Less is more on this small coral island, which combines a chic design with an unspoilt setting.
One of the newest additions to the Maldives's five-star resort portfolio, Faarufushi brings barefoot luxury to the remote northern Raa Atoll. There's a real focus on simple indulgences here; the minimalist design is a delicate addition to the island's natural beauty and there's a fantastic house reef which is perfect for snorkelling. If all you want to do is as little as possible, head to the Nika Spa's treehouse-style couple's treatment rooms for an afternoon of indulgence and undisturbed relaxation.
Whether it's a beachside retreat offering total escapism or a sleek overwater villa that enjoys front-row access to the dazzling lagoon, all of the rooms here combine understated luxury with a chic design. Beach Bungalows have stylish open-air bathrooms, while the Beach Retreats have a private plunge pool. Ocean Retreats with Pool are all about the view, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an overwater deck. At the jetty's end, the Ocean Suites with Pool are more spacious and include a larger living area and overwater infinity pool.
There are three restaurants on the island, and all overlook superb views of the ocean. Iru is the main all-day dining restaurant, while Athiri is the casual beachside eatery which offers robatayaki, tapas and even wood-fired pizza. Eclipse is the island's signature restaurant; a crescent-shaped overwater setting which basks in uninterrupted lagoon views. Follow this with a post-dinner drink at the stylish Boli bar, an overwater lounge that offers you sunset views the whole year round.
In the less developed Raa Atoll
Good to know
Minimum stay: 5 nights 28 Dec-05 Jan; 2 nights 15-27 Dec and 06 Jan-31 Mar. Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.
80 contemporary bungalows, villas and suites
• Join a guided night snorkelling trip in the house reef* • Learn to kayak and paddle board in the surrounding lagoon* • Discover exotic marine life and underwater treasures on a guided dive with the PADI centre crew* • Head out on a catamaran trip to spot dolphins*.
3 restaurants, 2 bars
Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at Iru Restaurant.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
**Dine Around All Inclusive ** from £168 • Breakfast at Iru Restaurant • Lunch and dinner at any open restaurant • Selected drinks including selected wines, beer, liquors, soft drinks, juices and water • Minibar refilled once per day • Use of the spa's steamroom and pools • PETER diving (diving without tanks – air is supplied by a long hose to a floating tank on top of the water) once per stay (2020 stays only) • 1 x 30-minute catamaran trip per room per stay • 1-hour stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking per day • 10% discount on spa treatments • In-villa check-in.
*Denotes local charge