TWO ISLANDS, ONE RESORT
If nothing less than the truly exotic will do, however, make your way to the Dhaalu Atoll where PER AQUUM Niyama’s split personality brings out the inner child in everyone. Its two islands, Play and Chill, offer two very different ways to appreciate the diversity of the Maldives. Families will feel right at home on Play, opened earlier this year with a flourish of its signature red. As well as 48 new villas, the new island is also home to beachfront dining at Blu, treetop meals at Nest and the vibrant kids’ club, Explorers.
The children are out making a body scrub at LIME Spa when I visit, leaving me to test my rusty bouncing skills on the in-ground trampoline and explore the different spaces devoted to each of the four ‘tribes’, divided by age group. Adam Smith, the kids’ club manager known only by the name of the Scottish economist, is infectiously enthusiastic about the adventures his young charges can undertake, whether cooking pizza in their miniature kitchen, exploring the reef with a marine biologist or splashing through the water playground.