TURN­ING UP THE VOL­UME ON IS­LAND PARADISE

Fiji and Mal­dives add to the siz­zle of lux­ury is­land liv­ing

World Travel Magazine - - Just In -

The sound of palm trees danc­ing in the wind, the salty smell of the sea, and the calm­ness of waves lap­ping at the shore are only some el­e­ments of an is­land va­ca­tion that end up on the favourite list of trav­ellers. For­tu­nately, many is­land ho­tels and re­sorts of­fer so much more.

The new Six Senses Fiji in Malolo Is­land boasts of crys­tal clear wa­ters, a cli­mate per­fect for wa­ter sports, and a 650-me­tre long se­cluded beach. The is­land is quiet and peace­ful with a third of it un­in­hab­ited. Six Senses Fiji is also a green es­tab­lish­ment. It is 100 per­cent so­lar - pow­ered and the first re­sort to have a mi­cro­grid of Tesla bat­ter­ies. Aside from 26 spa­cious pool bu­res or vil­las with pri­vate plunge pools, the re­sort also houses 60 lux­ury res­i­dences rang­ing from a 3-bed­room to 5-bed­room unit. Of course, a Six Senses Spa is all about pro­vid­ing the per­fect holis­tic treat­ments, and a gourmet mar­ket is in-house for the taste of discerning trav­ellers. In­gre­di­ents are sourced from lo­cal farm­ers and fish­er­men. Guests can en­gage in surf­ing, snor­kel­ing, and sea kayak­ing.

Just when we thought the Mal­dives couldn’t get any bet­ter as a lux­ury des­ti­na­tion, Baglioni and Fushi­faru Re­sort make a spec­tac­u­lar en­trance. Baglioni Re­sort is the first Ital­ian-owned lux­ury re­sort and ho­tel in

Maa­gau. Ex­pect to see an un­usual but mag­nif­i­cent fu­sion of time­less Ital­ian de­sign and the charm of the trop­ics. The In­dian Ocean is the per­fect stage for adren­a­line junkies to par­tic­i­pate in nu­mer­ous wa­ter sports ac­tiv­i­ties. Mean­while, in the Lhaviyani Atoll, a cute is­land nes­tled be­tween two chan­nels that con­nect the atoll’s in­ner la­goon to the beau­ti­ful In­dian Ocean, the ma­rine life is def­i­nitely one for the books, mak­ing it a famed div­ing spot. One of the two chan­nels is the Fushi­faru Kan’du where the new Fushi­faru Re­sort lies, a na­tional Ma­rine Pro­tected Area home to three div­ing sites renowned all over the world: Fushi­faru Thila, Giri, and Thila. Schools of cleaner fish, manta rays, tur­tles, the oc­ca­sional sharks, and other beau­ti­ful un­der­wa­ter crea­tures can be seen here in abun­dance.

From top left, Six Senses Fiji’s beach­front pool villa deck; a beach­front pool res­i­dence; Fushi­faru Re­sort’s beach villa; Baglioni’s pool bar

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