The Lux Files: Maldives
Considering a trip to the Maldives? We've compiled a guide to the best luxury travel experiences, sure to wow and amaze!
1. LUX FAMILY
Hidden away in the tropical foliage of Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Soneva Fushi defines the essence of barefoot luxury. But this sanctuary is not reserved just for grown ups – the all-villa resort is a paradise for kids too, with family dolphin cruises, movie nights and children’s cooking classes. The Den (pictured below) is the resort’s complimentary new kid-zone and playground for the imagination with its own pools and waterslides, swim-up mocktail bar, pirate ship, LEGO room and music room filled with instruments.
• A luxury 7-night break at Soneva Fushi costs from £11,149 for a family of 4, including flights and accommodation in a Family Villa Suite.
2. LUX ISLAND
VOAVAH PRIVATE ISLAND
A tiny piece of heaven, fringed by picture-perfect white sand beaches, Voavah Private Island is the world’s first exclusive-use isle in a UNESCO-protected reserve. Just a short hop from the Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru, this truly exceptional seven-bedroom island is coupled with the exemplary service you would expect from the Four Seasons: a PADI five-star dive centre; serene swimming pools; a luxury spa; a beach house with lounge, dining room and gym. To top it all, the island comes with its very own luxury 62-foot yacht for exploring the exquisite surrounding reefs and atolls.
• Price for the Four Seasons Voavah Private Island is available on request.
3. LUX RESORT
This superb all-villa resort is set on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll, making use of its spacious surroundings to offer a completely private guest experience as well as an unrivalled level of choice: twelve white-sand beaches; six superb restaurants and bars; three glorious swimming pools; a fitness centre; a dive school and a luxury spa ranked in the world’s top twenty by Condé Nast Traveller magazine. The resort’s outstanding Beach Villas and Water Villas (pictured below) have been refurbished for 2017, offering a new level of comfort and style from which to enjoy sunset sea views.
• A luxury 7-night break at One&Only Reethi Rah costs from £3,589 per person including flights and accommodation in a Beach Villa.
4. LUX RESTAURANT
ITHAA UNDERSEA RESTAURANT
Flagship restaurant of Conrad’s Rangali Island resort, Ithaa sits five metres below the ocean surface, offering a completely unique 180-degree panorama of the coral reef and its inhabitants including reef sharks, manta rays, turtles and an array of colourful fish. With a contemporary six-course set dinner menu, or four-course set lunch menu, expect indulgences such as Maldivian lobster carpaccio or saffron champagne risotto, followed by white chocolate praline and salty caramel sable. Conrad continues to offer the largest wine list in the region with over 1,400 labels.
• A luxury 7-night break at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island costs from £2,419 per person including flights and accommodation in a Beach Villa.