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Nestled in a turquoise lagoon in North Ari Atoll, W Retreat & Spa Maldives is 25 minutes away from the main airport island by seaplane. The island resort is known for it’s casual approach to holiday-makers. Their policy is; Whatever, Whenever. Now that’s a neat deal for a holiday!

The island resort has one of the best house reefs in the Maldives. The reef is a colorful garden of corals, with a rich ecosystem of marine life that blew my mind away. Turtles broke up through the sparkling, clear waters and eagle rays swam past like birds in flight. I’d highly recommend snorkeling and diving enthusiasts to keep W Retreat & Spa Maldives on their traveling bucket list.

Fantastic Accommodation

You can choose from four accommodation choices at W Retreat & Spa Maldives. The Wonderful Beach Oasis sits on the beachfront. The bi-level bungalow is designed in a modern and simplistic style, and houses it’s private pool. Verdant green trees hug it from all sides. It’s barefoot luxury at it’s best.

The three other accommodation choices are all over the water. They sit on stilts over the lagoon out in the open. The Fabulous Ocean Oasis is perfect for a couple who want absolute seclusion, with nothing but the ocean as far as the eye can see.

The Spectacular Ocean Oasis has its own plunge pool out on the deck, where the absolute peace of nature envelops you. The Wow Ocean Escape is the ultimate luxury choice at W Retreat & Spa Maldives. The name says it all; you will go wow when you see it. It’s a two bedroom suite stretching over the sparkling water, housing it’s private infinity plunge pool. Barbecues can be arranged out on deck followed by a lazy night of sipping vintage beverages under the twinkling stars.

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Apart from the incredible accommodation options and house reef, W Retreat & Spa Maldives is alluring also for its private picnic island nearby. It’s called Gaathafushi and whenever you’re up to whatever, just hit up the management and they’ll take you there. You could have grilled seafood on the sandy beach, or have a fabulous picnic alone with your better half. It’s an amazing getaway experience that’s immensely satisfying.

Connoisseurs will find W’s specialty seafood restaurant, ‘Fish’, and barbecue joint ‘Fire’ delivers exquisite tastes. The ‘Kitchen’, meanwhile, has no shortage of variety. In fact, you might get to taste some of the local flavors prepared with a twist. At ‘Wet’ bar, there’s a pool you can chill by with a cocktail in your hand.

The nightlife at the island resort is quite exciting. The ‘Sip’ bar has world-class mixologists whipping up really cool cocktails, while the modern and energizing music thumps out around you and over the serene ocean all around. W Retreat & Spa Maldives is a must-visit to anyone visiting the Maldives. It’s a balanced mixture of serenity and adventure with relaxation guaranteed.

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Nestled in a crystalline lagoon in North Malé Atoll, Havafen Fushi Maldives delivers a travel experience matched by few even on a global scale. The private island resort is just half an hour from the main airport island by speedboat. It’s a picture-perfect trip; the scenic ocean and clear skies around you, the fresh ocean breeze already chasing away the jetlag.

World Class Luxury

The island resort may be small, but Havafen Fushi Maldives houses some of the biggest achievements in the Maldives. It’s well suited for adults seeking magical time away from home.  They have spacious beach bungalows leading right out onto the powdery white sand. The shoreline of the serene lagoon is only a few steps away.

But get ready to be blown away if you book an overwater accommodation. The lagoon and ocean bungalows sit on stilts right over the vibrant sea, allowing you complete privacy and an uninterrupted view of the scenic perfection of the Maldives. From these, the unquestionable best are the Ocean Pavilions with its private pools, located 100 meters away from the shore.

Once you settle in and soak up the accommodation, the first thing you ought to do is check out the world’s first and only underwater spa. That’s right. The Huvafen Fushi spa, Pearl, is unsurpassed by any in the world. If you chose this island as your holiday getaway, you definitely have to spare time to check it out!

Pearl lies exactly like a pearl inside a clam; you take a flight of stairs underground and emerge into a cocoon of radiant blue. The ocean presses in on windows offering a panoramic view of curious fish and caustics dancing to the ebb and flow of waves above. You’d have literally stepped into an entirely different world. A world where serenity suffuses the very atmosphere and rejuvenates you instantly. The treatments consist of ancient eastern and western techniques perfected with modern knowledge. The experience is one of a kind, a memory to last a lifetime.

