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in our edit of the very best resorts in the Maldives

2019


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Welcome to Maldives

Kick off your shoes and get set

to unwind, as barefoot bliss

is synonymous with a visit to

this spectacular 1,200-island

archipelago. Expect a surfeit of powderwhite

sand beaches, azure waters and

palm-fringed atolls home to vibrant marine

life. A dream destination where you can

switch off and succumb to the charm of

Mother Nature, there’s something for

everyone here, from watersports and spa

treatments to gourmet dining and cultural

exploration. The cachet of staying on your

own private island is hard to beat, and

many resorts are thoughtfully designed to

create an illusion of castaway seclusion.

Whether you’re looking for a 21 st century

Robinson Crusoe experience or fully

immersive indulgence, our hand-picked

collection of standout resorts will ensure

you find your Maldivian mojo.

GETTING THERE

Maldives is served by a number of

GCC-based airlines, including Emirates

and Etihad Airways. Flights arrive into

Velana International Airport in Malé, and

the onward journey to your desired resort

depends on how far away it is. Some are

close enough to zip to on a speedboat,

while others will organise a seaplane for a

seamless connection to your destination.

WEATHER FORECAST

The equatorial climate features two main

seasons, with sunshine assured in both.

From November to April the weather is

fairly dry, whereas May to October

brings with it the occasional brief rain

shower, after which the sun will reappear

to dry things up. Daytime temperatures

hover around 30°C and dip to the mid-20s

at night.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

5 Welcome


6

of the best

Maldivian

experiences

Don’t miss these once in

a lifetime discoveries…

1. Rock those castaway

vibes. Liberate the

senses with a boat ride

aboard a traditional

dhoni and a day spent

unwinding on your very

own desert island (p9).

2. Unwind like a local.

Enter a state of deep

relaxation with a fragrant

oil massage as part of

the dhivehi-beys (local

medicine) tradition (p13).

Baros Maldives

Contents

7

RESORTS WE RATE

Curate your dream Indian

Ocean holiday with our selection

of world-leading resorts and

experiences in the Maldives that

have been designed to put you

back in touch with nature.

8

Baros Maldives

Reethi Faru Resort

9

One&Only Reethi Rah

10

JA Manafaru

13

Park Hyatt

Maldives Hadadaa

14

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon

Resort & Spa

16

W Maldives

JW Marriott Maldives

Resort & Spa

19

Centara Grand Island Resort

& Spa Maldives

20

Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives

Mövenpick Resort

Kuredhivaru Maldives

22

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The Westin Maldives

Miriandhoo Resort

24

Six Senses Laamu

26

Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Anantara Kihavah

Maldives Villas

28

Velaa Private Island

29

Soneva in Aqua

30

Heritance Aarah

32

Fairmont Maldives

Sirru Fen Fushi

3. Spa with the fishes.

Soak in the sight of the

vibrant Indian Ocean

marine life from the

bubbling serenity of a

glass-bottomed Jacuzzi

(p29).

4. Be at one with the

water. Swim with

dolphins, snorkel among

shoals of fish and catch a

rad surf wave (p24).

5. Learn the secrets

of Maldivian cuisine.

Discover an endless

variety of home-grown

ingredients and dine on

the freshest flavours with

take-home tips from

culinary masters (p10).

6. Explore an eclectic

arts scene. Celebrate

the beauty of the natural

world and dive down

to visit a one-of-a-kind

underwater art gallery

(p32).

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RESORTS

WE RATE

Secluded retreats, family hotspots and

hidden hideaways – find your bliss in

this Indian Ocean archipelago

Milaidhoo Island Maldives

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Baros

Maldives

A Maldivian legend, the resort has

been welcoming guests to its idyllic

shores for five decades. It’s easy to

understand why, with every island

fantasy indulged, from a choice of six

haute-rustically thatched villa styles

(headlined by the textbook romantic

setting of the overwater residences),

to dining at the very edge of the ocean

at The Lighthouse. A swift 25-minute

speedboat ride from Malé airport, the

house reef-ringed island is perfect for

snorkelling adventures. Or, you can

charter a private yacht to venture further

afield in search of dancing dolphin

pods. Back on shore, there’s a delightful

infinity pool, daily life-affirming yoga

sessions and more at Serenity Spa, as

well as three world-class restaurants.

WE LOVE

Row your boat to the overwater Piano

Deck for a spot of culinary seclusion and

a sunrise bubbly breakfast or seafood

sunset dinner for two.

