The Perfect Island Retreat: Vakkaru Maldives
When it comes to snorkeling, you can’t get much better than the Maldives. Even if you prefer to stay on dry land, the turquoise water is renowned for being so clear that you see straight to the bottom. And if you want a serious dose of underwater exploration, Vakkaru Maldives is the place for you.
Set within the Maldives’ UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, this reef island is a sanctuary of biodiversity. The “house reef” allows guests to pop below sea level in between luxury meals and spa treatments, while those looking for a more thorough dose of underwater life can do a local island expedition with a marine biologist.
The resort recently unveiled its newly refurbished villas, including 54 pool villas and suites, 16 over water pool villas, and a seriously swanky four-bedroom over-water pool residence. The renovations added outdoor whirlpools and private swimming pools to many of the villas, so guests looking for privacy can shut the metaphorical door on the world. With direct access to the beach, you’ve got your very own Maldivian retreat.
There are four luxurious restaurants, two bars, and a grape cellar, so we don’t recommend that you spend your whole trip hidden away. With dishes spanning across Europe and Asia, you can eat your way around the globe during your stay. Those looking to up their romance game (hello, Valentine’s Day) can opt for a bespoke destination dining experience, either at an idyllic spot on the island or in your villa.
What luxury hotel would be complete without a spa? You’ll find all the tools you need for some serious R&R, including over-water ocean view treatment rooms, and an outdoor relaxation area with a warm whirlpool, cold plunge pool, sauna and steam room.
Although chilling out is a totally acceptable way to spend your time, excursions and water activates are available for anyone seeking a bit of adventure. Book kayaking, diving, or a fishing cruise to make the most of the water; or create your very own sports day out of the plethora of on-island activates such as badminton, tennis, pool, table tennis, table football, and board games.