Lux Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its latest Maldivian opening, LUX* North Male Atoll. A short speedboat transfer from Male airport, the resort sets itself apart, with 67 contemporary whitewashed double-storey penthouses replacing the thatched-roof water villas that have become definitive of Maldivian luxury.
The vibrant South Beach aesthetic has been elegantly styled by Singaporean design house Miaja, who specialise in designing unique properties to reflect the beauty and charm of their surroundings. Inspired by the curves, lines and the impeccable finish of a luxury yacht, it has taken years to perfect this resort on Olhahali, a six-hectare island fringed by white sandy beaches.
Dominik Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer of The Lux Collective said: “We are so excited to be opening a truly different resort which dares to get away from what we call the ‘sea of sameness’ with a thoroughly original approach to a luxury Maldivian holiday.
Each of the residences sits right on the beach or over the water with vast living areas and roof decks, which allow guests to enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. With the roof deck and the assistance of a personal villa host, LUX* enables guests to host dinner parties, set up a private cinema, learn about astrology, or be taught to take photos of the night skies, all in the privacy of their own villas.
LUX* North Male Atoll has three restaurants and a beach club:
- Glow is the ultimate meeting spot overlooking the ocean and offering European classics through to South East Asian specialties. The all-day menu delivers the best in creative and international cuisine.
- INTI is the Peruvian-Japanese restaurant with a live sushi bar. Chef Gaston, the Maldives’ only Peruvian chef introduces guests to an exotic cuisine that fuses tastes from Peru, Argentina, Japan, Ecuador and Mexico.
- Beach Rouge is LUX*’s signature beach club, combining strong contemporary lines, a wood-fired pizza oven and Josper charcoal grill as well as incredible views over the infinity pool — all soundtracked by a live DJ.
- Barium is a secluded private dining experience space, featuring an underwater fish tank and located through a secret door in a hidden chamber. Here, personal butlers lead guests through tailor-made menus and world famous wines.
Set back from the resort, the translucent overwater LUX* Me Spa is its own paradise where the healing power of touch, water therapy, and breath-work come into play. Techniques for conscious breathing soothe the soul followed by flow yoga or aqua stretch sessions. Treatments including an aromatherapy scalp or grounding foot massage conclude the therapy.
Surrounded by a spectacular reef, guests can expect to find tropical fish, stingrays and the occasional pod of dolphins whilst exploring the island’s waters. For the more adventurous, there’s a world-class PADI dive centre and access to the Maldives’ famous shipwrecks and caves. The resort’s resident marine biologist is also on-hand to discuss LUX*’s coral restoration projects or discover turtles, spotted eagle rays, bannerfish and reef sharks who are all visitors to the house reef.
Breaking away from the traditional Maldivian ‘fly and flop’ holiday, there is plenty to do at LUX* North Male Atoll. Yachts are available for charter and these can be docked at the terrace of each water villa. The watersports team can also tailor-make activities for guests of all fitness and experience levels, including jet-skis, semi-submarine or flyboarding adventures, as well as SUP sessions and kayaking tours.
John Rogers, General Manager of LUX* North Male Atoll said: “We have carefully created a team that is dedicated to providing genuine, meaningful experiences and making each moment matter. I am proud and excited to help LUX* create a unique new destination in the Maldives.
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