This flexible island hideout ticks all the boxes for families, honeymooners and groups alike – without compromising on that trademark Maldivian experience
A string of palm-flanked beach villas are dotted along the main part of the island, flowing into a curving arc of overwater bungalows and a wooden jetty – the launch pad to the adults-only One Banyan Island. This emerald speck is the remote location of six Honeymoon Select Ocean Villas, complete with lagoon-facing beds and private pool. The Deluxe Beach and Water Villas also come with pools. This is a great Maldivian destination for families too, with all-inclusive dining and two-bedroom Family Suites with terraces and pools.
The transparent aquamarine waters of the lagoon are home to stingrays, green turtles and reef sharks – you can spot these even from the jetty and shore. However, snorkelling and scuba diving are the best ways to explore the rich marine life here. Snorkels can be borrowed from the resort as part of your all-inclusive package, as can stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and pedalos. Beach bums can pick from a trio of powder-soft crescents – kids will love the spiral water slide into the ocean – while two infinity pools (one adults-only) offer blue-on-blue idyll.
The day-to-night vibe transforms from chilled island hangout to a buzzy after-hours scene. Wake to a spot of sunrise yoga on the beach, kayak through the lagoon then while away an afternoon in the spa before dinner at one of three restaurants (one vegetarian). Live DJs then hit the decks by the pool, enticing night revellers to stay to a cool soundtrack and after-dark cocktails.
On the private island of Sangeli, at the north-western tip of the North Malé Atoll
Good to know
Minimum age 18 in Honeymoon Select Ocean Villas. Minimum stay: 3 nights in Honeymoon Select Ocean Villas.
137 rooms and suites
• Swim among brightly coloured reef fish on a PADI diving course* • Paddleboard across the lagoon past green turtles and rays* • Stretch it out with a sunrise Pilates class* • Head out on a scenic boat trip to discover remote islands.
3 restaurants, 3 bars
All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Courtyard • Selected drinks including spirits, wines, beers, cocktails, soft drinks and mineral water • 1 à la carte dining experience at both Simply Veg and Just Grill per stay • Afternoon snacks between 4-6pm at The Sangs • Snorkelling equipment • Non-motorised watersports including stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and pedalos • 1 sunset fishing excursion per guest per stay • In-villa minibar replenished daily.
*Denotes local charge