Sink your toes into soft white sand, breathe in the fresh sea air and swim alongside a squadron of manta rays at this luxury resort
Tucked away in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll, Milaidhoo Island Maldives is a convenient 35-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport. Ringed by pristine palm-fringed beaches, the luxury resort welcomes you with its colourful array of marine life that lazily zigzags among its surrounding crystal-clear waters.
Those seeking ultimate privacy will find themselves admiring the breathtaking Ocean Residence, especially its ‘secret’ loft deck. Hidden up inside the rooftop, the sprawling deck offers you a chance to unwind with a chilled drink in hand while soaking in the unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean. However, beach lovers can opt for one of Milaidhoo’s two Beach Residences. Lounge back and feel that Maldivian glow on your skin at the huge sun deck or take a dip in the freshwater infinity pool overlooking the private beach and ocean beyond.
Here, curated experiences take on a new meaning. Join the local fisherman for the catch of the day instead of fishing by yourself. Learn how to craft a traditional Dhoni rather than just taking a ride on one. And why take a normal cooking class when you can accept a chef’s invitation to pick some local herbs with him and create a bespoke dish together. Alternatively, opt for a night of romance and experience the natural essence of the tropics by sleeping under the stars with your loved one on an isolate sandbank. It’s your castaway fantasy come true.
Water babies should also make a beeline to the jewel of the UNESCO biosphere reserve, the Hanifaru Bay, which attracts the largest seasonal groupings of manta rays in the world, as well as Whale Sharks. Don on your snorkelling gear and savour the unique experience of swimming with these gentle giants.
A day of action-packed thrills can whet quite an appetite and at Ba’theli, the only fine dining Maldivian restaurant in the Maldives, you will embark on a gastronomic journey as the local flavours and textures of the island flood your senses. If you’re craving a more laid-back atmosphere, The Shoreline Grill is where guests find barefoot informality at its best. Here, it’s as simple as requesting your favorites and the chef will whip it up. For an aperitif or after dinner, the Compass Pool Bar offers a selection of tantalising cocktails for a serene nightcap.
Upping the creativity ante, the Milaidhoo is also home to the innovative concept of ‘Babymoon’ where expecting parents can relax and prepare for the arrival of their newest family member. Think pregnancy spa treatments, pre-natal yoga, private movie screenings and gender reveal surprises (opt for the customised gender-reveal cake, it’s a treat).
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