What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast and non motorized watersports are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Sunset cocktails at the airy bar and on its spacious deck, which overlooks the ocean
- The four-hand massage at Hideaway Spa by Mandarathat combines five different styles, including shiatsu and Balinese
- A diver’s treat: There are 20 dive sites within an hour
What To Know
- This is a remote spot, and getting here requires transfers via a 45-minute flight and a 20-minute speedboat ride to/from Malé, about 178 miles away, at a cost of about $350 per person, each way
- Island Hideaway is more rustic than many chic island resorts
- The resort can arrange expeditions and diving outings, at an additional cost
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
In the northern Maldives, Island Hideaway has all the style and luxury of other resorts in the country’s 26 atolls, but without the snooty attitude. The resort’s literature promises that this is “Your Private Island” — and with only 48 villas, friendly but not obsequious service and a stunning location, Island Hideaway delivers. This is prime sun-worshipping territory: Pristine white beaches ring the 58-acre island, and there’s a large public pool area surrounded by bars. Bikes or buggies get guests — a diverse mix of unplugged singletons, vacationing families and romancing couples — around the resort.
Bed and Bath
There’s no sacrificing on space here. The private pavilions start at a sizable 1,894 square feet, and all have thatch roofs, open-air bathrooms, mammoth sun decks and a pared-down beachy color scheme. Funa Pavilions offer private beach access, and Raamba Retreats are surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Splash out on the Dhonakulhi Residence and you’ll have access to your own roof terrace, alfresco dining pavilion and Jacuzzi splash pool.
There’s an overwhelming amount to do at the resort, including tennis, diving, big game fishing and water-skiing. Hideaway Spa by Mandara has gorgeous treatment rooms in overwater villas with glass floors — you can stare down into the ocean and watch the multicolor fish as you find Zen. Whether blissing out or staying active, you’re sure to work up an appetite. The two on-site restaurants have menus heavy on fish; Gaafushi is an overwater restaurant on the reef’s edge, allowing you to see and hear a full 360-degree Indian Ocean panorama.