When you can’t make it to the azure blue waters of the Maldives, your best bet is to bring the beautiful seas to your living room. These virtual tours of two gorgeously calming resorts are doing just that! All you need to do is plug in your ear phones, and tune the world’s chaos out. By Bayar Jain
1. Soneva Fushi
When at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, the sounds of the crashing blue seas echo through your mind. However, when you can’t hear that up close, an armchair tour of the serene property is ideal. Dotted with water features such as fountains and water slides, and donning tinges of earthy tones in each of its corners, Soneva Fushi is all about living the ‘natural’ life. Think bamboo tables in the restaurants, birds doubling as neighbours, expansive ocean views, cycling around the forest, or simply marvelling at the gorgeous fauna that surrounds you. Perched on the white sanded Kunfunadhoo Island Baa Atoll of Maldives, Soneva Fushi – with its luxurious beachfront villas – is the dreamy escape we could all use once the lockdown ends. After all, being surrounded in the lap of nature is the dream right now.
Despite being shut temporarily, the hospitality and courteousness of the LUX* South Ari Atoll lives on. Understanding the need to maintain social distancing, the hotel urges everyone to stay indoors so they can ‘get back on a plane.’ After all, one wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance to explore the four-kilometres of white sandy beaches and charming water villas that the resort offers. At the end of the lockdown, water sports, beach parties, delicious food, candlelight dinners, and soothing massages await at the Maldivian resort. The key to unlocking this dream destination, however, lies by staying indoors and celebrating life – a mantra LUX* South Ari Atoll imbibes to the T.