Believe it or not, there's almost no resort in the Maldives that does not have an amazing beach. Throughout the course of researching this book, the only really mediocre beach we saw was at the Equator Village. It's still swimmable but narrow and strewn with seaweed, making swimming unpleasant. Beaches suffer a great deal from beach erosion and the tsunami did not help this at all, but resorts work very hard to redress erosion with sand pumps, which, while unsightly, are working day and night in many resorts to restore sand to its original place. Giravaru, near Male', suffers from litter washing up on its beaches regularly, but other than that the quality of beach is almost universally brilliant. However, for the record here's a few of our favourites: One & Only Kanuhura, Kuredu, Palm Beach, Soneva Fushi, Reethi Beach, Royal Island, Coco Palm, Meedhupparu, Eriyadu, Angsana, Bandos, Baros, Banyan Tree, Soneva Gili, Club Med Kani, Rihiveli, Club Rannalhi, Fihalhohi, Sun Island, Bathala, Thundufushi, Veligandu, Villu Reef, Vakarufalhi, Filitheyo, Fun Island and Hilton Maldives.

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