Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, spanning the equator southwest of Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives comprises of nearly 1,200 coral islands forming an archipelago of 26 atolls. Think pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons, underwater marine life, and a lush tropical vegetation growing on the islands.
Seventy-five minutes by seaplane from Male airport or a 45 minute domestic flight with a swift 15 minute speedboat transfer is Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives. Located in Dhonakulhi island, at Haa Alif, one of the northern atolls, space and privacy is a hallmark in here. The resort comprises of 103 pristine, light and airy villas. The style of the each chalk white villa is designed to emulate the traditional coral-walled Maldivian home and set among coconut groves, lush vegetation and a blindingly blue lagoon.
With ten categories of villas ranging between 176-1420sqm in size, all come (except Sunset Beach Villas) with their own private pool and Jacuzzi. The 57 contemporary style over-water villas stand on stilts over the lagoon, while the 46 beachfront villas have a timeless, classic Maldives feel, each with its own private beach and hidden away among beautiful tropical gardens for complete privacy. For families and bigger groups, the Family Villas are ideal. Designed to be like a private home, there is space in abundance; a private stretch of powdery soft beach, infinity pool and even a rooftop terrace for star-gazing. A separate living room area adds an area to relax to the villa. A personal butler will be assigned to deal with all your needs.
There are four main restaurants on the island – Meeru Bar & Grill – is one of the most popular with an aquarium on the beach that is filled with the daily. Authentic wood-fired pizzas, succulent cuts of meat cooked to perfection on stone grill and freshly cooked lobsters are just a few of the delectable treats on the international menu. Samsara Asian Fusion offers serene surroundings coupled with an exquisite fusion of Thai, Indian and Japanese influences. It boasts a romantic location of an open-air terrace perched on stilts above the impossibly blue lagoon; outstanding fine dining, and a teppanyaki table. For a good buffet breakfast, the sand-floored Matheefaru is ideal with pastries, fruit platters, juices, eggs any way you like, freshly baked breads, cheeses and cold cuts of meat. This sand-floored oceanfront restaurant offers a warm welcome to food lovers with its expansive and daily changing buffet. Dinner is a magical affair where diners sit on the open air deck under a sea of stars. For an utterly romantic experience, you can book one of the two over-water private dining pavilions. At Sunset Pool Café, sample the classics as well as the original from the menu of cocktails by the pool, whilst gorging on flavour-infused dishes with Asian and European influences.
Hideaway Spa design is influenced by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Maldives. The delicate combination of coconut and teak timber furnishing, sukabumi stone, java rosso tumble stone, sandstone, pink slate, onyx and silk fabrics offer a journey for the senses. It has 12 intimate and comfortable private treatment rooms, a steam room, outdoor pavilion, manicure/pedicure station, a relaxation zone and retail area. You can expect holistic treatment, spa facials, holistic rituals, spa packages, ayurvedic massage & rituals, signature body polish, body wrap, and salon services. Spa products by Natura Bissé offer ultra-relaxing treatments and deliver results that really work.
There are two large swimming pools - one cascades into the Indian Ocean - and plenty for sporty types: tennis, football, basketball are on offer. If you're more into fitness and wellbeing, there's a decent gym and yoga sessions. Water bunnies can work-out on the water, with kayaks, kitesurfing, catamarans or paddle boards. The on-site PADI dive centre must be taken advantage of – knowledgeable and passionate instructors help you explore the island's double reef and turquoise lagoon. If wildlife is your thing then this is most definitely the place for you. Swim alongside eagle ray, sting ray, black tip reef sharks, sweet lips, jack fish, unicorn fish, dolphins, and turtles. Kids are taken care of too with bikes, an inflatable water park and a daily club for 3-12 year olds. Tender Hearts Kids’ Club ensures both children and parents have a fun filled, adventurous, happy, and exciting holiday. The 50sqm playground area hosts a variety of games and activities for your little ones. They also have a small library, board games and bicycles, and the dedicated, well-trained and creative team is on hand to take care of the children. A variety of indoor and outdoor activities are arranged to keep the young guests occupied: such as fishing, crab race, local island exploration, treasure hunt, painting and drawing, island hide & seek, dhoni cruise, marine researching, cooking etc. Love shopping? Kamana Boutique is a treasure trove of souvenirs and gifts for friends and family, offering finely crafted items such as Maldivian art pieces, jewellery and hand-made fabrics made using traditional weaving methods. For a worry-free stay, a fully qualified doctor is present on the island, on-call 24/7 for any medical emergencies. Villa consultation is also available.