Custom bridge connects the two luxury hotels, providing access to exclusive island experiences
Gaafu Alifu Atoll welcomes summer at the opening of The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah, a private villa experience sprawling across the two-kilometre stretch of the island. More than 170 bungalows are spread over the beach, water, and lagoon locations, intermixing architecture against the lush tropical backdrop and powdery white sand shores. Thatched-roof huts surround the waters, each placed in either sunrise or sunset positions for the best views of the turquoise ocean. All villas are equipped with private pools, alongside the 42-metre infinity pool inside Dhigurah’s main resort.
There is no lack of water amusement here; fully equipped with its own water sports and diving centre, The Residence at Dhigurah impresses with an array of activities, from snorkelling to paddle boarding, kayaking and deep diving. Special programs embrace the beauty of bespoke opportunities, including one that highlights castaway experiences and intimate photoshoots. A secret location is set beside the bridge, allowing meditative moments of vibrant seaside picnics. Underwater ceremonies are endowed with a wedding cake and a speedboat ride to the venue, lavishing newlyweds with unforgettable romantic moments. Even kids are not forgotten; The Residence charms the younger crowd with its own Turtles Kids Club that offers recreational activities from beach trips to nature walks, as well as arts and crafts.
Surprisingly, one might be spending more time with their bikes. The second Cenizaro property is slated just beside its sister site, The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi, connected with an exclusive passage now considered to be amongst the longest of its kind in the island-country. When not under water, enjoy the temperate weather on a good stroll over the kilometre link, where one can traverse in between two locations to enjoy both of its offerings. The Singaporean hotel chain does not hold back with its many gifts, pampering guests with holistic massages in The Spa by Clarins, and six dining venues to stir the palette.
All-inclusive dining is one of The Residence’s best perks. Li Bai indulges with savoury Cantonese dishes, mimicking many of the meals featured in its counterpart. The Dining Room, an all-day eating experience, is lodged at the beachfront opening, serving a menu of local dishes and international cuisines. For a heaping of small plates and cocktails, head to Long Island, while poolside lunches and a tasteful rendition of Mediterranean tapas are served at The Beach Club’s Café de Sol. www.cenizaro.com ◼
© This article was first published online in Aug 2019 – World Travel Magazine.