How do you feel about manta rays and whale sharks? If the word shark has you in palpitations, fear not; the whale shark is the “gentle giant” of the cool blue waters of the Maldives. For many people, getting up close with these creatures is bucket-list stuff, and if you’re in that camp, make your way swiftly to Anantara Kihavah. Set on the doorstep of Hanifaru Bay, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll, there’s lots of great wildlife, and a relaxed vibe that’s luxurious without feeling overdone. Our best picks? First, the rather lovely spa, with glass panels underneath the treatment beds for a special aquarium wall-style view. Second, the fact the island has 360-degree sand which you can walk all the way round (token exercise? Check). Third, they have a Slumber Guru. Yes—this is an actual thing—and if you’ve ever suffered poor sleep, you’ll know how brilliant it sounds. Special rituals, pillows, sounds and scents are all on offer, so a good eight hours is all but guaranteed.