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By Chris Boyle


The Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi Maldives, Spa Resort & Marina is a luxury boutique resort situated on the privately owned, uninhabited virgin island of Dhonakulhi, in the North Maldives.

The marina at Island Hideaway is the first of its kind in the Maldives, a natural harbor formed by the island’s unique reef system. The island itself, replete with rich vegetation and tropical fruit trees, is a haven of peace and tranquility boasting almost a mile of gorgeous beach on either side. The crystal-clear turquoise waters of the shallow, waist- deep lagoon that surrounds the island stretch as far as the eye can see. Enjoy all manner of excursions, from sunrise cruises and aerial photo flights to fishing trips and diving adventures, unwind at the divine Hideaway Spa by Mandara and delight in fresh, global cuisine.



  • Square footage: 15,285
  • Nightly rate: From $2,500 to $6,000

Living Room

Number of rooms in suite: Five individual villas (three with bedrooms) atop a beautiful timber deck, plus five private infinity pools

Number of entrances to suite: Two

Number of baths: Three, one for each bedroom villa, built according to the traditional Maldivian open-air concept, with Jacuzzi bathtub, two washbasins and open-air shower, plus Molton Brown bath amenities

Suite style: Uncompromising luxury and extravagance, showcasing tasteful and comfortable furnishings

Key selling points: The epitome of exclusivity and refinement, each award-winning Hideaway Palace beckons couples and families with unmatched space and privacy. Located near a golden natural sandbank, one faces the sunrise, the other the sunset, and numerous infinity pools of various sizes and depths give the impression of floating on water. Enjoy a master bedroom villa with massive circular bed, two guest king-size bedroom villas, an indoor dining pavilion with roof terrace, an al fresco dining pavilion on the deck and a Maldivian swing. Sleep under the stars, laze in the sun and indulge in personal gourmet meals.

Number of suites in hotel: Two


Deluxe Jasmine Garden Family Villa

Island Hideaway recently introduced three stunning new villas to its collection, each situated on almost 13,000 square feet of land. The two-story villas feature modern island interiors, two en-suite bedrooms, a living room, separate guest powder room and a 570-square-foot pool.



Hideaway Spa by Mandara: Pamper your body and soul in complete serenity.

Hideaway’s design and service style keeps in mind your need to escape, taking care of every detail unobtrusively, and capitalizing on its dramatic Indian Ocean location. The difference here is that the theme of warm sun, powdery sand and calming sea continues throughout with internal waterways, waterfall walls and open areas with sand floors.

Jessel Canter,Operations Manager




Roof Deck And Villas

Gaafushi Restaurant: Suspended above the beautiful azure lagoon and serving extravagant Asian and seafood specialties, Gaafushi offers a uniquely romantic fine dining experience.

Tyrone Carson,Manager



Matheefaru Restaurant: Expert chefs from around the world prepare sumptuous international and local cuisine for breakfast buffets and à la carte lunches and dinners.

Enjoy your meal on the newly extended terrace overlooking the blue horizon.

Meeru Bar: While away the evening with exotic drinks, savory snacks and fantastic sunsets at this beach bar that resembles a boat, with its deck extending over the water.



“Tender Hearts” Kids Club: Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., this kids’ paradise keeps your little ones engaged with creative activities and fun events, plus board games, bicycles and a playground complex.

Fishing Programs: The Maldives are heaven for fishermen, their waters teeming with yellowfin tuna, barracuda, jack fish, snapper, wahoo and more. Island Hideaway has an expert team on hand to assist beginners and accompany the pros on all manner of fishing excursions, be they at sunrise, sunset or during the day. The newest addition to the resort’s offerings is fly fishing, which requires different equipment, as well as a different approach to casting. Of course, the island chef will cook up anything you catch for a delectably fresh meal.


• Top 25 Hotels for Families in Asia, TripAdvisor, 2012

• Best Small Hotels in the Maldives, International Hotel Awards, 2011

• Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor, 2011

• Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator, 2010

• Best Spa in a Beach Resort, Senses Wellness Awards, 2010

• Best Leading Villa (The Hideaway Palace) in the Indian Ocean , World Travel Awards, 2009
Runner Up, Best Independent Hotel Worldwide, Luxury Travel Awards, 2008


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