Where to go instead of the Maldives: The. best alternatives – Condé Nast Traveller
Best for: Food lovers
Cradled inside the Bay of Bengal, south of Myanmar and west of Thailand, this coral-encrusted archipelago is made up of 572 islands, only 38 of which are inhabited. Along with turquoise waters, ivory sands and sensational diving (dense coral belts, 55-metre drops, shipwrecks, volcano dives), visitors can hike through rainforest, kayaking through mangroves and feast on tandoor snapper, coconut prawn curries and grilled lobster garnished with butter, parsley and chilli flakes.
Where to stay: Perfectly positioned on one of the best beaches in the archipelago, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa offers a Maldives-level luxury experience. Or, try the atmospheric rainforest retreat Jalakara.