START IN STYLE: FAARUFUSHI
When it comes to the Maldives, all roads – or flight routes – lead to Male, one of the world’s smallest national capitals. Fly in from London and freshen up in the dedicated departure lounge before boarding your hotel seaplane. There’s nothing quite like soaring over the archipelago, looking down at the tiny islands strung out like pearls in the ocean.
A pleasant 50-minute flight brings you to the Raa Atoll, a quiet and beautifully untouched set of isles that’s got ‘barefoot luxury’ written all over it. And it’s here that you’ll find Faarufushi.
Whether you’ve booked a beside-the-beach bungalow or ocean suite with your very own pool, these contemporary retreats are carefully positioned around the tiny isle to make each wonderfully private. No one would blame you for wanting to sit on your deck for a whole week just gazing at the sea. But if you want to have some stories to tell, start your first Maldives chapter by diving straight into the house reef. Take off into the Indian Ocean on a dolphin cruise. Or simply take it all in from the glistening white sandy beaches.
With plenty to explore above and below the water around Faarufushi, talk to our travel advisors about pre-booking excursions. Or wait until you arrive and ask the concierge to tailor-make an experience to suit your mood. Suggested stay: 4 nights.