Castaway picnic experience at Sun Aqua Iru Veli

Saraka Fushi picnic island / PHOTO Ekmed

Maldives is made up of 1,200 islands, divided into 20 administrative atolls. Only 200 of those islands are inhabited, with another 150 islands developed as resorts. Rest of the islands are mostly unspoilt, virgin islands.

Ever thought of getting shipwrecked to a remote island and spending some me time with no disturbance from rest of the world? Sun Aqua Iru Veli is offering its guests a castaway picnic experience.

The tour takes guests to nearby Saraka Fushi island, less than five minutes by a speedboat ride from the resort. The round-shaped island is surrounded by powder white sand and an abundance of vegetation, giving it the feeling of a virgin island.

The island, only available for guests of Sun Aqua Iru Veli, is perfect for snorkelling, as its shallow lagoon and drop-off reef edge is teeming with corals and rich marine life. You can spot colourful tropical fish, turtles, friendly sharks and passing rays.

The trip comes with indulgent picnic baskets with bento lunch boxes, sandwich, canapes and drinks. You will be accompanied by a butler who will cater to your every wish. They will also set up umbrellas and sun loungers, if you wish to relax and enjoy the 360 views of the horizon.

Sun Aqua Iru Veli is located in Dhaalu atoll, which consists of 56 islands including seven inhabited islands and nine resorts. Most of the uninhabited islands in the atoll are untouched, offering plenty of options to get castaway experiences.

The latest addition to the Sun Aqua portfolio is Sun Aqua Iru Veli, which makes its home on one of the most naturally beautiful islands in Dhaalu atoll — the naturalist wonderland of Aluvifushi, reachable by a 35-minute scenic seaplane journey from the main Velana International Airport.

Across the lagoon and along the beach, a variety of 125 overwater and beachfront villas offers total seclusion in open spaces.

Each of the suites reflects the island’s unspoilt beauty, individually-decorated in natural tones and local artworks. Spacious, contemporary bathrooms reveal ocean views. Take your pick from decadently private couples’ or family suites with interconnecting spaces for the whole crew to rest, relax and recharge.

All suites have private freshwater swimming pools and sunbathing areas with complimentary minibars (wine, beers, soft drinks) replenished daily.

Sun Aqua Iru Veli. PHOTO / Sun Siyam Resorts

The Sun Aqua boutique-style all-inclusive experience means you will enjoy the freshest, global fusion fare, from international favourites and mouth-watering Maldivian curries to seafood straight from the ocean and classic dishes with a difference.

Dine à deux on the beach, enjoy a fine dining experience in one of the three restaurants or keep it low key with family dinner in the privacy of your suite or room service – private dining is offered anywhere!

Sun Aqua Iru Veli has its own wine cellar and a mixologist will create sundowners you will never forget and a wide selection of unlimited alcoholic drinks.

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