Amilla Fushi, Maldives
In the thatched-roof world of the Maldives, Amilla Fushi, with its dazzling, starch-white
villas, is one of a kind – cool cubes shimmering against the startlingly turquoise waters. Interiors are superbly spacious: oversized beds, sofas to sprawl on, a bathtub for two, and no miniature beauty products here (expect huge bottles of Aesop). There are tree houses and beach houses, ocean reef houses and lagoon houses, and they are all wonderful. Rooms spill out onto terraces with private pools, inviting daybeds and bleached wooden tables to have your breakfast with a view – try the coconut yoghurt with passion fruit. The Nespresso machine has a tea-making twin and the fridge is full of bubbles, making it a perfect pick-me-up (a de-stress den, if you will). So why leave the room? Well, to tuck into some Maldivian reef fish and chips at the Fish & Chip Shop, sample a ginger martini or two at Luke Mangan’s Lonu as the sun sets on the water, and enjoy an Ila treatment at The Javvu Spa, of course! And don’t miss a dip among the colourful world of oriental sweetlips and powder-blue surgeonfish on the house reef, or a swim through the resort’s ‘blue hole’ (a space naturally formed in the coral) before returning to your, as the name translates, ‘island home’.
Wow Factor: The tree houses on stilts, where lush jungle gives you utter privacy, and yet you are just yards from the sea.
Go: Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) offers seven nights in a Lagoon House from £3,300 per person, B&B. Includes flights and seaplane transfers. Flight time: 10 hours.
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