MEMORY MAKER

No need to pack a waterproof camera.

Book a resort reef dive and an

underwater photographer will capture

every memorable marine life moment.

“White sands and lush vegetation

meet impossibly blue waters”

Reethi Faru

Resort

Named after the colourful house reef

that embraces Filaidhoo (the island on

which is stands), Reethi Faru Resort is

where white sands and lush vegetation

meet impossibly blue waters, creating

an all-natural canvas for all types of

holidaymaker. A 45-minute seaplane

journey from Malé, eschew a beach or

overwater stay in favour of a hidden

Garden Villa on the island’s easterly tip,

where contemporary interiors blend

with Maldivian architecture. Marine

conservation is a big deal, with dive

centre guests invited to snap pictures

of manta rays for the resident marine

biologist. Rejuvenate the body with a

papaya and red clay wrap at Coconut

Spa, which should give you an appetite

for the temptations of the resort’s five

restaurants and four bars.

WE LOVE

The candy-striped deckchairs and

isolated setting of the eastern shore sited

Nala Bar. Perfect for a refreshing drink

after snorkelling or kite surfing.

MEMORY MAKER

Clip on a GoPro for stunning shots

of the resort from the air, as you brave an

exhilarating parasailing experience.

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One&Only

Reethi Rah

An A-lister favourite in the North

Malé Atoll and a short 15-minute

seaplane ride from Malé, here you

can live and breathe the island

lifestyle from the secluded luxury

of your private beach or overwater

villa. Design influences span

Maldivian, Balinese and Chinese

cultural accents with the Grand

Sunset Residence the ultimate style

showboat, complete with private

pool and chauffeured buggy. Nine

world cuisine restaurants and bars

keep the dining offering fresh, but

it’s the Japanese-tapas-inspired

Tapasake that steals the show with

reef sharks swimming beneath your

feet. Work off those calories on the

climbing wall or in the adults-only

lap pool before discovering the

12 beaches, local dive sites and

Ayurvedic paradise of ESPA Spa.

WE LOVE

The resort is a draw card for fashion

mavens, with its three boutiques

a haven for designer labels and

covetable beach and resort wear.

MEMORY MAKER

Travel to a desert island aboard a

traditional dhoni and rock those

castaway vibes with the wind in

your hair.

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JA Manafaru

A teeny tiny island reachable in just over

an hour by seaplane from Malé, this chic

family-focused hideaway is home to

just 84 spacious villas and suites, each

with a private pool and lush outdoor

space. Live large in the two-storey,

three-bedroom Royal Island Suite (with

its own spa facilities, barbecue area and

ornamental pond) and make the resort

your leisure playground with beach

volleyball, a futsal pitch, games room,

infinity pool, and more. Parents can

escape to Calm Spa while kids enjoy

the dedicated Coolzone and Chillzone.

There are seven dining destinations

to discover, including White Orchid by

Michelin-starred chef Da Dong. We say

sign up for a Maldivian cooking class.

WE LOVE

Dine two-and-a-half metres below sea

level at The Cellar, an award-winning

grape cave for 10 guests that offers a

side serving of haute cuisine.

MEMORY MAKER

Get out on the water and stand up

paddle board into the distant Indian

Ocean sunset.

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W Maldives is a private island surrounded by white sand beaches,

turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs, known to be one of

the best in the Maldives. With 77 luxury villas each with its own

plunge pool and secluded sundeck with a choice of spectacular

overwater views or tropical indulgence to soak up the Maldivian

rays on or off the beach.

Explore the spectacular Indian Ocean aboard our stunning luxury

25 meter two cabin sailing yacht Escape where whale shark

sightings await at sunset or create your own adventure under

the stars with an overnight diving experience.

Experience AWAY Spa before a live band playing at Fish,

our ocean-to-table cuisine or set the stage for the night with

our Resident DJ spinning the latest hits. Fit in a sunset yoga

session overlooking the Indian Ocean or sweat it out with a

W FIT instructor.

For reservations

reservations.wmaldives@whotels.com

+960 6662222

www.wmaldives.com

@wmaldives


explore

a moment of discovery.

enjoying the paradise and the island

vibes of Kuredhivaru, Maldives.


