MAL­DIVES

fed her In­sta­gram with pho­tos of sea tur­tles, and her face with a slew of seafood

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Lust - Se­nior fash­ion edi­tor SAIREY STEMP

Where on earth? Dhigufi­nolhu Is­land (mer­ci­fully just called Dhigu for short) is a cir­cu­lar white sand­bank in the mid­dle of a pierc­ing blue la­goon that’s only a 35-minute speed­boat ride from the air­port in Malé, the Mal­dives’ cap­i­tal. As you step onto the jetty, make sure you look down, as you’ll prob­a­bly spot a stingray ca­su­ally glid­ing past in the shal­low wa­ters. Then be sure to look up at the in­cred­i­ble ex­panse of turquoise from sea to sky. Heaven. Tell me more! First off, you’ll fall in love with your thatchedroofed villa – you can stroll straight off the deck onto white sand, and on into the ocean. On Tues­day evenings, top chefs from Anan­tara Dhigu Mal­dives Re­sort cook up a de­li­cious beach buf­fet ac­com­pa­nied by a DJ. Stuff your face on lo­cal seafood, dance be­neath the stars, then wade out to the mid-wa­ter rope swing and en­joy a 360° view of your very own tropical par­adise. Top spot: The tiny un­in­hab­ited is­land of Gulhi Fushi. It’s a co­conut’s throw away from Dhigu and reached via a pon­toon – grab a pic­nic and spend a bliss­ful day on your own Robin­son Cru­soe-style fan­tasy isle. Even bet­ter, bor­row a kayak and paddle over, watched by the lo­cal sea tur­tles as you pass by.

Can I stay? Yes! With 110 beach vil­las and over-wa­ter suites, Anan­tara Dhigu Mal­dives Re­sort is the only re­sort on the is­land. And if you want more than just a chance to re­lax in a ham­mock with a book, there’s plenty of stuff to do on this tiny sand­bar in the In­dian Ocean. Try surfing or open-wa­ter scuba div­ing with the help of the on-site pro­fes­sion­als, Aquafa­nat­ics. Treat your­self to a mas­sage at the spa (bliss). Eat lunch at Dhigu’s over-wa­ter restau­rant, Sea. Fire. Salt, and dine in the evening at the five-star Thai restau­rant Baan Hu­raa. You can even watch a movie be­neath the stars on the beach. And, yes, pop­corn is pro­vided. ›

For once, fall­ing out of your ham­mock re­ally isn’t such a bad thing

ANAN­TARA DHIGU MAL­DIVES RE­SORT

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