The Maldives are set to be the sizzling hot destination of the year, thanks to new airport and hotel openings which promise to make the islands more accessible to travellers.
One of the most hotly-anticipated new hotels is Maalifushi by COMO, set to open its doors in October.
Located on a long stretch of sand surrounded by turquoise waters on the eastern side of Thaa Atoll, one of the less-visited islands in the Maldives, the property features a chain of luxurious villas rising out of the water.
The resort’s interiors have been designed by Koichiro Ikebuchi, who worked on the COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali and Bangkok’s Nahm restaurant. Featuring thatched roofs, marble-top tables, stone bathrooms and even – in some cases – private pools, they offer privacy and luxury in equal measure.
Two restaurants are available; Madi, for Maldivian food, and Tai, which serves Japanese cuisine and has a teppanyaki grill. The resort features its own private island, where picnics can be taken.
For the adventurous, Maalifushi also offers scuba-diving trips in search of manta rays and whale sharks and its own dive centre. For guests wishing to stay in the shallows, excursions are available in which a resident marine biologist guides snorkellers around the house reef looking for anemone fish, butterfly fish and silvery wrasse.
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