28 February 2021
Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, Maldives
This home-grown Indian Ocean brand is insistent on remaining close to its roots by offering authentic experiences, dining and design at the same time as providing a premium all-inclusive offering that represents great value for money. At the heart of the experience is genuine hospitality from the wonderful locally and internationally sourced teams and local activities that allow guests the opportunity to see the real Maldives that so many visitors to this region miss out on.
Atmosphere Kanifushi and Varu by Atmosphere are among the finest luxury retreats in a region with quite some opposition, while the group’s OBLU Helengeli Island and OBLU Sangeli are sub-brands with a similar proposition. Whichever you choose to stay at, you can count on generous all-inclusive packages based on the promise of ‘no surprises, no shocks or hidden costs’, heartfelt service, gorgeous designed contemporary accommodation and delicious fine dining.
With an idyllic setting in the sparsely populated Lhaviyani Atoll 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé, this private-island getaway combines tropical R&R and fabulous cuisine (including the Maldives’ first and best vegetarian restaurant) with boat trips to the nearby islands of Naifaru and Kurendhoo. Here, you can make lasting memories together interacting with the local community, supporting local businesses and learning about conservation efforts at the Atoll Marine Centre.
Set on a sparkling two-kilometre lagoon, this contemporary resort also involves guests in the local environment, culture and heritage with on-site offerings including weekly Maldivian nights and demonstrations. Teens and adults can get together to enjoy daily activities ranging from beach volleyball to sunset fishing and non-motorised water sports, while the youngest guests love the nature walks and the likes of sand art and palm-leaf origami at the kids’ club.
Varu by Atmosphere
Opened to great acclaim in late 2019, this chic resort on the north-west edge of Malé Atoll, 40 minutes by speedboat from Malé, is beside a manta-ray spot where you can snorkel courtesy of the water-sports centre. Other non-motorised water-sporting fun includes diving, wind-surfing, SUP paddle-boarding and canoeing, and there’s one complimentary sunset fishing trip per guest as well as excursions including dhoni night cruises in one of the world’s very best spots for stargazing.
Sociable dining takes place in four restaurants that together include contemporary Maldivian cuisine and local seafood, and in two bars, one overwater. Younger visitors can make new friends in the kids’ club, while frazzled adults make for the sublime spa. Inspired by local heritage and culture, the overwater and beach villas and suites are veritable cocoons rich in wood, stone and other natural materials.
Good to Know
Atmosphere has partnered with Diversey, a pioneer and leader in smart sustainable cleaning and hygiene solutions, in employing products, processes and practices that align with World Health Organization and Centre for Disease Control protocols.
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