The Hotel: Centara Ras Fushi Maldives
The five-star Centara Ras Fushi Resort is an oasis set on a crystal clear lagoon in North Malé Atoll. Guests are transported to this slice of paradise, located just a 15-minute speedboat ride away from Malé International Airport, for a getaway of complete bliss. Guests can leave their worries - and their kids - behind at this adult-orientated resort. 140 villas are scattered along the beach or perched over the glimmering waters of the lagoon.
Groupies enjoy a full meal plan at the resort with breakfast, lunch and dinner taken care of each day, paired with afternoon tea service and open bar. Feast on international, Asian and daily themed buffets at Oceans Restaurant. Stay hydrated throughout the day with open bar service and soft drinks and mineral water readily available. Work up an appetite swimming or snorkelling in the lagoon or exploring the world-class dive sites nearby.
Deluxe Water Villa
- Bed size/type: King or twin beds
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- This villa is set above the lagoon with steps leading down to the sea
The Area: North Malé Atoll, Maldives
North Malé Atoll is a collection of pristine, inhabited islands, the capital of which is Thulusdhoo. Located on the eastern edge, Thulusdhoo is renowned for the manufacturing of bodu beru, or big drums, and its salted fish warehouse. The capital also has a unique claim to fame - the only Coca-Cola factory in the world that uses desalinated water to create the much-loved beverage.
Himmafushi is another popular locale for tourists and excursions can easily be arranged from resorts close-by. Browse through the rows of shops that line the main street in town for inexpensive but authentic souvenirs. Pick up manta rays, sharks and dolphins carved out of rosewood by local residents. Those that take time out to wander off the beaten path will stumble upon a charming village complete with a cemetery full of coral headstones.