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The Magic Of The Maldives

By Louise Newton

Travel Consultant

Posted: 10 November 2014
Huvafen Fushi

Huvafen Fushi

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Set against a stunning backdrop of virgin vegetation and oozing cutting-edge style, 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.

Sister property, 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.

About Louise

My passion is for organising luxury holidays to the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. I've been lucky enough to visit many resorts in these areas, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi's desert resorts, which I highly recommend to add a wonderful contrast to a Dubai or Abu Dhabi city stay.

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