Park Hyatt

Maldives

Hadahaa

The first resort to debut in the Southern

Atoll, Park Hyatt’s eco credentials are

as strong as ever a decade later, with

the 50-villa destination a poster child

for sustainability. This doesn’t come

at the expense of luxury, however, with

minimalist villa design and signature

hospitality framing a sensational natural

landscape. Journey time is around an

hour on a domestic flight from Malé to

Kooddoo Domestic Airport, followed by

a 30-40 minute speedboat ride. Stay in a

Park Sunset Ocean Pool Villa for sublime

ocean views and oodles of privacy. You’ll

often be hard pressed to spot more than

a handful of guests, with the expansive

resort designed to create the illusion

of complete isolation. Embark on the

equator experience, where you can swim

across two hemispheres.

WE LOVE

The traditional Maldivian herbal

medicine of dhivehi-beys scents the air

at Vidhun Spa – try the signature rose,

lotus and jasmine oil Sehathu Massage.

MEMORY MAKER

Celebrate Mother Nature in all her glory

by watching the sunset from the cooling

waters of your villa's plunge pool.

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Sheraton

Maldives Full

Moon Resort

& Spa

Picture postcard tranquillity beckons

a mere 20 minutes by speedboat from

Malé airport, making this standout resort

an all-round winner. A hospitality icon

on North Malé Atoll, it’s packed with

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first-class facilities yet has ample space

to ensure that sought-after sense of

seclusion. The cosy Cottages are great

for couples or those with small children

while the overwater bungalows charm

from every angle. Eight restaurants

and bars run the full spectrum of world

flavours, from grilled seafood at Sea Salt

to Asian at Baan Thai. Stay active with

watersports fun or head off base to check

out the diving action at Banana Reef and

Okobe Thila.

WE LOVE

Walk this way for escapist, hands-on

relaxation at Shine Spa. Set on its own

miniature private island, it offers an

indulgent menu of Maldivian, natureinspired

holistic treatments designed

to soothe.

MEMORY MAKER

Have a giggle with your kids as they test

their skills at coconut bowling, or take

part in an island scavenger hunt.


BY LAND. BY SEA. BY SOUL.

GO ON. DIVE IN.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an idyllic island paradise, nestled in the

South Ari Atoll, our Maldivian playground is alive with possibilities. Ignite the

imagination with adventure to be had, local culture to be explored and

soul-enriching discoveries designed with meaning and purpose. Conrad

Maldives connects global wanderers to the pulse of the Maldives through

an inspired experience that quenches curiosity and nourishes the senses.

Discover a paradise unlike any other.

South Ari Atoll, 20077, Republic of Maldives l Phone +960-688-0629 l ConradMaldives.com


W Maldives

Fun yet stylish, with a dash of

contemporary flair, W Maldives follows

in the footsteps of its worldwide sister

hotels with its signature playful and

whimsical atmosphere. Take your

pick from the ultra-chic villas located

on the beach or over the water – all

are just steps away from the island’s

wonderful house reef. With your

snorkelling gear on, dive in to discover

the beauty of hundreds of species of

marine life, including colourful fish,

rays, turtles, tuna and even reef sharks.

Better yet, get away from it all at the

resort’s dhow-shaped luxury spa,

AWAY Spa, that offers indoor and

outdoor treatment areas for an allencompassing

experience. It takes just

25 minutes by seaplane to reach this

lively resort.

WE LOVE

Make your way 15 feet beneath the

island sand and dance the night away

to hip beats at 15Below, a pumping

underground nightclub.

MEMORY MAKER

Just a stone’s throw from the resort

is Gaathafushi, an untouched tropical

paradise and the retreat’s own secluded

island that’s yours to discover. Offering

privacy in spades, the beauty spot

is perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime

proposal, a romantic adventure under

the stars, or a private party with your

best buddies.

JW Marriott

Maldives

Resort & Spa

The new kid on the Maldives resort

scene, understated luxury is the

byword for this 60-villa destination

located on a crescent-shaped

island in the Shaviyani Atoll. With a

flight time of under one hour from

Malé, it boasts some of the largest

standard villas in the archipelago,

starting at 234 sqm; each with a

private pool. The standalone Kids’

Club by JW, with its own pool,

pirate ship and packed calendar of

activities, will keep younger guests

entertained while parents sneak

off for a couples' massage at the

signature spa. Dine differently

every day with six restaurants

including Riha, which serves local

flavours under the stars.

