The Maldives is a very special place. There are many wonderful, luxurious tropical retreats scattered across the world. Very few, however, can compete with the Maldives for the sense they create of utter seclusion and desert island enchantment. There is nowhere else where you can feel so distant from all the world’s concerns whilst enjoying the very best that world has to offer.
The Amilla, an elegant and extremely well-appointed property on Baa Atoll in the North Islands, offers everything necessary to heighten enjoyment of Maldivian magic. The villa sleeps 11 people across six bedrooms, making it the perfect luxury choice for a large family group or select party. For special meals, including fresh caught local seafood, there is a chef who may be booked.
The property is notably well-staffed, ensuring any need can be met quickly, with a daily maid service, house master and assistant house master who also act as cooks, security and a residence manager. As the Amilla is part of an exclusive villa complex, there are many shared amenities and VIP services to enjoy. Even by the very high standards in pampering that The Maldives sets, the spa on the island is exceptional.
There is an over water yoga pavilion, ocean-front sauna and private therapy pods, amongst many other sumptuous facilities. Spas in the Maldives are celebrated for their creative use of local ingredients in their therapies, including cardamom, papaya, coconut oil and coral sand.
For those in a more active frame of mind, there are tennis courts, giant chess, ping pong, volleyball and even an artist’s studio. Art classes are available upon demand, and painting or sketching the extraordinary landscapes and natural light of the Maldives is a fulfilling way to create a unique and meaningful memento. Younger visitors are extremely well catered for with a kids’ club, arcade games and a range of hi tech leisure options.
Male International Airport is extremely well connected, and on arrival there is the possibility of one of several exhilarating transfers, including a speedboat, yacht charter or the incredible experience of a sea plane, allowing spectacular views of the azure waters and tiny white sand islands, many of them uninhabited.
Swimming in the Maldives is like diving into a gigantic fish tank. The warm waters teem with inquisitive rays, turtles, dolphins and reef fish. It is possible to enjoy breakfast by the sea and watch fish swim up to devour any leftovers you toss into the water. It is impossible to resist the urge to get out onto the water in the Maldives, whether it is big game fishing, a turtle safari, taking out a traditional dhoni boat to laze on or dolphin spotting.
In the pristine conditions offered by this paradise, nature lives in total harmony with its lucky visitors. Fruit bats soar overhead at dusk, hermit crab racing is a fun local pastime, and there is the chance of encounters with some of nature’s most special creations, including gentle, majestic whale sharks and manta rays.
What is most difficult to imagine prior to arrival is the feeling of total relaxation the Maldives creates for even the most stressed parent or executive. The ambient climate, gentle lapping of the surf on ivory sand, and lack of the turmoil of daily life – no traffic, no schedules – instantly creates a sense of calm and wellbeing. It is a sense that inhabits the dreams of those who have the good fortune to visit the Maldives.
By Phileas French, Travel Writer