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James Hilton had it all wrong when he wrote Lost Horizon. Shangri-La is not hidden in the mountains of Tibet. It's in the Indian Ocean, on a string of atolls called the Maldives. (An atoll, for the uninitiated, is a ring of coral islands enclosing a shallow lagoon - not the Cadillac of natural beauty ... more the Bugatti Veyron.)

Accommodations here, when not surrounded by sand so white that looking down causes vertigo, perch on stilts above shimmering blue lagoons. Top-drawer spas and dining are the norm.

Popular activities include what is arguably the world's best snorkelling and scuba-diving, as well as the broader range of water sports: surfing, fishing, whale and dolphin watching, and the like.