To a tea... We think Soneva Fushi is one the most friendly, charming and laid back places in the Maldives - a place that does friendly, charming and laid back pretty much to perfection. You pay for the privilege, naturally, but this has to be one of the great places to decompress from the reality of life back home.

The best bit?

So, what's the best bit? There are plenty of highlights to choose from - the delicious sushi at lunchtime, amazing diving with manta rays - but the Six Senses spa is a particular treat. After a blissful massage or treatment, guests are encouraged to relax in the open-sided veranda. And then it arrives, brought to you by a cheerfully smiling member of the spa team - a pot of delectable ginger tea brewed with pandam leaves to a closely guarded secret Six Senses recipe.

Packing a punch

The tea packs a gingery punch, and you just know it must be adding a least a decade to your natural lifespan. It tends to be at this exact moment of intense relaxation that guests feel the weight of the world well and truly off their just massaged shoulders.