TOP SUITE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA SUITE
- Square footage: 5,382
- Nightly rate: $7,000 to $15,000
Number of rooms in suite: Three
Number of entrances to suite: One
Number of baths: Three
Suite style: Elegant, island-chic décor with beautiful, natural- colored furnishings and tropical accent pieces
Key selling points: This sprawling over-water villa—with a living room, two bedrooms, spacious his and her master bath- rooms and a glass-walled guest bathroom with infinite views of the Indian Ocean—leaves nothing to be desired. Breezy interiors with vaulted ceilings open onto a private sundeck boasting a 15-foot freshwater pool, two salas for outdoor lounging and a suspended deck with soft white sand. Completing the scene is an inviting hammock that sways over the beautiful turquoise lagoon.
Number of suites in hotel: 64 villas
SPA & FITNESS
Jiva Grande Spa: Located on its own private island, this sanctuary provides complete rejuvenation for body, mind and soul through holistic Indian therapies and treatments.
Among its many facilities are a yoga and meditation pavilion; a luxury hammam; two lavish over-water couple’s spa suites; a heat, hydro and relaxation pavilion; and a unique royal Indian mud and bathing pavilion. A special Ayurveda pavilion offers age- old therapies in consultation with the resort’s resident Ayurveda physician, and complimentary sessions of yoga and meditation are led by the resident yogi. Tropical-inspired interiors and spectacular ocean views round out this beautiful wellness oasis.
Signature treatment: Alepa
TOP RESTAURANT & BAR
The Deep End: Progressive world cuisine with European roots will entice your taste buds at this à la carte eatery whose menu offers a broad selection of meats, seafood, vegetarian options and fine wines.
The Equator Bar: A jovial mood pervades this cleverly named spot where traditional vintages, New World wines, cocktails and cigars accompany a vibrant soundtrack.
Private island dining: Choose your favorite spot on the island, and the staff will make it the setting for an unforgettable dining experience.
Recreation: From sunset cruises to seaplane photo flights, the resort ensures that you make the most of this haven, in the way that suits your interests. For those seeking more than a gorgeous beach, there’s a PADI-recognized dolphin base dive and water sports center, as well as soccer, beach volley- ball, game fishing, snorkeling and an array of indoor games including billiards. Culture and history buffs will enjoy guided trips to Malé and a Maldivian fishing village.
AWARDS & RATINGS
• Top 10 on the Gold List for Best Overseas Resort, Luxury Travel Magazine, 2011
• Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Asia, TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, 2011
• Award of Excellence for The Deep End, Wine Spectator mag- azine’s Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers, 2011
• World’s Best Luxury Villa Resort, World Luxury Hotel Awards, 2010-2011
• Top 16 Escapes for Grown-ups, Gallivanter’s Guide, 2010
• Top 10 Leisure Hotel in Africa, Middle East and Indian Ocean, Condé Nast Traveler UK Annual Reader’s Travel Awards, 2010
• Taj Hotels
• The Leading Small Hotels of the World