The Maldives may be swimming in new hotels this year, but the JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa shines bright. Just opened on Vagaru Island in the secluded Shavigyani Atoll, this dreamy escape features 60 spacious, luxurious villas and a host of top-shelf holiday indulgences. The resort’s eye-catching design draws inspiration from the local culture, with thatched roofs a nod to traditional dhoni boats (Maldivian wooden fishing vessels). Step straight onto the powdery sands from a Beach Pool Villa or slip into the crystalline waters from an iconic Overwater Villa. Private pools and wooden sunbathing decks come standard, with a choice of sunrise or sunset aspects.
For avid snorkellers, a natural reef teeming with marine life sits just off shore, while gourmands are also well catered for with five restaurants (including a fabulous Thai-themed treetop restaurant), three bars and 24-hour in-villa dining. Keep your wellbeing on course at the open-air, overwater yoga pavilion and sublime Spa by JW. Couples can also enjoy the adults-only infinity pool area, and clubhouse with a cigar room and shisha room. Just under an hour via seaplane north of the capital Male, this is ultra-romantic, picture-perfect Maldives.
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