New places to fly and flop

There’s a rush of new resorts in the Maldives

Image: Klaus Lorke

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 (; from $2,000), while Alila Villas Hadahaa has been sold to Hyatt and relaunches as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa (; 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.