Mi­laid­hooMal­dives

Soft pow­dered sands. Sway­ing palm trees. Crys­tal clear wa­ters. Un­in­ter­rupted peace. Good, we’ve got your at­ten­tion. Stop ev­ery­thing you’re do­ing and book a trip to this true blue haven

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01 Out­ofthis­world Withjust50bou­tique lux­u­ryvil­lasspread­over lan­dand­wa­t­er­across13 acres,Mi­laid­hooisadrop of­par­adis­ewrappedin­soft white­sand­slapped­by­warm turquoise­wa­ters.Hid­denin the­heartoftheUNESCO Bio­sphereRe­serve,in­the reefringedBaaA­toll,this clev­er­ly­de­signed­hotelisall about­to­tallyswitchin­goff fromthe­world.Itlit­er­al­ly­will makey­oufeel­likey­ouare mile­sand­mile­sawayfrom any­where­o­rany­one. 02 Where­lux­u­rylives Each­pri­vatethatched-roof villa–ei­ther­bythe­bea­chor perche­do­n­stiltsabovethe wa­ter–comeswith­it­sown pri­vate­fresh­wa­ter­poolon asun-dap­pled­deck­with aMal­di­vian­swing,sun lounger­sand­ma­jes­tic views.Painte­d­i­na­neu­tral palat­te­of­pale­wood­sand whites,thedé­corisoff­set by­colour­ful­hand-wo­ven rugsand­cush­ion­cov­ers. The­bath­roomhasadeep bath­tub­with­ma­jes­tic ocean­views. 03 Deepseadi­vine BetweenJune­and Novem­bery­ou­can­swim with­the­man­tarays.De­spite theirap­pear­ance,man­tas aren’tsea­mon­sters­but peace­fulgiants,feed­ing on­noth­ing­big­gerthan mi­cro­scop­ic­plank­to­nand pos­ing­nothreatwhileyou swimand­snorke­la­long­side them– youmight­see­some dol­phin­stoo.You­canalso take­thetra­di­tion­ald­honi and­head­offin­tothe­hori­zon ex­plor­ing­co­ral­reef­sand de­serte­dis­lands. 04 Palatepleasers Over­look­ingth­e­la­goon, the­ho­tel’ssig­na­ture restau­ran­tBa’the­lis­erves its­bare-foot­edguest­san as­sort­mentofMal­di­vian cui­sine.Se­t­on­alarge tra­di­tion­al­wood­en­sail­ing boaty­ou­can­di­neon­the deck­atopa­glass­floor looking­in­tothe­hyp­notic life­oftheIn­di­anOcean. Bu­ti­fyou’re­wantinga morepri­vate­set­ting,the Shore­lineGrillchef’sta­ble will­cre­atea­made-to-or­der culi­naryjour­ney­foryou. 05 Spaand­fit­ness Pam­pery­our­bodyand­soul with­fan­tas­tic­treat­mentsus­ing lo­cal­herb­sand­plantsatthe Seren­i­tySpa.Spreadacross fourover-wa­ter­huts,the in­dul­gentspa­menubrim­swith treat­mentsus­ing­prod­ucts fromElemis,COOLACare­and Ther­aNaka.Were­c­om­mend as­pa­dayafter­a­day­ou­tat seatosoo­thetheill­sof­sun ex­po­sure.For­som­e­fit­ness, you­can­take­to­somekayak­ing, pad­dle­board­ing,snorkellingor doayo­ga­class–it'sprac­ti­cally obli­ga­to­ry­forthe'gram.

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