Need To Know
78 villas, including several Two-bedroom Residences.
12pm, but flexible upon availability and a charge of 50 per cent of the day rate. Earliest check-in time, 2pm.
Double rooms from $1064.00, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $6.00 per person per night prior to arrival.
Rates include international buffet breakfast at Plates. If you book a stay for 2015 by 31 March, half-board will also be included (includes offer rates). Extra beds for above 12s cost US$220 a night.
Smoking is allowed in public areas. There is a compulsory gala dinner on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
At the hotel
Private beaches, diving, water sports, book and DVD library, boutique, underwater wine cellar, six-villa overwater spa, hair salon, kids’ club, fitness centre, tennis courts, free WiFi, iPads and bicycles on request. In rooms: minibar, stocked wine cooler, iPod dock, flatscreen cable TV with DVD player, espresso machine, luxury toiletries, private pool.
Our favourite rooms
All of the ultra-luxe, spacious villas come with ocean-ogling beds, walk-in dressing rooms, expansive bathrooms and pearly mosaic-tiled pools. Water babes will adore the far-flung Overwater Pool Villas for their 24-hour sea TV – snorkel to the house reef from your hammock-strung terrace, bathe in blush-inducing glass-bottomed tubs or kick back in ocean-view swing seats. For land-lubbers, the Beach Pool Villas open onto their own stretch of silky sand. We love their sunken garden tubs-for-two that come with built-in wine coolers.
Languishing before Manzaru restaurant, the resort’s giant 49-metre fibre-optic-lit pool sits inches from the surf. ‘Sunshine butlers’ proffer chilled towels and exotic fruit skewers to guests lolloping on retro-style loungers and cushioned overwater jhoola swing beds.
Bring the bare essentials – swimmers, sarongs, kaftans, linens, silks and other easygoing, breathable threads. Don’t bother with sun hats, beach bags or thongs as you’ll find these – and yoga mats – in your room. Snorkelling gear can be borrowed from the water sports centre, but if you to plan to head into the depths, be sure to pack your diving certification and log book.
Tempting minibars come with stocked wine coolers and useful extras such as sun cream, after-sun lotion and waterproof cameras. Smiling butlers assigned to each villa are on call 24 hours a day. A seamless check-in takes place in your villa, and foot massages are a standard welcome treat.
Welcome. Baby cribs are free, there’s a kids’ club and babysitting starts at US$20 an hour.
The hotel holds a Green Globe Certification for its sustainable tourism practices.