Luxury island retreat
8 day itinerary
Barefoot luxury defines the Maldives, an archipelago of 1,200 islands scattered through the Indian Ocean. Its paradise white-sand beaches are lapped by warm clear seas in a unique shade of pure blue, alive with magical sea life.
PLANE TO YACHT TO PARADISE
Arrive at your yacht in Malé and set sail for the Conrad Hilton Maldives. Head straight for their over-water spa to set the scene for the next week’s total relaxation. Watch the colourful fish through the glass floors, or swim with them to explore the nearby coral reef in your first dive of the trip. Continue the underwater theme with dinner in Ithaa, the restaurant 5 metres below sea level completely surrounded by glass.
UNDER THE SEA
The Maldives offer wonderful diving grounds in abundance. The Hukurudhoo Uthuru Kandu is the main channel through the Ari Atoll’s incredibly rich coral reef. Drift dive along the drop-off zone to see huge shoals of Manta rays and barracudas, as well as bright reef fish. You may even see the odd shark cruise by. Island hop the Ari Atoll to find your favourite beach, and snorkel the beautiful Mushima Migili Reef. Anchor off W resort overnight and enjoy a BBQ on the beach around the enormous firepit.
NO SHOES, NO NEWS
Experience true holiday castaway chic on this eco-resort in the Baa Atoll. Relax on palm fringed powder sand beaches to the sound of tropical birds as Soneva Fushi promises the “slow life”. Learn the art of glass blowing at Maldives’ first glass studio. Take in a movie on the beach or stargaze through the state-of-the-art telescope in the Observatory. End the day at award-winning Sobah’s, a traditional Maldivian restaurant on an uninhabited island only a 15 minute tender ride away.
ROBINSON CRUSOE LIVING
Today your yacht crew will set you up on your very own desert island to explore. The chef will prepare a beach BBQ for lunch after which you can sunbathe, swim and relax. Return to your yacht as the sun goes down for cocktails and dinner at anchor.
ISLAND FOR THE SENSES
Choose your activity on the private island of Velaa. Tee off on the 9 hole golf course designed by Jose Maria Olazabal, play tennis, volleyball or squash, let loose your inner shopaholic in the shopping area, be pampered in the spa or challenge yourself on the 6m climbing wall. Sample the champagne bar before dining in the extraordinary Tavaru restaurant, and finish your day dancing in Avi to the resident DJ.
Cheval Blanc, Randheli
This super-chic resort offers great shopping opportunities in its concept store, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, tennis courts and watersports. The spa, situated on its own separate island, offers a range of treatments specially conceived for Cheval Blanc by Guerlain. There are 4 outstanding 'culinary art' restaurants including a live cooking theatre. All of this is wrapped up in a simply stunning design, blending seamlessly with its natural surroundings of dazzling turquoise waters.
Heading south again, take the opportunity to go for a final early morning dive. Picnic on another deserted beach before arriving at Amilla Fushi. Work out in the Bodyism personal training gym, visit the hair and beauty lounge and nail salon for some pampering, or spend your last afternoon windsurfing or paddleboarding around the island. Choose from one of the many restaurants then take in the cocktail bar with its live bands and Maldivian dance shows for a memorable last night.
Cruise back to Malé for your onward journey. Enjoy a champagne breakfast onboard before disembarking.