One of the newer luxury resorts to enjoy in the Maldives, Mӧvenpick is a truly delightful gem in the northerly and undisturbed Noonu Atoll, a 45-minute scenic sea plane journey from Male.
This pristine sanctuary is a tropic paradise, with silk-soft powder white sand beaches all around, flower-filled wide, dapple shade avenues and birds and fish galore. This very pretty island is small enough to walk around in 20 minutes – or triple that if, like us, you take time to admire the simply spectacular views and find shells at every few yards.
On the island, you have a host of large, spacious private villas with pools, large out door decks and direct access through little paths through the native hedging that gives privacy, to these gorgeous shores. Every thought has been given to perfecting the contemporary décor, and there’s even small roof top decks specially designed to enable you to sit with a loved one and gaze at the stars.
Leading out from the island is a horseshoe of lovely overwater villas. Perched over the sandy gin clear lagoon these are very modern, bright and airy, and come with infinity plunge pools which are large and just deep enough to sit in.
Split into two main areas, the villas have cosy but spacious welcoming bedrooms with a lounge/seating area and lagoon or ocean views, and across a glass bottomed hallway, a large bathroom with open bottomed area so you have the breeze and can hear the gentle ebb and flow of the sea below. Behind the bedroom is a sizable dressing area. The deck outside is large, and has some welcome shade, and depending on which side you are located on, either sunrise or sunset views.
If just relaxing on your deck isn’t for you, there’s plenty to see and do. Just taking a stroll around the resort is a delight, with a host of lovely features along the way. We loved walking to the end of our jetty where we discovered a picture-perfect swinging seat where you can while away time gazing out across the ocean, watching pods of dolphins’ swim by.
Head towards land, and you’ll find delights such as a wine and coffee lounge with a free and super popular chocolate hour, and the elegant Bodumas seafood restaurant offering delicious fine dining with lovely views. Turn left and you’ll see the kids club, and jetty with an excellent dive school and the place for breakfast on the beach, the charming market style Onu Marché offering a mix of western, oriental and local cuisine. Across the island is a stunning over water spa, and right, to find the main infinity pool and cocktail bar and Latitude 5.5 grill.
Our highlights were savouring sundowners on the beach watching THE most spectacular sunsets, strolling along the sandy shores at dawn watching terns dive for tiny fry, enjoying exceptionally fresh seafood at Bodumas, treating ourselves to massages in the spa, and snorkelling among every kind of rainbow fish from the pristine house reef. The Dive School here is excellent – every evening guests were excitedly sharing stories about the incredible sea life they had seen, and how absolutely stunning the house reef is.
One thing most worthy of a mention in our review of this lovely resort is the staff. We, and we know the other guests, received the warmest of welcomes and were very quickly made to feel part of the resort’s family by our villa hosts, chefs, dive school team and central services. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything came with a genuine smile.
We so look forward to visiting again to be wowed by the island’s incredible beauty, excellent dining, villas and spa and of course its unbeatable hospitality.
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