Tuesday, 17 May 2016

New Boutique Resort Milaidhoo Island Brings ’50 Chapters of Laidback Island Living’ to the Maldives’ Luxury Hotel Scene



UAE, MAY 2016: The opening of the boutique five star Milaidhoo Island Maldives this

November is one of most anticipated luxury resort openings of the year.

Milaidhoo, due to open its doors on 1 November 2016, promises its guests a new chapter of

barefoot island living on its tiny 300m by 180m island set in the heart of a UNESCO

Biosphere Reserve in the Baa Atoll region of the Maldives.

Shunning the current trend for high-gloss name-dropping look-at-me hotel glitz; at Milaidhoo

barefoot informality is at the very heart of the island’s ethos where selfie-sticks and drones

are not encouraged. Perfectly located to offer the absolute best of the Maldives to its

discerning guests, Milaidhoo offers a return to a classic, relaxed Maldivian holiday style on

a tiny island with deep soft white sand beaches and a vibrant coral reef where dolphins, whale

sharks and manta rays are visitors – a benefit of being in a protected marine area.

This private, luxury island is reached by a scenic 30-minute seaplane flight from the

international airport. Standing on stilts over the lagoon are 30 spacious over-water villas (245

square metres) and hidden amongst the tropical greenery are 20 serene villas on the beach

(290 square metres). All villas have large private freshwater swimming pools and an island

host to attend to the guests’ every whim.

Designed by local architect Mohamed Shafeeq, the resort’s 50 villas have been made using

materials and fittings custom-made for Milaidhoo in a way that epitomises the true

contemporary Maldives style. Spacious outdoor living is the key phrase: the villas open up

180-degrees to allow the natural beauty of the Maldives to become part of the room.

Milaidhoo is the only resort in the atoll that has been created specifically with couples in

mind, although children aged nine and above are welcomed. It further differentiates itself

from the herd with its ‘Milaidhoo Moments’; a collection of exclusive activities for the luxury

traveler seeking meaningful and memorable experiences. Milaidhoo will offer its guests

access to Hanifaru Bay, a marine protected area, which attracts the largest seasonal groupings

of manta rays in the world and is also one of the best places to go whale shark spotting in the

Maldives.

Milaidhoo is serious about its food. Gourmets will feel at home in the three restaurants and

two bars; the resort’s signature restaurant is overwater and shaped like three traditional

Maldivian sailing boats. It - uniquely in the Maldives – will offer a modern interpretation of

‘island influenced’ cuisine. The grape list has been designed to complement the fare with a

choice of much loved classics, alongside a selection from lesser-known boutique vineyards.

The island’s spa consists of four treatment suites set on stilts over the lagoon where guests

will also enjoy daily complimentary yoga and meditation classes on the custom-built pavilion.

And of course perfect beaches, snorkelling on coral reefs, diving, water sports, fishing and

cultural excursions to nearby islands and sandbanks will create stories that guests will want

to tell forever.

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