BARE­FOOT EL­E­GANCE

Rus­tic charm meets modern lux­ury at Vakkaru Mal­dives

Condé Nast Traveller Middle East - - Where To Stay -

Of­fer­ing a vi­brant and pris­tine In­dian Ocean ex­pe­ri­ence in the UN­ESCO Bio­sphere Re­serve of Baa Atoll, Vakkaru Mal­dives is one of the ar­chi­pel­ago’s new­est des­ti­na­tions. Sur­rounded by white-sand beaches and rustling palm trees, the 125 beach and over­wa­ter vil­las, rang­ing from 114sqm to 917sqm, are havens that com­bine lo­cal rus­tic charm with con­tem­po­rary el­e­gance. Amid trop­i­cal fo­liage and mere steps from the wa­ter, the beach suites and vil­las fea­ture pri­vate ter­races, di­rect beach ac­cess and out­door show­ers. The over­wa­ter vil­las are de­signed for wa­ter ba­bies with di­rect la­goon ac­cess, tran­quil ocean views and pri­vate sun­decks. For com­plete pri­vacy, the Four-Bed­room Over­wa­ter Pool Res­i­dence is your very own sanc­tu­ary with a 55sqm pri­vate pool and a spa ter­race that of­fers a front-row seat to post­card-per­fect sun­sets.

Start the day off with break­fast by the beach at

Amaany and end it with din­ner un­der the stars at Vakku, where is­land-style grilled fare is served in an open-air set­ting. En­joy modern Viet­namese at Onu, and for Ital­ian head to the re­laxed Iso­letta. At the La­goon Bar, serv­ing nib­bles such as sushi and tapas, sip on grape while loung­ing ocean­side or while away an af­ter­noon in the laid-back am­bi­ence of poolside Ca­bana. Ex­plore the wa­ters sur­round­ing the is­land by set­ting sail on a pri­vate at sun­set or pad­dling in a kayak in the calm of morn­ing. For the more ad­ven­tur­ous, snorkelling awaits at the three blue holes unique to Vakkaru Mal­dives. Post-ex­plo­ration, re­gain your bal­ance with an over­wa­ter yoga ses­sion and pam­per your­self with holis­tic treat­ments at the over­wa­ter spa.

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An Over­wa­ter Pool Suite; Mer­ana Spa sits above the la­goon; aBeach Pool Suite

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