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Another exotic first at Huvafen Fushi Maldives is the PlayPen. It’s an impeccably designed suite right on the beach, with all the amenities and luxuries a couple would want. This adult accommodation choice is a veritable love nest with amazing finishing touches to help you spice up your holiday. These include the swimming pool (lit up fiery red at night), the ‘Play Kit’ that includes handcuffs for the bedroom, and a candlelit interior with plush comforts. While the whole place is designed for a couple, it’s spacious enough to host large cocktail parties.

Speaking of parties… Huvafen Fushi hosts incredible night-life activities now and then that would make your head reel! Drinks all around and celebrity DJ’s pumping out beats at the discotheque, with a glimpse now and then into more local vibes. All this as the island rustles under a night sky littered with stars. More socializing awaits at the bars and restaurants.

Exquisite Cuisine

Huvafen Fushi Maldives houses some amazing dining experiences. By the seaside Celcius offers surprises on the sandy beach and under the ground. You read that right. You can actually step inside a cozy dining space under an upturned dhoni, the traditional fishing vessel of the Maldives, and enjoy succulent dishes derived from vibrant civilizations around the world. Mediterranean, Oriental, Indian… you name it, you get it at Celcius.

Forno, nestled in a peaceful grove of coconut palms, delivers imaginative twists on Italian dishes. A titillating collection of eastern dishes await at Koi, and at UMbar you can chill sipping a cocktail, waves lapping at your feet. At Salt, you sit over the waves to have your meal on deck, the ocean waves singing around you.

The Raw Café is a cool place to meet fellow travelers. It’s right above the underwater spa, Pearl, so there’s a lot to talk about as well. Huvafen Fushi Maldives offers destination dining as well if you’re willing to go the extra mile. That means you can arrange meals on a sandbank, in a secluded section of the beach… and even in the sea. Because, why not?

The wine cellar at Huvafen Fushi Maldives will blow you away. At Vinum, eight meters below the surface, you will be fenced in with shelves upon shelves of the finest vintages.

Degustation under suspended art installations.

Pure magic.

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It’s true that Huvafen Fushi is one the most high-end resorts in the Maldives, perhaps the world. But we can assure you that it’s worth every penny. From a simple walk through the verdant paths snaking through the island, to an exciting evening skimming over the ocean beside dolphins… it’s not an exaggeration to say that it all feels like a dream come true.

This is an experience we highly recommend to couples seeking a five-star getaway that would leave their spirits soaring. There are several promotions and packages that could be customized just for you, and Maldives Holiday Offers will provide the best deals available. Be sure to have a chat with our travel specialists for more information; after all, well-informed travelers get the most out of any experience.

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If you keep up with all that is viral, it’s likely you’ve come across these pictures of the ‘Sea of Stars’.

Bioluminescence in the waters of Maldives is nothing new. All you have to do is trail your fingers through the water at night, and you’ll see a bluish glitter. These are phytoplankton in the water reacting to disturbance.

But glittery phytoplankton takes a backstage in the phenomenon now famous as the Sea of Stars.

The ‘Sea of Stars’ got famous because it lasts longer, and thus, shows up clearly on long-exposure photography. It lasts longer than typical plankton bioluminescence because these shoreline light shows are held by creatures called ostracod crustaceans. They’re tiny cousins of crabs and shrimps. When disturbed, they can glow up to a minute.

You can spot this phenomenon at various islands in the Maldives. But the most famous location for sightings is Vaadoo Island in Raa Atoll.

The phenomenon can be seen in varying intensities year-round. But it’s highly unpredictable. There’s just no telling when these little guys start lighting up the beach. It simply happens when the number of ostracod crustaceans that wash up ashore increases.

What we do know is that they glow more intensely during the waning moon and that sightings increase beginning from mid-year. If you’re lucky, your trip to the Maldives might just coincide with this stunning display!

