ADVERTORIAL • February 2020
Do you want to be whisked to paradise this Easter? Whether it’s with family or friends in tow, LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas specialise in the art of a big group getaway. We head to the Indian Ocean to find out more
Could there be anything more thrilling than calling this Indian Ocean hideaway your home-away-from-home? The new LUX* Beach Retreat is just that. The three-bedroom, three-storey villa has made a big splash in the world of Maldivian hospitality, and for good reason. From the big picture pleasures (spectacular design, private beach, infinity pool) to the extra special details (rooftop cinema screenings, personalised wake-up calls, 24-hour butler service), it's a private island experience with boat loads of luxury.
Think it can't get much better? Then just wait until you clap eyes on the LUX* Overwater Retreat. Looking as though it’s been freshly plucked from the Hollywood Hills, this exclusive villa is three storeys of unlimited privacy, decadent comforts, and turquoise ocean views, from the bath tubs to the bedrooms. The wrap-around terrace and rooftop are perfect for sunset barbeques, while direct access to reef snorkelling, glass walls and even a glass roof help to bring the beauty of the outside in. What's more, Retreat guests can enjoy a complimentary three-hour excursion on board the resort's new luxurious Lagoon 40 catamaran, which offers unparalleled views from its sun deck, alfresco dining area and an exhilarating overwater net.
Twenty different flavours of ice cream. A sumptuous barbecue on your private rooftop terrace. The aroma of fresh island-blend coffee in the morning, before candle-lit dinners with Peruvian-Japanese cuisine and exclusive South African wines come sunset… All guests staying at either the resort’s LUX* Beach Retreat or the elegant LUX* Overwater Retreat are invited to enjoy an all-inclusive package of gourmet proportions, that way everyone’s dream dinner is firmly on the menu. Additionally, those staying a minimum of three nights are even entitled to use the resort's very own luxury catamaran so you can pull up to dinner in style.
Secluded, private spaces mean that you and your group can relax until your heart's content, play your silliest games and dance the night away at your very own private party. At the LUX* Beach Retreat, unwind on 1,000 square meters of private, brilliant white beach – the embodiment of paradise. A dedicated island host makes sure everyone is comfortable, and is at hand to organise private sunrise yoga and massage sessions on your sky deck.
Diving. Snorkelling. Exploring the colourful and curious house reef just steps away from your room. Wakeboarding. Flyboarding. Kitesurfing. At LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas, there is invigorating fun to be had for anyone with a sense of adventure - be they young or young at heart. For smaller children, there’s no beating a messy art class or cake-decorating session at the PLAY kids club. After an energetic day, guests of the LUX* Overwater Retreat can speed back home via yacht or catamaran, and dock in their own private spot.
Whether you're cuddled up and watching your favourite film under the warm night sky, or kicking back and enjoying a mouth-watering picnic on a nearby sandbank (organised entirely by your island host), here, family memories are nothing short of magic. Another sure way to bring a smile to any family member’s face: at the LUX* Overwater Retreat – steps away from the house reef – look down and you’ll catch playful turtles swimming beneath your feet, or the occasional pod of dolphins passing by.