Fari Islands, Maldives
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands
What it is
A new string of overwater and seafront minimalist villas, with seven locavore restaurants and bars plus a spa lofted over the turquoise water.
What it isn't
Just for adults. Unlike many honeymoon escapes, this marvelous Maldives stay rolls out the red carpet for littles with a Ritz Kids Club outfitted with its own pool and playgrounds.
What we think
It’s perhaps no surprise that an all-villa resort is luxe, but this one is intergalactically so. Each villa has an infinity pool integrated into the architecture (cue Instagram photo shoots), plus Frette linens, marble soaking tubs, rain showers and glass walls that unfurl to the salty air. Every villa is large (starting at 1,615 square feet), but some are massive—especially the Two Bedroom Beach Pool Villa, at 4,306 square feet with two full bathrooms, or the 16,146-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Estate. Every guest is offered a loaner bike for wheeling around the property, whether you want to beeline to the tennis court, nine-room spa or a guided yoga session in the 24-hour gym. Oh, did we mention every guest is treated to a gratis portrait session, and you will have a personal butler at-the-ready to aid with whatever you wish? Call it paradise perfected.
You're here because
You’re not one of those “lay on the beach for days” people, and staffers here have curated a ton of bucket list exploits, including windsurfing, Maldivian drum lessons and drone photography lessons.
Set over a glass-clear lagoon, the spa here is just as relaxing as its treatments. You opt for a simple Swedish massage, then, feeling peckish, head to an outpost of Singapore’s Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion for roasted duck. Heaven is a place on earth.
Restaurants & Bars
La Locanda - offers Southern Italian cuisine
Summer Pavilion - Cantonese restaurant offers small plates and an extensive selection of wine and artisanal teas
Iwau - Japanese restaurant featuring two teppanyaki grills, sushi and a selection of sakes, whiskies and teas
Beach Shack - offers Mediterranean shared plates
Eau Bar - beachfront restaurant offers healthy dishes, tableside cocktails and afternoon tea
Arabesque - offers Lebanese and North Indian street food and cocktails
Tum Tum - marina food trailer offering Asian cuisine including bao buns, noodles, dumplings, salads and soups
Just 10 minutes by seaplane or 45 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport (yes, the resort will happily arrange your transfers).