Known as the place to escape for a romantic break, in recent years the number of couples travelling to the Maldives has increased hugely. Although the six-hour-plus travel time may not exactly be a “short trip” we could hardly not include it in our round up. If the crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and picture-perfect moments are your thing, you really can’t do much better than the Maldives.
With a plethora of resorts and hotels available, you’re sure to be able to find one that’s just right for your ultimate island getaway. And for those who may get a little bored lounging on a beach all day, the Maldives also has some great diving and snorkelling spots, along with other water sports, for those who are after a little more adventure.
Fly To: Velana International Airport (also known as Malé International Airport)
Flight Time: 6 hours and 50 minutes, (Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon both fly direct from Hong Kong), plus sea plane or boat transfer time to your hotel
Best For: The ultimate romantic beach holiday
Sassy Tip: For an extra romantic and indulgent touch, many hotels offer sunset cruises – complete with champagne – which we couldn’t recommend enough to set the mood!