Here we present the range of Original Diving's top luxury diving holidays around the world. This contains many of the destinations originally researched for the best-selling Dive in Style first and second editions.

Tim Simond published the first edition of the Dive in Style book in 2006 and it quickly became a best-seller. During our research for the book we looked at hundreds of potential destinations, whittling them down until only the very best remained. These resorts formed the basis of the book and the travel business. To celebrate the success of the first book, and to mark the launch of the second edition in 2010, we launched Dive in Style, the tour operator. With so many of the hotels and the boats featured in the book extremely complicated to reach, we teamed up with award-winning travel company Original Travel to make the diving dreams on the pages of the book an effortless reality.

Until February 2012, our company name was Dive in Style and we focused exclusively on luxurious hotels around the world where you could not only do fantastic diving but also stay in style. Now, as Original Diving, that remains at the core of what we do and the holidays listed on this page represent the most luxurious places around the world where you can dive, snorkel or just relax.

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Tim Simond, best-selling author of Dive in Style, is a co-founder of Original Diving and remains our resident luxury diving expert.

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Where to stay

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

If Robinson Crusoe was in hotel development, he would have built Soneva Fushi. A luxury hideaway on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll reached by a half-hour scenic seaplane flight from the sanctity of the private lounge in Malé, the only international airport.

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island is an eight-mile long finger of jungle covered island, fringed by idyllic sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. It also happens to be about the most idyllic barefoot luxury destination on the planet.

Laucala Island

Laucala Island

The Laucala Island Resort in Fiji is without a doubt one of the world’s top island resorts and once there it is easy to see why. It is very, very special.

Petit St Vincent

Petit St Vincent

Just 50 years ago Petit St Vincent was a scruffy and run-down, uninhabited island. Queue Haze Richardson, a legendary Caribbean sailor, and the island was transformed into one of the most exciting of the Caribbean islands. Since his death in 2008, it has enjoyed further restoration, putting it on the map as one of the most illustrious and exclusive Caribbean hideaways.

Picture of The Silolona

Silolona

If you want the ultimate in liveaboard luxury then look no further than Silolona. It really doesn’t get much better.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, luxury hotel in Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Set in an almost deserted bay on the Musandam Peninsula, Oman, the Six Senses Zighy Bay enjoys a truly dramatic setting surrounded on all sides by steep arid pink cliffs and also offers the most novel optional check in you could imagine, by hang glider!

Amanpulo

Amanpulo

Amanpulo Resort is Pamalican Island. The name means ‘peaceful island’, and it’s easy to see why. Pamalican’s 250 pristine acres are totally tranquil, with nothing but the luxurious 40-room hideaway, verdant vegetation, exotic bird life and what must be one of the planet’s all-time greatest beaches, a seemingly endless stretch of the finest white powder sloping into clear turquoise waters.

Palm Trees at Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge

The place to stay on Lord Howe Island is Capella Lodge. It is a hotel of the highest standard and a very special place to spend a few days.

Picture of the Si Datu Bua

Si Datu Bua

The sister boat to Silolona has arrived, and it is every bit as impressive and luxurious. Defining ‘Dive in Style’, this sailing yacht will allow you to experience some of the best diving spots on earth from the extreme comfort of Si Datu Bua.

Jean Michel Cousteau Resort

Jean Michel Cousteau Resort

The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji is a simple and beautiful resort with serious eco-credentials, amazing family facilities, and access to some world-class diving.

Picture of the beach at Namale Fiji Resort & Spa

Namale Fiji Resort and Spa

One of Fiji’s top hotels, Namale is geared unashamedly to honeymooners and couples and is packed full of amenities and activities. Not a place to get bored in.

Picture of Taveuni Palms pool

Taveuni Palms

Made up of just two incredibly stylish luxury villas - the Horizon Spa Villa and the Beach Villa - perched on a hilltop overlooking the Somosomo Strait, Taveuni Palms is a beautiful place to stay for those looking to get away from it all.

Royal Davui Island Resort

Royal Davui Island Resort

Located south of Vitu Levu, Royal Davui Island Resort provides a great base from which to explore the famous surrounding waters of Beqa Lagoon. The private island is 10 acres of tropical lush landscape lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters.

Wakaya Club

Wakaya Club

The Wakaya Club & Spa is arguably one of the best "dive resorts" in the world! It isn’t of course a dive resort at all but all your diving is included.

Necker Island

Necker Island

Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island, has played host to some big names in its time, from celebrity royalty to the real deal, mainly due to the fact that it promises total privacy and is simply an idyllic island retreat.

Picture of Necker Belle Sailing

Necker Belle

Sailing and diving in the Caribbean doesn’t get much better than a trip onboard the Necker Belle luxury catamaran, complete with your own private submarine!

Picture of Peter Island Spa

Peter Island

This perfect Caribbean diving destination is privately owned and almost impossibly large. Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, comprises 1,800 pristine acres fringed with endless white-sand beaches.

Kamalame Cay Resort

Kamalame Cay Resort

Just a short flight from Nassau takes you to the stunning Kamalame Cay private island resort, whose sandy shores are adjacent to the third largest, yet least explored, barrier reef on earth.

Tiamo Resort

Tiamo Resort

Located on the pure white sandy shores of south Andros, the remote Tiamo resort is the perfect place to get away from it all and truly unwind.

