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MALDIVES


LEFT: A bird’s-eye view of Amilla Fushi


Guests at each villa are allocated a


katheeb – essentially a butler – who is on call 24/7. They remain behind the scenes, making sure you want for nothing during your stay. Call them from the mobile phone you’re given on arrival to help arrange meals, excursions, activities for kids and spa treatments (an absolute must). The property really is staggeringly beautiful. Lush forest and silky white sand surround the island, and a network of raised piers leads you to the Ocean Reef Houses, which each have private pools and direct ocean access. Our katheeb kindly brought us some snorkel equipment, and we spent a happy hour or so exploring the varied ocean life in our ‘back garden’. Inside, the design of these gorgeous open-plan houses is minimal and immaculate, with shelves lined with Aesop products and a monsoon shower I could have stayed in for a week. Our katheeb was kept busy. He


arranged for us to have a tennis lesson 58 — aspire september 2017


with a professional coach; a personal training session at the gym; a photoshoot with the hugely talented and interesting photographer Munko Ali, at Shutterfish photography studios; all our meals; and a cheese and wine pairing with expert sommelier (and all-round wonderful person) Beatrice. For a showstopper of an evening, book


a table at Amilla’s signature restaurant Feeling Koi, an overwater establishment serving Japanese cuisine with Latin influences. Get yourself to the beach for pre-dinner cocktails and ready yourself for some spectacular views at sunset. Amilla Fushi translates to ‘my island


home’, and its ethos is very much geared towards making high-end clients feel comfortable and looked after without any sense of pretentiousness. In this, it is incredibly successful. I only wish my actual real-life home even slightly resembled my island home. Our island-hopping adventure


exploring three very different resorts had come to an end. Having discovered the diversity and wide variety of offerings in the Maldives, I would certainly go island-hopping again, were I ever fortunate enough to return.


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Prices for a Beach Villa at LUX* South Ari Atoll start from $840 in low season on a bed and breakfast basis. LUXRESORTS.COM


Beach Villa accommodation at Finolhu starts from $850 per night including breakfast, excluding tax and service. FINOLHU.COM


Ocean Reef Houses at Amilla Fushi start from $1,050 per night including breakfast, excluding tax and service. AMILLA.MV


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