Sometimes, less really is more. Minimalist in its design and with a love for the simple pleasures, the resort of Faarufushi promises total escapism with the least amount of fuss. Even though this sandy palm-topped speck lies in the remote north of the Raa Atoll, you can reach the resort via a straightforward 50-minute flight from Malé. Though the atmosphere is low-key, the natural beauty this island possesses is pure blockbuster: the lime-green palms, milk-white sands and rainbow-hued house reef all look as if you’re seeing them through the screen of a 4K Ultra HD television.
The staff at Faarufushi know that the reason you’ve come is because you don’t want to lift a finger. They’ve got you covered, seemingly having the magical ability to tend to your every need without you noticing they’re even there, making your holiday as easy as relaxing on the beach. After all, a stay in the Maldives needn’t ever be complicated.
Faarafushi has 80 bungalows and villas, each one either fronting the beach or on stilts overwater. All offer understated luxury and tropical Scandi chic vibes, with whitewashed walls, timber ceilings and light furnishings scattered throughout each spacious cocoon. With the exception of the Beach Bungalows, every room comes with its own private infinity pool while the accommodation on the beach have generously sized decking for kicking back on throughout the day.
With the overwater bungalows, split between Ocean Retreats and Suites, it’s all about the view. Whether it’s a soak in the tub, chilling on the outside decking or floating in your private pool, you’ll always be able to see sumptuous Indian Ocean scenery.
The single Island Residence with Pool is the ultimate in island decadence for a couple or newlyweds.
Three restaurants and two bars belie Faarufushi’s tiny size, offering a surprising amount of choice when it comes to mealtimes. Iru is the resort’s main restaurant, featuring a buffet for breakfast and lunch and dinner is dining from international à la carte menus under brilliantly blue Maldivian skies. In contrast, Athiri offers a more laid-back beachside experience with wide-ranging casual cuisine, from tapas and ceviche counters to wood-fired pizzas and teppanyaki. The crescent-shaped Eclipse is a memorable overwater meal in waiting, serving modern European fare with heavy influences from Asia and fish that can be seen swimming beneath your feet.
The poolside Sangu is a bar that also serves tasty afternoon snacks, while Boli lies beyond Eclipse and whips up summery cocktails and drinks ideal for sundowners. If you’re after something a bit more unique, experiences such as private dinners on the beach or sandbank picnics can either be wholly romantic options or fun family meals.
Wherever you are on the island, the shimmering waters will always be a temptation you can’t ignore for long. The resort has a handsome number of water sports for you to try, with everything from wakeboarding and snorkelling to stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking on the lagoon’s glassy waters (and a whole lot more). The on-site Lonu dive centre means you can take full advantage of the house reef's colourful corals, with lessons tailored for beginners through to experts. Faarufushi’s Marine Centre sheds light on all the good the resort is doing, giving you the chance to talk to resident marine biologists and see the coral restoration programme in action.
Organised excursions can take you beyond the water, from botanical tours opening up your eyes to the local flora and fauna to a glimpse of local Maldivian life on one of Faarufushi’s neighbouring islands.
If you’re not staying in a retreat with a private pool (or you just fancy a change of scenery), the resort’s main pool is a lovely place to relax and take a leisurely dip.
The Nika Spa is the place to truly unwind and each treatment room is like a wooden cocoon enveloped by palms. The spa employs an east-meets-west approach, marrying Western science with traditional Eastern practices. There seems to be no limit to the body treatments, scrubs, massages and facials you can ask for and each one seems tailored to your holiday experience, whether it’s to help you recover from jet lag or prep your skin for a day in the sun. Private yoga sessions can also be booked.
Where is Faarufushi?
Found floating in the remote north of the Raa Atoll, Faarufushi is only a 50-minute flight from Malé. Once you're there, prepare to be wowed by its exotic natural beauty and its minimalist style.
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