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Located in North Malé Atoll, Pasta Point is a crazy-awesome dive spot. It’s often called a wave-machine. For good reason too, because the swells are continuous and impressive!

Pasta Point swells reach average heights of 4-6 feet. These lefthanders are not interrupted by sudden winds and often roll unbroken for a smooth ride. The waves are beautifully identical; even the 1-2 feet waves break like their taller brethren, with a satisfying curl. Plus, it’s easy to access. It’s an absolute favorite among surfers in the Maldives.

Pasta Point belongs exclusively to Cinnamon Island Dhonveli Resort. They accommodate up to thirty surfers at a time. You won’t be welcome at Pasta Point unless you book a stay at the resort. This policy ensures that the resort’s surf break is not crowded, allowing each surfer to have the full experience of Pasta Point unhindered. Besides, a stay at the four-star resort will further enrich your vacation to the Maldives, especially with some good packages.

Cinnamon Island Dhonveli Resort is just twenty minutes away by speedboat from Velaana International Airport. Cinnamon Island Dhonveli Resort offers rustic yet opulent bungalows on the beach and over water. Three adults are allowed per bungalow. The accommodation is spacious and packed with amenities, suitable also for families.

The best time to surf at Pasta Point is May through to August. That’s when southern swells are incredibly consistent, thanks to the south to southwest winds being offshore in that period. Surfers of medium and advanced skill levels will find this surf break a satisfying experience.

Pasta Point is basically made up of three points. When the time is right, and with a keen surfer’s mind, these three points can be ridden in one go. Done right, it could be an uninterrupted 100-yard ride! It’s also very close to other prime surf points: righthander swells Sultans and Jailbreak, and lefthander Honky’s, all within ten-minutes distance by boat from Cinnamon Island Dhonveli Resort.

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Are you crazy about diving and shipwrecks? If you are, you should head over to the Maldives, where you don’t have to be a top-notch professional diver to delve into the world of underwater ship graveyards.

The Maldivian sea is littered with ships that were wrecked either accidentally or intentionally. Over time, the skeletons of these vessels have become wondrous locations to explore.

One of the most famous shipwreck sites in the Maldives is the British Loyalty. This 140-meter-long cargo ship lies in its watery grave at Addu Atoll, the southernmost atoll.

This shipwreck diving spot is accessible after a 30-minute boat ride from Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa. A trip to this dive site will certainly spruce up your stay at the resort.

The British Loyalty lies on its side at a depth of about 33 meters. The vessel is rightly named; it met its end while in service to the Royal Navy.

It happened in the year 1944, near the end of World War 2. The cargo ship was in Addu Atoll, near the British Royal Navy base at the island of Gan.

A Japanese warship fired a torpedo that managed to avoid the submarine nets between the open ocean and the atoll waters.

The resulting explosion left a gaping hole in the side of the ship. The British Loyalty gradually filled up with water but did not sink.

After the war was over, the British Navy towed it out to an ideal spot in the atoll where it was finally scuttled. The British Loyalty sank and came to rest on its side where it has now become a diving hotspot.

In the past seven decades since it was sunk, the British Loyalty has become the foundation for rich coral growth. Hard coral is flourishing on it as well as various soft corals. The brass propeller is covered in thick black coral growth. There are two holes on the ship, one on the deck and one on the keel.

Divers can easily swim inside through these holes. It instills an exciting feeling of adventure when the flashlight illuminates the dark interior. It lights up an entirely different world.

Inside the ship, divers are greeted by schools of trevally, butterfly fish, bluestripe snappers, glassfish, and fusiliers. Other fauna includes parrotfish, wrasse, angelfish, triggerfish, and clownfish that dart among the soft corals. You can also spot groupers and even turtles.

The British Loyalty shipwreck spot is a good choice for intermediate divers as well. The current is good, and divers at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa will make sure that your dive is safe.

Diving at the location is allowed all year round.

The British Loyalty is an important bit of history for the Maldives. Soon after World War 2, the British left the Maldives. Artifacts of their memorable presence here litter the islands of Addu Atoll. But the British Loyalty is singular in its presence, powerful and beautiful even in death.

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