MAL­DIVES PER­FEC­TION IN PAIRS

Your Mal­dives en­counter is in­evitably shaped by the place you stay. Ex­pe­ri­ence more of these is­lands by stay­ing in two sis­ter-re­sort des­ti­na­tions on your next trip.

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NIYAMA is a world of vi­brant hues – just a 40-minute sea­plane ride from Malé. A pink sun­set bathes Edge and its over­wa­ter din­ers in ma­genta light. Lime Spa adds a pop of green to the blue sea on the hori­zon, while six me­tres un­der the waves at Sub­six, lunches, cel­e­bra­tions and club nights are tinged by the aqua­ma­rine reef. The Ocean Pav­il­ion is the is­land’s most cov­eted ac­com­mo­da­tion. Step into the ocean or co­coon your­self in the float­ing daybed and let the Thakuru but­ler ser­vice bring you cock­tails straight from the in-room bar. New in Fe­bru­ary 2015 is Play, a sec­ond is­land to com­ple­ment the orig­i­nal, Chill. Con­nected by a bridge, Play brings with it even more din­ing op­tions, 48 new vil­las and a kids’ club.

In the North Malé Atoll, 40 min­utes by speed­boat from the in­ter­na­tional air­port, is sis­ter re­sort Hu­vafen Fushi, where moder­nity and the Mal­dives’ ocean­far­ing rhythm lulls you into bliss. Seafood fine din­ing at Salt, healthy menus with a crunch at Raw and the cush­ioned glam­our of UMBar set the tone for the va­ri­ety there is to un­cover. En­joy a full-day en­counter with the ma­jes­tic whale shark, and end your stay with a ta­ble set for two in the shal­lows of the in­fin­ity pool, stud­ded with fi­bre-op­tic light. The ul­ti­mate deca­dence is to set sail on a pri­vate Dhoni com­plete with king­size bed and wine cel­lar, par­tic­u­larly spec­tac­u­lar for overnight voy­ages un­der the moon. PER AQUUM: Be­low and above

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