The Luxe List 2019: Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

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What sets this Maldivian resort apart from all the others? Just about everything. First, there’s the location. Set on a pancake of white sand 40 minutes by seaplane due north of the capital, Kudadoo resides in one of the few atolls to have come through the 2016 coral-bleaching event almost entirely unscathed. The reefs here are teeming with confetti bursts of colorful reef fish, bright healthy soft and hard corals, and swaying beds of seagrass (important habitats for green sea turtles). Then there’s the design: just 15 enormous overwater villas and one central building for socializing, all by New York-based Japanese architect Yuji Yamazaki—think calming straight lines, unvarnished woods, and a beautiful interplay of light and shadow. It feels more like a private members’ club that just happens to be fully sustainable, thanks to 300 kilowatts of rooftop solar panels. But the biggest standout is that stays at Kudadoo are all-inclusive, at a jet-setter level unmatched elsewhere in the archipelago—no exceptions, no limits, no … “no’s.” There’s Ruinart champagne on tap, fine-dining any way you want it, unlimited watersports (manual and motorized; try the X-Jets jet boots), and a spa that could be a destination in its own right, offering everything from sage-burning healing rituals and meditation in a Himalayan salt chamber to turn-back-the-clock facials.
960/662-6000;; villas from US$3,100

See the full 2019 Luxe List in the October/November 2019 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2019: Kudadoo Maldives Private Island”).

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