Milaidhoo Island Maldives is a boutique luxury resort in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve, close to Hanifaru Bay, 126km North West of Male. It’s perfect for nature lovers as its own coral reef, which completely circles the island, is a protected area and noted as an outstanding snorkelling and diving site in its own right. The tiny beautiful island, abundant with tropical greenery, measures just 300m by 180m and is fringed by soft white sand beaches.
Offering barefoot informality, each of the 50 spacious air-conditioned villas has its own private freshwater pool on the sundeck and opens up 180° to allow the natural beauty of the island into the villa. Clever design ensures all villas have ocean views. The custom-made furnishings and thoughtful designs are Maldivian inspired, from natural wooden floors to the thatched rooves all made by master craftsmen specifically for Milaidhoo. An island host is on hand to ensure every detail of the stay is perfect, from arranging spa appointments and excursions to ensuring the private wine fridge in the villa is stocked with the guest’s personal favourites.
The three restaurants and two bars, offer outstanding dining in wonderfully informal settings. No shoes are required. Ever. The over-water spa has four treatment suites and complimentary yoga and meditation classes take place in the open-air over-water pavilion.
Leisure activities include sailing, catamarans, kayaks, a 24-hour gym, yacht trips, dolphin cruises, whale shark spotting, manta ray watching, conservation activities with the resident marine biologist, fishing, diving, snorkelling and an open-air infinity pool.
Award-winning Baros Maldives is a small tropical island ringed by a vibrant reef and golden beach with 45 thatched villas nestled amongst swaying palms and 30 water villas poised over a translucent lagoon. Created from timber and sandstone, each elegant villa has a king size bed, with en suite bathroom, in a garden courtyard or with a panoramic lagoon view. Eleven have their own beachside plunge pool and all have enviable seclusion enabling guests to perfectly relax. Blissfully private, the villas at Baros Maldives equally suit the romantic couple, the incognito celebrity, the overworked executive and those seeking to de-stress.
With three gourmet restaurants, a palm grove bar and an intimate cocktail lounge, Baros Maldives also has discreet, knowledgeable staff who can arrange excursions, organise a romantic sandbank dinner, a lagoon cruise by local dhoni, an eco-friendly diving or snorkelling safari. The Spa features the finest botanical therapies as well as yoga to rejuvenate the spirit as well as the body.
Amilla Fushi is an architecturally striking new Maldivian retreat located in the UNESCO-protected Baa Atoll where crystal clear waters and white beaches are the order of the day. Not your typical Maldivian retreat, Amilla Fushi offers 67 rooms in a series of cool white linear villas with a choice of overwater reef, lagoon and beach houses to residences and the new Wellness Treehouse. Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan commands the island cuisine with dining options to suit all from the sophisticated but relaxed experience at Lonu to the 8,000 bottle Wine Shop and Cellar Door and the poolside Baazaar. Other island features include the Javvu Spa where a free 50-minute spa treatment is available to all guests, private beaches, diving and watersports centre, tennis court, marina, kids club and free WiFi throughout. All water sports and child care are complimentary and access to the resort is by 30 minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport.
Situated in the far south of the Maldives is Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, a luxury hideaway where all experiences are bespoke and tailored to suit the interests and desires of each guest. Just three kilometres long, this boutique-style all-villa resort is surrounded by a striking coral reef with 17,000 coconut trees, a picturesque coastline and miles of white sandy beaches.
The resort comprises 132 tranquil villas in a variety of styles from private water villas and tropical tree houses to pool villas and beachside residences. For the ultimate experience, the resort features two Presidential Villas. All villas feature a myriad of luxurious amenities and expansive layouts with spacious sundecks, patios, daybeds and lounge areas.
Memorable experiences await with indulgent treatments at CHI, The Spa, a visit to the health and fitness club, a round of golf on the Maldives’ only golf course, dolphin cruises, sailing, snorkelling, diving and more. The resort boasts a choice of restaurants from fine dining at Dr. Ali’s to al fresco fare in Javvu and Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Fashala. Dine by Design gives guests the option of destination dining in different locales around the island. Access is by 70 minute domestic flight to Addu Atoll and speedboat transfer to resort.
Crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and a breezy tropical climate. Welcome to Soneva Jani, the newest resort from Soneva opening in October 2016. Located on the island of Medhufaru in the Noonu Atoll the resort boasts pure white beaches, picture-perfect palm trees, a sparkling turquoise lagoon and dense tropical vegetation with just 24 overwater and 32 island villas. Villas are decorated in the signature Soneva rustic chic style, each with its own private pool surrounded by ample areas for sunbathing and taking in the mesmerising ocean vistas. The 2 and 3 bedroom Water Retreats boast their own private water slide while the 4 bedroom reserves are the last word in style and comfort. One of the largest islands in the Maldives and highly accessible, Medhufaru is only 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport and one hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi.
Soneva Fushi is the original desert island hideaway with gently swaying palm trees, perfect white sand, even a colony of nesting turtles. The resort’s 57 vast villas (with from one to nine bedrooms) are hidden amongst dense foliage within touching distance of a protected pristine coral reef. Impeccable, intuitive service is provided by Mr. & Ms. Friday butlers who know what guests want before they want it. Soneva Fushi is committed to the Soneva Group’s SLOW LIFE philosophy: Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences with a philosophy of “no news, no shoes”. Bicycles are available to explore the island, there’s an open-air cinema, icecream bar and chocolate room plus the unique glass studio for interactive glass blowing sessions. Activities include cruises, private sandbank picnics, breathtaking diving or fascinating cultural visits to nearby islands. Other resort facilities include a world-class dive centre, the Six Senses spa and a health club with yoga. There are two bars and two restaurants serving Asian or Mediterranean cuisine plus an extensive wine list. Desert island picnics are also available. Soneva in Aqua, the pioneering floating villa concept, is now sailing from Soneva Fushi.
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