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What the heck are the Maldives? A collection of lush islands in the Indian Ocean and, for the moment, the vacation getaway for Prince William and Duchess Kate.

And baby Prince George? Maybe not.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the Maldives today for a short holiday, according to local and British media reports. But no one knows for sure where they are staying or if they brought their baby.

Naturally, the palace isn't saying since this is supposed to be a private getaway before the trio embark on a three-week tour next month of New Zealand and Australia.

A trip to the Maldives from London is almost as long a flight as one to Down Under.

The Express reported the couple are staying at a newly opened private resort island in the northern part of the Maldives.

Famous as a diver's paradise, the Maldives is made up of 26 atolls and almost 2,000 islands, west of Malaysia, where Will and Kate traveled in 2012 on their second overseas tour after their wedding in 2011.

Before taking that trip in September, the pair borrowed a cousin's villa in the South of France for a brief holiday. While relaxing topless around the pool, Kate was snapped by a paparazzo shooting from nearby on a public road.

The pictures were published in French and Italian magazines just as the couple were representing the queen on a Diamond Jubilee tour of the conservative countries of Singapore and Malaysia. William, already resentful of the paparazzi, was furious, and the consequences are still being felt: The Cambridges sued and the still-unnamed photographer is being pursued by French police.

But unlike the South of France, the Maldives are relatively remote, not on the beaten tourist path, and the kind of place that royals in search of privacy and protection from the paparazzi would find enticing.

The Cambridges have already shown they're partial to remote exotic locales: for their honeymoon in July 2011, they went to the Seychelles, where they hoped no one would find them. But someone did, and the picture of the two on the beach in swimming togs appeared in an Australian magazine.

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