From arranging exclusive excursions to some of the world’s most remarkable dive sites to tailoring customised wellness programmes, Vakkaru Maldives hits all the right notes for a bespoke Maldivian holiday embellished with luxury, privacy and safety. By Bayar Jain
Every Maldivian adventure calls for sunbathing, swimming, and slumbering. At Vakkaru Maldives, you can enjoy these with an added dose of seclusion. The private-island resort has its way of crafting a holiday of a lifetime.
Behold Baa Atoll’s Beauty
Take the resort’s recently launched 50 Shades of Blue, for instance. Introduced as a tenth-year commemoration of Baa Atoll being recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, 50 Shades of Blue aims to celebrate the aquamarine marvels that seek refuge here. You can elevate your Maldivian adventure by heading to Splash, the dive and watersports centre here. Here, you can swim with dolphins and sea turtles, courtesy dive explorations with expert instructors; catch mesmerising sundowners on a luxury yacht, or enjoy the magnificence of the Manta Ray season (May to November) at Hanifaru Bay, which is just a 30-minute speedboat ride from the resort.
Relish World Cuisine
At Vakkaru Maldives, the world’s many flavours are served on a platter. Begin your day by savouring a buffet breakfast at Amaany Restaurant, which features an Indian food station, followed by Japanese delicacies at Lagoon Bar and beach grills at Vakku. For lunch or dinner, you can opt for the laidback Italian restaurant—Isoletta—or the best of Southeast Asian specialities at Onu. On select evenings, Amaany even offers the Indian Ocean Splash buffet that features a lavish spread of Indian, Sri Lankan and Maldivian cuisines. For those looking for a romantic sojourn, a candlelit feast can also be arranged at some of the most idyllic spots around the island — on the beach, under the shade of palm trees in the organic garden, or even on a private sandbank.
Unwind At Merana Spa
If there’s one thing that the Maldives excels in, it’s an innate capability of helping one relax. At the Merana Spa, however, this tranquillity reaches newer heights. Complete with pampering packages and indulgent treatments (think massages, restorative facials, body treatments, and meditation sessions), this wellness address is designed to instil a sense of calm. Add to it a hair and nail salon; relaxation areas like a whirlpool, cold plunge pool, sauna, and steam room; and an infinity pool, and you are sure to find bliss aplenty.
You can reach the nearby Maafaru International Airport via a direct two-and-a-half-hour-long flight on Maldivian Airlines from Mumbai. Vakkaru Maldives itself is an hour-and-a-half-long speedboat ride or 15-minute seaplane ride away from the airport. With Effortless Escape, holiday-goers from Mumbai can be assured of a rounded journey devoid of any stress. It includes direct international return flights from Mumbai to Maafaru International Airport; local transfers; daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; soft drinks during meals, and applicable service charges and taxes.
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 email@example.com and use booking reference TLIN2021 before November 30, 2021.
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