Hugged by the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of nearly 1,200 tropical islands. Of these, only 200 are inhabited full-time; hotels and resorts hold down the others. Each island is sprinkled with palms, lined with beaches, and blessed with catch-your-breath sunsets. Visitors most often land in Malé, the tiny capital, before being whisked to their resort hideaway. Once settled, travelers find world-class amenities, opulent dining, and a sense of deep tranquility that can only be found in such a secluded locale.