Located in Noonu Atoll, this beautiful resort officially opened its doors to the public as recently as on 1st November 2018. (see..this is proof that BucketList.Asia strives hard to bring the latest across Asia ..lol..now moving on). Like most resorts in the region, one can reach here via a seaplane. It is said to be just a 45 minute flight to the north of Male Velana International Airport.
Offering 105 villas, suites and residences, the resort has two USPs. One being the undisturbed atoll and underwater beauty of marine life and the second being spacious villas (starting from 140 sqm – that’s right…they are HUGE). Oh and before we forget…all villas come with a plunge pool.
While they have four types of accommodations at offer, their most luxurious one is the Beach Spa Pool Residence. Costing between USD 1200 and USD 2470, this residence features 2 master bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, a living room, a private pool (phew ..& like that’s not enough) it also has its own private treatment room. Guests staying here are also spoilt with a complimentary daily 1-hour spa treatment. (Now that’s luxury at its best)
Apart from being luxurious, this resort is also family friendly. It provides facilities and services such as a kids club, a kids pool, babysitting service, various kids and family activities and also a game room. (now that should keep the kids busy)
No luxury resort is complete without Good Food. Movenpick seems to be pretty well aware of the same and have hence provided three restaurants on the property. While one is an all-day dining restaurant with its signature market concept called, ONU Marche, one other is a poolside restaurant & bar with a focus on grills. Meanwhile, the third restaurant is an overwater fine dining seafood restaurant with a Japanese influence called Bodumas. All these restaurants are under the vigilance of their executive Chef Josu Sedano, who is said to have more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
The next time you holiday here – make sure to try their ‘Red Snapper Ceviche and Citrus Caviar’. It is available at their Bodumas restaurant and is said to be their most popular dish. It is said to be inspired by Nikkei cuisine and made of fresh red snapper marinated in lime and yellow chili,served with citrus pearls and squid ink coral tuile. (Hope all this has not made you hungry)
Now, moving on to their architecture. The resort has given a lot of importance to the same and has made sure that their design language is not only beautiful but also blends well with the natural surroundings. The credit for the same goes to lead designer and architect Pawel Podwojewski. With regards to this, the resort told BucketList.Asia “Speaking from the get-go, our goal was to ensure that the design and functionality respect the natural context of the island. We always focused the whole design to make the beauty of the natural surroundings accessible. From material research and sourcing, we try our best to be sustainable and make as little impact to the nature and its marvellous landscapes possible. Our main restaurant has a breathtaking large bamboo roof structure and most of the interior furniture in the villas are made of coconut wood.”
Before we conclude, we would like to share a tip given out by the resort – While the best time to visit Maldives is from January to March, as it is the dry season where guests get to enjoy the clear blue sky and sunshine all day, the months of April, November, and December are more quiet and the weather is quite nice.