, dazzling white sand beaches – it can only be the Maldives

Owned by local visionary Ahmed Siyam Mohammed, Sun Siyam offers a collection of exclusive retreats spread across their own islands, each offering a unique sanctuary in the heart of this tropical paradise and all connected to the local community.

Sun Siyam’s story began with the unveiling of Sun Siyam Vilu Reef in 1998, an idyllic island hideaway with romance at heart. Vilu Reef still employs many of the original team members, who welcome their loyal guests back year after year.

In 2002 Sun Siyam Olhuveli followed, and in 2008 it was joined by the full activity Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, two retreats with family fun and adventure at the center of everything they do. The sunny Sun Siyam Iru Veli resort was added to the Maldives collection in 2018 and its dreamy accommodations and idyllic views have been attracting honeymooners and romantic couples ever since. The newest addition to the stylish selection is Siyam World, an island escape with a host of exciting activities suitable for families, couples and friends.

These sunny sanctuaries are all great candidates for your trip to the Maldives, whether you’re looking for adventure, romance or just plain relaxation.

A romantic retreat

A flagship property of the Sun Siyam Collection, Vilu Reef can be discovered in its own shimmering lagoon in South Nilandhe Atoll, a popular spot for scuba diving.

This boutique hideaway is a great option for couples of all ages and honeymooners; the gorgeous backdrop of white shores, azure skies and verdant palm trees, along with the five-star service, ensure the perfect atmosphere for romance. It’s no wonder that 70% of their customers come back.

Maldivian perfection: guests return year after year to Vilu Reef, and it's not hard to see why

Maldivian perfection: guests return year after year to Vilu Reef, and it’s not hard to see why

Vilu Reef’s gorgeous collection of thatched-roof beaches and overwater villas offer awe-inspiring views and indulgent outdoor spaces hosting private hot tubs, plunge pools or crystal-clear infinity pools. The guaranteed privacy and romance provided by these elegant villas has attracted many guests year after year, although the gorgeous views have also helped.

During the day, head to the courts to stay active with a game of tennis or badminton, or connect mind, body, and spirit with a private yoga class. For those looking for more adrenaline, the Vilu Reef Dive Center allows you to explore the fantastic reef, underwater caves and wrecks just offshore. For a more leisurely day, explore the lagoon by canoe in the morning before an afternoon of relaxation on the spa’s double massage beds.

You can even head to nearby Iru Veli for a day trip, or those looking for complete privacy can book a shipwreck experience and enjoy an a la carte picnic and chilled bottle of wine on a desert island far from civilization.

The positive energy pool at Vilu Reef is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon

The positive energy pool at Vilu Reef is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon

In the evening, you’ll enjoy a wide range of cuisines, including the option of a fine dining experience on the beach followed by a movie under the stars or a wine tasting experience guided by the resident sommelier in the wine cellar.

This resort exudes romance, so if you are looking for a dream vacation with your partner, Vilu Reef could be your dream destination.

A family adventure

A sprawling 52-acre paradise awaits you at Iru Fushi, a paradise on earth located on Noonu Atoll. It’s home to 14 bars and restaurants, including a sophisticated Champagne lounge, plus an award-winning spa and dive center where you can try a scuba lesson or practice other water sports. It’s the perfect sanctuary for the whole family.

Sun Siyam's Iru Fushi is heaven on earth, with 52 acres to relax in

Sun Siyam’s Iru Fushi is heaven on earth, with 52 acres to relax in

There’s something for everyone, with adults-only and family-friendly pools, plus craft classes where you can turn palm fronds, driftwood, and beautiful seashells into one-of-a-kind creations.

Kids will love snorkeling with local marine life on Nemo Reef and embarking on exciting island adventures in the safe hands of the Koama Kidz Club. The whole family will enjoy watching the dazzling waters from their paddleboards, trying their hand at windsurfing and racing over the waves on jet skis.

While the kids’ club keeps the kids busy, mom and dad can unwind at the award-winning The Spa by Thalgo France, which offers a wellness program and 20 relaxing treatment rooms.

Romantic place to dine: Iru Fushi is home to 14 bars and restaurants

Romantic place to dine: Iru Fushi is home to 14 bars and restaurants

For a truly special occasion or an exceptional escape, try the castaway experience and find your own piece of paradise far from the world. Enjoy an a la carte picnic and a chilled bottle of wine on the soft white sands, and spend a day in the company of the one you love the most.

As a final gift to families, Iru Fushi invites under-15s to sleep in the same room as their parents and eat for free on the same meal plan. For a Maldivian beach resort the whole family will love, laid-back luxury at Iru Fushi is a great choice.

A vacation everyone will remember forever: Deluxe Family Beach Villa sleeps up to five people

A vacation everyone will remember forever: Deluxe Family Beach Villa sleeps up to five people

Find your perfect holiday in the Maldives

With cerulean skies and cobalt waters, sparkling white sandbanks and verdant vegetation, the Maldives is the perfect backdrop for your next sun vacation.

Choosing the perfect resort is the first step in planning your dream getaway, and with the variety available with Sun Siyam Resorts, whether you’re looking for romance, relaxation or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can be sure that your perfect sanctuary awaits. for you.

Book directly with Sun Siyam Resorts (sunsiyam.com) to unlock exclusive offers. Trips to Southall (southalltravel.co.uk, 0800 408 8046) offers holidays at all five Sun Siyam resorts. For Vilu Reef, all-inclusive prices start from £1,999 pp based on two people sharing a beach villa with a May 22 departure, including flights and transfers. For Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, all-inclusive prices start from £3,769 pp based on two adults and two children (under 15) sharing a Deluxe Beach Villa with a departure in October 2022, including flights and transfers.