Milaidhoo Island, Maldives - Aerial View Photos Courtesy: Milaidhoo Island, Maldives.

Once upon a time there was a tiny tropical island, an emerald drop of paradise wrapped in soft white sands, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, lapped by warm turquoise waters and hidden in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Milaidhoo is that island.

Milaidhoo Island, Maldives - Aerial View
Milaidhoo Island, Maldives – Aerial View

Maldivian-owned Milaidhoo Island, Maldives opened in December 2016 and is proudly rooted in the local island traditions, curating a bespoke selection of experiences to showcase the destination. Perfect for nature lovers as the coral reef, which encircles the island, is a protected area and noted as an outstanding snorkelling and diving site in its own right. This tiny beautiful island, is abundant with tropical greenery, measures just 300 by 180m and is fringed by soft deep white sand beaches.

Milaidhoo Island, Maldives - Dining on a deserted island.
Milaidhoo Island, Maldives – Dining on a deserted island.

Everything at Milaidhoo has been custom made and made for comfort; crafted around your needs. Service is tip top but always friendly, in line with the ‘barefoot informality’ ethos. Above all, they are proud to offer a taste of the true Maldives, opening doors to Maldivian culture and unique experiences.

Milaidhoo Island, Maldives - Batheli Restaurant
Milaidhoo Island, Maldives – Batheli Restaurant

Foodies can learn to master time honored recipes, handed down through generations. They can join the local fisherman for the catch of the day and learn how to craft a traditional Dhoni and the history behind it, rather than just take a ride on one. Guests will discover the spectacular Maldivian sea life with a visit to Hanifaru Bay, a marine protected area which attracts the largest seasonal groupings of manta rays in the world, as well as being one of the best places to spot whale sharks in the Maldives.

Set over 13 acres atop the Baa Atoll’s beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, each of Milaidhoo’s 50 private villas have been designed by a local Maldivian architect, with conservation front of mind, ensuring minimum impact on the coral reef. The accommodation was created to seamlessly fuse indoor and outdoor living. Each villa opens up 180 degrees, inviting the natural elements in, while the materials and crafts used blend effortlessly with natural elements and modern, sustainable architecture.

Milaidhoo Island, Maldives - Water Pool Villa
Milaidhoo Island, Maldives – Water Pool Villa

Each thatched-roof villa will be serviced by private butlers and will feature generous private pools, within lush tropical surroundings. The villas are just a short, barefoot stroll away to three world-class restaurants, incredible watersports, fitness, spa, yoga and world-class diving. All villas offer: a large private freshwater pool on the sun deck; a hanging Maldivian swing (‘undhoali’); an outsize day bed; air conditioning and ceiling fan; ocean views; tea and coffee machine; oversized minibar; private wine fridge; flatscreen satellite TV; en suite bathroom with soaking tub and separate rain-shower; a full range of toiletries by Acqua Di Parma.

Milaidhoo Island, Maldives - Beach Pool Villa
Milaidhoo Island, Maldives – Beach Pool Villa

And breathe . . . blissful relaxation for your body and soul takes place in four over-water treatment suites which offer inspiring views of sky and ocean. Explore the holistic treatment menu which incorporates the powers of botanicals combined with entrancing healing traditions from Africa, using local herbs and plants. Organic and natural spa therapies offered by Elemis, TheraNaka and Coola. The over-water open-air pavilion hosts complimentary daily yoga or meditation sessions where all you have to focus on is your mind, body and soul.

Milaidhoo Island, Maldives - Spa Treatment Room
Milaidhoo Island, Maldives – Spa Treatment Room

HOW: Milaidhoo can be easily reached via a 30-minute seaplane from the international airport in Male or a 15-minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo domestic airport in Baa Atoll, followed by a 15-minute speedboat to Milaidhoo Island.