The Maldives' hotels and resorts represent the pinnacle in exclusive beach getaways. It has been branded a place to "master the art of doing nothing." And with nearly 1,200 islands and countless sandy beaches, that slogan is almost believable. Until, that is, you look below the surface. The atoll lagoons provide unparalleled snorkeling. The diving ranks among ... More>the world's best. Non-aquatic types can jump aboard an air conditioned submarine or dine in an underwater restaurant. Surfing (via wind or wave), fishing, parasailing, waterskiing, and sailing keep air-breathers coming back for more. This, combined with a culture that exhibits a peppering of worldwide influence, makes the Maldives the perfect gift from the world to holidaymakers.