The Coolest New Resort in the Maldives

  • Inside one of the villas.

    Inside one of the villas.

  • An aerial view of the resort in the Baa Atoll.

    An aerial view of the resort in the Baa Atoll.

  • Clean-lined and contemporary, villas at the Amilla Fushi included these one-bedroom Ocean Reef Houses.

    Clean-lined and contemporary, villas at the Amilla Fushi included these one-bedroom Ocean Reef Houses.

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Co-founded by the creator of the world’s first underwater spa, Amilla Fushi is adding cool twists to the ultra-luxe Maldivian resort scene. Opened in December on a palm-covered island in the Baa Atoll, it features pool villas set 12 meters high in the treetops as well as on the beach and over the water; a gourmet café and deli; an 8,000-bottle wine cellar; and a jetty restaurant serving dishes created by Australian celeb chef Luke Mangan. There is plenty to ogle offshore too: the surrounding waters are part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, including Hanifaru Bay, renowned for its seasonal concentrations of manta rays and whale sharks (960/660-6444; Amilla Fushi; doubles from US$3,200).

This article originally appeared in the February/March print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Raising the Stakes”)

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