Surrounded by the unforgettable blues of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is perhaps best known for its ability to take its unique natural environment and turn it into an experience unlike any other.
Here are our top picks for the most luxurious ways to enjoy the underwater treasures offered by the world’s most stunning destination…
The Ultimate Underwater Indulgence
Pampering yourself at Huvafen Fushi’s LIME Spa is an experience quite literally unlike any other. This underwater spa is the first of its kind in the world, allowing you to enjoy the complete tranquillity that only the depths of the ocean ca provide. LIME gives new meaning to the term ‘indulgent’, offering an exquisite array of treatments tailored to your specific wants and needs. As you descend the stairs into the treatment rooms, you will be transported into a new world coated in the deep blue shades of the ocean outside – a moment that you are certain to never forget.
Silent Cinema by the Ocean
Once you experience the complete comfort and tranquillity of Cinema Paradiso at Soneva Jani, your local cinema just won’t feel the same. This overwater silent cinema is perched atop the surrounding lagoon, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the balmy ocean breeze as you relax under the stars. Pop on your noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones – a detail that ensures the nesting native wildlife are just as comfortable as you are – and sip on champagne as your every desire is catered to by the resort staff. From fresh popcorn to gourmet meals and private screenings curated just for you and your guests, nothing is out of reach when you’re at the most incredible open air cinema in the world. Cinema Paradiso provides the perfect opportunity to slip away for a relaxed date night with your loved one or take the little ones to a screening of a family movie that everyone can enjoy.
There are only a handful of underwater restaurants in the world, but SEA at Anantara Kihavah Resort truly offers a one of a kind experience. No bathers are needed when you’re transported to this stunning underwater world, where every wall is coated in the turquoise blue of the surrounding water – a detail that only adds to the feeling that you’re dining in a secluded nook of an under-ocean world. Only here can you dine on mouth-watering meals of seasonal seafood and sip on your favourite wine as schools of fish dart in the deep blue water surrounding you. Architecturally designed to make you feel as though you’re sitting on the reef itself, SEA must be experienced by anyone who loves delicious food, great wine and breathtaking glimpses into the world’s most beautiful ocean life.
Redefining Ocean-Side Dining
If you would prefer to feel the fresh, warm breeze of the ocean air on your face as you enjoy a gourmet meal, put the Piano Deck dining experience at Baros Resort at the top of your list. This incredible suspended Pontoon places you right in the middle of the ocean, far enough away from the nearby atolls to deliver total serenity and seclusion. Here you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast as the sun rises right in front of your eyes, a private dinner under the sparkling night sky or even a massage as the sun sets around you. Once you have experienced the ethereal world of Baros’ Piano Deck, it’s safe to say that most other dining options will pale in comparison.