Hurawalhi, Lhaviyani Atoll
Yes, it may not be at the ‘cheap’ end of
the affordable scale, but for a five-star
property, its rates are genuinely brilliant
value. So with that in mind, you can
expect luxe touches everywhere, from the
chic, Riviera-style blue-and-white-striped
fluffy towels elegantly rolled into place
on every sunlounger, to 24-hour afternoon
tea, to the Champagne Pavilion, where,
because it’s positioned on the resort’s
westernmost spot, the sunsets are
jaw-dropping and the dolphin-spotting
radar is set to HIGH. There’s not a plethora
of restaurants at your fingertips like on
other, more buzzing islands: there are
just the three, in fact, and if you’re on
a budget, the main buffet-style one
(Canneli) is where you’ll have every meal (food changes daily, so don’t panic).
But there’s also an undersea restaurant…
yep, you’ll be dining on fresh ceviche
whilst surrounded by an all-natural
aquarium. Totally surreal, utterly magical.
We’re not going to lie, this restaurant will
cost you extra pennies – but really, it’s
oh-so worth it, if only to try chef Bjoern’s
take on a mini lobster roll (meringue being
one of the main ingredients). Don’t expect
to do too much here – as it’s adults-only,
it’s all about soaking up the endless
honey-hued sunshine in total quiet.
Turns out silence really is golden.
regularly scheduled assisted snorkelling
trips are a real bonus. Book onto one
when you first arrive and learn the best
entry points onto the reef for fish and
turtle spotting. Then you can go it alone
for the rest of the trip. Ideal.
GO: From £250pp per night for a beach
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