HONORS CIRCLE: MALDIVES
LUX* North Male Atoll Resort & Villas
Olhuhali Island, North Male Atoll, Maldives
Luxuriant facilities and ultimate elegance are hallmarks of LUX* North Male Atoll Resort & Villas, where you will find a sense of immense peace amid the lush, idyllic setting of a tropical hideaway — the perfect place for relaxation and romantic escapes.
Opened only in 2019, the Mauritius-based brand’s second Maldivian outpost (after LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas) eschews the usual thatched-roof aesthetic in favor of a modernist, Miami-chic look courtesy of Singapore design house Miaja. The whitewashed beach and overwater villas — of which there are 67 in all — also took their design cues from the sleek curves of superyachts. No matter which villa category you book, each one promises incredibly spacious accommodations and a penthouse experience unique for the Maldives.
The scale of the LUX* Beach Retreat and the LUX* Overwater Retreat villas is extraordinary: built to a streamlined design, each threestory penthouse-style villa presents nearly 1,000 square meters of play area, and offers an experience of luxury that is unparalleled in the Maldives. The unique configuration of the LUX* Retreats, which can accommodate up to eight guests, appeals to families and friends traveling together. With 24-hour butler service, in-villa spa treatments, unlimited laundry service, and a fitness area, sauna, and hammam, these extremely private villas are ideal spots for a celebration or a gathering.
Residents of the LUX* Overwater Retreat (997 square meters including 389 square meters of indoor open-space living) can even dock their yacht at their villa, while guests staying in the LUX* Beach Retreat can enjoy their own stretch of private beach.
The tastefully decorated villas open onto an expansive terrace bordering a large infinity pool and gazebo, ideal for a dinner outdoors. But the jewel in the crown is the enormous rooftop terrace, which provides ample space for yoga, barbecues, movie screenings, candlelit dinners with a shisha, and cocktails at sunset with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
Dining is a highlight, with the overarching theme being healthy yet indulgent food. At Glow, the resort’s all-day restaurant, a wide range of creative international fare means there’s something for everyone whether you come for the breakfast buffet or an à la carte meal. INTI, meanwhile, blends Latin American and Asian flavors through its array of Peruvian-Argentinian-Japanese delights (think octopus with black olive mayo, tiradito, and ceviche). With a relaxed Mediterranean vibe and a swoon-worthy infinity pool, Beach Rouge serves as the property’s beach club, offering a day-to-night menu that includes Spanish tapas, wood-fired pizza, and charcoal-grilled seafood and meat — all perfect for sharing. A live band and beats from a resident DJ set the scene for long, lazy lunches and dinners under the stars.
Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that treatments come with a view at LUX* ME spa, a tranquil haven set in flower-filled tropical gardens at the opposite end of the island from the beach club. First-class therapists are on hand to deliver muscle-melting massages in the overwater treatment villas, and the on-site beauty salon ensures you look your best while on holiday. There’s also a sauna and fitness center, and even a spa for children — just the thing to spoil the little ones after a few hours of frolicking at the kids’ club.
Aside from snorkeling the house reef, which is frequented by dolphins, sea turtles, and stingrays, you can also choose from all kinds of ocean-based activities. These range from diving and water-skiing to catamaran sailing and stand-up paddleboarding. Just a few minutes away by boat, The LUX* Break is the resort’s very own surf point with ideal conditions for both kite and wave surfing during the breezier months from May to September. Thrill-seekers who want to go even further should book a full-day Surf Safari, which will take guests to several secret surf spots in the surrounding waters. A deep tissue massage, sunrise yoga on a rooftop, and healthy, nourishing cuisine are all you need to recover after a day of catching waves.
Embark on a worry-free vacation in our exceptional property, where expansive villas with breathtaking pools and lavish amenities await. Nothing can alleviate the year-long tension better than an indulgent island getaway in our Retreats.