By THE NATION
Situated at the southern tip of Raa Atoll, guests can enjoy a 35-minute seaplane transfer from Male International Airport to Maamunagau island, home to Maldives’ largest natural lagoon, with emerald blue waters all around, unfettered sunset views and pristine white sands.
The resort has 81 luxuriously appointed Beach, Lagoon and Overwater Villas and Residences with contemporary Maldivian design, unobstructed views of the ocean and each equipped with their own private terrace and pool.
As the first and only All-Club InterContinental experience, guests will enjoy personalised service and exclusive benefits during their stay, including complimentary gourmet experiences.
The resort also features six tantalising gastronomic concepts including The Retreat, an adults-only enclave with a private bar and its own infinity pool at the water’s edge; a signature AVI Spa with six overwater treatment villas; and a Planet Trekkers Kids Club for young explorers.
The island is close to Maldives’ only Unesco World Biosphere Reserve and home to Hanifaru Bay, one of the very few places in the world where visitors can snorkel amongst feeding congregations of whale sharks and large groups of manta rays.
As part of InterContinental Maldives’ conservation initiatives, the resort has partnered with the Manta Trust in support of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, to nurture a safe habitat for the manta rays within the resort’s lagoon as well as providing guests with an invaluable information and opportunity to swim alongside these graceful creatures and snorkel in underwater coral gardens.
To celebrate its official opening, the resort is offering special rates to those booking a stay between September 1 and January 31. Starting from US$1,250 for Beach pool villas, guests will be rewarded with daily complimentary breakfast and dinner at Cafe Umi for any length of stay, complimentary seaplane transfers for stays of five nights or longer.
Online booking can be made at www.InterContinental.com/Maldives.