Snorkelling and diving in the Maldives
the Low Down
A sanctuary for family fun and unbridled adventure, The Residence Maldives on Dhigurah island flaunts a lush playground of outdoor adventures for young and old. Fusing traditional Maldivian aesthetics with modern motifs, the resort offers 173 sun-kissed beachfront and overwater villas, each with a private pool deck and panoramic ocean vistas.
Together with The Residence Falhumaafushi, the two islands make up one of the largest resort offerings in the Maldives. A jewel among a string of coral atolls, lagoons and white sands, this marine sanctuary boasts unspoilt coral reefs and spectacular marine life. Marvel at nature’s magnificence on a sunset stroll along the stunning 1km bridge connecting the islands as you spot turtles, colourful fishes and eagle rays.
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The Residence Maldives is located in the deepest and largest atoll in the world, Gaafu Alifu Atoll – and therefore the dream destination for diving – the resort is surrounded by pristine underwater landscapes and colourful corals filled with various marine life.
The Residence Maldives is made up of The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi and The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah. Both resorts are connected by the longest private bridge in the Maldives, allowing guests to travel between the two whenever they choose. Jump on a golf buggy with a member of the hotel team, cycle along in the sunshine or stroll hand in hand and spot the turtles, colourful fishes and eagle rays which swim underneath.
Two resorts in one – guests staying at either resort can cross and use the facilities and dining options of the sister resort, whether on half board or All-inclusive, providing guests a twin island experience in one stay.
Easily accessible from the private bridge, guests at both resorts have access to the small, yet charming, castaway island, situated between the two islands. The hotel’s dedicated team can create a bespoke experience for each guest, from organising a picnic lunch to hosting an evening BBQ. The perfect spot to wind down the day.
The 173 villas at Dhigurah offer an unobstructed view of the Indian Ocean.
There are 9 restaurants and 6 bars to choose from across both islands spanning cuisine from across the globe, which can be enjoyed by guests at either resort.
The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi and The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah are the only two resorts in the Maldives which have the exclusive Spa by Clarins, offering an array of holistic treatments, pampering massages, hair services and spa programmes. Featuring overwater treatment pavilions at both spas, daily sunrise and sunset yoga classes, seek solace for the mind, body and spirit.
The resort’s own PADI 5* Dive Centre provides beginner lessons for non-divers to guided dives for certified divers to explore the underwater world. With many dive sites untouched by mankind, divers and snorkellers alike can find various hard and soft corals, sponges, sea fans as well as trigger fishes, parrot fishes, fusiliers, tunas, turtles, barracudas, rays (eagle rays, sting rays, manta rays) and sharks (grey reef sharks, white and black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, leopard sharks).
The hotel cultivates their own herbs for the spa to incorporate into uplifting, health-focused beverages as well as producing house-made virgin coconut oil for its treatments.
The team have recently launched the Earth Basket programme, an island farm showcasing native produce that is then used in the hotel kitchens. The farms serve as immersive showcases of local biodiversity with head gardeners leading tours for guests to learn about the ecosystem and native plants. Cookery classes for children or adults can also be organised, incorporating this fresh produce into mouth-watering, Maldivian delights.
Accommodation: Precious privacy awaits you on the spacious two-kilometre-long island, within which nestle 173 exquisite villas, all with a private pool. Each villa is crafted from the finest local materials, fusing traditional Maldivian architecture with modern design and luxurious conveniences. Discover the perfect island hideaway for you and your loved ones, with uninterrupted sea views, in a beautiful garden setting, or floating atop the clear turquoise water of the lagoon. Wake up to a sun-kissed view of the Indian Ocean, and end the day with sunsets at your feet.
Location: The Residence Maldives is an exclusive retreat located in Gaafu Alifu – the largest and deepest atoll in the world. Connected by a one-kilometre private bridge to its sister resort The Residence Maldives Falhamafushii, together the two islands forms one of the biggest island resort offerings in the Maldives.
Getting there: The resort lies 380 kilometres south of the Velana International Airport. The domestic transfer to the Kooddoo Airport is a scenic 55-minute flight. Thereafter, guests can enjoy a 5-minute speedboat ride to the resort. A 90-minute direct transfer from the Velana International Airport to the resort is also available via chartered sea plane.
What to pack: Maldives essentials: Sunscreen, Sun Hat, Sun Glasses, Dry Bags, Wet Bags, Underwater Camera, Swimwear, Cover Ups, Summer Dresses, Flip Flops, Sandals, Dive Shoes. The specialty restaurant at the hotel has a dress code of smart casual.
Restaurants: Let the cool ocean breeze stimulate your appetite as you dine in the quiet of a garden, by the pool or with soothing lagoon views. The offerings on site allow guests to pair poolside relaxation with light meals and tapas at Café del Sol, experience exquisite Cantonese at Li Bai, spend a romantic evening fine dining under the stars by the water at The Falhumaa or sit in the swimming pool for a light lunch at The Beach Bar.
Spa: Exclusive to The Residence Maldives, it is the first and only Spa by Clarins in the Maldives and offers an array of holistic treatments, pampering massages and hair services. Linked to the mainland by a jetty, six individual pavilions overlook the serene waters of the lagoon. Special spa experiences in-villa and on the castaway island are also available. The large open yoga deck is the perfect spot to embrace spectacular views and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.
Signature Activities: Snorkeling Excursion: Take a boat out and explore the un- spoilt coral reefs nearby the resort on a snorkelling expedition.
Sunset Dolphin Cruise: Enjoy the scenic view of sunset onboard a dhoni boat enjoying a glass of sparking while looking out for dolphins along the way.
Big Game Fishing: Catch the rising sun over Maldives’ picturesque landscape, and with some luck, your triumphant big fish too.
Diving & Water Sports Activities
Turtle Kids Club – located at The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah – One of the largest in the southern atoll, the Kids Club is an oasis of fun and adventure. From nature walks and beach games, to arts and crafts and fun in the water, young guests will find plenty to keep them entertained, in the care of friendly and professionally trained facilitators. For children aged 3 to 12 years.
Babysitting will be offered at the kids club based on availability at USD 20++ per child per hour.
The Maldives enjoys a near constant temperature of around 30°C all year round. Its tropical climate has two distinct seasons: dry or northeast monsoon season from December to April, and the southwest monsoon season from May to November, which brings some rain.
Special Touches for all guests, all meal plans.
Smart TV in the bedroom, personal safe, coffee machine with daily refillable capsules.
Sustainability: The Residence Maldives has introduced a series of sustainability projects as further steps towards being more eco-friendly. Both hotels form part of ‘Protect Maldives Seagrass’ initiative launched by the Blue Marine Foundation and the Maldives Underwater Initiative and endorsed by the Maldivian Ministry of Tourism in an attempt to protect the delicate ecosystem of the marine life. The resort has also installed solar panels to produce its own electricity and to reduce its diesel consumption; introduced a rain water harvesting system; removed plastic water bottles and replaced them with glass with the introduction of the water recycling plant; recycled food waste into compost for the Earth Basket kitchen garden and started producing their own herbs, fruits and vegetables which the chefs incorporate into restaurant meals.
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