1. COMO Cocoa Island
It’s all about simplicity on this tiny isle which is part of the South Malé atoll (40 minutes by speed boat from capital and main island Malé). Never have the words ‘barefoot chic’ been more appropriate, with just 33 over-water villas inspired by dhonis (traditional Maldivian sailing boats) furnished in white and wood and with a terrace for slipping into the sea to spot rays and baby sharks. A small bar, restaurant and the region’s best spa complete this small but perfect resort.