The Luxe List 2015

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An aerial view of Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili.

The Luxe List 2015: Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili, Raa Atoll, Maldives

Loama may not be the most extravagant resort in the Maldives, but it does have plenty of heart. This is perhaps best personified by the affable Umair Badheeu, the resort’s culture and heritage manager, whose role it is to extend Loama’s agenda beyond mere hedonism to the realm of cultural preservation. To this end, he has assembled a collection of hundreds of artifacts acquired on trips around the Maldives, many of which—copper medicine kettles, lacquered boxes, antique porcelain bowls—are now displayed in Loama’s breezy lobby museum. Like the overwater art gallery that Badheeu also curates, it is the first of its kind in the archipelago. But as much as Loama distinguishes itself with its emphasis on local culture, it doesn’t forget to pamper. The sole occupant of a seven-hectare island, the resort features 105 tastefully decorated beachfront and overwater villas that guests would likely never leave were it not for a host of diversions, from the exquisitely fresh sashimi at Meyzu restaurant and the Thai dishes at beachside Thundi, to the citrus- and lemongrass-scented spa where you can gaze down at colorful fishes as you lie prone on a massage table. And there are watersports galore, including technical diving, as well as a pair of motorized dhoni boats that you can take out for a spot of line fishing (an easy enough challenge in these fish-filled waters) or a sunset cruise that all but guarantees the added thrill of spotting dolphins.

960/658-8100; Loama Hotels and Resorts; doubles from US$995

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