When you close your eyes and try to picture a tropical island, the chances are high that the vision of paradise in your imagination looks a lot like the Maldives. The archipelago nation boasts thousands of islands of varying sizes, most ringed by coral, topped by palms, and blessed with ample sunshine. Even in a country with such abundant natural beauty, the Gaafu Atoll is exceptionally lovely, which is why buzz has been building for months about the opening of The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah.
This stylish newcomer rests not far from The Residence by Cenizaro’s first Maldivian property, The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi. In fact, the two resorts are so close that guests at each can walk across a bridge to access the other. While the proximity opens up a whole other world of dining and entertainment options, guests in the 173 spacious villas with private pools may be tempted to simply bask in the tropical solar rays. The resort also features 12 two-bedroom villas, which are ideally suited for families seeking a little extra space and privacy.
With a wide array of dining options, the resort has something to please every palate. Li Bai serves refined Cantonese cuisine, while The Dining Room is a more relaxed, all-day affair. For tapas and other light Mediterranean bites, head to Café del Sol inside The Beach Club, or grab a sundowner by the water at Long Island.
Should you ever tire of lounging by the pool, there is plenty to do here. Children will love the Turtle Kids Club, which offers activities including yoga for kids, snorkeling, beach games, kayaking, crafts and much more. Parents, meanwhile, may prefer to check out Dhigurah’s Spa by Clarins, which is set in 10 thatched-roof spa pavilions overlooking the ocean. The Dive & Watersports Centre has all sorts of aquatic activities, while the 42-meter infinity pool makes for the ultimate Instagram backdrop.