With one of the very best, if not the best house reefs in the Maldives, Angsana Ihuru is a perfect choice for those looking for excellent, easily accessible snorkelling from the beach. With the reef encircling the entire island, and hosting a myriad of marine life, it really doesn't get any better than this. The island itself is picture perfect Maldives - in fact it is said to be the most photographed island of all the Maldivian islands. A fine, white powder beach extends around the small circular island - true, some areas have suffered a degree of erosion but it is never far to find a perfect spot for beach lounging. The small, intimate nature of the resort also makes it a perfect choice for honeymooners - particularly in the jetpool villas. Easy access to Male via speedboat transfers.

At 200 x 200 metres, Angsana Ihuru is the quintessential small, circular tropical Maldivian paradise island.  Set on silky soft sand shores, each of the colourfully styled villas offer panoramic views of the turquoise Indian Ocean. Sand-floored Riveli is located on the waterfront and serves a fantastic spread of international cuisine. The relaxed informal bar is the place for sundowners, refreshing cocktails and spotting dolphins in the lagoon. Destination Dining is also offered in a variety of locations including remote venues and romantic sandbanks.

With one of the Maldives best house reefs, rustic-luxe beachfront villas, an award winning spa and sleek dining venues, this desert island hideout is a little gem in paradise.

A total of 45 villas located around the perimeter of the beach with views of the Indian Ocean.

Beachfront Villa (57 sqm): The spacious interior of the villa is tinged with stimulating lime-green and tangerine orange accents. There is a King size bed, living area with sofa, veranda with table and chairs, loungers and Maldivian swing. The bathroom leads onto a small private garden with outdoor shower. This villa can accommodate up to two adults and two children.

Beachfront Jet Pool Villa (68 sqm): Perfect for romantic couples and honeymooners, these larger villas have an additional jetpool in a decked, private enclosed garden.

House Reef: The magnificent reef completely surrounds the island and is easily accessible from the beach. It is one of the very best house reefs in the Maldives with an abundance of marine life and coral gardens.

Diving: The friendly dive centre is also a certified PADI training centre so is perfect for both beginner and experienced divers. Children from as young as eight can learn about diving through a fun bubble-making lesson in the shallow lagoon. Close by there is a sunken wreck, now adorned with brilliant sun coral providing a habitat for a multitude of sea creatures including giant moray eels, groupers, squirrelfish, batfish, stingrays, lobsters and nurse sharks. Numerous other diving options are available close by.

Sports: A variety of sea sport activities are on offer at the water sports centre including Hobie Cat sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, reef fishing, sports fishing, fun tubing and wakeboarding.

Excursions: For an additional charge, the resort can organise a range of excursions including dolphin cruising, guided snorkelling, visit to a local island, night fishing and sailing. A regular shuttle boat runs between the resort and its nearby sister island Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru - guests can hop between the two islands and we recommend visiting to see the turtle conservation centre and the feeding of the rays.

Spa: Experience the sensual pleasures of using native flowers and fruits in fragrant treatments and immerse yourself into complete relaxation at the award-winning Angsana Spa Ihuru.

Free of charge: Snorkelling, Table Tennis
Chargeable: Diving, Hobie Cat Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Reef Fishing, Sports Fishing, Fun Tubing, Wakeboarding
Evening Entertainment: Occasional live music
Excursions: Dolphin Cruising, Guided Snorkelling, Visit to a Local Island, Night Fishing and Sailing, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
   Price Range: £££
   Speedboat Transfer (20 mins)
   Fantastic House Reef
   Good for Divers
   Wow Factor: Probably the best House Reef in the Maldives
   Atoll: North Malé Atoll