The Best Islands in the World

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-07-16T16:14:22Z

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Maldives

Readers' Choice Rating: 85.5

Our readers found this island nation to be the epitome of “rest, relaxation, and indulgence,” citing the “polished, polite” service, the “gorgeous resorts” and the “superb villas.” Diving into the “turquoise water,” lounging on the “white sands,” and dining under the “incredible sunsets” make the Maldives experience “more picturesque than postcards can portray.” Don’t simply take our word for it though, as one reader notes that to believe it, “you have to see it for yourself.”

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