MY IS­LAND HOMES

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Fur­ther south in the UNESCO Bio­sphere Re­serve of the Baa Atoll, a half-hour sea­plane jaunt from Malé In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Amilla Fushi has rein­vented the Mal­di­vian re­sort with an Aus­tralian twist. Its name means ‘my is­land home’ in Dhivehi, and that’s just what you’ll find here.

Its two-bed­room Tree Houses are the first of their kind in the is­land na­tion, perched 12 me­tres above the ground, and per­fect for fam­i­lies look­ing for a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive among the palm fronds. Beach Res­i­dences with four, six or eight bed­rooms of­fer an ideal es­cape for larger tribes with all the com­forts of ( a very lav­ish) home: full gourmet kitchens, spa­cious bath­rooms, ocean-view pools and sun­decks to while away the day, rounded off with a katheeb but­ler ser­vice and babysit­ting on standby.

The two Aus­tralian hote­liers be­hind Amilla – Chair­man Michael Flynn and Di­rec­tor Tom McLough­lin aka the Is­land Chief – have a so­phis­ti­cated un­der­stand­ing of how their com­pa­tri­ots and fam­i­lies like to travel. As well as craft­ing ex­pe­ri­ences par­ents and chil­dren can en­joy to­gether – the house reef is home to a wealth of ma­rine life – the com­pli­men­tary kids’ club gets lit­tle ones ex­plor­ing the is­land and meet­ing

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