Huvafen Fushi- a wonderland in the Indian Ocean

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Emerging out of it own aquamarina lagoon, Huvafen Fushi is a dream island with 43 breathtaking water bungalows and the first ever underwater spa- a very sensual resort and an experience far exceeding visitors expectations.

Having made the Condé Nast Gold List several times, Huvafen Fushi, which literally means dreamy language in the local language-is arguably the closest one would get to paradise on Earth. The luxury resort is located at the northern Male Atoll in the Maldives, only 30 minutes away from the airport of Male via speedboat , an impressive route with innumerable islets blessed with white sand , dense vegetation and turquoise waters. Once your personal buttler (locally known as Thakuru) welcomes you with the aim of accommodating your every whim while at the resort, he begins his quest by serving heavenly lime cocktails and coconut juice. Your Thakuru then leads you to the water bungalows amazingly built using materials that exist harmoniously with the natural environment. The bungalows, however, do have an ultra-modern side to them , complete with a Bang & Olufsen sound system, Bose surround sound, a private swimming pool , a daybed and a staircase leading to the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. The bungalow’s bathtub ,incidentally, has an ocean view , and so does the rain shower. Once guests decide to come out of their own personal paradise, they ‘ll be met by a dreamy white-sand beach resort, which is a veritable paradise for swimming, snorkeling over the corals, and scuba diving if you’re more adventurous. On a lucky day, you could get a glimpse of an impressive 2-meter-long Manta Ray or get to feed a Stingray.

The average temperature in the Maldives  is 28C , by the way, and the dress code is an ultra-casual one, preferably barefoot as well. Culinary choices abound in Huvafen Fushi such as Celsius, considered a pioneering ‘spa and raw’ cuisine, or Salt, which features some titillating innovations in fusion cuisine. If you enjoy a drink, head for swanky cocktails at Umbar. Vinum is also worth visiting , an impressive underground wine-cellar with 2000 labels where food-tasting events kidnap you to a world of island gastronomy. The resort also proposes alternative experiences for dinner, such as in-bungalow barbecue dining where two chefs drop in to cook local fish , lobster or dinner for two on your own sandy beach, complete with a star-studded sky.

One absolute must-do before leaving Huvafen Fushi is a visit to the underwater spa for a massage ‘en couple’. This is a unique , synchronous experience for partners in an impressive spot beneath the Indian Ocean with a view of the seabed, corals, colourful fish and even small sharks. Once the massage is over, chill out in the Relax Room- a white area resembling an aquarium with big cushions in a fairytale-like ambiance.

On a wellbeing note, the resort’s Lime spa produces a local coconut oil which has moisturizing and anti-aging properties, as well as a unique local perfume. The spa excels at a ritual massage known as the Unite Me Crystal Ritual , recommended after a long day in the sun. Profits from any massages with this oil are returned to the local community.

Needless to say, the resort organizes outrageous evenings with famous DJ’s such as DJ Ravin (get hold of his CD specifically made for Huvafen Fushi), Claude Challe, Jose Padilla and more, as well as bombastic  New Year’s Reveillons beginning with a farewell party on the last sunset of the year. Caviar, champagne a six-course meal, and dancing to a live band in the sand are the order of the evening. Obviously barefoot!

With Gratitude T.

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