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New places to fly and flop

There’s a rush of new resorts in the Maldives

New places to fly and flop

Image: Klaus Lorke

December 22 2011
Sophy Roberts

In the Maldives, new openings are pulling away from the rustic style of the likes of Soneva Fushi, where open-air bathrooms and raw woods were once the height of fashion (and remain so for those who like their Indian Ocean experience aired by trade winds). The trend peaks with a rush of new resorts in the southern atoll some 400km journey from the capital, Malé.

Just opened is Jumeirah Dhevanafushi (www.jumeirah.com; from $2,000), while Alila Villas Hadahaa has been sold to Hyatt and relaunches as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa (www.maldives.hadahaa.park.hyatt.com; from £616). This notion, recasting the old as something new, is very present as a saturated luxury market sees that it is just as sensible to spend on existing infrastructures as it is to build yet another resort.

Pictured: a reception area at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

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Resorts, Maldives