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July 09 2019
Our Director Louisa recently visited the beautiful resort of Vakkaru in the Maldives. Not only does it tick all the barefoot luxury boxes, it also offers a plethora of ultra-immersive experiences for both couples and families - whether you’re feeling energetic or ready to relax!
Published: July 09 2019
Vakkaru, just a 25 minute seaplane journey from Malé International Airport, boasts one of the most stunning locations in the Indian Ocean and is well-known for its impeccable natural beauty. This luxurious resort lies within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll in a reef island composed entirely of sediment produced on the surrounding coral “faru” or reefs - 85% of it is suggested to be by parrotfish - the fish grind up coral during feeding and, after digesting the edible content, excrete the rest as sand, creating the powder soft, brilliant white sands that encircle the island. Venture here when the plankton blooms during the months of May to November attracting scores of mantas, often accompanied by whale sharks feeding alongside. Drawing on the rich traditions of the locale, interior design elements at Vakkaru are focused on Maldivian style fused with the finest natural elements to preserve the integrity of local architecture with a contemporary style. This results in beautiful, relaxing spaces for guests to kick back in and enjoy.
Whether you are travelling as a couple on a romantic break, or in a larger group with family and friends, Vakkaru offers a superlative choice of accommodation types. Fashionable design elements, impressive room sizes, exquisite high thread count pure cotton bed linens and an array of recreational activities await you. In-room features in all the villas and suites include complimentary Wi-Fi, espresso machines, sun beds and yoga mats, a beach bag and flip flops, bicycles and your very own butler service.
Year-round endless aquatic adventures include snorkelling on the house reef, sunset fishing, dolphin cruise, diving off many incredible sites close by with accredited PADI dive instructors or total immersion in the array of uplifting spa treatments available at Merana Spa. Alternatively, choose from a host of water sports, including sea bobbing, jet skiing, catamarans, kayaks windsurfing, kite surfing, paddle boats and expeditions with a marine biologist. The Young Divers’ Introductory programme starts from 8 years old. From adventurous trips like parasailing to catching a magnificent fish which the chef will prepare for your evening meal, there are so many experiences to immerse yourself in at Vakkaru.
The Coconut Club is a family-friendly space boasting an array of activities, including pool tables, table tennis, football, board games, as well as a quiet reading area. The club is open 24 hours a day. The Parrotfish Club is open 8.30am – 6.00pm - this fun and vibrant kid’s club offers fantastic opportunities for children aged 3-12 years. They can take a break from the sunshine and enjoy activities such as indoor crafts and cooking classes, or there’s a great outdoor play area with a pool. The resort can also book you on a dolphin spotting or traditional Maldivian pole fishing excursion.
Couples can enjoy lots of romantic experiences together such as private dining around the island, or perhaps a ceremonial vow renewal with coconut tree planting, private sandbank lunches, couples’ spa treatments or simply revel in the privacy and intimacy of your own luxurious Overwater or Beach Villa.
To find out more about booking this amazing resort and any current offers, please contact Louisa on 020 8935 5779.
Hanna joined Go Bespoke in February 2018 and has over 15 years’ experience working in Marketing & PR. She studied Modern Languages at University, and lived in Granada in Spain before working for a city-based tour operator and then at Orient Express. Hanna is our resident Spanish speaker, and also speaks French and a bit of Portuguese. She looks after all our social media and marketing collateral, including the website and anything visual that you might see!
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