On the Trail of Tranquility at Milaidhoo Island Maldives
For an authentic escape that will invigorate the senses and soothe the soul, the exquisite Milaidhoo Island Maldives is a jewel on its own
Milaidhoo Island Maldives, which was opened three years ago in November 2016, is a luxury boutique resort in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve, close to Hanifaru Bay, 126km north-west of the capital city, Malé. Situated in a private island, the resort is reachable via a seaplane flight from Malé International Airport which takes about 35 minutes. Alternatively, travellers can take a 15-minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo airport followed by a 15-minute speedboat transfer to Milaidhoo.
Milaidhoo promise’s is beyond its five-star status. Everything at Milaidhoo has been tailored and crafted to your needs. Service is tip top but always friendly, in line with the unique “barefoot informality” ethos. The reinvented luxury at Milaidhoo enables guests to portray a reimagined Maldivian heritage in a luxurious way. Milaidhoo understands that guests are not just holidaymakers but also storywriters who embark on their dream holiday destination. In line with such purpose, Milaidhoo crafts meaningful experiences that are rooted in Maldivian heritage so that guests who leave the island feeling not only relaxed, but enriched by numerous genuine and memorable experiences.
Perfect for nature lovers, Milaidhoo’s vibrant coral reef, which encircles the island, is a protected area and noted as an outstanding snorkelling and diving site. Although tiny, the beautiful island is covered in lush greenery, measures just 300m by 180m, surrounded by white, soft deep sand beaches. Designed for couples and luxury travellers who seek peace and privacy, Milaidhoo welcomes guests aged nine and above, and have a strict no drone policy on the island. Begin your new chapter of barefoot island living in the magnificent 50 villas and residences which have been designed in a natural style to fit with the island’s vibe. Guests will be greeted with majestic 29 Water Pool Villas measuring 245 sqm, 18 Beach Pool Villas measuring 290 sqm, two Beach Residences measuring 490 sqm and one Ocean Residence measuring 475 sqm. All the villas and residences can fit up to two adults and one child or three adults.
Amenities in all villas include a large private freshwater pool on the sun deck; a hanging Maldivian swing (undhoali); an outsize day bed; air conditioning and ceiling fan; sea and beach views; tea and coffee machine; oversized minibar; private wine fridge; flat-screen satellite TV; en suite bathroom with soaking tub and separate rain-shower; and a range of toiletries by Acqua di Parma. The culinary team of Milaidhoo is serious about their food, which focuses on authentic, light food with clean flavours. Milaidhoo has three restaurants (Ba’theli Restaurant, the Shoreline Grill and Ocean Restaurant) and two bars (Ba’theli Lounge and Compass Pool Bar). Wonderfully designed to appeal to your senses, all the dining venues at Milaidhoo offer outstanding dining experience in informal settings.
For an authentic yet modern Maldivian cuisine, head over to the signature Ba’theli Restaurant at the traditional wooden sailing boat. Catch the freshly grilled local fish and seafood at the Shoreline Grill. Enjoy the international dishes at the all-day dining Ocean Restaurant. Meanwhile, if you are looking for cocktails, wines and light bites, go to the Compass Pool Bar or Ba’theli Lounge. Spend your free time at the Serenity Spa, where you can relax and rejuvenate your senses with a variety of massage treatments. Join the complimentary group yoga and meditation classes, where the resort’s resident instructor teaches daily at 7am except on Mondays.
As for diving, the resort has a stunning 40 dive sites to explore and five-star PADI dive centre. Guests are entitled to a complimentary use of snorkel equipment, so make sure to join the swim with manta rays’ activity accompanied by the resident marine biologist. Elsewhere, you can join the water sports, such as kayak, stand-up-paddle boards, windsurfing, and catamarans. Go for a fishing trip or private excursions, or visit the 24-hour gym to ensure you stay in shape during your holiday. Keeping all of the above in mind, Milaidhoo is truly a paradise found. For more information or reservations, please email to [email protected] or visit www.milaidhoo.com.