Villas with private pools? Tick. Over-water spa? Tick World-class chefs? Tick. Malaidhoo, one of the newest resorts in the Maldives (located in the lesser visited Baa atoll) is already one of the best. A dreamy fusion of palm leaves, sugary-soft sand, thatched roofs and very little else, this is the Robinson Crusoe experience you’ve fantasised about while sitting at your desk – and then some. Villas (just 50) are enormous; all have private pools, ensuite bathrooms and a separate rain shower either in your courtyard or on your private terrace. Throughout the resort, there’s a kind of laid-back luxe that requires nothing more than a slick of lip gloss and a kaftan to fit right in.
Milaidhoo, MALDIVES Photo Gallery
Food is world class, with chefs prised from some of the Indian Ocean’s top restaurants. Treat yourselves to the tasting menu at Ba’theli, a stunning creation built in the style of three interlinking dhonis (traditional boats) over a lagoon. Dishes here are inspired by the spice trade and focus on zesty local Maldivian flavours. Best of all, stingrays swim right past you as you tuck in – it’s some kind of super-highway for them.
Seven nights half board in a Water Pool Villa from £4,299 per person, including international flights and seaplane transfers. Honeymooners will also receive a signature spa massage for two, candlelit three- course dinner, and a selection of honeymoon surprises.
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