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Best for party animals
Finolhu

Tumbleweed rolls through most Maldivian resorts by 10pm. Not at Finolhu, which isn’t quite Ibiza, but does have a lifeguard on duty by the busy pool bar until late to watch over the sociable crowd. Paris Hilton has flown in to DJ, and Leonardo DiCaprio has wolfed down tacos from the Fish & Crab Shack. Austin Powers-inspired playfulness pervades: at Mission Control (reception), a pink Kombi Van lists the Mojo Magic (the day’s activities). At the boho beach club, beats blare out all day by the swim-up bar and the inflatable swans are a gift for Instagrammers. Upstairs is Husband Day Care (billiards, Pac-Man, pinball, bit sexist). The decor in the villas gets the balance right: pink and purple fabrics, blond woods, rattan chairs, twinkly Moroccan lamps and Marshall speakers. The five restaurants and bars serve delicious Asian and North African dishes — or join Leo for those tacos on the mile-long sand spit.
Downside It’s a small island, so finding a totally private corner can be tricky.
Wow factor The poolside shows by acrobats and fire dancers put Cirque du Soleil in the shade.
The price From £3,349pp, full-board; clevelandcollection.co.uk

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