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Less than half an hour by speedboat from Malé International Airport, set on a powder white island protected by one of the Maldives’ best house reefs, Huvafen Fushi sets the benchmark for desert island luxury.
Villas are either on stilts over the crystal lagoon or back onto cashmere soft white sands, and all feature a private plunge pool, sundeck and daybeds. Beachfront villas are popular for their spacious private outdoor areas and close proximity to the spa whilst the stilted villas have glass-bottomed living rooms so guests can watch the colourful marine life dance by, with stairs directly into the water for those who want to get in on the action.
A plethora of dining options means eating at Huvafen Fushi is deliciously indulgent. Celcius offers relaxed all-day dining over the sandy lagoon whilst woodfire pizza can be feasted upon at Fogliani's. Raw offers organic contemporary cuisine or for fine dining, Salt offers fresh seafood over gently lapping waters and endless views. Underground wine cellar, Vinum's, walls are literally lined with the best vintages or for barefoot cocktails head to the super cool beachfront bar Umbar. For the upmost privacy, destination dining can be arranged.
The resort has a fully-equipped PADI dive centre as well as a resident marine biologist so guests can take guided snorkelling trips on the house reef, the coral garden or at night. The conservation conscious can also adopt a coral, including a follow-up six months later. Other activities include dolphin-watching, island-hopping, sunset fishing or even driving underwater using the Seabob. Other facilities include an expansive infinity pool, library, yoga pavilion and gym. The resort also boasts the world's first underwater spa.
Why we love it
For the ultimate luxury experience, guests can book a 65 foot Dhoni with any room which comes fully staffed (including an onboard chef) so guests can visit reefs at their own pace or stay overnight to sleep beneath the stars.