Ringed by palm-fringed beaches of powder-soft sand, glassy warm water and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, this is the largest private island in the Maldives. Simply hop onboard one of the island’s fleet of handsome yachts, with private rooms and a sun deck, to kick-start your holiday as you are whisked from Malé airport to your new island home, Champagne in hand. Pods of dolphins have been known to escort guests sailing for Ithaafushi, though a 10-minute seaplane flight is a swift and equally epic option, with eye-wateringly pretty birds-eye views of the atolls creating a turquoise mosaic of Indian Ocean. Stepping onto this secluded island following a stress-free transfer automatically lowers your shoulders several inches, as do the first-class personal concierge team who greet you. From gazing at exotic fish through the spa’s glass floor during a massage to drawn-out suppers on the beach with the moonlit Indian Ocean gently lapping at the table legs, here’s why Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the Maldives destination you need to know about.