Book Description: An idyllic marine retreat brought to life through sumptuous color photography and crisp, knowledgeable text. Sometimes known as "The Paradise Isles, " the Maldives are made up of hundreds of idyllic islands that are famed for their tropical beaches, coral reefs and marine life. To these can be added some of the best island-style hotels in the world. This guide has a superb introduction and covers local geography, history and culture, with special sections on art, food and marine life. There is a comprehensive survey of the luxurious resorts available, and advice on diving and how to organize a boat cruise. It is an excellent book for anyone preparing to visit the Maldives, will make a great companion during the trip, and provide a treasured keepsake after the event.