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 $1226.00, 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.
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.
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 <i>jhoola</i> 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.
Smoking is allowed in public areas. There is a compulsory gala dinner on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Welcome. Baby cots are free, there’s a kids’ club and babysitting starts at US$20 an hour.
All ages are welcome here and as of 2013, kids aged under 15 who share their parents villa (maximum of two children per villa), stay and eat for free. Baby cots are free, there’s a kids’ club and babysitting starts at US$20 an hour.
Kids of all ages – particularly water babes – will love a stay at this beach-blessed property.
Beach Pool Villas are best for kids. Under 15s can share their parents’ digs for free. Since no villas interconnect, larger families might prefer the Two-bedroom Residences, which sleep six and offer king and queen beds, living/dining area and a big pool.
The Thiththi Boli Kids Club is open from 10am until 9pm daily and offers kids between three and 12 years of age an action-packed daily-changing programme.
Private villa pools make keeping an eye on the smalls a breeze. There's also a stunning 49-metre infinity pool for those who really like to make a splash.
Kids are welcome in all restaurants except Sea, which is an adults-only zone during dinner. There are highchairs and children’s menus available throughout. As of 2013, children aged under 15 who are sharing their parents villa can eat for free from the kids' menu (during the Christmas and New Year's period, only breakfast is offered for free).
Babysitting’s free in the kids’ club, but in-villa child-minding costs from US$20 an hour. Be sure to make a request for a sitter at least 24 hours in advance.
No need to pack
Baby cots, highchairs, strollers, diapers and baby wipes.
The hotel holds a Green Globe Certification for its sustainable tourism practices.