Maafushivaru crowned ‘Best Luxury Hideaway Resort in Maldives’

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The Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort won the crown of ‘Best Luxury Hideaway Resort in Maldives 2022’ at this year’s Luxury Lifestyle Awards.

A panel of judges took a range of factors into consideration to pick the winners.

“Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru sparkles with breathtakingly beautiful nature alongside elegant accommodations. We are so proud that our delightful hideaway has already been recognised by the experts from Luxury Lifestyle Awards,” said General Manager John Allanson. “The Outrigger Way commitment to authentically caring for our guests, alongside the bewitching allure of our setting has been apparent to patrons and judges alike.”

The newly renovated five-star property in South Ari Atoll was acquired by the American luxury hotel chain Outrigger in April.

About 25 minutes by seaplane from the Velana International Airport, the resort boasts a collection of 81 luxury villa styles including beach, pool and duplex accommodations as well as overwater bungalows. Its seven restaurants, bars and cafés offer cuisine ranging from Asian to Mediterranean. 

The resort offers private seaplane transfers, full-spa service, vow renewals and water sports. Resident marine biologist, Lynn Kessler, leads guests on daily snorkel and scuba trips and gives marine wildlife presentations twice a week. She also collects data on manta rays, whale sharks and turtles to helps Maldives-based NGOs in their marine conservation work.

“Being environmentally responsible and leading by example is key to The Outrigger Way – caring for our hosts, our guests and our place,” said Allanson.