This is a stunning, romantic island resort offering barefoot luxury surrounded by glorious natural beauty. Sited in a picturesque corner of the Maldives, the six-star Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa is a sybaritic combination of three distinct resort experiences on two islands, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and lagoon. Named "Best Resort in the World" in 2005 by the Sunday Times in the U.K., it boasts 50 of the most luxurious water villas in the country, 79 spacious beach villas and 21 fabulous spa water villas, each with a private treatment room.
The resort is renowned for its attentive service and fine cuisine, along with its abundance of leisure facilities. Beaches of soft white sand fringed by palms lead to the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is a popular destination for divers, and the resort's dive center, managed by Sub
Aqua, offers PADI courses in different languages and daily guided dives for certified divers to explore the wonderful nearby underwater world. A favorite site is Manta Point, only ten minutes away, and there are about 50 beautiful dive sites to choose from, all of which showcase the diversity of the amazing
aquatic life in the South Ari Atoll.
Our 1,001 ways of doing nothing include snorkeling and a wealth of other amenities, including tennis, two spas, water sports, an array of excursions, big-game fishing, an excellent gym, aerobics, Pilates, meditation and yoga classes and a private yacht for island hopping and cruising.
At the tip of the island, the Spa Retreat is a brilliantly innovative resort-within-a-resort with therapies based on the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The Over-Water Spa on Rangali Island has glass-floored treatment rooms with entrancing views of the coral reefs below.
Dining options in the seven restaurants and three bars are superb; outstanding cuisine is served in stunning locations, and a visit to the world's only all-glass undersea restaurant, which sits fifteen feet beneath the waves next to a coral reef, is a must. Gourmands will love discovering the fine cuisine, which ranges from seafood specialties to Japanese, international and spa cuisine—as well as memorable gourmet food-and-wine dinners in the resort's extensive wine cellar. Remember to take time out to explore some of the resort's 10,000 bottles of wine.
Days are spent indulging in the two spas, romantic dining and, of course, the refreshing opportunity to do absolutely nothing. Isn't that what a real holiday is all about?
Accommodations: 150 villas on two islands, linked by a bridge and regular boat service
Amenities: Seven restaurants, three bars, two spas, extensive water sports, including diving, tennis, gym, beach volleyball, fitness classes including yoga and Pilates, miles of white, palm-lined beaches, and a coral reef 90 feet from the beach Contact Information: Telephone: 960-668-0629; website: hilton.com/world wideresorts; e-mail: [email protected]
1. A Deluxe Water Villa exterior 2. Underwater oceanview dining 3. The infinity-edged pool 4. The Over-Water Spa, one of two spas 5. Full-service dive center 6. The Over-Water Spa treatment room
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