This member of ‘The Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ lies on its own pretty little island in the scenic South Malé Atoll. It’s extremely serene, select and service-orientated, although as it shares its lagoon with two other Anantara resorts, and is even connected via a long walkway to one of them, it’s quite easy to shift gears when you’re in the mood. Design-wise it’s like a breath of fresh air.
Maldivian architect Mohammed Shafeeq and Thai-based interior designer Julian Coombs have eschewed both rusticity and modernity in favour of colonial elegance with hints of Sri Lankan regality. Their 19 Beach and Ocean Houses are all a generous 300 square-metres in size and distinguished by their white gabled roofs and glass panelled doors and walls. Inside their antique style furnishings combine with their zesty Indian motifs to create a delightfully nostalgic residential ambience, whilst their infinity-edge pools and personal House Masters mean you hardly have to think about the outside world or even doing anything for yourself.
Go for an Ocean House if you like the idea of being right on the Indian Ocean, although do bear in mind they’re constructed over coral reefs so don’t offer the usual water access. All the traditional leisure facilities are readily available here though, including a dive centre, full-service spa, nonmotorised water sports and fleet of luxury launches, catamarans and yachts. Yet the culinary experiences are definitely that little bit special, the mouthwatering meals of the alfresco restaurant, private beach dinners and feasts on board a traditional dhoni contributing just the right amount of Maldivian romance.
SPECIAL OFFERS •Free Nights •Honeymoon •Long Stay
7 nights from £3,025pp inclusive of flights, transfers and breakfast.
Enquire online or please call 01244 322770
Speedboat transfers are 35 minutes from Male Airport / 19 Beach & Ocean Houses and 1 Residence / Restaurant & Bar / Fitness Centre / Dive Centre / Water Sports / Spa / Babysitting available