Konotta, Maldives is a forgotten private island paradise, cites Stuff

The Maldives is an exquisite far-flung island nation resembling scattered emeralds floating in the Indian Ocean, southwest of the Indian subcontinent.

There's no way around it: it's an epic hike from New Zealand, at least two flights and a boat ride – making it just that bit harder, more exclusive and more tantalising. For many travellers it's a once-in-a-lifetime destination, a honeymoon hotspot, while surfers dream about its barrels and long fun waves. Read more