If Dhigali Maldives was a personality, it would be cool, calm and collected. A leafy island in the Raa Atoll a mere 45-minute seaplane hop from Malé, it’s the kind of escape where your daily stresses and worries seem to melt away the moment your toes touch the sand. You can feel your pulse slow to the easy-going rhythm of the island as you soak up its powdery white sands – even the surrounding azure waters are akin to a millpond. The resort’s design is suitability minimalist and modern, but also sensitive, with 80% of the island’s forested core comprising original trees for a throwback to the islands of old. Dhigali is a total escape from the daily grind, where you will fall head over heels for the laid-back life.
At Dhigali, when it comes to its accommodation, you have the luxury of choice. There are eight room types to pick from, ranging between beach bungalows shaded by palms to palatial overwater villas. Instead of thatch-topped accommodation representing the traditional side of the Maldives, each room, suite and villa at Dhigali is firmly futuristic. Their straight edges and quadratic design emit the kind of architectural innovation Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud would be proud of. All the beach boltholes come with generously sized al fresco bathrooms, while some of the larger suites and villas have a deep-soaking tub and your own private pool, too.
The overwater villas all have steps leading directly to the dreamy lagoon where a kaleidoscopic coral reef is within paddling distance. Like the beach accommodation, the bigger lagoons villas have larger decking areas and their own pools as well.
No matter where you stay on the island, you are only a few steps from the sea.
While the rest of you will be feeling utterly relaxed, the wide range of tastes available at Dhigali means your stomach is invited to a party of flavours. There are four restaurants, two bars, a café and a pop-up pizzeria, so you shouldn’t feel wanting in the dining department.
Find international fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Capers or enjoy a fusion of Asian flavours at Jade, accompanied by gorgeous ocean views and a gentle sea breeze. To taste an essence of the Maldives, Faru Grill Restaurant serves mouth-watering seafood and grilled meats, while Battuta is named after Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta, so you can expect a dining journey through the lands he visited, from North Africa to Southeast Asia.
There are two bars on the island for a tipple at any time of the day, with poolside East Bar showcasing a number of exotic cocktails and Haali shaped like a bird’s nest, the perfect place to roost for sundowners. Aside from the main restaurants, Café is a great place for a gourmet bite to eat, while the island’s Pizzeria allows you to order your own pizza and take away to enjoy on a secluded sandy spot. Heaven!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included in the premium all-inclusive offering. A selection of premium wines and spirits are also part of the package, even in your room's minibar.
Despite the relaxed atmosphere, Dhigali offers you a lot to keep active. Though the turquoise lagoons appear still from above the surface, a snorkelling or diving adventure will open your eyes up to the crayon-coloured fish and iridescent coral reefs which lie beneath. There’s also a dedicated dive centre, should you want to undertake a PADI qualification during your stay. You can also explore Dhigali’s impressive house reef from its glass-bottom boat or embark on a couple of cruising excursions from the island, either to watch the sunset or spot dolphins. The resort’s Recreation Centre has a rota of activities on offer, which differ by the day. For something really different to Dhigali, you can go on a visit to neighbouring Meedhoo island and wander its local villages, mosque and cafés.
When you think you can’t get more relaxed during a stay at Dhigali, its spa takes the tranquility factor up a notch. Lying in a leafy spot in the centre of the island, its 12 treatment rooms are individual peaceful hideaways, while therapies draw on indigenous traditions. Yoga classes are also available and there are also three main infinity pools to laze beside if you need a change of scenery away from the comforts your room.
A Peek Inside
Where is Dhigali Maldives?
Dhigali Maldives is found on an emerald island in the Raa Atoll. Even though it's only a 45-minute seaplane flight from Malé, you wouldn't know it. Dhigali offers tropical seclusion in abundance, a true get-away-from-the-daily-grind escape.
Dhigali Maldives Special Offers
Tailor-made Holidays with Turquoise
Every Turquoise Holiday to the Maldives is tailor-made and expertly crafted. Please contact our team of travel specialists on 01494 678 400 or via our online enquiry form for a bespoke quotation and we’ll apply the best available offers for your travel dates.
Sign up to our newsletter for the latest news and offers