5 exceptional places in the MaldivesTuesday 10 May 2016
The idyllic destination of the Maldives is known for its breathtaking exoticism. With white sand, turquoise waters and heavenly island-hotels, re(discover) five of the Maldives most unforgettable places for an out-of-this-world vacation.
Cocoa Island, an iconic hotel
Inspired by the famous dhonis, the region's traditional fishing boats, this intimate hotel is one of the pearls of Malé's southern atoll. Perched on stilts over the transparent water of the Kaafu island lagoon, the 33 stunning villas of this high-end resort offer the ultimate in exclusive getaways. Feel far away from everything in this haven of tranquility, a beautiful blend of modern comfort and authentic charm.
South atoll, Malé
Dive Ocean, an eco-friendly dive center
Nested on the island of Dhuni Kolhu, this dive center blends perfectly into the lush surrounding vegetation. Thanks to its welcoming staff, dive professionals, amateurs and complete beginners are able to discover the incredible underwater world around Baa. Swim among multi-colored fishes, the occasional manta ray and grey sharks, and let your mind wander as you tuck in to taste a delicious fruit salad on deck afterwards.
Dhuni Kolhu Island Resort
Lighthouse, a dazzling restaurant
Stretching out into the Indian ocean, this restaurant built on water is recognizable for its white roof sheets fluttering in the breeze. Inside, refined food pairings and grand cru wines come together for a Mediterranean/Asian-influenced experience, reputed as one of the best restaurants of the archipelago. A unique experience guaranteed. All you need to do is sit back, enjoy your fresh seafood and watch the line of the horizon against the sea.
Malé north atoll
Ari atoll, iconic beaches
A veritable Eden, the Ari atoll's vast stretches of white sand make it picture-postcard perfect. Curved coconut trees, immaculate beaches and a turquoise sea are the ideal combination for a natural and fairytale-like setting. Let yourself drift off with the soft murmur of the waves and the warm breeze as you soak up the sun on the sand. To wake up, dive into the crystal-clear lagoon, protected by a coral barrier.
Subsix, a unique "IT" spot
Since 2012, this former nightclub-turned-underwater bar/restaurant has been the talk of the town amongst clients of the luxury Per Aquum Niyama resort. Only accessible from the sea, guests are taken down 6 meters beneath the waves for an unforgettable experience. Sip on a cocktail while admiring the coral reef behind the panoramic bay windows and sample the gastronomic cuisine surrounded by innovative interior architecture inspired by the ocean depths.
Per Aquum Niyama Resort