Hideaway Beach Water Villas and Facilities
The whole concept of the Maldivian vacation is a memorable experience of unwinding and relaxing on your very own tropical island hideaway. Though in high season the crowds of tourists in the major tourism areas will tell you otherwise, so how many of these luxurious resorts and lavish boutique hotel resorts are actually hideaways? On top of that, are the prices being marked-up just because it’s Maldives sound reasonable?
Well if you’re looking for true escape to just get away from it all, for real this time and you’d like ensure that every penny is worth it, then there’s no better resort than Hideaway Beach Maldives. True to its name, the resort is located in one of the furthest removed atolls from the main tourism clusters. That is another magic of the Maldives, where remote doesn’t equal to drop-in service and quality. This luxury island resort has incorporated their own stylish flair with the classic coral-walled, thatch-roofed traditional Maldivian architecture to create contemporary and sleek accommodation. After the renovation in 2014, the resort completely revamped and upgraded and is now an only-suite luxury resort. No such low-tier entry level villas at Hideaway Beach as the starting villas themselves are already quite luxurious themselves. So check out their charming overwater villas and suites that unabashedly exude opulence!
Deluxe Water Villa with Pool
There are 50 units of these villas where sleek contemporary design meets the traditional rustic touches of the coral walled Maldivian houses in this spacious water suite that covers a total are a 190 sqm. Ideal for the modern-day romantics who prefer an interior setting that combines both modernity and chic. An elegant wooden and white color scheme and furnishing, with the chalk white walls to emulate the Maldivian homes of old and a wood floor to add to the rustic theme that coats the villa. The ceiling in the large bedroom has a section that’s completely wooden, which is a lovely touch meant to embellish the atmosphere that the villa creates. There are full-sized windows to fill the room with light and to provide the mesmerizing scenery that you flew so far to see. Moreover, there’s also a charming little study along with every convenience and comfort that one can expect from a luxury resort. Connected to the huge bedroom is another large area dedicated for the bathroom. There’s the same slanting wooden platform on the ceiling, cream colored tiles, a walk-in closet and a large jacuzzi style bathtub facing the large ceiling to floor window where you bask in the glory of the Indian Ocean. Finally, don’t forget the discreet personal butler you get to tailor stay and attend to your needs.
Step out from either the bathroom or bedroom, and you’ll find yourself on an expansive and spacious wooden deck slightly shaded by the tiled roof and given complete privacy by the wooden screens. Hideaway Beach Maldives seems to have gotten the water deck of the villas right, as the placement of the wooden screens can make the deck feel very cramped and the wrong placement where you can see the other villas will ruin the atmosphere of seclusion. Of course, the main selling point of the villas is the setting, offering the iconic overwater experience where you can relax either on the sunbeds or the sofa bed in an almost otherworldly ambience with the turquoise lagoon right on your doorstep. Like all great water suites, there’s also a plunge pool protruding into the lagoon, which is of above average size. Finally, there’s the quintessential steps that lead into the cerulean ocean that the villa so elegantly seems to float on.
Ocean Villa with Pool
The previous water villa might have satisfied and been enough for most honeymooners and romance chasing couples. In fact, even the resort states that couples will absolutely love it – and most do! But for the select few who are eccentric and have an even greater appetite for opulence and premium privacy, there are 5 Ocean Villas that have an additional 100 sqm for a bigger veranda and living room. These villas Set on the jetty that extends into the northern-end of the crescent shaped island, away from the many water villas on the opposite side of the island. They’re also neighbored by the 2 units of the two-bedroomed variant of these villas.
As you enter the villa, the first thing you’ll see is the full-sized glass window giving you a glimpse of azure water that your villa overlooks. Chalk white walls, lovely textures on the wooden floor and slanting wooden sections on the ceiling, rustic elegance is the only way to describe it. If you walk ahead you can either take a left to check out the living room which is basically as large as the bedroom of the other water villas. The living space feature a minibar, a few cabinets, a charming little dining gazebo and of course a large sofa placed right in front of the ceiling-to-floor glass door where you can marvel at the majesty of the magical Laccadives sea. The true magic however, is the unbelievable glass panel on the floor, where you can literally gaze at the underwater life in the lagoon below. After checking out the living room, you can head to the right and enter either the bathroom or the master bedroom. The bedroom has glass doors on both sides of the corner, filling it up with light and letting you admire the scenery. There’s a study, a table and some chairs and a dark blue rug for a finer touch. The bathrooms are completely different from the previous villas and are heavy in marble and ceramic with cream colors and a gorgeous, huge jacuzzi style bathtub. That tub is surrounded by glass windows to let in the views but also providing privacy by wooden screens a bit further away. Truly the perfect indulgence!
The wooden veranda larger than most villas in Maldives offer, with sunbeds, a dining gazebo and a large sofa bed. The pool is generous in size and though the deck is open, the wooden screens provide total privacy and since there aren’t that many units of these villas, that just boosts the atmosphere even more.
Hideaway Beach Maldives is situated on a lovely crescent shaped island called Dhonakulhi Island placed on the edge the Maldivian Archipelago in the northernmost Haa Alifu Atoll. The atoll itself has very few resorts, though plentiful in what it has to offer.
