In a Nutshell
Milaidhoo brings back the traditional barefoot luxury style that made the Maldives such a mesmerising destination.
Prices from £3,800 per person for 7 nights on a B&B basis, including flights.
At a Glance
- Milaidhoo is a boutique luxury resort with just 50 villas
- Large private pools in all villas
- Located in the Baa Atoll, about a 35-minute seaplane journey from Male International Airport
- 3 superb restaurants
- Child-free island – no children under 9 allowed
- Great house reef for snorkelling
Milaidhoo is located in the Baa Atoll, about a 30-minute seaplane ride from Male. The island is quite small by Maldivian standards but only has 50 beach and over-water villas. There is a distinct ‘back-to-basics’ feel about Milaidhoo – there aren’t trendy DJs, under-water restaurants or flashy, grandiose architecture. Children under 9 aren’t allowed, so it has a refined ‘adult’ feel about it. Everyone tends to walk around barefoot, giving it a lovely informal feel. It’s all about quiet relaxation here.
Take the villas. They are all thatched and blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings. All villas feature private pools, and you can opt for an over-water on stilts or a beach villa. We love the traditional Maldivian swing chairs (undhoalis), comfy daybeds. All the mod-cons are included, such as WiFi, a private wine fridge, flatscreen TVs, and luxury Acqua Di Parma toiletries. The vast 290sqm Beach Villas have a private terrace and pool surrounded by lush vegetation on either side and directly onto the beach. The interiors open out to the terrace with stunning floor-to-ceiling doors. The bathroom has an outdoor garden shower and separate bath. The Water Villas are again huge, with 245sqm of space which also features a private deck with a pool. There are also Residences with more space, a butler, and a private outdoor cinema.
The main restaurant, Ba’theli, is set on the deck on a traditional Maldivian sailing boat, or Dhoni. It features a glass floor so that you can see the marine life below. The cuisine draws on influences from the Spice Route. The Shoreline Grill is located on the beachfront and serves up grilled meat and fish, Ocean is the third restaurant and offers international dishes and breakfast. The Compass Pool Bar is located near the main pool and serves salads and pizzas and is ideal for lunch. The main bar is located at Ba’theli and serves a range of wines and cocktails.
There is an over-water spa, Serenity, offering a full range of treatments to restore any weary traveller. The resort also offers daily yoga and meditation activities. There are two Marine Biologists in the resort, and Miladhoo prides itself on its conservation programmes. There are many watersports on offer, from kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, stand-up paddle-boarding, diving and snorkelling.