Milaidhoo Hotel


Get ready to swoon over every inch of design on Milaidhoo Island. Opened at the end of 2016, this Maldives resort has tip-top interiors and exteriors to match the standout natural beauty of the island. All of the thatched-roof villas (beachside or overwater) come with freshwater infinity pools, hanging swing chairs, oversized daybeds and 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean and its infinite shades of sparkling blue.

Inside, you’ll find bright pops of hot pink and marine blue in the soft furnishings, set off by sleek white walls. Look out for fun details like the clock that resembles a seaplane, a TV hidden behind framed art and fresh tropical fruit is delivered daily under a glass dome. The huge bathrooms are a highlight, decked out with honeycomb tiles, full-size Acqua di Parma toiletries and custom-made baths for two. The whole space is made for combining indoor and outdoor living, with sliding glass doors that can be completely pulled back. If you do leave your villa (trust us, it’s hard), there’s a whole underwater world to be explored in the Unesco-protected Baa Atoll that’s quite literally on your doorstep. Let the current take you round as you linger a while to watch fish darting in and out of sea anemone. For a particularly special experience, be sure to book a lunch on the nearby sandbank where you’ll spend your day picnicking on fresh sushi and champagne in the middle of the ocean. Swim, relax, eat, repeat. Round off your day with dinner under the sails at Ba’theli – three traditional fishing boats in the water serving fabulous local dishes such as Maldivian lobster curry and pandan-wrapped yellowfin tuna. Half board from £800.

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