Picture of the beach view at Pink Sands Resort

Pink Sands Resort

The Pink Sands Resort is a beautiful resort set amongst lush tropical gardens and on the edge of Harbour Island’s famous Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas.

Picture of oceanfront dining at One & Only Ocean Club

One & Only Ocean Club

The fact that the One & Only Ocean Club resort is located on the busy paradise island off Nassau can quickly put you off. However, this slice of luxury feels a million miles away from the high rise hotels that Nassau is famous for and is well worth a visit if you want a white beach, delicious food and pampering.

Amanyara

Amanyara

Amanyara is located on a private 1,000 foot white-sand beach on the northwest coast of Providenciales, the capital island of the Turks and Caicos.

Amankila

Amankila

Choose from ocean suites, garden suites or pool suites with private pools; all are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views of the sea and surrounding hills.

Oberoi Lombok

Oberoi Lombok

All rooms feature a private shaded terrace with garden or ocean views, sunken marble garden baths and butler service, while some also have private swimming pools.

Picture of a komodo dragon

Amanikan Liveaboard

Combine a stay at Amanwana, with a Komodo Expedition. The Aman group are now offering this amazing adventure - from the incomparable and original Amanwana on Moyo Island to the dragon-infested islands of Komodo with their pristine reefs and sensational marine life staying on the Amanikan boat.

Picture of a traditional boat on the beach, Maha Bhetra

Maha Bhetra

Imagine a floating Aman hotel that you have all to yourself and you have the Maha Bhetra which cruises from Amanpuri.

Ariara Island

Ariara Island

Escape to the ultimate 'off-the-beaten track' destination - Ariara Island Resort is a private island paradise, available for let and yours to share with whomsoever you choose.

Picture of El Nido Pangulasian Island Resort

El Nido Pangulasian Island Resort

With over 2000ft of powdery white sand beach to explore, the private island retreat of Pangulasian Island Resort is an idyllic spot to unwind between dives, on Palawan's Bacuit Bay.

Amanpuri

Amanpuri

Accommodation at Amanpuri consists of traditional Thai-style pavilions and villas scattered amongst the towering coconut palms; all rooms feature king-size beds and private outdoor terraces.

Picture of Massage Treatment from Four Seasons Explorer

Four Seasons Explorer

Launched in 2002 the Four Seasons Explorer is a 128-ft catamaran – a floating Four Seasons basically. Cruising the central and northern atolls, this is one of the best liveaboards in the world.

Picture of a Water Villa at Kuda Huraa

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

Experience luxury and impeccable service with excellent diving at the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa that occupies a private coral island in the Central Maldives.

Park Hyatt Hadahaa, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Park Hyatt Hadahaa

At least 10km away from any other inhabited island, sitting on an untouched atoll, surrounded by one of the most beautiful reefs you will find in the tropics sits the Park Hyatt Hadahaa. There are few better or more impressive havens to be found in the Maldives.

Aerial view of Constance Halaveli Resort, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Constance Halaveli, Maldives

The Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives has villas either on stilts over a beautiful lagoon or on the pristine beach.

Water villa at Huvafen Fushi, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Huvafen Fushi

One of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi is located half an hour by speedboat from the international airport. This is a modern, trendy resort and not for those looking for the Robinson Crusoe experience.

Aerial View of Fregate Island

Fregate Island

Frégate Island Private, named after the graceful bird, is a near-perfect, 740-acre private island in the Seychelles, accommodating a maximum of 40 guests. This is the closest you will ever come to your own private island and proves you can have your eco cake and eat it, at a price!

North Island

North Island

This small, private island - just a mile long by half a mile across - was abandoned in the 1970s following the collapse of the coconut industry. Now home to one of the planets most luxurious and unusual island lodges, North Island is home to just 11 vast and truly original suites.

Aerial View of the Beach

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa is an idyllic beach resort located on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya, in the middle of a nature reserve on the Yucatán peninsula.

The pool at Viceroy Riviera Maya, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Riviera Maya

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a boutique beachfront resort located just outside Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, yet feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

Hotel Esencia

Hotel Esencia

Once the beachside retreat of an eccentric Italian Duchess, Hotel Esencia is a chic beach retreat set on a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach along the ‘Riviera Maya’ of Mexico’s Yucatán coast, and still retains that feeling of a private home.

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

The Oberoi at Sahl Hasheesh is a wonderful base from which to explore. An all suite hotel spread over seemingly endless acres and with a wonderful wide beach, this resort offers traditional Egyptian hospitality at a very competitive price. A Red Sea bargain!

Picture of the garden at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

The place to stay in Sharm El Sheikh is the Four Seasons, an island of peace and security.

Azura Quilalea Aerial View

Azura Quilalea Private Island

Azura at Quilálea is an idyllic Mozambique island resort situated in a forgotten corner of Mozambique's Quirimbas Archipelago.

Azura Benguerra

Azura Benguerra

Azura is a boutique beach lodge located on Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago that lies just off the coast of southern Mozambique. Claiming to be the country’s first eco lodge, the resort was built entirely by hand by the local community and so you are assured of that ‘locale’ feel.

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge is an idyllic, award-wining jewel sitting in this untouched tropical atoll, a beachcomber’s ultimate paradise, located just off the north-east coast of Zanzibar.

Picture of Atmosphere resort poolside

Atmosphere Resort & Spa

Atmosphere Resort & Spa is a stunning property located on the shores of Dauin and is an excellent choice for both divers and non-divers alike.

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