August 10, 2022

It’s 13 years since my spouse and I loved an ideal honeymoon within the Maldives. We had all the time needed to return, however learn how to recreate these particular reminiscences? We succeeded by selecting ultra-swish Milaidhoo Island to have fun our marriage ceremony anniversary this yr, elevating the bar to unimaginable ranges.

Let’s get this straight, Milaidhoo is off the charts – a world-class boutique resort set over 13 acres atop the Baa Atoll’s lovely Unesco Biosphere Reserve that whispers class with a laser-sharp eye for element.

After a 35-minute seaplane switch from Male we have been warmly greeted by our private ‘Island Host’ Oksana, who instantly positioned a glass of fizz in our arms whereas urging us to ‘de-shoe’. ’There’s no want for these right here,’ she chirped, and he or she was proper.

Milaidhoo Island, pictured, is a ‘world-class’ boutique resort set over 13 acres atop the Baa Atoll’s lovely Unesco Biosphere Reserve

Dan and his wife stayed in an Over Water Villa (pictured), complete with a private sundeck and an infinity pool

Dan and his spouse stayed in an Over Water Villa (pictured), full with a non-public sundeck and an infinity pool 

We discovered the barefoot ethos completely liberating. Whereas golf buggies can be found, they’re not wanted. A stroll from one finish to the opposite takes lower than 10 minutes both by way of the center alongside a sandy path coated by lush jungle or around the powder-soft seashore with the nice and cozy Indian Ocean lapping at your toes.

We performed it cool, ready for Oksana to complete her guided tour of our huge Over Water Villa earlier than letting rip with pleasure on the absurd lavishness. ‘Is that this place for actual?’ we cried. 

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The fashion is tropical seashore home with splashes of vivid fuchsia, extravagant high-beamed ceilings, a big mattress and good touches corresponding to Aqua de Palma rest room merchandise and a tv neatly hidden behind a panel of native art work.

Equal focus is paid to the skin dwelling area. Foldable glass door panels result in a powerful non-public sundeck with plush swing chair, super-comfy solar loungers and an outrageously massive freshwater infinity swimming pool that twinkles like the celebs at night time when lit. Merely wow.

The bedroom in one of the resort's Over Water Villas. According to Dan, the resort 'whispers elegance with a laser-sharp eye for detail'

The bed room in one of many resort’s Over Water Villas. In response to Dan, the resort ‘whispers class with a laser-sharp eye for element’

'Let’s get this straight, Milaidhoo is off the charts,' writes Dan. Above is the view from one of the resort's Over Water Villas

‘Let’s get this straight, Milaidhoo is off the charts,’ writes Dan. Above is the view from one of many resort’s Over Water Villas 

A stroll from one end of Milaidhoo to the other takes less than 10 minutes either through the middle along a sandy path covered by lush jungle or around the powder-soft beach

A stroll from one finish of Milaidhoo to the opposite takes lower than 10 minutes both by way of the center alongside a sandy path coated by lush jungle or across the powder-soft seashore

There’s a uncommon glitch within the Milaidhoo matrix once we famous that seashore loungers are solely accessible to the company staying within the increased class Seaside Residences. 

These big, thatched-roof pool villas look straight out onto the crystal clear ocean that’s dwelling to the magical home reef.

Water sports activities host Zaeem boasted that the reef was ‘the very best within the Maldives’. 

A tub in the resort's Serenity Spa. Dan's wife, Lynsey, enjoyed the daily yoga sessions at this 'dreamy overwater spa'

A bathtub within the resort’s Serenity Spa. Dan’s spouse, Lynsey, loved the each day yoga periods at this ‘dreamy overwater spa’ 

On our first snorkel journey I choked on seawater when confronted by a reef shark (it was big, sincere), and we watched in awe as colleges of hyper-coloured fish, Eagle Rays and Hawksbill turtles swam majestically amongst us. Every snorkel was a real privilege.

Every morning earlier than breakfast I made use of the well-equipped gymnasium whereas Lynsey loved the each day yoga periods on the dreamy overwater spa. 

The persistently high-end eating expertise begins with flashy al la carte breakfast choices corresponding to lobster and raclette omelette served with chilled pink champagne al fresco at Ocean Restaurant. Belief me, it truly is the one technique to begin the day!

Guests can enjoy 'flashy al la carte breakfast options' such as lobster and raclette omelette served with chilled pink champagne al fresco at the Ocean Restaurant (pictured)

Company can get pleasure from ‘flashy al la carte breakfast choices’ corresponding to lobster and raclette omelette served with chilled pink champagne al fresco on the Ocean Restaurant (pictured)

According to Dan, tucking into breakfast at the resort's Ocean Restaurant, pictured, is an ideal way to start the day

In response to Dan, tucking into breakfast on the resort’s Ocean Restaurant, pictured, is a perfect technique to begin the day

The Shoreline Grill, pictured, serves up local reef fish, New Zealand lamb and Japanese Wagyu

The Shoreline Grill, pictured, serves up native reef fish, New Zealand lamb and Japanese Wagyu

Dan watched pink sunsets while sipping cocktails that were designed by talented mixologist Saji at the resort's Compass Pool Bar (pictured)

Dan watched pink sunsets whereas sipping cocktails that have been designed by gifted mixologist Saji on the resort’s Compass Pool Bar (pictured)

Dan's dinner at the 'oh-so-romantic' Ba’theli, pictured, was a contender for the best meal of his life

Dan’s dinner on the ‘oh-so-romantic’ Ba’theli, pictured, was a contender for the very best meal of his life

Dan and his wife feasted on 'sublimely spiced lobster curry poached in coconut milk' at Ba’theli (pictured)

Dan and his spouse feasted on ‘sublimely spiced lobster curry poached in coconut milk’ at Ba’theli (pictured)

Our evenings started with watching pink sunsets whereas sipping vibrant cocktails designed by gifted mixologist Saji at Compass Pool Bar, earlier than unforgettable dinners at one of many three eating places.

Shoreline Grill serves native reef fish, New Zealand lamb and Japanese Wagyu by candlelight along with your toes within the sand and has a powerful wine room expensively stocked with greater than 350 labels.

Our greatest meal (presumably ever) was on the oh-so-romantic Ba’theli, the resort’s scene-stealer set on two interlinked conventional dhoni boats. We gazed at reef sharks circling the glistening shallows whereas chef Ahmed Siwath served sublimely spiced lobster curry poached in coconut milk.

It’s tough leaving a spot like Milaidhoo, however we signed off in fashion with a once-in-a-lifetime sandbank eating expertise. We have been whisked 10 minutes by boat to a tiny uninhabited strip of sand that I measured at 145 by 18 steps the place we ate sushi and contemporary fruit underneath an enormous parasol with simply one another for firm.

Milaidhoo’s intimate Maldivian setting and immense pure magnificence makes it good for a particular vacation. It was an anniversary we actually gained’t neglect in a rush.

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'Each morning before breakfast I made use of the well-equipped gym (pictured),' says Dan

‘Every morning earlier than breakfast I made use of the well-equipped gymnasium (pictured),’ says Dan