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View from the deck from a water villa at Velassaru, in the Maldives, offers complete privacy in paradise. Velassaru is a dream of a hotel - fab design coupled with great service.

View from the deck from a water villa at Velassaru, in the Maldives, offers complete privacy in paradise. Velassaru is a dream of a hotel - fab design coupled with great service.

The bar at Constance Halaveli, the Maldives, offered great views and excellent food & drink!

A return to paradise… the Maldives

The bar at Constance Halaveli, the Maldives, offered great views and excellent food & drink!

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives - Velassaru Maldives is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and is truly unique.

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives - Velassaru Maldives is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and is truly unique.

A hotel to remember: Velassaru, Maldives - If you get bored with your own water villa, there's the main pool and beach if you fancy seeing others. Top tip: Ladies don't wear heels. There is sand everywhere on the island - on the paths to restaurants, at reception, everywhere; so flat sandals only.

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives

A hotel to remember: Velassaru, Maldives - If you get bored with your own water villa, there's the main pool and beach if you fancy seeing others. Top tip: Ladies don't wear heels. There is sand everywhere on the island - on the paths to restaurants, at reception, everywhere; so flat sandals only.

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives - The private beach for the beach room villas; this bit of beach is yours...And each beach villa has its own. Most people keep to "their" area, keeping it private.

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives - The private beach for the beach room villas;And each beach villa has its own. Most people keep to "their" area, keeping it private.

We loved our private pool villa at the Iru Fushi resort, in the Maldives

A return to paradise… the Maldives

We loved our private pool villa at the Iru Fushi resort, in the Maldives

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives - Velassaru Maldives is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is a unique hotel. It offers overwater villas and beach villas (overwater villas pictured here).

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives

A hotel to remember: Velassaru Maldives - Velassaru Maldives is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is a unique hotel. It offers overwater villas and beach villas (overwater villas pictured here).

When in the Maldives, it seems like nothing else matters in the world. It's the ideal place to rest and just enjoy the company of your loved ones.

A return to paradise… the Maldives

When in the Maldives, it seems like nothing else matters in the world. It's the ideal place to rest and just enjoy the company of your loved ones.

Even in the rain, the Maldives still looks stunning!

A return to paradise… the Maldives

After our first trip to the Maldives in I promised myself one thing - I would go back, and sooner, rather than later. Here are the highlights of my 2014 trip.

The fabulous Constance Halaveli, in the Maldives, is on a smaller island and is beautifully kept. We stayed in a water villa with a pool and it was fantastic!

A return to paradise… the Maldives

The fabulous Constance Halaveli, in the Maldives, is on a smaller island and is beautifully kept. We stayed in a water villa with a pool and it was fantastic!

A pool with a view at Velassaru, in the Maldives

Finding paradise in the Maldives

Every time that I saw something that had the word Maldives in it, my heart skipped a little beat.

The Beach Villa at Kurumba, in the Maldives - Kurumba was the island's first resort (40 years ago), and features an outdoor shower.

Finding paradise in the Maldives

The Beach Villa at Kurumba, in the Maldives - Kurumba was the island's first resort years ago), and features an outdoor shower.

The Baros Maldives is a Maldivian secret paradise. it is located on a very small island, service is incredibly attentive, and it does feel like home. I know many people worry about going to the Maldives and having nothing to do. You need to be prepared for "Maldives time". Time, unbelievably, goes quickly.

A hotel to remember: Baros Maldives

The Baros Maldives is a Maldivian secret paradise. it is located on a very small island, service is incredibly attentive, and it does feel like home. I know many people worry about going to the Maldives and having nothing to do. You need to be prepared fo

Finding 12 shades of blue in the Maldives

Finding 12 shades of blue in the Maldives

On my recent trip to the Maldives, I learned something intriguing: there are 12 ways to describe the word blue in the local language. And blue just happens to be my favourite colour.

I feel at home in the Maldives. It seems that nothing else matters in the world. It is perfect to rest and just enjoy the company of your loved ones. And I honestly think that it isn't just a "once in a lifetime" trip anymore, as it is a lot more affordable than it was 10 years ago.

A return to paradise… the Maldives

I feel at home in the Maldives. It seems that nothing else matters in the world. It is perfect to rest and just enjoy the company of your loved ones. And I honestly think that it isn't just a "once in a lifetime" trip anymore, as it is a lot more affordable than it was 10 years ago.

A Hotel to Remember - Baros Maldives: I know many people worry about going to the Maldives and having nothing to do. You need to be prepared for "Maldives time". Time, unbelievably, goes quickly.

A hotel to remember: Baros Maldives

A Hotel to Remember - Baros Maldives: I know many people worry about going to the Maldives and having nothing to do. You need to be prepared for "Maldives time". Time, unbelievably, goes quickly.

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