You would expect those dreamy discs of sand in the middle of the Indian Ocean to have the 'shhh!' factor in spades, right? Wrong. Surprisingly, there are just a handful of true adults-only islands in the Maldives, so God bless Hurawalhi for being one such glorious newcomer. Opened in December 2016 and located in a blissfully far-flung atoll, its position only adds to the quiet - it's far enough from Malé that you won't experience 'traffic' noises such as tugboats putting past or the low but constant thrum of seaplanes. You really get that marooned-in-the-ocean feeling here. The design is clever, the rooms are chic but almost functional, and whatever category you go for (beach villa, over-water villa, with or without pool), they are all identical. The idea being that the surrounding ocean and nature are the real stars of the show, which is as it should be - the water at the bottom of your steps that lead directly into the ocean is so blue, you'll mistake it for your plunge pool. But that's where the pared-back feeling ends. Main areas such as the reception (where the floor is made of sand) and buffet restaurant Canneli are beautifully designed, with enormous hanging installations: shell-like carvings made to look like hundreds of fish swaying gently in the breeze and bare lightbulbs on black cord hover above a calming water feature. And let's not forget the world's largest all-glass undersea restaurant that deserves a gong not only for its incredible architecture, but also for its equally as impressive food by surely-he's-a-magician chef Bjoern. But the cleverest part of all? There may be 90 villas, and Brides may have stayed when the resort was 95% full, but somehow it never feels crowded. Silent applause all round for Hurawalhi.
<B>Our Kind of Luxe</b>: The Champagne Pavilion at the very end of the over-water decking (pictured) is the place to be at sunset but go a tad earlier (5pm) and you'll likely be the only guests. The view across the ocean is unbeatable: not a person, island or atoll stands between you and Sri Lanka.
<B>A beach villa for two costs from £540 a night; hurawalhi.com</b>
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