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The Maldives conjures up images of paradise islands and crystal clear waters, and that’s exactly what Milaidhoo Island delivers. Enjoy luxury and privacy at this intimate 13-acre resort, which is set in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and strives Monday, 5 August 2019

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Milaidhoo Island Maldives

The Maldives conjures up images of paradise islands and crystal clear waters, and that’s exactly what Milaidhoo Island delivers. Enjoy luxury and privacy at this intimate 13-acre resort, which is set in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and strives to exceed guests’ expectations at every turn

Location

Easily reached via a 35-minute seaplane flight from Malé, Maldivian-owned Milaidhoo Island Maldives offers an indulgent taste of small-island living. The resort has 50 villas, three restaurants and stylish, thoughtful decor designed and created by local designers and artisans using responsibly sourced materials. 

Accommodation

Each of Milaidhoo’s private villas has been designed by a Maldivian architect, with conservation front of mind, ensuring minimum impact on the coral reef. The accommodation was created to seamlessly fuse indoor and outdoor living. 

Each villa opens up 180 degrees, inviting the natural elements in, while the materials used blend effortlessly with modern, sustainable architecture. Each thatched-roof villa is serviced by private butlers and features a generous private pool within lush tropical surroundings. 

Water babies can opt for the breathtaking 5,100sq ft Ocean Residence —  an incredibly spacious and elegantly but authentically designed, thatched-roof villa on stilts with unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean. There’s even a ‘secret’ loft deck hidden inside the roof, which is the perfect place for guests to chill out with a glass of wine while looking out over the water. 

Those who prefer dry land can choose one of Milaidhoo’s two 5325sq ft Beach Residences, created to showcase luxurious, informal, outdoor island living. The bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows framing the private beach and ocean beyond, which open up to the huge sun deck, complete with its own 645sq ft private freshwater infinity pool. 

Subtly luxurious, the resort encourages visitors to ditch their mobile phones and discover the island through their senses and experiences. The intimate 1.6km resort is set in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll region and strives to introduce guests to the very best the Maldives has to offer. Proudly rooted in local island traditions, Milaidhoo curates a bespoke selection of experiences to showcase the destination. Foodies can learn to master time-honoured recipes, handed down through generations. They can join local fishermen for the catch of the day and learn how to craft a traditional dhoni and the history behind it, rather than just take a ride on one. Guests are also able to discover the spectacular Maldivian sea life with a visit to Hanifaru Bay, a marine protected area which attracts the largest seasonal groupings of manta rays in the world, as well as being one of the best places to spot whale sharks in the Maldives. 

Dining

Culinary experiences are also a highlight at Milaidhoo; focusing on authentic, light food with traditional flavours. Two bars and three world-class restaurants are on offer, including the island’s signature fine dining Maldivian restaurant, Ba’theli. Perched above the lagoon, shaped like a dhoni, it serves authentic local food. Here, the expert local chefs will take guests on an island-influenced gastronomic journey as they discover the islands’ intricate flavours and
varied textures. 

The Shoreline Grill is where guests will find barefoot informality at its best. The chef will ask what guests feel like eating and cook according to their tastes and preferences. The sand-floored beachfront restaurant offers a menu of fine cuts of meat, fresh local fish and seafood, simply cooked and beautifully presented, with a teppanyaki table and wine cellar. 

Casual, all-day dining is found at Ocean, serving an array of daily specials during the day and international dishes by night. For an aperitif or after dinner drink, The Lounge offers an impressive selection of cutting-edge cocktails. There’s also a pool bar, which uses fresh exotic fruit to make delicious juices and also serves tasty snacks as well as a variety of delicious and refreshing cocktails.

Spa & wellness

The personalised touch of Milaidhoo continues at the intimate Serenity Spa. African-inspired healing techniques using local herbs, plants and ingredients are employed in the four treatment suites, which are raised on stilts over the glistening lagoon. The treatment menu includes organic and natural spa therapies by Elemis, TheraNaka and Coola. Yoga and meditation sessions are available throughout the day, and there’s also a state-of-the-art gym. 

Milaidhoo is also home to an innovative concept called ‘mood dining’. This programme, invites guests to choose from five different ‘moods’ including ‘Deep Sleep’; ‘Getting into the Milaidhoo Mood’; ‘Sunrise Awakening’; ‘Curious Adventures’ and ‘Sunset Chill’. Each ‘mood’ consists of a specially curated food and drink menu, served at a specific location on the island, all of which has been designed to enhance a person’s mood. Some of these dining offerings are paired with spa treatments, special baths and meditation to enhance the experience. 

DON'T MISS

Savour a sunset on a private sandbank, spoilt with champagne and delicious food, served by a private butler and chef

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES
• 50 villas 
• Three restaurants
• Two bars 
• Ocean Residence 
• Two Beach Residences 
• PADI Diving Centre
• Serenity Spa & Gym 

KEY ACTIVITIES
• Diving
• Kayaking
• Windsurfing
• Paddleboarding
• Snorkelling

GET IN TOUCH

milaidhoo.com
T: +960 6600 484
E: reservations@milaidhoo.com


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