A pick of 12 beaches; beach club; two championship-grade tennis courts; spa; the Maldives’ first ever sun spa; the Maldives’ only PADI <i>National Geographic</i> dive centre; watersports centre; artists’ studio; the Maldives’ first ever climbing wall; golf simulator; luxury boutique; library; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV; DVD player; CD player; minibar.
Let's get this straight, you'll feel spoiled rotten, whichever sleeping quarters you opt for: all the villas are vast, with huge soaring ceilings, and they're all deliciously secluded – even the lead-in category (the Beach Villa) spans 135sq m and has its own pretty-much-deserted patch of sand. Beach Villas also have two sun loungers, a white hammock (idyllically swaying between palm trees) and a table and chairs under a shady veranda, perfect for private breakfasts or antisocial dining. The Grand Beach Villas deliver the same wow, with a living room and an extra bedroom. (Grand and Duplex villas come with their own buggy, so you can be carted from beach to bar without breaking a sweat.) Want to bend it like Beckham? Opt for Grand Beach Villa 142, where the Brit pack like to celebrate Christmas (beats turkey with the in-laws).
Three to choose from: a dazzling infinity pool that cuts into the lagoon and overlooks neighbouring islands; a family-friendly pool shaded by trees and punctuated with mini hammock-toting islets, and a pool attached to the kids club, with a slide, shallow areas and even little sun loungers. There’s also a vitality pool attached to the impressive Espa spa (which also has steam rooms and saunas and a saltwater Watsu pool), plus 12 immaculate beaches at your disposal (we love pretty Turtle Beach best, which is positioned in the middle of the island, with easy access to all the facilities).
Pack light and treat yourself to some glamorous plunder from Neo boutique, which sells the most chic treats, including threads by Matthew Williamson and Stella McCartney, the Reethi Rah bikini by Babajaan and espadrille wedges that were designed by Louboutin especially for One&Only. (Your American Express Black Card will probably come in handy.)
Trendy Londoners will already know of Taylor Taylor hair salon, where East End hipsters get their barnets beautified over cocktails and cupcakes. The hotel has nabbed the brand’s first out-of-London outpost – pop in for a trim or treatment.
Little Smiths will never want to leave. Kids Only is the hotel’s kids club; toddlers aged two to four need to be accompanied by a babysitter.
Babies and children of all ages are welcome at One&Only and will love all the activities and adventures provided.
Beach Villas have plenty of room for a cot and no steps or stairs, perfect for a family with toddlers. Free cots are available upon request for children under three. For families with older children, the Beach Villa with Queen beds can fit four.
A paradise for children, KidsOnly boasts anything and everything little Smiths could want; an indoor clubhouse brimming with toys and games, a shaded sandy garden with swings and slides, a giant elephant, ball pool and toddler pool. There's a daily schedule of activities to keep even the most energetic of ankle-biters happily occupied. Sessions are organised according to three age groups; four to five, six to eight and nine to 11. One Tribe is the section of KidsOnly purposefully designed for nine to 11 year-olds and there is also an exclusive teen area, complete with a juice bar and games. Children under four are welcome at the KidsClub, provided they are supervised by either a parent or babysitter. At ClubOne, the resort's beach club, little Smiths can try tackling the climbing wall, enjoy watersports and scramble up inflatable water toys to slide back down. On arrival, all rugrats are given a welcome pack including a T-shirt, colouring-in books and an invitation to Pirates Day at KidsOnly, when wannabe marauders can take part in pirate face painting, a treasure hunt, pirate-costume-making and a pirate boat cruise.
Families can choose from three communal pools; one in the outstanding kids club and two next to the Rah Bar. With a slide, shallow paddling areas and mini sun loungers, the pool at the kids club is a haven for active children and is always supervised.
Free afternoon tea is served daily at the English-style Lawn Club.
Children are allowed in all the onsite restaurants and the bar. Reethi Restaurant is situated close to the pool and has plenty of space for children to run and stretch their legs within eyeshot of parents. Tapasake, the resort's Japanese restaurant, has a special kids menu and teppanyaki tables for a dinner that will wow juniors and adults alike. Open for dinner, Fanditha boasts a taste of the Middle East for families. With Aladdin’s cave-style décor to keep them entertained, Fanditha also has a children’s menu and cushioned floor-seating – a trend your sprogs may want to continue at home. Highchairs are available in all restaurants and toddler and child-friendly snacks are available upon request.
Professional babysitters can be arranged by the resort with 24 hours' notice. Booking is required and the service costs US$20 an hour, for a minimum of three hours.
No need to pack
Families with young children can request bottle warmers, bottle sterilisers, baby monitors and cots.
Providing a personal service to 12 to 17 year-olds, designated staff are on hand to encourage teens to socialise with similar-aged guests and to participate in programmes including sports, nature and adventure trips, and local excursions.