The only resort in the Maldivesâ€™ northern Shaviyani Atoll provides the ideal setting in which to decompress, whether that means lounging with a glass of wine by your plunge pool or snorkeling alongside the bannerfish, fusiliers, rays, and turtles that inhabit the pristine house reef. Starting at 120 square meters, the viceroyâ€™s 61 Yabu Pushelbergâ€“designed beach and water villas are havens of white-on-white and polished woods with their own pools, Mac Mini entertainment systems, and soaring thatched roofs shaped to resemble the upturned hull of a dhoni, the Maldivesâ€™ traditional fishing boat.
Guests can toast the sunset on the cushy outdoor day beds at the Treehouseâ€”one of the seven-hectare islandâ€™s four restaurantsâ€”where Middle Eastern standouts include grilled marinated fish and luscious lamb chops; or opt for candle-lit Italian meals in the soon-to-open Cerchio. Sunrise and sunset yoga classes will help you unwind, as will the treatments at the overwater spa, which emphasizes holistic and Ayurvedic healing. Grown-ups will appreciate the impressive array of magazines and coffee table books in the resortâ€™s glass-walled library, while a beanbag-strewn kidâ€™s club offers such diversions as finger painting and tattoo making.
960/654-5000; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com; doubles from US$1,080.
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