WE LOVE

The on-site turtle sanctuary where

kids can learn about the resort’s

rehabilitation programme, and even

help release one of these plucky

creatures back into the wild.

MEMORY MAKER

Enjoy breakfast with dazzling views

of the Indian Ocean from the

comfort of your Duplex Overwater

Pool villa master bedroom.

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Centara Grand

Island Resort

& Spa Maldives

A laidback fun-filled destination that

welcomes little ones with open arms,

this 112-suite and villa destination is

big on fuss-free holidaying with its

Ultimate All-Inclusive philosophy.

Accommodation is light and bright

with high ceilings and uncluttered

finishes putting the view front and

centre. Throw yourself into island life

from dawn until dusk with (almost)

everything included, from dining and

drinks to Spa Cenvaree credits and

complimentary activities. A kids’

club offers arts and crafts, games

and beach play, with a full menu of

watersports and nearby shipwreck

dive open to fun seekers of all ages.

Plus, it's just a 25-minute seaplane

ride from Malé.

WE LOVE

Splash a little extra cash and upgrade

to Island Club status for a host of

benefits including a private pool,

beach access and premium dining.

MEMORY MAKER

Join the evening feeding sessions that

lure rays and black and white tipped

sharks into view – you don't even need

to get your toes wet.

“A laidback fun-filled

destination that welcomes

little ones with open arms”

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Grand Park

Kodhipparu,

Maldives

A contemporary take on Maldivian

tradition defines this one-island-oneresort

destination located just 20

minutes by boat from Malé airport.

There are five artisan styled villa types

on offer with the Grand Residence

living up to its name, offering a

coveted glimpse of the colourful

marine life through its sleek glass

floor. Bragging rights are guaranteed

if you’re a snorkel or scuba fan, thanks

to a teeming house reef and wealth of

nearby sites, in addition to above water

activities aplenty. The Spa is a haven

for Asian, Balinese and Ayurvedic

healing philosophies while three

restaurants and bars meet the culinary

mark; try Firedoor for its out-of-thisworld

prime cuts.

WE LOVE

The resort’s vibrant villa décor with

its artisan crafted touches, tropical

pops of colour in its soft furnishings

and penchant for macramé.

MEMORY MAKER

Master that swan dive and plunge

into the lagoon from the wooden

deck of your overwater villa.

Mövenpick

Resort

Kuredhivaru

Maldives

Prepare to be dazzled by the powderwhite

sands of this family-focused

resort nestled on the undisturbed

Noonu Atoll, 45 minutes north of Malé

by seaplane. Lounge on the upper deck

sala of your Beach Pool Suite Sunrise

while the kids splash in the plunge pool.

Or, let them have the run of the Beach

Spa Pool Residence, which sleeps six.

Young guests have access to the Little

Birds Club for storytelling, music, dance

and arts and crafts fun. Sequester

yourself in a lush jungle treatment room

for a signature therapy at Sun Spa by

Esthederm and then snorkel on the

house reef among boxfish, rays and sea

turtles before dinner. Food is central to

the Mövenpick experience, with three

resort restaurants including Bodumas,

which serves amazingly fresh seafood.

WE LOVE

Perfect your downward dog and child

poses during a sunrise or sunset

Vinyasa yoga session in the stunning

overwater sala.

MEMORY MAKER

Dine on a bespoke menu under a

magnificent canopy of stars on a private

beach or deep in the lush jungle.

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Conrad

Maldives

Rangali Island

Spanning two Alif Dhaal Atoll islands

and connected by a bridge, the resort’s

remote geography (30 minutes by

seaplane from Malé) lets guests dip in

and out of daily life without sacrificing

personal privacy. Its villas and suites are

dotted across the islands, with beach,

water or spa locations to choose from.

We say opt for a villa on the smaller,

quieter island where there’s an adultsonly

pool. Golf buggies will whizz you

around, so you can discover the resort's

12 award-winning restaurants and bars,

pools, beach and Spa Retreat complex.

The latter is home to a clutch of dreamy

villas, each with its own spa room. For

fun, go diving, play a game of tennis,

discover the teeming coral reefs, or head

off on an excursion, such as the romantic

Sandbar Picnic.

WE LOVE

The 3:1 staff to guest ratio, including the

lovely poolside chap who will polish your

suntan lotion smeared glasses.

MEMORY MAKER

Stay 16 feet below sea level at The

Muraka, an ultra luxurious two-level

residence with submerged master

bedroom, tunnel viewing theatre and

above water deck with infinity pool. It

also offers private jet skis.

