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    Dining in the Maldives is an experience at H20 Restaurant. images courtesy Visit Maldives

    In the time since Australians could make their way to Maldives, five new resorts have opened their doors and are awaiting our bare feet.

    Kagi Maldives Island: A resort best suited to couples, the five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island takes guests on a curated wellness journey. It is an intimate all-pool-villa resort, bringing understated luxury and elegant simplicity to the Maldives.

    Kagi Maldives. images courtesy Visit Maldives

    Patina Maldives – Fari Islands: Patina Maldives, Fari is the latest hospitality concept by Capella Hotel Group. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, Patina Maldives offers 90 contemporary one- to three-bedroom beach and overwater pool villas, alongside 20 Fari Studios. Guests can immerse themselves through wellness journeys, interactive music programs, captivating culinary experiences, and bask in the light-filled James Turrell Skyspace pavilion.

    The Ritz Carlton Maldives – Fari Islands: The first Ritz Carlton in the Maldives has 100 overwater or beachfront villas where guests can enjoy the round-the-clock services of a dedicated aris meeha, or personal butler, who can organise activities such as Maldivian cooking classes, traditional drum performances timed to sunset, beach cricket matches or kids’ arts and craft sessions. This resort is suited for guests of all ages.

    Ritz Carlton Maldives. images courtesy Visit Maldives

    Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa: Inspired by the essence of the Maldives, Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is a playful sanctuary and a true castaway experience where guests can enjoy six restaurants and bars inspired by the passion for culture, cuisine and design. Located on Lhaviyani Atoll, guests can savour indigenous flora and fauna, a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs teaming with wildlife including manta rays and turtles.

    Le Meridien, Maldives. images courtesy Visit Maldives

    Kuda Villingili: A slice of paradise welcoming everyone, Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives is a private island where time and space are redefined. The island is home to the biggest pool in the Maldives and offers a wide range of activities including a world class surfing point, an incredible variety of dive spots, as well as seven dinning outlets varying from hawker style elevated street cuisine to fine dining.

    Jumeirah Maldives has announced it will open its doors next month, the newest hotel from the company behind several of Dubai’s most luxurious properties, including the famous sail shaped Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

    Jumeirah Maldives. images courtesy Visit Maldives

    Opening this month, Jumeirah Maldives will house 67 beach villas and overwater bungalows, each with private infinity pool and expansive rooftop. Located on an island in North Male Atoll, the property will be accessible by seaplane and motorboat, and all villas (available in one, two, and three bed configurations) promise panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The roof terraces all come complete with dedicated dining area, and three-bedroom villas also contain a private gym as well as a private dock for 90-foot boats.

    Staying true to the destination’s one-island-one-resort framework, Jumeirah Maldives will offer guests an array of on-site experiences including water sports, beach volleyball, billiards, and tennis at the resort courts. Other services include a 24-hour fitness centre, spa, and activities such as yoga classes, making coconut oil, and underwater photography excursions.

    Families are well catered for with a splash waterpark and indoor play area for kids, and outdoor cinema with a roster of films to keep everyone happy.

    For more personalised information, tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager

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