With surreal sunsets, splendid sandbanks, and many memorable experiences in its kitty, Vakkaru Maldives has the ‘romance on a tropical island vibe’ down pat. By Bayar Jain
Picture a sliver of powder-soft white sand surrounded by the Indian Ocean’s 50 shades of blue that hit against the shore as you savour a gourmet picnic basket and cold bubbly with your partner. That’s Vakkaru Maldives for you!
Vakkaru Maldives is a hot destination for couples—be it destination weddings, vow renewals, honeymoons and romantic escapes to reconnect and create memories for a lifetime together. Indian actor Rubina Dilaik and her husband, too, couldn’t resist this alluring destination.
Speaking about her romantic interlude here, Dilaik reveals, “If someone asked me where couples paradise on Earth is, I would jump and say ‘Vakkaru Maldives!’ This place not only served romantic goals, but fulfilled our adventurers’ desires. Our most memorable holiday was curated by our luxury travel partner JourneyLabel, and they delivered with excellence and love.”
Set within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, a 30-minutes seaplane ride from Male International Airport, the reef island itself is blessed with over 2,300 fully-grown coconut trees, deep blue holes and a house reef with unique marine biodiversity. Amid this magical setting are 113 luxury villas and suites with private pools.
Vakkaru Maldives has five restaurants, two bars, a wine cellar and other curated dining experiences. For instance at the beachside Amaany—famed for its creative theme buffet and ‘Indian Ocean Splash’ dinner that features a range of dishes reflecting authentic Maldivian, Sri Lankan and Indian cuisines—there’s a special Indian breakfast corner. The open-air grill Vakku is for grilled meats and seafoods, while the elegant Onu plates Southeast Asian specialities. Isoletta is the perfect stage for vibrant Italian flavours that delight the senses. The alfresco poolside Cabana is ideal for a laid-back afternoon or pre-dinner drinks; the on-the-water Lagoon Bar is the place for sunset cocktails; and the wine cellar, Vakkaru Reserve, offers a selection of fine vintage and non-vintage wines.
The dining experiences, however, don’t end there. With the Vakkaru Romantic Splendour, enjoy a table for two under a white marquee on the beach surrounded by flaming torches with a private chef crafting a delicious seafood feast over an open-flame barbecue. Or devour a curated menu with Sandscape Dining while being seated at a specially-crafted sunken sand table under a star-studded sky at the beach. The Organic Garden Dining is another inspired choice that centres around organic produce from the resort’s garden. A more casual but equally romantic setting awaits at the outdoor cinema—with A Night with the Stars—where you can rekindle romance by snuggling on giant bean bags under the stars while watching a film of your choice (new releases or old favourites) with gourmet popcorn and drinks.
Vakkaru Maldives also has other indulgent experiences on offer. The over-the-water Merana Spa is one such space. Inspired by ancient rituals, the spa takes a holistic approach towards rejuvenation and relaxation with treatments that balance body, mind and soul. Book the luxurious couple treatment room for extra special memories to cherish.
The more energetic ones can head to Splash, the in-house water sports and dive centre. Think jet-skis, jet-boarding, catamaran rides, turtle snorkelling, and private sunset cruises on a luxury yacht. Explore the magnificent house reef, venture further for a glimpse of whale sharks and manta rays at Hanifaru Bay, or embark on guided dive trips with certified divers.
Special Offer for T+L India & SA readers
Book a minimum four nights stay and receive USD 200 (approximately INR 15,000) resort credit applicable for dining and spa during your stay. To avail the special offer, contact reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org and use booking reference TLIN2022 before September 30, 2022. Valid for stays between May 1, 2022 to October 30, 2022.
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