Set against a stunning backdrop of virgin vegetation and oozing cutting-edge
Huvafen Fushi is one of the Maldives’ most stylish hotels and
is dedicated to luxurious living. Guest bungalows and pavilions feature
their own plunge pool, while LIME Spa boasts the world’s first underwater
treatment rooms and the Maldives’ only outdoor saltwater flotation pool.
Activities capitalise on the stunning Indian Ocean waters, beginning with a range of diving
experiences and a ‘bubble maker’ programme for children as young as 8 years old, guided
snorkelling with the Marine Biologist and water sports, including sea bobs, for a James
bond-style underwater adventure. Boat trips include fishing, whale shark-spotting and
sunset cruises in a traditional Maldivian dhoni boat with Champagne and canapés. Dining
is a culinary extravaganza with highlights including exquisite seafood at salt, themed dinners
at Fogliani’s and a special gourmet experience with a culinary ‘chief’ and Sommelier at
Vinum – the wine cellar, which was Louise's favourite.
Located underground, you may find Vinum’s temperature cool, but Louise says that the
bag of hot stones placed underneath your chair is a brilliant way to warm your feet up!
Guests can also request destination dining at locations including a table in the shallows of
the fibre-optic-lit swimming pool or at on the rock at the edge of the ocean reef, but if
you’re looking for a designer cocktail, UMbar is the place to go.
NIYAMA, has almost twice as much accommodation and it too is
packed full of design features, including Subsix – the world’s first underwater club, which
is great for sipping Champagne, listening to music and dancing, while the resort’s signature
restaurant, Edge, appears to float on the Indian Ocean. Most of the studios and pavilions
have a private pool and some come with 24-hour butler service, but all have a fridge packed
with yummy gourmet deli goodies. Activities are similar to those at little sister, Huvafen
Fushi, with the addition of guided night-time snorkelling and private sailing trips on-board
the resort’s luxury dhoni boat that features en suite living space and a crew that will transport
you around the atolls or drop you off for a sandbank picnic. One of Louise’s favourite
activities was the boat trip to an uninhabited island nearby where she snorkelled around
coral which she describes as being truly beautiful, in shades of bright turquoise, purple, orange
and yellow, like nothing she’d ever seen before.
If you like games NIYAMA offers a wide range
including darts and table tennis, as well as remote control vehicles, PlayStations, Xbox and
sports simulators. Other activities include cocktail-mixing, wine-tasting, T’ai Chi and family
kayaking races, while 5 to 12-year-olds can join dedicated sessions from yoga to crab-racing.
Louise says the variety of dining options, including the fabulous deli, is great and
after dark she found the vibe at Farenheit Bar really chilled out and sophisticated – ideal for
enjoying a tipple whilst enjoying live music or beats from the DJ.