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Luxury in the midst of the ocean

Jun 14. 2019
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By The Nation

The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll offers a wide selection of luxury villas and other modern facilities to delight all those escaping the urban chaos.

Situated just 55 minutes by domestic flight from nearby Kooddoo island, followed by a five-minute speedboat ride, this brandnew resort stands alongside its sister The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi and is connected by a private bridge that allows guests to travel between the two properties 

Designed to enhance and complement its sister island, it features additional spacious villas, a Spa by Clarins, Beach Club, diverse dining, water sports, dive centre, Kids Club, bespoke wellness programmes and more. Book an all-inclusive stay and you have access to two additional castaway islands for day trips. 

It has 173 Beach, Lagoon and Water Villas overlooking the turquoise waters of the ocean, with both sunrise and sunset views. Each villa has its own private pool and decking, indoor and outdoor shower, deep bathtub and king size bed. 

All villas are designed with plenty of natural light, which blends the beauty of traditional Maldivian architecture with contemporary flair. Perfect for families, Dhigurah offers more two-bedroom Beach and Water Villas, complete with a living room, dining area and spacious deck. 

Guests have access to all six restaurants and six bars across both at Dhigurah and Falhumaafushi, creating a two-island inclusive experience. New restaurants include the all-day dining Dining Room offering international cuisine and delicious local dishes, Li Bai serving classic Cantonese dishes and the Cafe del Sol presenting Mediterranean tapas. 

The Spa by Clarins features 10 round, thatched-roof over-water pavilions, with panoramic backdrops of the Indian Ocean and the lagoon. Guests can enjoy many choices of holistic and Ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes, manicures, and a hair salon. The Turtle Kids Club keeps the little ones entertained with a programme of fun daily recreational activities and educational excursions like nature walks, beach games and art workshops.

The resort is celebrating its official opening by offering 40 per cent discounts when booking a minimum four-night stay. Valid through March 31, the room rates start from $56-plus (Bt17,700-plus) per night and guests will be rewarded with complimentary domestic flights and speedboat transfer.

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