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Loama Resort, Maamigili, Maldives

Maamigili, Maldives

by  Julie Baxter | January 2016

Beautiful and interesting, Loama offered many more activities than I was expecting. Fishing trips, sunset cruises, private island picnics, dolphin-spotting, diving and snorkelling – but also heritage insights at the informal museum, a village reconstruction and the gallery add a further dimension to a stay. Cookery classes and trips to meet the locals are also available. Private beach dinners and added touches are all delivered with style and attention to detail.

THE BACKGROUND: Opened in 2015, this resort offers 105 contemporary beachfront and over-water guestrooms. Beyond its stunning Indian Ocean location it has unique cultural and heritage credentials too, with the only official Maldivian art gallery outside of Male and a museum tracing the history of the Maldives and featuring historic items found during the resort’s construction.

THE LOCATION: Part of the Raa atoll, Loama is best accessed via a 40-minute seaplane ride from Male or by speed- boat from Ifuru domestic airport.

THE ROOM: My beach villa was nestled amongst lush tropical foilage, just minutes from the resort centre and overlooking its own private deck and beach frontage with loungers.

Floor-to-ceiling windows offered a great view from the expansive four-poster bed, while teak furnishings combined with a contemporary decor. The large open-air bathroom included a deep bath, traditional shower and exhilarating, ‘waterfall’ with bamboo screening and landscaping.

KEY FACILITIES: The beach, with its teeming reef, was the star attraction for me but the large infinity pool also offered awesome views of the vast horizon. The signature massage combined Swedish and Thai techniques in the Loama Spa, where treatment beds look down over the fish and corals.

THE RESTAURANTS/BARS: The Iru Cafe overlooking the infinity pool was a great option for lunch; while the Athiri Club offered all-day dining. The Thundi features authentic Thai fine dining but my favourite was Meyzu, serving freshly-prepared Japanese cuisine. The Marha Bar offered the chance to sample cocktails with sand between your toes.

THE RATES: Prices start from around $430 a night (approximately £289).

THE DETAILS: A: Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili, Raa Atoll; T: +960 6588100; W: loamahotelsandresorts.com

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