An Indian Ocean beauty spot

Indulge in a luxurious Eid escape at this private island resort in the Indian Ocean 

 

If it feels as if the year is flying by, we know just the place to go to hit the pause button. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, on Emboodhu Finolhu Island, in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, is designed to make it seem as if time is standing still. 

Just 15-20 minutes’ by speedboat from Velana International Airport, it provides a calming setting in which to unravel yourself from your everyday schedule. From dozing off in a hammock to scuba diving amid the vibrant marine life and getting philosophical during a spot of stargazing, there are plenty of ways to refresh body and mind. 

There are 64 sea view villas and suites, each with a private sundeck. A popular option is the One-Bedroom Beach Suite With Pool, which has a living room, private courtyard and outdoor shower set within a walled garden. The top choice for the last word on luxury, however, has to be the award-winning Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite With Pool, which boasts a living room, two bedrooms, a freshwater pool, two salas (open-air pavilions) and a suspended sundeck complete with a hammock over the lagoon.

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There are five ways to dine. For a memorable meal, head to Mediterranean restaurant The Deep End, which is perched over the water, with outdoor seating and candlelit tables adding a romantic touch. Alternatively, 24 Degrees has a nightly themed menu offering a variety of cuisines from around the world – a highlight of which is the teppanyaki.

Call upon the dedicated butler service to curate an itinerary of activities, from a seaplane tour of the stunning landscape to a sunset cruise combined with dolphin watching – that’s in addition to all manner of watersports, from wakeboarding to taking the catamaran out to the reef. 

Dial down the pace at Jiva Spa, where the resident Ayurveda physician can point you towards the best treatments to suit you. Couples who want to make a grand gesture can renew their wedding vows by the water’s edge for memories that will last a lifetime.  

 

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