Beauty ensconced on a private pear shaped island
What it is
An all-villa resort on a private island with activities that range from family friendly to private and romantic.
What it isn't
Adults-only or all overwater bungalow.
What we think
The mix of villas—ranging from beachfront bungalows to sprawling overwater residences—start at 850 feet at this private island resort, located in Maldives’ Hanifaru Bay, a UNESCO marine biosphere reserve. They’re beautifully decorated—think of a friend’s plummy beach house—thanks to al-fresco dining pavilions, private infinity pools and, in some cases, sunken tubs with glass-bottomed floors. Guests wake up to Indian Ocean views and find cookies—the staff favorite is hazelnut—on their pillow at turndown. Travelers who manage to pull themselves away from private quarters will find five restaurants (Sea is underwater; Salt focuses on Asian fusion cuisine), as well as a dive center, cooking school and a spa with six overwater treatment suites. There’s also a kids club with a playground and pirate’s ship, and outdoor activities—ranging from sailing and wind surfing lessons to market tours in Malé—abound.
You're here because
You want an exotic resort vacation with a good balance of land activities, ocean adventures and relaxation.
Snorkeling with dozens of manta rays—they can be 23 feet in length—on the doorstep of the resort during their annual migration (May to November).
Restaurants & Bars
Sea - Underwater restaurant and wine cellar, gourmet dining
Fire - Overwater Teppanyaki
Salt - Asian cuisine paired with 16 salt varieties from around the world
Sky - Asian tapas
Manzaru - Italian
Plates - Breakfast buffet, varying themed lunch and dinner buffets
Manzaru - Poolside drinks and shisha
Sky - Overwater setting with live background music most evenings
Diving, Snorkelling, Dolphin Spotting, Island excursions. Dining by Design - private dining at a choice location on the island with tailored menu. Cinema under the Stars - open air cinema.
Set on one of the 75 islands that make up the Maldives’ Baa Atoll archipelago, a 35-minute seaplane ride from Malé.