Secluded chic on an unspoiled island paradise
If you have always fantasised about running off to an unspoiled island paradise and being cocooned in luxury, then dream no longer
Amilla Beach Villa Residences, located in Maldives’ Baa Atoll, are the crème-de-la-crème of laid-back luxury and the epitome of secluded chic. Powdery white coral beaches fringed with stately palm trees and warm aquamarine waters teeming with exotic flora and fauna are literally at your doorstep. A half-an-hour flight from Male International Airport by seaplane or a combined domestic flight and a ten-minute speedboat ride is all it takes to get you to the ultra-luxe Baa Atoll island.
Eight glorious residences – six 4-bedroom (Villa Residences), one 6-bedroom (The Amilla Villa Estate) and one 8-bedroom (The Great Beach Villa Residence) – make up this private beachfront enclave. All villas are equally sumptuous and lavishly decorated. The Villa Residences are an ultra-modern Miami-style architecture with stunning minimalist design. The Amilla Villa Estate has an Asian-style structure with elegant interiors. The Great Beach Villa Residence – the largest of the eight-hyper luxury properties –- creates a statement with sleek contemporary lines and gleaming marble floors. The Amilla Villa Estate and the Villa Residences each have an 11m pool on the beach, and The Great Beach Villa Residence boasts a 20m lagoon-style swimming pool. The beachside hammock also demands you to sneak a siesta and enjoy the gentle ocean breezes.
Each villa comes with private butlers, gourmet chef and an accomplished katheeb (house master, Amilla-style). It is through the staff that guests experience the true Maldivian soul. Your katheeb will be happy to arrange hearty breakfasts when you rise; snorkel masks to explore the surrounding marine life; sunrise fishing trips; or a soothing scented bath for your return. No request is ever too much. You can stock your residence kitchen according to your taste and preference, with two extensive grocery lists – Providore and Providore Gourmet – provided for you to order your favourites. All items on the Providore list are complimentary, while the Providore Gourmet list of premium products such as meats, seafood, cheeses and caviar are charged to your account. Guests also receive complimentary daily afternoon tea pastries and pre-dinner cocktail snacks.
A dining experience at Amilla is both sophisticatedly refined and heartily satisfying, and the exquisite creations at each restaurant in Amilla display the culinary team’s finesse. Rising on stilts over the lagoon waters, and surrounded by powdery-white sand, Feeling Koi is modern and intimate. Beyond its serene surrounds and laid-back tropical interiors, Feeling Koi charms with family-style dining inspired by Japanese Izakaya, playfully combining the flavours of Japan, Mexico and France. Under the wings of Executive Chef Simon Joublanc, you are in for an epicurean treat. For sundowners or pre-dinner cocktails, head to the restaurant’s idyllic rooftop cocktail bar with its breathtaking views. Even over a moonlight-bathed view from your dinner table, the food takes centre stage here.
Bordering the enormous swimming pool are the restaurants and bars of Baazaar, Amilla’s culinary and social hub. Although Grill, Wok, Fish & Chips, Joe’s Pizza and Fresh share a common lunch menu, each has its own dinner menu and distinctive decor. Whether you choose to sit in cushioned comfort under the cool of a fan, on the sand under the shade of a palm tree, or even on an island in the pool, Baazaar will have a tantalising menu to suit your mood. The experienced mixologist at the Baazaar Bar serves wicked cocktails, too.
You can always stock up with fresh fruits, gourmet preserves, vegetables, baked goods and artisanal treats at The Emperor General Store, or visit the gourmet café and deli after siesta for a cup of freshly brewed coffee, a gourmet sandwich and a scoop or two of gelato.
Connoisseurs of fine wine will find plenty to please their palettes at The Wine Shop and Cellar Door. The wine library carries more than 250 labels from around the world, with a capacity for 8,000 bottles. Apart from regular curated wine tastings accompanied by artisanal cheeses and charcuterie arranged by the bodega, hosting your own wine evening is easy too, with wines available by the case or single bottle. As the extensive wine list opens the door to unique pairings, the only limit is your imagination.
If all that is not enough, parked outside is your own Rolls beach buggy, and bicycles to explore Amilla Fushi’s astounding facilities, with world-class restaurants, countless diving, water and land-based activities, kids club, beach club, plus a first-class spa, gym and wellbeing centre.
A plethora of water and land activities are available to enjoy the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Marine activities such as dive and water sports, snorkeling trips and excursions are curated by the HUB (Home of the Under-water Biosphere), marine biology and managed by the Dive Butler International team. Dolphin watching, sandbank visits, turtle safari, manta swimming, full moon cruise – there is an excursion for every age, day and night. Also a paradise for divers and snorkelers, you may have the chance to spot Hawksbill turtles or the resident Guitar Shark at the Blue Hole, and Manta Rays in Hanifaru Bay. You can also exercise in style in this idyllic island setting with land activities such as badminton, volleyball, table tennis, frisbee, football and tennis with Amilla’s Jim Courier tennis pro.
To soothe your soul, Javvu Spa, hair salon and barbers, a beauty bar, an ocean-front sauna and steam rooms with dipping pool provide you with the ultimate beauty and relaxation experience.
Special introductory rates apply. Stay from now until 31 March 2017 and receive 40 per cent discount (excluding Christmas and New Year season – 20 December 2016 to 10 January 2017).
Location: Baa Atoll, Maldives
Getting there: Fly to Male International Airport and then take either a sea plane, private yacht or speed boat to the villas
Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals is Asia’s market leader in high-end holiday villa vacations. Established in 1998, the company has curated a spectacular collection of over 200 private luxury villas in Bali, Lombok, Phuket, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, offering a diverse range of holiday experiences from absolute beachfront to rural escapes; from honeymoon hideaways to 9-bedroom party pads; and from contemporary funk to traditional chic. All Elite Havens properties are staffed to the highest level, including villa managers, gourmet chefs and personal butlers.