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Paradise Hideaways in the Maldives

Nowhere else is the sand as soft, the water as crystal clear, everyday life as far away: the lure of the Maldives is as strong as ever. Those who follow it will certainly find their vacation happiness in one of the archipelago's extraordinary island resorts.

February 1, 2023

Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

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It takes about half an hour for the propeller plane to carry exciting guests from Malé airport to Laamu Atoll. They land not only in paradise, but also in sustainable luxury.

The "Six Senses Laamu," surrounded by an impressive house reef that impresses amateur and professional divers alike, houses 97 villas on the beach and on stilts above water. With its thatched roofs, open architecture, and interiors with high-quality materials showing no fear of the occasional burst of color, the entire resort evokes "Beyond Africa." On the pearly white beach, nine treatment rooms line up like chic nests; personalized packages are devoted to mindfulness or fitness, yoga or even improved sleep. The culinary offerings in the restaurants, bars, cafés, and ice cream parlor are complemented by beach barbecues and dinners on the beach. eco friendly The "Six Senses" scores with sustainability, which is expressed in the "Earth Lab" and the "Institute of Marine Conservation," for example.

Six Senses Laamu
Laamu Atoll, 15090 Maldives
Tel: +960 6800800
Web: sixsenses.com/resorts/laamu
Price: Lagoon Water Villa including breakfast from €1162

Milaidhoo Maldives

Milaidhoo Maldives, Hideaways auf den Malediven

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On Milaidhoo, it's easy to be tempted to kick off your shoes and explore the small, 300-meter-long private island by foot. The path leads over a wooden walkway, past thatched water villas, to the fine sandy shore.

Here, in addition to the island villas, tens of great restaurants, lounges and bars are hidden between the airy green vegetation. Like the Serenity Spa, some of the gourmet hotspots stand on stilts in the sea and can be reached via a jetty. The Ba'theli Lounge & Restaurant, for example, looks like a giant glass-bottomed boat and serves spicy Maldivian dishes inspired by the culinary history of the island chain. Guests can also embark on inner and outer journeys during the "Milaidhoo Moments": board a fishing boat, attend a cooking class or spend a night on their private sandbank. unique diving spot Milaidhoo is located in the middle of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve and not far from Hanifaru Bay, where manta rays and (from June to November) impressive whale sharks cavort.

Milaidhoo Maldives
Milaidhoo, Baa Atoll, 200002 Maldives
Tel: +960 6607788
Web: milaidhoo.com.
Price: Water Villa with Private Pool including breakfast from €1520

Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

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A short jump and you dive from the jetty of the private, extremely luxurious overwater villa with its own pool into the crystal-clear turquoise of the lagoon that surrounds the "Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali". Here, guests encounter parrot fish, and overhead, herons glide through the air.

"Paradise found!", comes to mind over and over again - for example in the "Kayto", which indulges gourmets with delicious Nikkei dishes, or during a romantic sunset dinner on the beach in front of the "Shimmers". The care provided by the personal island concierge and the many experiences that make the days on the island infinitely more enjoyable are also long remembered, be they guided dives or the planting of a small coral reef, cooking and painting courses or yoga on a secluded private sandbank. spa on the water A wooden footbridge takes you to the next paradise: The "Talise Spa" pampers island guests with fine treatments and massages in five treatment villas above the water.

Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island
Olhahali, North Malé Atoll, 20339 Maldives
Tel: +960 6682600
Web: jumeirah.com/maldives
Price: Water Villa with pool including breakfast from €1400

Velassaru Maldives

Velassaru Maldives, Hideaways auf den Malediven

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Whether you snorkel almost weightlessly through the calm lagoon, go exploring by canoe, or awaken your inner adventurer by windsurfing, there is certainly never a dull moment on and around the "Velassaru".

The luxurious island resort, a 25-minute speedboat ride from the capital city of Malé, is a versatile getaway for connoisseurs. The ten rooms of the spa pavilions await with massages and treatments over the water; afterwards, those who wish can dive into the pool overlooking the peaceful expanse of the Indian Ocean. To completely relax not only the body but also the mind, various yoga disciplines are offered, sunset classes included. Afterwards, you may retire for a nap to your accommodations - contemporary-style villas and bungalows on the beach, in the greenery or over the water. Wine & Dine gourmets can sample the culinary diversity of five different restaurants and bars on Velassaru - from classic to hip, from Japanese classics to haute cuisine.

Velassaru Maldives
Velassaru, South Malé Atoll, 08350 Maldives
Tel: +960 6656100
Web: velassaru.com
Price: Bungalow including breakfast from €530

Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria

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Luxury and lifestyle away from the masses: Located on the 32,000-square-meter island of Ithaafushi, the "Waldorf Astoria" is an elegant retreat for gourmets and those seeking relaxation.