“Your personal thakaru (concierge)

will indulge your every whim”

The Westin

Maldives

Miriandhoo

Resort

An enviable location within the Baa

Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere

Reserve forms the backdrop for

upscale downtime from the second you

step onto the arrival jetty (a 35-minute

seaplane flight from Malé) with its

visually arresting shell-shaped canopy.

The resort architecture presents a

modern twist on island style, with

talking points such as the ‘floating’ lily

pad daybeds in the main pool. Westin

signature Heavenly beds, outdoor rain

showers and jaw-dropping views come

as standard in your choice of villa,

from the one-bedroom Beach Villa

- Pool to the two-bedroom Heavenly

Beach Residence. Your personal

thakaru (concierge) will indulge your

every whim, including making dinner

reservations – head to Island Kitchen

for Maldivian specialities. More

Heavenly branded experiences await

at the spa.

WE LOVE

Let the little ones off the leash at

the on-site kids’ club housed in a

repurposed shipping container, with

free activities for four- to 12-year-olds.

MEMORY MAKER

Take a day trip by boat to Hanifaru

Bay to spot gliding manta rays and

frolicking whale sharks.

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Six Senses

Laamu

Feel at one with nature at the only

resort in the Laamu Atoll, where

sustainable luxury reigns supreme

and exploring barefoot is the order

of the day. Fly from Malé into Laamu

Kadhdhoo Domestic Airport and then

hop on a 15-minute speedboat ride to

the resort where Six Senses’ 12 villa

types offer something for everyone.

The Lagoon Beach residences are a

favourite for lovers of solitude with a

charming treetop deck. The beachfront

spa houses four couples’ nests and an

Ayurvedic pavilion and there’s a roster

of renowned visiting practitioners

for personal consultations. Eat well

on organic produce at the resort’s

six restaurants and bars, from

signature venue Leaf, which works

with Maldivian fishermen and farmers

to source local ingredients, to the

dramatic sunken bar setting of Sip Sip.

WE LOVE

Decadent indulgence is the preserve

of the Ice & Chocolate Studio, an

alfresco ice cream parlour serving

more than 40 varieties of creamy

frozen goodness.

MEMORY MAKER

Swim with dolphins, snorkel among

the vibrant marine life and get set

to catch the Yin Yang, a popular surf

break that's just a five-minute boat

ride away.

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Milaidhoo Island

Maldives

Small but perfectly formed, with just 50

hideaway villas, this coveted resort pairs

Robinson Crusoe-esque escapism with

upscale island living. Couple-centric

(it's a no-go for children under nine),

each beach or overwater villa boasts a

private infinity pool and terrace while

romance is definitely in the air at the

spa’s intimate stilted treatment rooms.

Leave the confines of your oversized

terrace daybed long enough to try

the three restaurants and two bars,

including Compass Pool Bar’s delicious

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Anantara

Kihavah

Maldives Villas

A 35-minute seaplane journey from

Malé airport lands you in the heart

of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere

Reserve on the shores of a lush

emerald paradise. Out of respect for

the environment, the 80 beach and

overwater villas are discreetly sited

in and around natural gaps in the

landscape and feature a fusion of

Indian Ocean, Arab and Portuguese

design motifs. Leisure comes in

all forms, from stargazing at the

Maldives’ only overwater observatory

to seabobbing through the water,

joining an art studio session, lazing

on a suspended daybed, and dining

beneath the Indian Ocean at Sea

(there are five other venues to check

out, too). Children enjoy special

amenities and access to the Thiththi

Boli Kids’ Club.

WE LOVE

Settle back on a comfy sofa with

popcorn in hand, or go grown-up

with bubbles and oyster nibbles, for a

classic or blockbuster movie night at

the Cinema Under The Stars.

bento boxes. Milaidhoo also has its

own dive centre, as well as a fantastic

range of island-hopping excursions. It's

a scenic 30-minute seaplane ride away

from Malé.

WE LOVE

Say "ahhhhh" with a divine couples' spa

retreat at Serenity Spa, which includes

a dreamy coconut scrub, fruity bubble

bath and deep-tissue massage for two.

MEMORY MAKER

Raise a glass to romance and dine on

exquisite Maldivian cuisine with a chefcurated

dinner for two on your private

deck. Starlit sky and heart-stopping

views are complimentary.

