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Vacationing on your own private island: you’ve been working hard, you deserve this trip. Think of what it will do for your love life (and your Instagram account).

Say hello to Cheval Blanc Randheli, possibly the most luxurious hotel in the world – certainly in the Maldives. Occupying a scattering of lush jade islands called Noonu Atoll north of Male, the property is discreet, mind-blowingly gorgeous and dotted with world-class private villas that have bathrooms as big as most Mumbai apartments. Plus, there’s that yacht and a bright yellow sea plane, complete with ear plugs, candy and cute pilots dressed in long shorts + aviators.

Your whole life here will be awash in blues and greens: exotic fish and coral populate the ocean (the islands are protected by a coral reef), and the hotel’s diving facilities are unparalleled, from rides to Hanifaru Bay for a swim with the mantas to the exploration of a private sandbank. Those of you looking to lounge (like us) can opt for a sail on a humongous catamaran, complete with full crew, a picnic basket of finger sandwiches and chips, champagne and strawberries. If you're lucky, a secret beach will be involved as well.

Speaking of champagne, the hotel offers the largest collection of fine wines and spirits in the Maldives, with an entire fleet of trained sommeliers who will accompany you through the in-house Le 1947 museum and also help you decide what to drink with your elaborate, exquisite meals, chosen from over nine menus that range from authentic local fare to a 12 course French tasting menu at the end of which you will resemble a whale - but it's a small price to pay for the exquisite meal, capped off by pastries by a shy new lady chef who has a way with chocolate.

If you’re missing home, they have an Indian menu too - we recommend butter chicken and naan after a long swim. Follow this with a private movie screening on a big screen, set up al fresco in your villa – plus ice cream, of course.

Work it all off with a spell of moon salutation yoga or at the private tennis courts, surrounded by trees and designed according to US Open and Paris Masters standards. But if you’re anything like us, you’ll let someone else do the work: say hello to Cheval Blanc Randheli’s spa, with treatments from Guerlain and hair care by the renowned Leonor Greyl. Top it all off with a swim in the warm, warm sea.

See, just like in the movies.

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