Those most guests might blanche at being so far removed from the international airport and increasing their already long journey by adding another 75-minute seaplane, those seeking true escape and unabashed luxury would happily make the trip. The island of Dhonakulhi is covered in a thick patch vegetation and while it is one and a half kilometer long, most of the resort itself is the natural surroundings. The Marina you’ll be arriving in is the first of its kind, thanks to the unique properties of the islands reef. The reef structure itself is divided into two distinct sections with a water channel in the middle, forming a completely natural barrier for the marina. There are no signs of erosion throughout the island and the house reef is quite unique. At some resorts you’ll have to go on an excursion to go see the amazing underwater world beneath the waves but here at Hideaway Beach, you can spot clownfish, baby sharks, giant clams, turtles, manta and eagle rays and many, many more less than 10 minutes away! Just pick a spot, put on some snorkeling gear and dive right in.
More Accommodation Options
The 50 Water Villas that were mentioned earlier dot the sides of the jetty that protrudes from southeastern tip of the crescent shaped island. The jetty itself also curves around, almost as if an extension of the shape of the island itself. The 5 units of ocean villas and 2 double bedroom ocean villas are not on the northern tip, but rather near it and right next to the jetty is the Hideaway Spa. There are many different types of beach villas and suites dotting the vegetation right behind the beach, completely surrounding the island.
There are 7 Sunset Beach Villas, covering a 130 sqm and tucked away in the greenery on the western side of the island. They feel more like homes rather than a hotel, and is just a skip away from the resort’s main restaurant. An upgraded variant from them are the 7 Deluxe Sunset Beach Villas on the western side but on the northern end of the crescent. There are 18 Beach Residences, larger than both beach villas, covering 215 sqm and for those seeking even further luxury, 2 Beah Residences with a gigantic Lap Pool. There are 7 Family Villas and 3 Double Bedroom Family Villas, both of them with private plunge pools. Finally, there are 2 units of the Hideaway Palace, a magical hideaway consisting of 3 separate villas and unbelievable luxury and opulence
The food is no less impressive at Hideaway Beach Maldives when it comes to service, delivery and the taste. Some resorts might use the space that the island offers to overwhelm guests with choice when it comes to dining outlets. However, they know that quality over quantity and that less is more with a total of 4 dining avenues and bars. Head west towards the middle of the crescent to reach the main restaurant, Matheefaru serves both breakfast and dinner in the classic buffet style with a variety of choice. There are themed buffets at night featuring live cooking stations along with two private over-water pavilions for intimate dining are available. Some guests don’t even try the other specialty restaurant as they were so happy with the main restaurant, and the pudding seems to be a favorite! The Meeru Bar and grill is a few minutes away, on the same side of the island is a wonderful place to unwind by the pool. They offer rustic pizzas from the wood-fired oven and succulent meat cuts from the Lava Stone grill along with the largest whisky and champagne collections in the Maldives! On the opposite side of the island is the restaurant for everyone who fancies Asian cuisine. Taste exquisite bold flavors of Asian cuisine in Samsara seated in its open-air terrace, perched over the blue lagoon where you can choose from a menu that offers a fusion of Indian and Japanese influences. Teppanyaki is a must try. Finally, to tick off all the luxury resort must-haves, there’s the Sunset Pool Café Beach Club. You can have lunch or dinner (or both) here, where you can dine at the poolside and enjoy the island’s stunning views whilst sampling taste-infusing dishes influenced from Asia and Europe.
Facilities and Experiences
The resort feature’s their very own Hideaway Exclusive Marina that is probably the first and only Marina of its kind in Maldives. So, Yacht owners can make a very dramatic and fashionable arrival to the resort and dock at the Marina. Just a stone’s throw away from the marina and reception is the MERIDIS Dive Center, which is PADI 5* Gold Dive Resort certified. You can explore the unrivalled underwater beauty of the Haa Alifu Atoll with professionals equipped with the latest diving gear. You have the choice of making short excursions or you may seek certification as a basic or master diver. There’s a Water Sports Center on the other side of the island for the thrill-seeking tourists and a sports complex stack middle of the island. The resort offers all kinds of fishing trips for the fishing enthusiasts, ranging from simple night fishing to big game fishing. There are three swimming pools, and a kids club that features fully supervised indoor and outdoor activities for kids aged between 3 and 12 years old. Furthermore, babysitting is provided upon request for a fee. Of course, the resort also offers amazing excursions providing those interested in culture to explore the local culture, dialects and cuisines. You can head to the Historical site of Utheemu, go on sunset cruises or have a private barbeque on a sandbank.
There are 12 comfortable private treatment rooms, a steam room, outdoor pavilion, manicure and pedicure station, a relaxation zone and retail area. The spa is located over the water, surrounded by the gentle sound of the waves. A professional team of therapists are dedicated to ensuring relaxation and rejuvenation of your mind, body and soul. The design is an inspiration of breathtaking natural beauty of the Maldives, sand, sun and sea themes echo throughout internal waterways and water walls, open areas and sandy floors. Combination of coconut and teak timber furnishing, sukabumi stone, java rosso tumble stone, sandstone, pink slate, onyx and silk fabrics offer a journey for the senses.