Sunbathing and scuba diving in Maldives, an Indian Ocean oasis made up of 1,190 islands, of which only 200 are inhabited; oftentimes, resorts such as the Viceroy take over an entire island.
Weekend substitution: The Florida Keys, a 100-mile stretch of tropical islands that begins just south of Miami. Yes, paradise really is this close to home.
WHERE TO STAY Idle away at the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa (from $1,190 per night; littlepalmisland.com) — it's on its own tiny islet 120 miles from Miami. On a budget? Try the Coconut Palm Inn (from $209 per night; coconutpalminn.com) on laid-back Key Largo.
WHAT TO DO Home to the continental United States' only living coral reef, the area has killer scuba diving. For top underwater sightseeing, Key Largo is the spot; go snorkeling with an outfitter such as Tavernier Dive Center (tavernierdivecenter.com). If you're adventurous, try shipwreck diving (fla-keys.com/diving).