Looking to take a trip to the Maldives during summer of 2013. Will be travelling with our kids (college age), so a family villa would be great (2 separate villas is an option we are considering as well). We don't really have a budget, but we would prefer to keep costs under $1200/night for the villa alone.
Basically, the most important thing for us is the house reef. It is the main reason we are visiting the Maldives, and outstanding snorkeling right from the villa is a must. Would prefer to see healthy and colorful coral, though quantity and variety of sealife is more important.
Mirihi is our top choice right now, but I'm open to any other recommendations since I read they might be closing for a refurb sometime next year. If there are any better house reefs for snorkeling, please let me know.