LUX* North Male Atoll in the Maldives, designed by Singapore-based Miaja Design Group and inspired by James Bond, is certainly fit for a movie star with its crisp, contemporary white design, setting off the glittering blue of the ocean beyond. LUX* North Malé Atoll offers hospitality that’s all-new for the Indian Ocean, ripping up the rulebook with innovative nautical forms and an all-new interpretation of the Maldivian experience.
Penthouse in paradise
‘Awestruck’ is reportedly the word first guests used when describing their reactions as they stepped off speedboat and seaplane. In true LUX* style, the warmest of welcomes greets guests, along with Maldivian drumming and dazzling dancers in colourful sarongs. Coconut palms gently arch over pathways leading to the beach and over-water villas, evoking a sense of exploration as discerning guests seek out their private hideaways hidden beyond the hibiscus. Simple yet refined, all 67 villas are outrageously spacious, with bathrooms as big as the bedrooms and large outdoor showers. Expansive terraces are perfect for celebrations: host exclusive barbecues or a special-occasion party on your own penthouse rooftop.
A private view of the finest landscapes
Walk the outer loop in less than half an hour. On the island, villas feel like your own private world within a soul-stirring tropical setting. Every rooftop promises a different perspective on Maldivian panoramas, where the only movement you’re likely to see is birds swooping into the foliage or dolphins rippling the water’s surface. The Indian Ocean’s palette is never predictable and always enthralling: in that always-summery sunshine, the sky and sea can be a deep, deep blue; in the evening, that same landscape is resplendent in pastel pinks and purples. Stroll white sandy beaches and beautiful shells will insist you pause to admire them. Step out from any edge and go snorkelling and tick off tropical fish from a lengthy checklist. Dolphins, stingrays and turtles are among the characters in this thriving reef, brought to life by the on-site marine biologist.
Dynamic dining, unrivalled service
Float through a resort which celebrates nature at its purest; yet thanks to the LUX* spirit, you know this is an island which thrums with heart and soul. Never formal or fussy, the team presents a unique style of service, which demonstrates unswerving attention to detail and a dedication to anticipating every need in advance.
Healthy indulgence is the theme of the eating and drinking at LUX* North Malé Atoll. Breakfast is a tempting spread of colours, flavours and cuisines; lunch and dinner, and everything in between, is à la carte. Much more than a place to pause for mealtimes, Glow gazes out at an awe-ensuring infinity pool, which melts into the lagoon. Here in the restaurant, culinary experts host masterclasses, sharing skills and secrets.
Inti is also utterly inventive, serving plates large and small of Peruvian-Argentinian-Japanese delights, blending Latin American flavourings with Asian seasonings. At Beach Rouge, splashes of red accenting the vibrant blue are a welcome surprise. Here’s where you’ll find the more sociable islanders, eating, drinking and soaking up Vitamin D from a sun lounger. It’s a scene for lazy lunches and suppers under the stars. Let the live band or DJ lure you onto the dancefloor later with Beach Rouge’s signature sets of upbeat house and gentle electro.
Nature-enhanced spa time
Floor-to-ceiling windows and first-class therapists are features of the LUX* ME spa, set along its own jetty. On the opposite end of the island to the beach club, it’s a corner of complete calm where views are only ever interrupted by elegant long-winged birds gliding across the horizon. Those who like their luxury served with kindness and care, be assured this resort is sensitive to the environment, conveying where it can that life is best lived with a conscience. There are no single-use plastic shockers or disposable containers, instead offering refillable glass water bottles and ceramics. In the boutique, guests will spy only sustainable fashion brands.
Go with the flow
Time at LUX* North Malé Atoll is free of fixed schedules. Stand-up paddleboard when the mood takes you, or be whisked away to a secret sandbank for sunset cocktails. Pad around the island to find ICI for an exotic house-made ice-cream. Or charter a superyacht and let the captain chaperone you to Turtle Point, a sanctuary for marine life.
Rates start from $1,456 AUD per double room accommodation villa per night on a Bed & Breakfast basis (excluding taxes, service fee & transfers). For more information, visit luxnorthmaleatoll.com.