Ultimate Winter Sun In The Maldives
Plus New Dining Options At Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort
In search of a winter sun break? December marks the beginning of the dry season in the Maldives, with low humidity, stacks of sunshine and average temperatures of 28C making it the ultimate destination for a pre-Christmas, festive or new year sunshine escape. Jet off to Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort, which has introduced a selection of brand new dining options and is offering a week’s half-board from as little as £1,239 per adult and £839 per child.
What better way to start a relaxing day than with breakfast in bed? For a small supplement, guests can choose to have a selection of warm pastries, fresh fruit or a cooked breakfast in the comfort of their villa.
Beach aficionados will love the new lunch options at the Lagoon restaurant. Located right on the beach, enjoy an easygoing al fresco meal on the spacious deck area with uninterrupted views of the ocean. Options include a salad bar, the freshest sushi and sashimi bar or hot grill stations along with a choice of sandwiches. Afterwards, the relaxing swing of a hammock is available for those tempted by an afternoon snooze.
As the sun sets, for those looking for a special evening, Olhuveli now offers all half-board and all-inclusive guests a US$50 per couple credit towards an á la carte meal at its luxury Four Spices restaurant. The stylish over-water dining pavilion provides a bespoke menu and even has a Wine Pairing Menu with five-courses, each accompanied by a wine carefully selected by the sommelier to complement the food. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up!
Alternatively, the resort has launched a Sand Horizon destination dining experience, whereby seats are dug into the sand for a magical dinner on the beach, surrounded by ambient candles and lanterns. It’s guaranteed to be a memorable night under the incredible Maldivian moonlit sky.
Only 45 minutes by speedboat from Malé airport, Olhuveli is nestled amid tropical vegetation and boasts a vast sandy, award-winning beach. Facilities include a selection of restaurants and bars, two large pools, a five-star PADI dive centre, excellent watersports, a Sun Spa and a free, daily children’s programme and babysitting service on request. The resort’s beach-fronted deluxe rooms are tucked away in idyllic seclusion and boast a four-poster double bed with an en suite bathroom, and either a balcony or terrace.
Travelbag (0871 703 4240/ www.travelbag.co.uk) offers seven nights half-board at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives from just £1,239 per adult and £839 per child. Valid for selected departures from 14 December until 31 January (subject to availability and excluding Christmas and New Year), the price includes return flights from Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines, speedboat transfers, accommodation in a deluxe room overlooking the beach with a four-poster bed, taxes and surcharges.
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