"In my opinion, there is no greater escape from the chaos of our everyday lives than the beautiful sanctuary of the Maldives. I have spent many hours in a dream-like state on these atolls, the warm turquoise glow of the Indian Ocean providing the perfect backdrop for soaking up the rays or snorkelling through the corals exploring the exotic marine life. For family holidays to these islands, sit back and relax, whilst your children are entertained with a variety of fun and safe activities from surfing lessons with a resident instructor, learning about the fragile eco-systems with marine biologists and helping to nurture the surrounding coral reefs, to building sandcastles under the shade of palm trees. If you come as a couple, I recommend Baros Maldives. It provides an idyllic setting to switch off with an inimitable rustic and romantic charm. And in the Lighthouse restaurant, I have dined in spectacular fashion surrounded by schools of fish swimming below, an experience not to be missed."