New Maldivian resort escapes the “traditional thatched villa vibe”

LUX* North Male Atoll is home to 67 double-storey penthouse residences

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LUX* Resorts & Hotels has steered away from the “traditional thatched villa vibe” synonymous with the Maldives for its latest property, which will open in the Indian Ocean on 1 February 2019.

LUX* North Male Atoll in the Maldives comprises 67 oversized, double-storey penthouse residences (each with private pool) that demonstrate a fresh, forward-thinking design for the Indian Ocean. 

Inspired by the curves, lines and impeccable finish of a luxury boat and its sails, the hotelier says it has taken years to perfect this resort on Olhahali, a six-hectare island fringed by white-sand beaches.

“We are so excited to be opening a truly different resort, which dares to get away from what we call the ‘sea of sameness’ with a thoroughly original approach to a luxury Maldivian holiday,” said Dominik Ruhl, COO of The Lux Collective.

“As well as offering a fresh alternative to the Indian Ocean’s traditional thatched villas thanks to our penthouses and nautical design, there are lots of impressive new services and surprises — all part of our intention to create an exceptional Maldives experience for those wanting uncompromising personal service and first-class facilities, as well as unexpected touches and a lighthearted atmosphere. Guests spending their precious time away with us can rest assured that the team at LUX* North Male Atoll will make every moment matter.”

Each of the residences sits on the beach or over the water, with living areas that are at least 350 square metres. The spacious villas host a choice of spaces in which to eat, drink and relax — from rooftop areas to sun terraces — treating guests to continuous panoramas of the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy intimate barbecue dinners in the privacy of your penthouse villa, have your personal villa host explain the Maldivian skies as you stargaze with a telescope, or simply summon the bartender to shake up your favourite cocktail right on your roof terrace. The oversized bathrooms with bath and couples’ rain shower are supplemented with an outdoor shower. A butler-style villa host will provide guests with all the assistance — or privacy — needed, and will never be short of ideas to make each moment on the island special.

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