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Accommodation : Hotels

Name: Loama Resort

Location: Maldives

The Maldives really is paradise on earth. Perfect white sand beaches. Fish and rays that swim across coral reefs just steps from the shore. The almost luminous colours on these islands will make your soul dance with happiness and when England is shivering, there is no better escape than the Maldives. In fact, Loama resort features in our 10 best luxury hotels in the Maldives for a honeymoon.

Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili is one of the newest resorts on these islands. Located on the beautiful Raa Atol which is just 700 meters in length, Loama Resort is easily reached by a 45 minute sea plane journey. The island boasts a long history and several artifacts from the Ching dynasty were unearthed during the construction of the hotel. You will also notice a water well on the island circa 1500AD from when the island was used as a Buddhist refuge. Since completion, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili has been listed by Conde Nast Traveller Middle East as one of the Best New Hotels in the World and you can now book your own moment on these palm-fringed beaches.

Beach and Over-Water Villas
Loama Resort Maldives features 105 elegantly appointed beachfront and over-water guestrooms including 5 luxurious suites, each one commanding spectacular views of the shimmering Indian Ocean. Choose between Beach Villas each spanning 68.5 sqm, with outdoor deck and private outdoor bathtub nestled amidst lush natural foliage just steps from the Indian Ocean. Larger Beach Pool Suites include your own private pool (pictured above), where you can soak away your worries. Over-water Ocean Villas built on stilts, are described as “like entering a living rainbow”. When sunlight illuminates the crystal clear waters of the lagoon, a dazzling multi-coloured marine world springs to life. Ocean pool suites have all this as well as a private pool.

I particularly love the ocean view from the bathtub and the over-water hammock in the over water villas. Loungers are placed on each deck to enjoy the vista and steps lead straight down in to the water. Expect visits from cow-tail rays, needlefish, trigger fish and reef sharks. At night, manta rays sometimes swim beneath the villas attracted by the night light which remains lit as the sun goes down. A nice touch at Loama Resort is the twice daily room clean that helps combat the floor sand from your sea ventures.

Restaurants
There are 6 gastronomic venues at Loama resort which offer a variety of flavours from around the world, from authentic Thai to a delicious barbecue on the beach with spectacular ocean views. Iru Café is perfect for light poolside treats and an early evening cocktail. Thundi is a dinner-only culinary space allowing you to indulge in authentic fusion dining prepared by a Thai Chef and that celebrates its Asian roots. You can even wear your heels here because, unlike many of the other venues, this restaurant does not spill out onto the sand. Fazaa offers a delicious buffet with tables in the sand. Meyzu offers Japanese food in an open air lounge, and Marha Bar is perfect for snacks and cocktails.

Probably my favourite dining experience at Loama are the theme nights on the beach. Featuring exotic cuisine ranging from Indian-Maldivian classics, you can enjoy a seafood barbecue under the stars, whilst being entertained by lively local musicians.

Spa
Loama Spa provides the ultimate pampering experience for a complete rejuvenation of the senses. Over water cabanas allow you to see the reef while receiving a relaxing massage which is rather special.

Activities
A state-of-the-art Fitness Centre; meditation and yoga classes coupled with the 30-meter beachfront infinity pool will revitalise mind and body in a paradise setting. Ancient baths, the Loama Cultural Museum & Art Gallery, cooking classes, local village visits, sunrise and sunset fishing by traditional Dhoni, scuba diving, a Kids Club and private island picnic are just some of the other activities on offer. The water sport centre offers kayaks, paddle boards as well as a Jetski.

Everyone should visit the Maldives at least once in their lives. Their isolated nature separates you from the rest of the world and clears your mind. Feel the hot white sand slip between your toes and float your way to happiness in an azure blue sea. It seems like dream and yet it is real. Just go! I guarantee you will fall in love with these heavenly islands.

Loama Resort features in my pick of the top 5 best luxury resorts in the Maldives. Read more about the best beaches and luxury hotels around the world.

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