Direct UK to Maldives flights (seasonal) take 10 hours, or it's about 12 hours with a connection in the likes of Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi. The Maldives are five hours ahead of the UK, so expect some jet lag.

Transfers to the resorts from Malé are by speedboat or seaplane, taking from about 10 to 50 minutes depending on which atoll you're going to. Seaplane transfers will add considerably to your holiday price but are a real thrill for kids and adults alike as you pass over the dream-like seascape.