Experience unparalleled luxury from the moment you arrive at Jumeriah Devanafushi a tear-shaped island resort in the heart of the Indian Ocean and relax knowing you are amongst the stars.
We had a personal invitation from the resort manager Stefan Humeur whose little black book is full of Hollywood A-listers from his stint as General Manager at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel.
Star treatment begins at the airport. You are met by a private butler who stays with you throughout your stay. As two single girls, we were allocated a villa and a butler each!
After a 50 minute Maldivian Airlines flight and 20 minute speedboat transfer to get to the resort you arrive into pure luxury. Butlers hand out bottles of Evian and hot towels on the boat journey. This charming resort in the Gafu Alif Atoll is so far away from anywhere for a purpose – it is difficult for the papparazi to infiltrate, making it a haven for celebs.
It was dark when we arrived on the island but as we approached the jetty, I was struck by a billowing arabesque-white silk drape. I pause to take in my surroundings and was handed a fresh coconut by the welcome committee. I had to pinch myself in-case I was dreaming. We were then led barefoot on white sand to our spectacularly indulgent villas.
We stayed in the Beach Revives villa, priced at $4,000 a night. This particular suite has had many celebrity visits. Jennifer Ellison had stayed just a few nights before. The generous but elegantly designed space screams money. From the cool marble and dark wood interior to the four poster bed, it is pure luxury personified.
Even though it is in its soft launch it is definitely seven star luxury and gives its cousins in Dubai a good run for its money. Attention to detail is everywhere from oregami towels shaped like swans to personal Hermes products to shower with. Intimacy and privacy is key since there are just 36 villas in this resort. Less than a quarter of them are opulent over-water villas called Ocean Pearls which were still under construction at the time of visiting.
While of course aimed at honeymooning couples, the island can also be a sancturary for stressed out singles (like us), who just want to escape the stresses of life. You want for absolutely nothing in your own private villa and there is no need to even go outside because your private butler can do everything for you.
For the tuck down snacks there was a choice of sugar coated chocolate and savory canopies with refreshing lemon and ginger tea for the tuck dow. We nibbled these as we got ready for our meal and cranked up the tunes on the bose stereo.
I scoured the maxi bar outside that is stocked with not only wine but huge bottles of the finest whiskeys – a bottle of Chivaz or Glenmorngie can even set you back at least $880 to $1000 dollars.
Dining in this luxurious resort was a treat as we were led to the beach to our candle-lit table for dinner under a canapy of stars. I chose the caprachio beef with foi grois for a starter. We washed it down unceremoniously with Australian wine, at $59 per bottle, chosen simply because it is the cheapest on the menu. For a main dish I tried the succulent Wagu beef, for the first time, served on a bed of baby asparagus.
I began the next day began with a bare-foot jog on the beach followed by a lunchtime cocktail served at the edge of my private deck. Then I experienced a luxury spa treatment at the Talise Spa. Afterwards, I gazed out into the infinity view as the sun set. Wine glass in hand, I realised what a lucky girl I was.
Getting there: From Male’ International Airport take a Domestic Transfer: 50 mins (By Flight) to Kaadedhdhoo airport, then 15 mins via Speedboat to resort