Tucked away in the north of the Lhaviyani atoll, on a tiny private coral island, Hurawalhi’s slice of tropical paradise can only be reached in daylight via a stunning 40-minute seaplane flight from Male International airport. Surrounded by warm waters of the Indian Ocean with shades of azure blue as far as the eye can see, interrupted only by pristine white beaches, this truly is the ultimate in barefoot luxury.
Accommodation here is in a collection of private individual villas, some suspended over the azure blue water of the lagoon, some right on the pearly white sand of the beach, some with their own infinity pools, and all with the highest levels of comfort, elegance and luxury. All the villas are designed in keeping with the Madivian surroundings, with natural wood furniture, teak wood floors and decking, and accents of tropical greens, blues and yellows. Each villas is designed to blend the inside seamlessly with the outside – floor-to-ceiling glass doors open out on to your pirivate deck or beach, from where you can slip into the azure water of the ocean, or lagoon, or simply sit and watch the sun set in the shade of a palm tree with a cocktail in your hand. Huge marble bathrooms have walk in rain showers and bath tubs and double vanities. In other words it’s paradise on earth.
Or as the Hurawalhi website puts it, Things To Do. Well first and foremost, the balmy waters shallow lagoons and vivid coral reefs beckon – and the Maldives is the capital of scuba diving. Get your gear on and explore the spectacular undersea world with its pristine coral reefs and dazzling tropical fish. There’s a Marine Biology Center with a resident Mata Trust manager hand to help you explore the natural ecosystem, and if you’d rather stay on the surface, the snorkelling is almost as mindblowing as the diving. For watersports enthusiasts there’s everything from windsurfing to parasailing to manta ray spotting, while for landlubbers there are tennis courts, as well as badminton and futsa in the resort’s gorgeous tropical surrroundings. If you want to venture further afield, there’s whole raft of excursions available from luxury sailing to deep sea fishing. For fitness freaks there is a well equipped gym, and when the heat of the day is too much you can always retreat to the cool of
The pièce de reesistance here is the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant – where you can enjoy a delicious menu surrounded by azure blue waters and glittering tropical fish, 5.8m under the waves! The contemporary Aquarum Restaurant & Bar is a fresh seafood over-the-water eatery where you can dine on Teppanyaki and drink delicious cocktails with spectacular views over the ocean. The Canneli Restaurant serves an international all-day buffet with cooking stations so you can see the chefs at work, and for bubby with views of dolphins and manta rays, the Champagne Pavilion is located in the westernmost part of the resort, perfect for sundowners. The Coco bar is the place to hang out by the infinity pool and indulge in doing nothing but sipping a cold drink and dreaming the day away.