Serene Maldives Atoll Perfect For Group And Solo Travellers

21 March 2019
Maldives, The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi
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The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi manages to feel like the most secluded private island in the world

There’s little in life to match the exhilaration of seeing a two-metre shark up-close.

Maybe up-close is too close for some, but these blacktip reef sharks are perfectly serene – it’s a common theme around these parts.

It really is tough to find a bad resort in the Maldives. The landscape is uniformly beautiful and the vast majority of properties dotted around the 26 atolls are ran by the slickest operators in the business.

But even in the face of stiff competition, The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi is one to note, and although its home on Gaafu Alifu atoll is one of the world’s largest, it also manages to feel like the most secluded private island in the world. (Good luck working out how they pull that one off.)

Spend your day at the spa, go for a bike ride or grab a snorkel and see what turns up on a dive in the bluest water you’re ever likely to see. Then head back to the villa. Whether poolside, overwater or opening directly onto the beach, they’re all you living your best life.

Grab breakfast by the beach and wander the island for a while. Aim for lunch or dinner at The Dining Room or Beach Bar. If you’re going all-out, try the fine dining menu at The Falhumaa, tucked away at the end of a tiny jetty.

There’s a patented moment of refreshing that comes with the remoteness of an island escape. Whether you do it as a couple or solo, a weekend here can be life-changing by simply allowing you to stop. And should the peace and quiet ever get a little much for you, well, there’s always that shark.