Arrive in Male following an overnight flight via Dubai. You’ll arrive feeling refreshed thanks to the impeccable on-board service provided by the dedicated in-flight team at Emirates. Upon arrival, transfer by private seaplane to your luxury home for the next five nights, Milaidhoo resort. Your villa – either beachside or overwater – promises the most exquisite décor, stunning ocean views and a private freshwater pool. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing in your villa or strolling along the velvet sand. Celebrate your first evening in the Maldives with a delicious meal at one Milaidhoo’s restaurants.
The crystal-clear ocean invites you to explore. Paddle in the shallows or dive down to observe the abundant local marine life. Located within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, these waters are rich with marine life including clownfish, parrotfish and ray. Head out from the resort’s own five-star PADI dive centre that offers boat diving, Fuo night dives and bespoke private diving excursions and more. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or taking to the deep for the first time, Milaidhoo’s bespoke service is centred around your experience.
Liaise with Milaidhoo’s concierge to organise a unique excursion to visit a local community on a nearby island. Maldivian culture revolves around historical traditions and is often inspired by influences from Africa and Asia. Sample exquisite tropical delicacies made using fresh ingredients grown locally, including snapper, lobster and pineapple. As you tour the village, learn about life in the Maldives from those who experience it every day. If you’re lucky, you may get see a live performance Boduberu, a traditional dance accompanied by drumming and singing.
The cool waters are calling today as you embark on a range of exciting water sports activities including kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). Snorkelling equipment is also available free of charge for the entirety of your stay. It’s a great opportunity to have some fun in the fabulous sunshine and capture amazing photos to share with friends and family upon your return. This evening, sit down to an exquisite meal in the Ocean Restaurant. Recount your extraordinary experiences so far over fantastic food, fine wines and phenomenal ocean vistas.
Hanifaru Bay is the jewel of the UNESCO biosphere reserve, and today, it’s yours to discover. Home to the largest groupings of manta rays in the world during mating season, these waters are a haven for local marine life. Another resident is the majestic whale shark, measuring up to 18 metres in length. Set out with your snorkel to float among these peaceful mega mammals in the warm waters. Alternatively, embark on a private excursion to learn about the landscape accompanied by the resident marine biologist.
Travel by luxury speedboat to the island of Thilaidhhoo and check in to your luxurious accommodation – The Nautilus. Every inch of your stay here is designed around on your desires. There are no closing times, no schedules and no clocks. Wake up at leisure, eat when and where you wish to and enjoy exhilarating activities curated just for you. Your private house exudes elegance while maintaining a welcomed homeliness. Welcome each day with a hearty breakfast on your terrace before stepping down onto the sand, just metres from your doorstep.
Take some time to unwind at the Solasta Spa. This serene haven offers twenty-four-hour treatments in three glass-bottomed pavilions suspended over the water. Listen to the gentle lapping of waves during your full-body massage or a refreshing facial. Afterwards, while away your troubles in the open-air bath with a glass of champagne, watching the sunset on the horizon. Solasta’s focus is on holistic healing, and they use only the finest Maison Caulières and Omorovicza products. Alternatively, indulge with an in-room treatment before a romantic dinner on your private balcony.
After breakfast in your beachside home away from home, continue the search for inner harmony. Discover the unlimited programme of wellness classes offered at The Nautilus. Wake up with yoga on the beach, work up a sweat in a fitness session or mellow out in a guided meditation class. This afternoon, set off on a private yachting excursion. Lay back on the deck, close your eyes and feel the cool cruising breeze cut through the tropical heat. There’s no finer way to admire the Maldivian scenery.
Sun, sea, sand and stunning scenery – expect all this and more as you spend today at Baa Atoll. This ring of coral islands surrounds a beautiful blue lagoon which is home to abundant marine life. Snorkel in the shimmering waters or enjoy a refreshing swim among the waves. Pause for a panoramic picnic on the sand, sipping champagne and staring out over the enchanting landscape. Spend a sunny afternoon on the shoreline, snoozing in the comfortable climate or paddling in the shallows.
Have your mask and flippers ready for a fascinating day exploring the house reef at The Nautilus. You’ve spent four days exploring the sights and sounds above the water and today is your chance to discover the magical coral reef upon which it rests. The first thing you’ll notice on your dive down are the bright colours all around, from the vivid reds, blues and oranges of the myriad coral varieties to the electrifying pigments of local fish. Look out for larger residents including dolphin, manta ray and moray eel.
Today, your fabulous Maldivian getaway comes to an end. Wake up one last time in this tranquil wonderland and enjoy a farewell breakfast in your private house, overlooking the turquoise ocean. Wave a fond farewell to the hospitality team at The Nautilus before boarding a short seaplane flight back to Male. From here, connect with your return flight to London, via Dubai. Relax on board, making the most of the state-of-the-art in-flight facilities before touching down in the UK the same day. Upon arrival, meet with onward transfer arrangements.