Press Pause On The Real World With ‘Island Time’

At Olhuveli And Vilu Reef In The Maldives

Those wishing to put the trials of modern life on ice this summer should escape to Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort or Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort in the sparkling Maldivian archipelago. These island retreats have their very own time zone, an hour ahead of the capital Malé. Locals call this extra hour of daylight ‘island time’, as it provides guests with more opportunity to enjoy the day sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling, and promises lighter evenings for sunset cocktails.

With the perspective firmly on you-time, guests can forget about work and deadlines, and enjoy languishing in the longer days ‘island time’ offers. Whether a leisurely lie-in under crisp cotton sheets in one of Vilu Reef’s luxury water villas is the order of the day, or an early morning swim across Olhuveli’s crystal clear lagoon is the ideal way to wake up, there is time to do either before breakfast. Island time provides the perfect sunshine alarm clock!

Enshrined in magic and legend, the Maldives is a natural marvel of deep-blue seas and beautiful beaches, with an adventurous history harking back to trade-route explorers, when seashells were once the currency. This dreamy paradise offers the essence of idyllic living, thousands of miles from the caffeine-hungry, 24/7 world of real life.

Located in South Malé Atoll, Olhuveli offers stunning beaches, abundant sandbanks and facilities and activities to suit every visitor - from couples wanting to reconnect, to families needing respite and relaxation. While Vilu Reef, situated in the remote South Nilandhe Atoll, is surrounded by lush green vegetation, tall coconut palms and a beautiful beach of sugar-white sand, providing the ultimate ‘Robinson Crusoe’ escape.  It’s also a great place to avoid the busy UK during the Olympics!

Both resorts boast a selection of restaurants and bars, large pools, an excellent watersports centre, five-star PADI dive centre and a Sun Spa, enabling guests to leave their troubles at home and fully embrace the ethos of island life.

Purely Maldives ( / 023 8073 6157) offers a 14-night twin centre package, split between Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort and Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort.  Available for departure on 2 July from £1,995 per person (saving £122pp), the price includes return flights from Heathrow (via Dubai) with Emirates, accommodation in a beach villa and a deluxe room on a half-board basis, resort seaplane and speedboat transfers, taxes and surcharges.


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About Us

Sun Hotels & Resorts’ owns and manages two luxury hotels in the Maldives. These include Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort and Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort. These hotels were incorporated into the Sun Hotels & Resorts brand in 2007 and each offers a Sun International Diving School - with PADI Gold Palm status and extensive courses for beginners through to the more experienced – and a Sun Spa. Taking a holistic approach to health and wellness derived using the five elements of Chinese medicine and traditional treatments; each Sun Spa provides an unrivalled variety of treatments based on aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Swedish, Balinese, Thai and Shiatsu practices. Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort - www.olhuvelimaldives.comLocated on the tip of South Malé Atoll and only 45 minutes by speedboat from the airport, this beautiful island retreat is suitable for the whole family and offers stunning beaches, abundant sandbanks and superb recreational activities. Facilities at the 166-room resort include a selection of restaurants and bars, two large pools with infinity edge, a separate children’s pool, floodlit tennis, volleyball and an excellent watersports centre with kite-surfing, wake boarding, big game fishing and dolphin safaris to name a few. A large, shallow blue lagoon surrounds the whole island, which also makes it great for snorkelling.




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