W RETREAT AND SPA MALDIVES
Founded in Manhattan, this luxury group is known for sleek city hotels. Nothing could be further from its Maldives outpost on the North Ari Atoll, which is more like a glorified sandbank than an island. Lack of Wi-Fi and a phone signal may be alien to its urbanite guests but they’ll certainly recognise the brand’s cool, contemporary ethos. Morning yoga is conducted to a soundtrack by the in-house DJ and the 74 rooms were revamped last year to include individual barbecue stations. The cocktail bar boasts a shisha terrace on a simple wooden deck overlooking the reef. On an island this intimate, crystal water is never far away but book an Ocean Oasis room and enjoy glass floors over the lagoon, a plunge pool and a ladder into the waves. If your Robinson Crusoe fantasies require something even more solitary, a night alone on Gaathafushi will do the trick. This tiny atoll is a short boat journey from the rest of the hotel and is home to a single thatched hut, swathes of untouched sand and luscious tropical foliage.