The island’s promotion brands itself a “spiritual home” with pristine palm-fringed beaches and reefs.
Mr Paisley said: “I have received no other benefits or benefits in kind from (director A) since we met and since I was in Coco.
“In fact, I haven’t seen him since then, but that was not deliberate just as extremely busy people and I believe our paths would naturally cross again at some point.
“Given that I only heard about the resort through him and that he had asked me to visit at some point, I made a fair and reasonable view that the kindness of the resort to me at the end of my visit was because I was known by the owner.”
When Mr Paisley had been making his arrangements to go to the tropical Coco Bodu Hithi retreat, in October 2016, he had contacted director A.
The report said: “Ian Paisley said it was only when he went to settle his bill, credit card in hand, that he was told that the rooms had been complimented and there was no balance to pay.
“He had paid for incidentals as and when they’d arisen.”
Mr Paisley said he paid £1,720 for Qatar Airlines flights (Owen Humphreys/PA).
Mr Paisley said he paid £1,720 for Qatar Airlines flights.
The total cost to the MP of the holiday, including “extras”, came to £2,767, representing 40% of the total spent.
Mr Paisley said he had no contact during the visit with the Maldives Government.
The February before the trip he went to the country on an official visit and meetings were held with government and opposition parties and officials and justices.
Mr Paisley said: “I made private arrangements to travel in early October 2016.
“I had no long term plan to do this but decided it would coincide with my milestone birthday and it would be a welcome surprise during my children’s school break.
“As a result of the generosity of my friend I was able to do this.
“The holiday had not been months in the planning.
“For absolute clarity, I made no speeches, asked no questions, wrote no letters, refrained from any business in the House, made no approaches to ministers or officials between February 2016 right up until my October departure.”
A message from the chief operating officer of Coco Collection Hotels to the MP also formed part of the evidence considered by the commissioner.
It said: “As far as we could tell it was a classic family holiday, and you were like many of our guests who come here from the UK.”