Tired of the hustle-bustle of the city lives, we, humans, have a tendency to conjure an ideal getaway – remote islands, crowd-free white sand beaches, azure waters, and verdant peaks. But for those who truly wish to give shape to their dreams, a holiday to the Maldives is something they must be heading for. And to top these beautiful environs, there are a myriad of luxury resorts in the Maldives that will ensure a wondrous holiday.
Perched on an expansive private lagoon in the virtually untouched South Nilandhe Atoll in the Maldives, and just a 40-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport, Angsana Velavaru is surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters and ocean views as far as the eye can see.
Opt for the in-ocean villas, the first stand-alone collection of water villas in the Maldives, and accessible only by boat from the main island, a kilometre away. Think infinity pools extending over the water, separate bedrooms and living rooms and rooftop cabanas with open-air decks. They all have hammocks suspended right above the waves and bathtubs with glass walls and uninterrupted ocean views. These villas have their own restaurant and bar and so many guests choose to stay where they are, occasionally immersing themselves in the tropical aquarium below. The reef wall is just a short swim away and home to psychedelic-coloured fish plus rays, dolphins and turtles – the island’s name actually means Turtle Island in the local Dhivehi language. The main island is encircled by a sweep of perfect shoreline, and the beachfront villas are right on the sand, surrounded by swaying palm trees. They have private rear gardens and some come with infinity pools and spa bathtubs. Like the in-ocean villas, these are beautifully designed and painted in vibrant, joyful colours. They are a good choice for walkers, beach lovers, and families.
Enjoy Maldivian, Asian, and international favourites while you watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean at the resort's beautiful restaurants and bars. Relax and enjoy the ocean breeze on this ocean-suspended timber veranda while sipping on refreshing drinks paired with a Mediterranean meal at Azzurro restaurant – the all-day dining restaurant. At Funa Restaurant, refreshing beverages are served all day long, while world-class Pan-Asian Cuisine will set your taste buds aflare during lunch and dinner. Here, the views are as dreamy as it could be. Dine surfside and enjoy a native spread of Maldivian delights infused with an Asian influence at Kaani Restaurant. You can choose from a mouthwatering buffet spread or à la carte menu selections. Or if you want to simply relax by the pool and enjoy craft cocktails, Kuredhi Bar sets the scene for a casual evening out or night of romance. Let the bartender serve you an expertly shaken or stirred cocktail, or order one of the delicious hors d’oeuvres to share with your special someone or friends.
There are a thousand different ways to occupy your day, all of them pleasurable. With its proximity to more than 30 vibrant dive sites, Angsana Velavaru is the ideal location for novice to experienced divers. Certified instructors at the PADI Gold Palm 5-Star Dive Centre offer different courses and excursions to explore the pristine waters of South Nilandhe Atoll. Head out to sea in a glass-bottomed canoe to see the underwater world without so much as getting your feet wet, or bump across the waves on an inflatable banana boat. Try unusual variations on water skiing such as kneeboarding or monoskiing, or go snorkelling after dark, when nocturnal aquatic creatures put on a night-time show. Couples looking for romantic indulgence can sail away to a desert island for the evening, with only a private chef and butler on hand to cater to their needs. Children and parents alike will love the dynamic programmes offered at the Rangers' Club, whilst a dedicated kids pool provides ample space for maximum splashing about! Treats for body, mind and soul await in the Angsana Spa – its therapists have rigorous training with the famous Banyan Tree Spa Academy and there is a fine selection of massages, polishes and glorious scented baths to pamper and relax you. His and hers, mother and daughter, father and son and even whole family treatment sessions are all on offer.