To say the Maldives is like a dream is to venture dangerously close to the realm of travel clichés. Yet the sight of the emerald sea with white patches of sand topped by tall palms is such a picture-perfect marvel that it’s hard not to. And among this beauty, Huvafen Fushi is an exemplary Maldivian resort.
This country is like a dream, but not only because of its natural beauty. That these islands exist at all seems like a fantasy, so much more so since these low-lying lands are destined to disappear eventually, beneath the rising waters of our warming planet.
Exemplary island resort
Huvafen Fushi has been on our to-do list for a long time, which also worried us a little. Was it going to feel “dated”? In the competitive world of top Maldivian resorts, where each new opening has to wow with something better, bigger or more innovative, can Huvafen Fushi compete with the other best resorts in the Maldives?
We needn’t have worried. Beach villas may be smaller than in other resorts, but they are proportional to the size of the island and are updated to the top luxury standards, and packed with hi-tech features.
What’s more, you can’t say Huvafen Fushi lacks in the department of “the firsts”: its underwater spa was the first in the Maldives—and the infinity pool is still among the most iconic.
But for us, the essence of this resort is not something one can photograph or put on some “luxury resort must-have” checklist.
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Huvafen Fushi is about the very special atmosphere of stylish quiescence. It’s about a relaxed island living at its best. It’s about doing virtually nothing.
And by nothing, we mean starting a day with breakfast so lavish and tasty we’d keep it lingering in the restaurant, then busying ourselves with some snorkeling, tanning, feeding stingrays and perhaps a spa treatment—and ending it with a sundowner at the trendsetting Raw, an overwater hangout of the Cafe Del Mar kind. From there we would retire to Salt, topping all of it with some the finest dining we’d ever had.
Perfect days filled with not much activity at all.
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Number of rooms & suites: 43
Rate per night: From $1,225 USD
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