“Small but

perfectly formed,

with just

50 villas”

MEMORY MAKER

Let the high seas carry you away for

an overnight adventure aboard the

Ocean Whisperer, the resort's luxury

42-metre gulet.

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Velaa

Private Island

The passion project of a billionaire Czech

financier, Velaa is named after the sea

turtles that flock here to hatch and the

high number of repeat (human) guests

is testament to its appeal. A 45-minute

seaplane ride from Malé, the mix of beach

and overwater villas with private pools,

outdoor bathing and dining spaces and

sundecks is deservedly swoon-worthy.

Action and relaxation come in equal

measure with tennis, squash, climbing

and aquatic fun as well as a Spa My

Blend by Clarins destination. Reserve an

overwater, treatment villa with sunken

Jacuzzi for some next level pampering.

Six diverse dining locations deliver worldclass

cuisine, but do save space for tower

teppanyaki restaurant Tavaru, which is

also reputedly home to the largest bottle

collection in the archipelago.

WE LOVE

Sharpen your short game across 170

metres of lush greens at the resort’s golf

academy, with its Jose Maria Olazabal

designed swing studio.

MEMORY MAKER

Book the lagoon suspended Romantic

Pool Residence and be rowed home

to your (temporary) love nest by your

personal butler.

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Soneva

in Aqua

Sail the ocean waves aboard this super

luxury yacht-meets-floating-villa for a

five-star stay on the water. Part of the

Soneva Fushi family (you can board via

Soneva Jani or Soneva Fushi, which

are a 45- and 30-minute seaplane ride

from Malé respectively), the yacht has

two en-suite bedrooms, a main deck

Jacuzzi and lounge area with plump

cushioned daybeds, as well as an indoor

dining space and library. Plot a bespoke

itinerary with the captain, who will

weigh anchor so the chef can catch

your lunch fresh from the ocean. Check

out the archipelago's best dive spots

under the watch of the expert Soleni

Dive team – keep your eyes peeled for

turtles, dolphins and manta rays.

WE LOVE

Say "hello" to your personal onboard

crew, inclusive of a captain, sous chef,

Mr. Friday and massage therapist.

You'll also benefit from the on-call dive

master and astronomer.

MEMORY MAKER

Push the wall button in the master suite

to reveal a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi

hidden beneath the wood panelled floor.

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Heritance Aarah

This welcoming resort calls with its

eye-catching smattering of thatched roof

villas and suites. The jewel in the crown

is the stunning two-bedroom Ocean

Residence, which elevates the Maldives

water bungalow game with its private

plunge pool, large terrace and butler

service. Dining here is a joy, with eight

venues to discover, including Ambula,

which specialises in the exotic flavours of

Sri Lanka. Plus, there's the option to book

a private meal on the sand. The resort is a

40-minute seaplane ride from Malé.

WE LOVE

Retreat to the overwater spa, which offers

a mixture of soothing spa therapies and

medical spa treatments, such as skin

peels, to pick from. You can’t go wrong

with the Island Indulgence, which includes

a traditional aromatherapy massage, along

with a de-stressing scalp and facial rub.

MEMORY MAKER

Bring out your adventurous side by

testing your skills at fly boarding under

the watchful eye of a trained professional

who’ll be on hand to control the throttle of

the wave runner, so you can simply fly.

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Fairmont

Maldives Sirru

Fen Fushi

With a name that translates as ‘secret

water island’, this gem of a holiday spot is

concealed within a 600-hectare lagoon in

the Shaviyani Atoll, a 55-minute seaplane

ride from Malé. Let your cares melt away

at the sight of the sun-kissed ocean

that surrounds this all-villa resort – for a

taste of adventure, opt for the castaway

style Tented Jungle Villa. Renowned for

its culinary flair, foodies can dine at four

destinations, including seafood market

Azure and bamboo bar Onu Onu. Not

the sun lounger type? Try Thai boxing,

pummel out the jet lag at Willow Stream

Spa, embark on a desert island picnic for

two, or meet the locals on a cultural tour.

WE LOVE

Take a 50-metre snorkel swim to view

The Coralarium, a semi-submerged

tidal art installation sea-scaped

with underwater trees and endemic

planted corals.

MEMORY MAKER

Get some laps under your belt with a

swim in the 200-metre pool that bisects

the island; the longest in the Maldives.

“It's the kind of place

where cares melt away”

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