Thaa Atoll, Maldives
Secret Star of the Maldives
What it is
Hidden away in the far-less-visited Southern isles of the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll, this is unplugged at its best, with 65 overwater and landlocked villas, a focus on health and a doting staff.
What it isn't
Granola. Yes, you can do pilates at all hours, but you can also chillax before a 46” plasma satellite tv in your room.
What we think
Surfers trek here from all across the globe to shred the gnar at Thaa Atoll’s totally awesome nearby breaks. That’s the least of this archipelago’s lures, though—at COMO Maalifushi, you can snorkel the on-site reef at night with an expert guide (and UV lights) to spot daylight-averse lionfish and moray eels; explore local life in a nearby island; or cruise alongside migrating dolphins at sunset, with a glass of champagne in-hand. Ask to stay in a Water Villa for floor-to-ceiling windows that peep out on the Indian Ocean and a private outdoor shower that will make you want to cancel your return flight home.
You're here because
COMO is truly family friendly; rare in these parts. Bonus: These islands have a nearly constant temperature of 86-degrees fahrenheit, which, in this uncertain world, sounds like Zion itself.
You’re totally exhausted from your day of doing blissful nothing, cocktail in hand, and there’s only one known cure: hitting the lagoon-top spa for a hot river stone massage and sea algae wrap. Divine.
Restaurants & Bars
Tai - Japanese restaurant offering sushi and sashimi in an over-water setting.
Madi - Menu's are light and flavourful, with a range of local Mediterranean, Indonesian and Thai-accented dishes served all day.
Thila Bar - Laid back music, pool table and an open air pool bar with ocean views.
Accessible via a 60-minute seaplane from the international airport in Malé, which means it’s as private as island vacations come (there’s a reason celebs flock to paparazzi-averse destinations like this).