Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives continues to tell its story with the property’s first anniversary just around the corner. Now under the French hospitality and lifestyle giant Accor, the resort has a lot going on beneath the surface. And true to its roots, you can expect it to wow you during a visit.

The resort’s whimsical features blend well, like the whale skeleton by the overwater seafood restaurant Bodumas or the striking design of the main restaurant Onu Marchè. Overall, it’s a classically elegant product primed for indulgence, culinary excellence and family moments in the pristine setting of Noonu Atoll.

It’s a property with a touch of playfulness in its design. And there’s a clear sense of identity here. The resort is poised to create long-lasting moments, offering guests something that other local establishments would be hard-pressed to deliver.

Exemplifying this playful aspect best perhaps is the Onu Marchè restaurant – from outside, you notice its askew ceiling, while inside, suspended over the tables, yellow globes light up the restaurant at night. They look like fish roe or perhaps a bunch of balloons, like something straight out of Jeff Koons.

Like its sister restaurant Onu Marchè, Latitude 5.5 is constructed out of bamboo, a nod towards Eastern architecture. Named after its geographical location, the outlet offers toothsome ala carte lunches and dinners. It’s right by the main pool so feel free to have a dip and absorb the sunset with a tall drink in hand.

Rooms are spacious, glass floors grace the entrance in all 72 overwater villas. High peaked ceilings make the interiors feel spacious while floor to ceiling glass walls draw you to the splendour of the world outside. The elegant bathrooms are just as large as the living spaces, and you get your sliver of the lagoon within.

We’ve barely touched on the one subject that Mövenpick properties are known for. Food is serious business here and seriously good. The buffets at Onu Marchè are magnificent, and we don’t say that lightly. Meats, cheeses, absurdly good dips – truly rave-worthy fare from around the globe awaits you here. Onu Marchè offers a varied selection during buffet breakfast and its weeklong themed dinners in a casual atmosphere. And while you’re at it, treat yourself to a scoop or two of the fabled Mövenpick ice-cream.

Meanwhile, Latitude serves up homemade burgers, pizzas, and freshly grilled meats, truly sumptuous treats. And true to its nautical name, Bodumas offers a rich, seafood-oriented menu while ensuring meat isn’t left out. And all Mövenpick properties have a “chocolate hour” every day from 4 to 5 pm – and it is exactly what you think it is. Sixty minutes of sweet, indulgent treats, on the house. Can you think of a better way to wind up an afternoon? Neither can we.

No trip is complete without a visit to the spa. Here at the Sun Spa, five of nine treatment rooms sit over the glassy Noonu Atoll waters. The views are remarkable, and under expert care, Mövenpick’s signature massage, which evokes the movements of the waves, rejuvenates your body and mind. Afterwards, you are a person reborn. And of course, all Sun Spa products are natural and organic.