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Inside one of the Maldives' newest luxury resorts

Private Island, Amari Havodda Maldives
Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
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The Maldives feature high on many people's travel bucket lists, and with the azure seas and breathtaking beaches that are characteristic of this archipelagic nation, it's easy to see why.

The 'wow' factor begins from the moment the airplane travels over the small islands that comprise the Maldives. There are over 1100 islands dotted throughout this area of the Indian Ocean, all surrounded by colourful reefs, clear waters and powder-white beaches which offer an incredible spectacle on the approach to Malé, the Maldivian capital which also serves as the main transportation hub to the smaller resort islands.

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Amari Havodda is one of the newest resorts to open in the Maldives

One such resort is Amari Havodda Maldives, one of the newest luxurious properties to open to holidaymakers in January 2016. Built on a previously uninhabited island, Amari Havodda features 120 villas, including both private beachfront residences and overwater villas.

Rest and relaxation is the name of the game here. Leisurely strolls along the beach and sunbathing by the infinity pool are among the most popular of pursuits, while the sparkling blue sea proves an alluring spot to swim and cool down from the tropical temperatures.

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Glass bottom kayaking offers a unique glimpse at the tropical fish and marine life

Breeze spa is another perfect spot to unwind and relax, with signature treatments such as massages and facials that will round off the dreamy holiday experience. Or for those seeking a little more adventure there are a variety of water sports on offer, including jet skiing, paddleboarding, windsurfing and glass bottom kayaking.

Snorkelling is a must-do during your time on the island; the house reef is home to all manner of exotic fish and marine life, including eagle rays, reef sharks and turtles, all just a few metres away from the beach.

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Guests can wake up to incredible ocean views

You may find it hard to leave your room though; the airy, spacious villas have a magnetism all of their own thanks to the comfortable beds, incredible open-air bathrooms and private sea-view terraces that mean there is little need to venture out should you so desire.

Rooms range from beachfront villas - either with or without private pools - to awe-inspiring overwater villas, which have steps down into the Indian Ocean for easy exploration of the island's tropical reef.

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Overwater villas have private terraces that lead down to the sea

The Maldives are a notorious spot for honeymooners - Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan are just two of the famous faces who have opted to spend a romantic few days on one of the idyllic islands following their big day. With this in mind Amari Havodda offers romance and privacy for newlyweds, who can enjoy a little slice of paradise all to themselves.

For a romantic evening excursion, book a sunset sail on a traditional Dhoni boat – an opportunity to watch the beautiful Maldivian sunsets from the sea while sipping on a glass of sparkling wine. Guests can also book a number of "destination dining" packages, including a private beach BBQ or four-course candlelit dinner in your villa, all personalised to fulfil your tastes.

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Beachside dining is a romantic option for honeymooners

Whether you try destination dining or eat in the resort's buffet style restaurant Amaya Food Gallery, the food on offer will not disappoint. Serving up international cuisine including traditional Thai and Maldivian dishes and an abundance of fresh seafood, much of the food at Amaya is cooked fresh to your tastes and served in a relaxed beachside setting.

An alternative is Ember Robatayaki restaurant, which specialises in tasty barbecued seafood and prime cuts alongside Japanese style sushi dishes on the Northern shore of the island.

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Amaya Food Gallery is the resort's main restaurant

Round off your evening with a couple of cocktails before taking a stroll along the beach back to your villa, observing the peace and tranquillity of this far-flung heavenly resort. With the sound of the ocean lapping the shore outside, you wouldn't dream of being anywhere else.

Amari Havodda Maldives is offering a Duo Villa Experience Package from USD 554 per night (approximately £380). The price is for a minimum four night stay with accommodation in a Beach Villa and the last two nights of your stay in an Overwater Villa featuring direct ocean access, outdoor terrace with sun lounger and a king bed. For more information visit:

Qatar Airways flies from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh to Male via their state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport with fares from £788 return. For further information and to book visit or call 0330 024 0125.  

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