Every single resort is in essence, a self-sustained island kingdom, generating its own electricity and equipped with its own water treatment plant. This philosophy of one resort confined to one island is a recurring theme throughout the country and constitutes a substantial part of the distinctly Maldivian resort experience. The hundreds of resort islands scattered throughout the archipelago today are at the very forefront of the international high-end long haul beach tourism market. International hotel chains such as Shangri-La, Six Senses, Cheval Blanc, Conrad, Anantara and Jumeirah (to name just a very few) operate their own resorts in the Maldives, that are the standard setters for luxury beach holidays globally. It comes as little surprise then, that resorts in the Maldives are constantly lauded with prestigious travel awards, year in, year out.