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Escape to tranquillity at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives

As the only resort in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll, in the archipelago’s tranquil southern reaches, COMO Maalifushi is entirely surrounded by a thriving house reef. Under the waves, find a circus of branching corals, butterflyfish, parrotfish and octopus, while on land, life is more refined.

Elegant, understated and pared back, the 65 villas range from Garden Rooms in the island’s leafy heart, to one, two and three-bedroom overwater lodgings, each with sun-soaked deck, infinity pools and waterside cabins. Warm oak floor, limed-light furniture and white-netted beds don’t detract from the pure azure ocean, taking centre stage in floor-to-ceiling windows.

The tranquillity of the island lends itself to wellbeing, and relaxation-seekers can escape to the COMO Shambhala Retreat. Practice sunrise yoga in the open-air yoga pavilion or indulge in an Asian-inspired treatment, from Thai Massage to Taksu and Guinot Aromatic Facials.

Adventurous guests can embark on a snorkelling experience in the verdant house reef, kayak the lagoon, visit the Whale Shark hangout or stand-up paddle board, before taking to a traditional Dhoni for a splash-net dolphin-spotting cruise. Tai is the sleek Japanese restaurant, while Madi takes inspiration from the region’s fresh, topical produce and abundant seafood. The fish is served fresh-from-the-ocean across the island’s eateries, whether sushi and sashimi at Tai, or on the nutritious COMO Shambhala menus.

COMO Maalifushi is a 60-minute seaplane flight from Malé. Rooms start from £475 per night


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