It’s a good thing there are almost 1,200 islands in the Maldives – it means the explosion of openings here this autumn-winter season will result in an excess only of choice, not of crowds. Kicking things off is the St Regis Vommuli (www.stregis.com; from about £1,355) in the southerly Dhaalu atoll, featuring beach and water villas layered in rich brass and bronze fittings and awash in aqueous tones of turquoise and ultramarine. To the north, in the Baa atoll, is Milaidhoo (www.milaidhoo.com; from £678), whose 50 villas propose “barefoot informality” (read: a playful take on Maldivian life – including a restaurant spread across three interconnecting dhoni – and more accessible pricing). The most eagerly anticipated, though, is the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah (www.fourseasons.com; from about £30,000 per night), a five-acre exclusive-use islet that’s the only one of its kind in a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. The conspicuous luxury of its seven bedrooms and multitude of play spaces – gym, spa, media and games room, and 19m motor yacht – are nicely complemented by Four Seasons’ decade-long commitment to marine conservation here.