Isle Do It
When a nation comprises tiny patches of land dotted across the sea, it needs to make the most of what the ocean has to offer. The Maldives does that with ever-increasing style.
The new Hurawalhi Island Resort, with its 90 villas in the Lhaviyani Atoll, 40 minutes by seaplane from Male, has upped the ante yet again.
This diving haven takes gastronomy to the limits with three eateries, the star of which – 5.8 – is the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant, 5.8m under the ocean. The multi-course tasting menu includes the catch of the day, supported by island-grown, fresh organic produce paired with superb wines. Romantic? Each table is set just for two.
The Duniye Spa, in contrast, sits over the ocean. Inspired by healing traditions of Asia and Africa, it uses organic, fair trade African products based on the latest scientific research. The Signature Maldivian Island Paradise Ritual Treatment is a two-hour, top-to-toe indulgence, including hair treatment, body polish, head and body massage.