Maldives remains favourite for Brits

The Maldives has come out on top again as the favourite long-haul destination for Brits, beating the likes of Thailand, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates, to the number one spot in a recently released poll.

This is no surprise for the destination though, which has ranked first in the annual Travel Edit survey for a total of nine years now.

Chris Lorenzo, Managing Director of Seafarer, shed some light on why the Maldives have consistently proven to be so popular.

 "Whilst the Maldives have always been noted for the fabulous choice of private and exclusive resorts, the concept of island hopping and sailing as a way of exploring this fascinating island group is increasing in popularity," he said.

"We find that people are increasingly looking for an element of adventure and activity in their holiday experience and sailing a spacious modern catamaran with a professional crew to look after you and do all the hard work whilst exploring this beautiful country ticks all the right boxes."

The Maldives has, in recent years, even attracted a royal couple on their honeymoon, with newlyweds Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton enjoying a delayed holiday on the island paradise in 2011.

Mauritius, which boasts many of the same plus points as the Maldives, also attained a top ten position at number six, just below the US.

However, if you're looking to experience the Maldives and Mauritius, it's worth considering that their beautifully rugged coastlines can be fully explored by taking a cruise itinerary, which offers a comprehensive, yet unique perspective on their respective cultures.

Forget taking a large overbearing cruise vessel and instead enjoy a luxury and personalised experience with Seafarer Cruises.