With a plethora of resorts eyeing for the top spot in the island nation of Maldives, The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah emerges as a clear winner. Scroll down below to know what makes this paradisiacal private getaway an ideal place to check-in for your next rebound vacation. By Bayar Jain
A short flight and a speedboat ride is all you need for a holiday underlined by serenity. Tucked away in the hidden spaces of Gaafu Alifu—the world’s largest and deepest atoll—The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah offers secluded vacationing draped in luxury—an experience that begins the minute you set foot on the tropical paradise. Sun-kissed sands, turquoise lagoons, and abundant foliage are the firsts of many to catch your attention upon reaching this property. Divine relaxation, tranquil views of palm-fringed beaches and bespoke hospitality signature to the The Residence by Cenizaro accompany next.
When at this quiet hideaway, you can choose from 173 exquisitely crafted villas. You can be assured to find modernised Maldivian natural interiors fused with luxurious comforts aplenty across all seven accommodation types available here. Deviating from rustic settings, the decor brings contemporary elements reflective of the island’s signature style, guaranteed to elevate your tropical vacation to a whole new level. Each space—paired with individual private pools gleaming amid lush greens and panoramic ocean views—come together to form the ideal mix for a heavenly secluded private sanctuary. Take the Sunrise Beach Pool Villa, for instance. Each of these beautifully appointed villas creates an intimate ambience ideal to soak in the natural landscape. Lagoon-facing bedrooms; spacious verandas; and indoor and outdoor showers are few of the other notable aspects. Picture a cocktail in your hand as you unwind in your private pool while the gentle swish of ocean breeze kisses your cheeks…blissful, isn’t it?
This exclusivity extends into the various dining options here too, where world cuisines are lovingly whipped. At The Dining Room, you can savour international flavours like Asian and Indian delicacies amid picturesque lagoon views. On the other hand, Li Bai celebrates classic Cantonese flavours (think dim sums, fresh seafood, and succulent meats) in a verdant garden setting. At Long Island, a seaside bar named after the English translation of Dhigurah, you can sip on artisanal cocktails while soaking in the sight of the sun-kissed expanse. Alternatively, you can head to the poolside Café del Sol to lay back and enjoy light meals and tapas bursting with Mediterranean flavours; or to the resort’s 42-metre infinity pool where The Beach Club concocts cocktails while chill music lingers in the background.
However, the epitome of luxury reflects in their Private Dining indulgence where the resort curates a feast based on individual preferences. Picture a private chef and personal butler attending to your meal in a setting of your choice—on the beach, at the gardens, or in your private villa.
What truly makes these dining offerings even better is the resort’s commitment to sustainable luxury. The Earth Basket initiative—a sustainability step undertaken by The Residence by Cenizaro—finds a resting place at this hideaway. With the roll-out of this initiative, most of the independent luxury hotels in the collection have introduced kitchen gardens to facilitate a cohesive environment for guests, staff, local communities and nature. While the resort’s food waste is composted in-house and subsequently used to nourish the kitchen gardens, the produce obtained is then translated into delicacies as a true farm-to-table experience. At this Maldivian private retreat, you can not only explore these verdant gardens, but also pick your own local harvest to whip up a nutritious lunch at the Earth Table, courtesy a cooking lesson with in-house chefs.
At an alluring luxury hideaway such as this, it’s only natural for the amenities to be equally stellar. Boasting to house the country’s only Spa by Clarins, when here, you can opt for a rejuvenating wellness experience at a world-class sanctuary. Designed to refresh every pore of your being, their bespoke packages interlaced with the gentle lapping of the waves make for the ideal environment to switch off and slip into serenity, seamlessly.
Being surrounded by the big atoll lends itself to various water activities waiting to be experienced, and The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah has this in abundance. Think setting sail at sunrise for bottom-line fishing; saying hello to bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the ocean; snorkelling among schools of fish and rainbow corals; diving into the pristine underwater world; and more. Those looking to relax can opt for complimentary scheduled yoga lessons at an in-house yoga studio, or explore their sister resort on Falhumaafushi island via a kilometre-long private bridge. While the elder folks can try their hand at a Maldivian cooking class, the younger ones can create crafts under the guidance of professionally-trained facilitators at The Turtle Kids Club. Wedding ceremonies, salon facilities, an in-house gift shop, and poolside sorbets and ice lollies complete the enjoyable offerings.
Understanding that the new-world vacationing requires added hygiene protocols, The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah has undertaken various steps to put guest safety on priority. All staff is tested upon arrival; mandated to use a face mask and gloves; trained on social distancing, PPE-use, and disinfection procedures; and made to record their temperatures. An on-site doctor to monitor guest and staff health is also available. For guests, a care package comprising of a face mask and sanitiser are provided on arrival, while disinfection drives are carried out after every airport or speed boat trip. Similar routine disinfection acts are carried out at other premises of the property, such as restaurants, kitchen, spa, kids club, rooms, and the front desk. All diving gear provided is thoroughly disinfected too after each use. Each public space such as restaurants and lobbies have been redesigned to pave the way for social distancing norms.
So, if you’re looking for a romantic private sojourn or a fun-filled family vacation, The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah is your calling. And now you can even stand a chance to win a three-nights couple stay here, thanks to a special Christmas giveaway. Head here to know more!