Dhidhoofinolhu Island, Maldives
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An uninhabited island in a tropical atoll, Dhidhoofinolhu has barely been brushed by humanity. In fact, the entire Ari Atoll has a deliciously castaway atmosphere. These are the islands which grace a thousand brochures of paradise holiday destinations, but they are even more flawless in reality. Here, crystalline waters meet sashes of the whitest, finest sand, adorned with softly waving palm trees. It would be enough to simply string up a hammock and soak up the sun, but with some of the best whale shark diving in the world, this tranquil delight has plenty to get the adrenaline pumping too.

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This is a land of exclusive resorts, where the sea, sand and sky belong to you. You may think you’ve seen the sun set before, but just wait until you’ve seen the entire sky, from the heavens to the horizon, painted in burnished orange and deep Maldives blue. Far from the clamour and crowds of your average beach holiday, here you’ll be able to take in the unspoilt sea views from the comfort of your cabana or infinity pool. It won’t be long before you’re tempted into the blissfully warm waters of the Indian Ocean. To step up the action a little, head to the Dhidhoofinolhu Marina, where you can take a diving trip to see the bounty of manta rays and whale sharks – the marine stars of the Maldives. Beginners are well-catered for on Maamagili Island, while advanced divers can take a magical night dive at Thinfushi Beru Tila.

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The all-inclusive, private resorts on Dhidhoofinolhu and the neighbouring islands are pure Maldives luxury. From the moment you set foot onto the raised jetty above the shimmering ocean, it’s clear that you’re entering your personal slice of paradise. Rooms at these resorts are airy, light, and elegantly furnished. Most rooms open to private balcony areas with sea views. You’ll be pampered in the full service spas, and you can dine in style, taking in the sunset views with a glass of bubbly. Luxury of this quality doesn’t come cheap, but you can still get a great hotel deal in Dhidhoofinolhu.

Where to stay

Dhidhoofinolhu Island is occupied by a 5-star luxury resort, where your every need and whim will be catered to. This long, thin island has more beach than any other in the atoll, so this is a dream destination for honeymooning couples who want to leave footprints in the sand. The resort organises a range of water sports and boat excursions. To really blow the budget, head instead for nearby Rangali Island. Wow factors at this exclusive resort include an underwater restaurant. For an action packed, family friendly break, the island of Villingilivaru is ideal, and it offers a great value resort.

How to get to Dhidhoofinolhu Island

Getting to the resorts on Dhidhoofinolhu and around is remarkably easy and stress-free. If booked as part of a package, then a chartered flight will transport you direct to Male, the Maldives capital. From there, a sea plane or boat will be pre-arranged to take you to your resort. Journeys by sea plane to the Ari Atoll generally take about 30 minutes, depending on the island. If arranging your trip independently, it is often possible to book a seat on a chartered flight, which is the quickest and easiest option, though scheduled flights to Male are also available.

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