When Perfection Isn’t Enough: the Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi, Maldives

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“Island hideaway” — doesn’t that sound like what we all dream of? The Island Hideaway is aiming to make those dreams come true, starting with its wonderful setting. Dhonakulhi is a large crescent-shaped island set in clear, turquoise waters of a shallow lagoon that stretch as far as the eye can see. As the site explains, “The island is unique in its reef formation; the reef system it sits on has a natural channel splitting it in two distinct parts, forming a natural harbor for the marina. In addition to coconut trees, banana trees, and rubber-tree-like vegetation, the Island is covered by uniquely rich tropical vegetation.” And…it’s a privately-owned island, ensuring the best in seclusion, tranquility, and serenity. Can it get any better than that? Yes, according to the Hideaway staff — who refer to their service as starting “when perfection itself simply isn’t enough,” promising “a whole new definition of sublime.”

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One unique touch: personal butlers who see your every need — literally. They meet you on arrival, take you through your accommodations, help you with your kids, bring room-service dinner, even snorkel with you or arrange excursions for you to explore neighboring islands! And all of this pampering is set up to be available 24/7. With villas of all sizes from multi-unit mansions to little garden nooks, this resort gives travelers options of staying literally on the water…having a spa treatment area included in your private villa…or enjoying your own private pool and open-air bathtub. At present undergoing some renovations, the Island Hideaway will soon become the Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa — but the luxury it has provided its guests in the past will no doubt continue in its new incarnation.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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