Where untouched white sands simply melt into hypnotic blue lagoons, it’s the beaches that top most Maldives’ wish lists. When you arrive at the quirky island of Finolhu, it’s not just the cool and retro vibe that you’ll love; just wait until you see the serious ‘wow’ factor of a sandbank. The longest stretch of white sand that you’ll find in the Maldives, this really is an island that’s all about its beach. Instagrammers will love the quirky special touches; walk in one direction and you’ll find VW campers parked up on the beach, and in another a secluded ‘beach bubble’ tent where you can glamp in style on the sandbank. Then there’s the funky beach cinema, the villas that open out onto their own little stretches of sand, and the picture-perfect Fish & Crab Shack right at the very tip of the bank. Velassaru Maldives is another gorgeous island, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World that’s home to one of the most dazzling beaches in the Maldives. And then there’s the wide white sand beach at Constance Halaveli, a five-star stretch of sand which embraces the whole of the island and gently slopes into the island’s coral-rich lagoon.