Maafushivaru, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
Written by Oryx
A tranquil paradise, teeming with exotic marine life and an air of exclusivity, Maafushivaru on the southern tip of the Maldives’ Ari Atoll redefines the ultimate in island getaways.<
A scenic 25-minute seaplane ride from Malé’s international airport, Maafushivaru’s sand-floored reception and library lounge invite guests to feel the elements with every footstep.
Featuring thatched roofs and pared-down design, the resort offers 48 individual villas ranging from beach bungalows with private decks and pool villas with open-air bathrooms and shared pools, to private water suites on stilts that offer breathtaking views of the lagoon.
With a goal to create the largest marine reserve in the world by 2017, the Maldives’ diverse marine life takes centre stage at Maafushivaru. A chance encounter with a whale shark while snorkelling, or a deep dive to see the vibrant colours of the coral gardens will offer awe-inspiring excursions. The resort’s resident marine biologist offers enlightening and engaging conversations.
Culinary offerings range from exquisite Japanese fare at the resort’s over-water restaurant, 135° East, to the Cuisine Gallery, which serves diverse cuisine from around the world. Maafushivaru’s Spa occupies its own jetty on the northernmost corner of the island and indulges guests in aromatherapy and phytotherapy treatments.
The crowning jewel at Maafushivaru is the enchanting desert island of Lonubo. Exclusive to Maafushivaru guests, the island’s ‘Romance Picnic Package’ comes complete with picnic baskets and delectable treats, or the ‘Desert Island Dream Package’ invites guests to spend the night on the island after indulging in a beautifully crafted four-course meal.
Distance: 3,351 km
Flight Time: 4 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: 2 flights a day