Par­adise Found, Mal­dives

Wine & Dine - - TRAVELLER -

Just a four-hour flight away, then a 20-minute boat ride straight af­ter brings you to Grand Park Kod­hip­paru, the latest re­sort to open in Mal­dives, and one that has Singapore roots to boot. Lo­cated in North Male Atoll, the re­sort, de­signed by Hirsch Bed­ner As­so­ci­ates, boasts three F&B out­lets, spa, an as­sort­ment of wa­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties, a kids’ club and of course, its pièce de ré­sis­tance, the 120 breezy, mostly over­wa­ter vil­las ex­tend­ing in two long arched arms out­wards from the beach.

Fall asleep to the view of the end­less ocean and in the morn­ing, dive straight into the pristine wa­ters di­rectly from your pri­vate deck. The la­goon vil­las are set over shal­lower wa­ters, while the ocean vil­las open onto deeper wa­ters a short dis­tance from the villa decks. The more pre­mium pool vil­las fea­ture pri­vate in-villa pools. The grand res­i­dence vil­las, which com­prise two bed­rooms and a living room are great for fam­i­lies with older chil­dren, while the beach pool vil­las are per­fect for fam­i­lies with young tots who may pre­fer some play­time on the sand.

Grand Park Kod­hip­paru’s three restau­rants in­clude The Edge, fea­tur­ing in­ter­na­tional cui­sine with live cooking sta­tions; and Breeze Pool­side Din­ing & Bar, lo­cated by the pool and serv­ing Asian and Mediter­ranean fare. Fire­door is its spe­cial­ity restau­rant fea­tur­ing a custom-built Josper grill where food is cooked over coals to bring a de­lec­ta­ble bar­be­cue ex­pe­ri­ence to guests.

To cel­e­brate its open­ing, guests who book their stays on Grand Park Kod­hip­paru’s web­site will en­joy 50 per cent off room rates with a min­i­mum three nights’ stay, in­clu­sive of daily break­fast for two, ac­cess to the Beach Club fa­cil­i­ties, as well as 50 per cent dis­count off all morn­ing and evening spa treat­ments. Avail­able un­til 30 Oc­to­ber this year. parkhotel­group.com

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