A bou­tique re­sort on the pri­vate is­land of Mi­laid­hoo

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When you ar­rive on the Mi­laid­hoo Is­land, you feel like you're in a dream the re­al­ity is so mag­i­cal. The is­land is part of the Baa Atoll, a UN­ESCO World Bio­sphere Re­serve lo­cated in the Bay of Han­i­faru, just a 30-minute panoramic flight from the In­ter­na­tional Air­port of Male. It is a small en­chant­ing is­land of a rich nat­u­ral beauty, that should def­i­nitely be ex­plored bare­foot. A true par­adise of lus­cious trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion, it also of­fers wide beaches of soft white sand, a rich co­ral reef and warm turquoise-blue wa­ter. Here we find the Mi­laid­hoo Mal­dives re­sort, a mem­ber of The Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World. Ev­ery­thing on this is­land has been tai­lored and made com­fort­able pre­cisely for those who wish to en­joy a gen­uine hol­i­day in sym­bio­sis with na­ture. The vil­las that wel­come guests are spa­cious and filled with light and of­fer the best in out­door liv­ing: they open up 180 de­grees to al­low the nat­u­ral beauty of the Mal­dives in­side each room. The in­te­rior de­sign is em­bel­lished by Mal­di­vian el­e­ments, art pieces and con­tem­po­rary cus­tom-made fur­nish­ings de­signed es­pe­cially for your com­fort and to­tal pri­vacy. Each villa of­fers a large pri­vate fresh­wa­ter pool, a sun deck, spec­tac­u­lar views over the ocean and all the lat­est ser­vices to make your stay a true plea­sure. There are 50 vil­las of dif­fer­ent types and sizes: the Wa­ter Vil­las are built on stilts above the ocean and are ideal for easy ac­cess to the nearby co­ral reef; the Beach Vil­las are in­stead set di­rectly on the white sandy beach with ocean views, and are pre­ferred by guests who wish to feel that they are sur­rounded by lux­u­ri­ant

trop­i­cal palms and green veg­e­ta­tion; the 490 sqm Beach Res­i­dences are also set on the beach and fac­ing the sea, and of­fer a 60 sqm pri­vate in­fin­ity pool and but­ler ser­vice and dedicated chef; Ocean Res­i­dence, a 475 sqm villa, of­fers end­less views over the ocean, a ‘se­cret' loft deck in the rooftop over­look­ing the ocean and the ser­vices of a but­ler and chef to sat­isfy ev­ery wish. Even the food at Mi­laid­hoo is spe­cial and gourmets will feel com­pletely at home. Au­then­tic and light, the clean-flavoured dishes can be en­joyed in three restau­rants and two bars de­signed to ap­peal to the senses. They all of­fer ex­cep­tional lunches and din­ners in won­der­fully in­for­mal set­tings, with no shoes re­quired. The grill on the shore­line of­fers su­perb meat and freshly caught fish and seafood. With your feet rest­ing on the warm sand and your heart cap­ti­vated by the hori­zon with its colours and per­fumes, din­ners here are truly won­der­ful. Equally spe­cial and very ro­man­tic is the gourmet restau­rant lo­cated on three Dhoni sail­ing boats, typ­i­cal of Mal­di­vian tra­di­tions, which of­fer mo­ments of pure magic. You can dine on the deck of this unique restau­rant, the Ba'theli Lounge, where, be­neath a starry night sky, the chef's team of­fers an is­land menu in­spired by lo­cal dishes. There is also in­door seat­ing in air-con­di­tioned com­fort where you can watch the sea life be­low through glass floors. In ad­di­tion to rest­ing and re­gen­er­at­ing on the small is­land and in the pri­vate vil­las, you can par­tic­i­pate in dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties such as wa­ter sports and scuba div­ing to dis­cover the mys­ter­ies and beauty be­low the ocean sur­face, or snorkelling to ex­plore the vi­brant ma­rine world of the co­ral reef that sur­rounds the is­land, along­side tur­tles, colour­ful trop­i­cal fish and even friendly sharks. You can en­joy ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ences such as tuna fish­ing with lo­cal fish­er­men, learn the tech­niques for build­ing the Mal­di­vian Dhoni sail­ing boats, or dis­cover the tra­di­tional art of han­d­line fish­ing from lo­cal fish­er­men, to be­come to­tally im­mersed in the cul­ture of the Mal­dives. But also watch the dol­phins play on the sur­face of the blue ocean or visit the Bay of Han­i­faru. If you pre­fer an in­cred­i­ble ad­ven­ture in soli­tude, you can take a tra­di­tional Mal­di­vian sail­ing boat and head off into the far hori­zon, ex­plor­ing co­ral reefs and de­serted is­lands, for a truly en­chant­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. To end the day in to­tal re­lax­ation, you can take a ther­mal treat­ment in the spa, per­formed with nat­u­ral prod­ucts such as per­fumed oils and co­conut oil. Stylish re­lax­ation is guar­an­teed in the beau­ti­ful suites on stilts above the la­goon. This strik­ing place is per­fect for find­ing your­self and los­ing your heart in na­ture. Le Beach Pool Vil­las si svilup­pano sulla spi­ag­gia di mor­bida sab­bia bianca, nascoste tra una rigogliosa veg­e­tazione trop­i­cale, e of­frono una vista sull'Oceano gra­zie ad un'aper­tura di 180 gradi sul so­lar­ium. Da non perdere, i ri­las­santi trat­ta­menti della spa e il ris­torante gourmet sit­u­ato in tre barche a vela Dhoni. Gli os­piti ce­nano sul 'ponte' del ris­torante, sotto cieli not­turni stel­lati, o al cop­erto dove è pos­si­bile os­ser­vare la vita ma­rina at­traverso pavi­menti in vetro. The Beach Pool Vil­las are set on the white pow­der soft beach, hidden amid lush trop­i­cal green­ery, and of­fer ocean views with open 180-de­grees to the sun­deck. Not to be missed, the re­lax­ing spa treat­ments and the gourmet restau­rant set in three Dhoni sail­ing boats. Guests dine on the ‘deck' of the restau­rant, un­der­neath starry night skies, or in­door where is pos­si­ble to watch the sea-life be­low through glass floors.

Per ul­te­ri­ori in­for­mazioni/ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: mi­laid­hoo.com - slh.com

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