Seeking the sun

In need of a relaxing Indian Ocean escape? We’ve got the skinny on a new all-inclusive resort on a private island in the Maldives that begs discovery 

Stretches of soft white sand, a vibrant underwater world and pampering spa treatments are just three treats that spring to mind when planning a Maldivian style escape. And we know a place that delivers on all fronts, with the added bonus of being so new that you’ll feel a world away from the usual crowds. 

Sun Aqua Iru Veli, a five-star all-inclusive resort, has recently opened on the naturally beautiful island of Aluvifushi in the South Nilandhe Atoll, a 35-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport. True to the Sun Aqua brand, the resort is stylishly laid-back, with a playful vibe that fosters relaxation from the start. Set within its own coral reef lagoon, it has been carefully developed to ensure minimal disruption to the unspoiled natural environment, so you don’t need to fret about your footprint.

Featuring 125 villas and suites, you can choose to stay over the water, or along the beachfront. But whatever location you select, the accommodations have one thing in common: offering you the feeling of being totally secluded amid the open space. What’s more, all the villas, from the couples’ suites to the extended family villas, feature a private freshwater pool and views of the Indian Ocean. 

Created especially for Middle Eastern travellers, the Sun Aqua Sultan Suites afford maximum privacy, with their pools located in an open-air space within the villa. For families, the Family Beach Suite with Pool has a separate living room, which can be used as extra bed space for children.

RnR comes in spades. Immerse yourself in the infinity pool and then ramp up the fun factor by taking part in a variety of activities and watersports, such as jet skiing, catamaran sailing and diving. The Sun Aqua Spa, perched over the lagoon, has six treatment pavilions and a hydrotherapy area offering a range of treatments combining western and eastern philosophies. 

Dining options include the all-day dining venue with its suits-all international menu, a grill restaurant set on the beach with a focus on seafood and meat dishes, as well as an over-water eatery that specialises in Italian fare. Those in the mood for romance can book a private table on the sand, or on your villa terrace, and unwind as your personal chef whips up delicious dishes before your eyes. All you need to do is enjoy the sunset.