Lady Goes Local and Luxurious in the Maldives

The Maldives are synonymous with paradise. Island atolls with sparkling white sand dot the aquamarine water of the Indian Ocean like so many crowns, many of them filled with the jewels of over-water bungalows and luxurious resorts. But this isn’t just a five-star playground for travelers; it’s also a place where locals call the islands home. One of them is a friend of mine in London, and she’s brought me to her country to show me two sides of the Maldives: local and luxurious.

Island in the Maldives


Lady in the Maldives

A few years ago I was at William Stout Architectural Books in San Francisco when I came across a book about hotels in exotic locales.  Flipping through the glossy paradise-filled pages, I came across one that particularly struck me.  It had a photo of white sand beaches, crystal clear water, gorgeous tropical fish, and amazing over-water bungalows.  I was sold.  Now where exactly was this?

Maldives island from above