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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