Flight time from Dubai: five hours
If you’re looking for a romantic setting where it’s just you, your loved one and the great outdoors, the secluded islands of the Maldives is it. With fabulous weather almost the whole year round and all the palm trees you could ever wish for, the tiny coral reef islands are a magical place to relax. There’s little to see and do, beyond snorkelling to check out the Indian Ocean, or a trip to one of the many spa resorts, but with evocative sunsets, dazzling waters and sparkling golden sands in such ample supply, you’ll never want to leave. For that undisturbed romantic stay, head to one of the thatched roof bungalows of Makunudu.
Qatar Airways flies to the Maldives via Doha; a return ticket costs Dhs1,700 (www.qatarairways.com). Stay at Makunudu, www.makunudu.com (+44 1548 831550).