Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $604.00, excluding tax at 23.42 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $6.00 per person per night on check-in.
Rates include a buffet breakfast, including Asian, American and Continental options.
Whale sharks can be spotted in the South Ari Atoll throughout the year; if you’re set on swimming with a manta ray, the best time to visit is from October to May.
At the hotel
Beach, watersports centre, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine; tea kit; free bottled water; Thémaé bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Echoing traditional Maldivian houses, the villas have pitched roofs, driftwood furniture and local handicrafts, lending a rustic simplicity to the resort. We’d go for one of the Water Villas, which have private sun-decks and deep soaking tubs overlooking the turquoise lagoon. Ask for one at the far end of the jetty for an uninterrupted sea view.
The spa hut is perched over the shallows of the lagoon, with the treatment beds angled so that you’re looking straight out to sea. Ayurvedic, Thai, Indonesian and full-body massages are all on the menu, as are a range of facials. All the spa products are by Parisien brand Thémaé, who champion the high antioxidant properties of <i>camellia sinensis</i>, better known as the tea plant. The therapists make liberal use of the brand’s signature four-tea elixir, a powerful, skin-softening potion that rolls all the benefits of white, black, red and green tea into one.
Bring a dive-proof case for your phone and a set of portable speakers to play your desert island discs.
The sandy grounds make the hotel unsuitable for wheelchair users.
Over-13s are welcome, but the romantic atmosphere makes the hotel better suited to adults.