Need to know
19, with a choice of sea-view Ocean Houses or lagoon-facing Beach Houses.
12pm, but flexible subject to availability and a charge of 50 per cent of the day rate. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $999.00, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of 6% per person per night on check-out.
Room rates include à la carte breakfast. Return transfers from Malé Airport cost US$230 a person, excluding tax and service charge (half-price for kids).
Each room is assigned a House Master (butler) who is at your service at any time. Just ask if you fancy a spa treatment in your room, or take the atmospheric boat journey to sister resort Anantara Dhigu on a nearby island just across the bay, where award-winning over-water Anantara Spa awaits.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, library of books and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, preloaded iPod, minibar (pre-stocked with your requested goodies), espresso machine, T2 tea, L'Occitaine toiletries, private pools.
Our favourite rooms
Choose between views of crashing Indian Ocean waves from the more private Ocean Houses, or serene lagoon vistas in the palm-fringed Beach Houses. Both are classically elegant and embrace the outdoors, with personal pools, day-beds and a dining pavilion, as well as a seductive semi-alfresco bath and steam room fringed by frangipani.
A small streamlined pool by the main restaurant overlooks the lagoon, flanked by inviting sunloungers, but you'll be hard-pressed to leave the gorgeous private pool that comes with your room, in-set with a semi-outdoor glass-sided bath for cheeky views.
You'll find a holiday survival kit in your room, including beach bag, hats, sunscreen and mosquito repellant, but bring yoga gear or an underwater camera if you're feeling active – or a cracking book if you'd rather relax.
A seven-night minimum stay applies during peak season (24 December–8 January). Smoking is allowed at outdoor restaurants or on the terrace.
Welcome, although this is more of a romantic adult resort. Baby cots are available, as is babysitting with hotel staff.
Childen are welcome at Naladhu, although it's more of a romantic adult retreat geared towards couples and honeymooners.
Kids old enough to be trusted around the private pools that come with all room types.
Both the Beach and Ocean Houses are large enough to accommodate an extra child, with a choice of direct beach access or more extrensive open sea views.
Active kids will lap up the swimming, snorkelling and watersports here, with diving, sailing and surfing lessons up for grabs for those old enough. Younger kids should check out the resort's storyteller, who spins folklore yarns from the Maldives' oral tradition in the coconut grove.
There's no separate kids' pool, but children can use the main resort pool or the private pool in their room.
Kids are welcome in the restaurant, although there isn't a dedicated children's menu.
Available with hotel staff.
No need to pack
The sofa in each room can be converted into a bed for a smaller child and twin-room configurations are available for older kids (although there are no adjoining rooms, as each pavilion house is a separate dwelling).