The guests of the so-called "Pearl Island", as the islet on Dhivehi is called, are bedded in unique luxury. In addition to elegant beach, overwater and hybrid reef villas, as well as the "Stella Maris" maisonette villas, the "Waldorf" also scores with a secluded private island for 24 guests - it doesn't get any more exclusive than this. Even away from the accommodations, the resort knows how to impress: sun lovers can lounge on the beach as well as in the cabanas by the pool, countless activity options allow for sports and fun in and around the sea, and after dinner, guests meet for a silent disco or in the open-air cinema under the stars. Speaking of dinner: The island in the South Malé Atoll is home to eleven culinary spots - a truly delicious agony of choice. Concierge of the senses With the first wellness concierge service in the Maldives, the "Waldorf" ensures maximum well-being for guests with personalized treatments and fitness offers.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi 
Ithaafushi, South Malé Atoll, 20009 Maldives
Tel: +960 4000300
Web: hilton.com
Price: King Overwater Villa with pool including concierge from €2780

Vakkaru Maldives

Vakkaru Maldives, Hideaways auf den Malediven

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Who doesn't dream of this: getting up early in the morning, feeling the first rays of the sun on your skin; only a few meters and you are already in the crystal clear water ... - a dream that comes true every day anew in "Vakkaru"!

Apart from the 113 elegant-rustic wooden huts in Maldivian style, countless other highlights await you on the island in Baa Atoll, which is the only one of the Maldives to hold Unesco bio-reserves. For sports enthusiasts, tennis courts and a gym are available, and in the "Coconut Club" you can spend leisurely afternoons at the pool table. Child care is also offered: The "Parrotfish Club" even organizes cooking classes for the kids. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a couple's treatment at the Merana Spa. By the way, you don't have to leave the island for a variety of culinary moments: The "Vakkaru" includes five restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar. Romance is never far away at the many private dining spots; perfect for everyone on their honeymoon. Honeymoon newlyweds can look forward to their own packages and couple experiences.

Vakkaru Maldives
Vakkaru, Baa Atoll, 20301 Maldives
Tel: +960 6607404
Web: vakkarumaldives.com
Price: Overwater Villa including breakfast from €1230

The Nautilus Maldives Beach & Ocean Houses

The Nautilus Maldives Beach & Ocean Houses

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Vacation that breaks the surface: "The Nautilus" on Thiladhoo in Baa Atoll entices guests with personalized stays in addition to the usual luxury amenities. The "Nautilus Exclusives" offer their own workation packages for all those who want to move their desk to the Indian Ocean, in the course of the "Home away from home" accommodations are carefully individualized, and private use of the entire island is also possible. For those satisfied with the "usual luxury" can look forward to fine spa moments and a great gastronomic offer: whether Arabic, Japanese, Mediterranean or Latin American, the "Nautilus" sends the taste buds on a world tour.

Just as quickly, however, you'll find yourself back in the here and now, such as when you swim with whale sharks or walk in admiration through the airy boho rooms of your spacious accommodations-one of 26 beach and ocean villas on the island-and jump into the private pool. Family Programs The resort offers its own experience packages for parents and children of all ages.

The Nautilus Beach & Ocean Houses Maldives
Thiladhoo, Baa Atoll, 20066 Maldives
Tel: +960 6600000
Web: thenautilusmaldives.com
Price: Ocean House with pool including breakfast from €2,410

Lily Hotels

Hideaways auf den Malediven

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A natural paradise, the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago, and exquisite service: The resorts of "Lily Hotels" are among the top island addresses in the Maldives. This is confirmed not least by the "World Travel Awards" with the "Lily Beach" as the best all-inclusive resort in the Maldives.

The local hotel chain is known for its authentic Maldivian hospitality. The "Lily Beach Resort & Spa" in the South Ari Atoll is considered an all-inclusive dream for divers and, thanks to the award-winning "Tamara Spa," also for wellness fans. Golfers, water sports enthusiasts and gourmets will find their paradise at the "Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa" in Haa Alifu Atoll. Absolute exclusivity à la Elevated Barefoot Luxury is provided at the newly opened neighboring "The Signature Collection by Hideaway," with only nine luxurious villas, a dedicated private butler service and customized Experiences. A dedicated excursion concierge ensures that visitors are always well occupied, even during extended stays. highlight The luxury villas of the exclusive "Signature Collection" are among the most spacious accommodations in the Maldives and are the place-to-be.

Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Web: lilybeachmaldives.com
Price: Villa on "Lily Beach" from €576

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This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Winter 2022/23.

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