Three Resorts From Maldives, Hits Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2012

Maldives Promotion HouseCondé Nast Traveller has revealed their Hot List for 2012. The sixteenth edition of their annual list includes 121 properties in 49 countries. The list consists of the world’s top new hotels, spas and restaurants as chosen by 41 anonymous Condé Nast Traveller reviewers. The three resorts from Maldives which were included in the list are Anantara Kihavah Villas, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Six Senses Laamu.

Anantara Kihavah Villas has seventy-eight freestanding beach or overwater villas, each with its own infinity pool, on a private island of soft white sand. Recently named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the atoll is 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé. Condé Nast Traveller describes it as, thatched-roof luxury, with the lagoon at center stage. The resort received two flames out of three.

Jumeirah Dhevanafu is an all-suite resort 30 miles north of the equator, with 22 villas on a speck of an island and 16 overwater villas a half-mile offshore. “Haute tropical modern—teak-and-glass residences amid lush natural vegetation or above beautiful coral formations; ten-foot-wide beds; gargantuan marble baths with Hermès toiletriest; private pools,” says Condé Nast Traveller. The resort received all three flames for hotness.

Six Senses Laamu is an eco-friendly resort with 97 thatched-roof villas in the southern Maldives. Beachfront villas are backed by a mangrove forest; overwater villas have decks leading to a blue lagoon. Condé Nast Traveller portrays it as an ‘Ian Schrager’ in an Out of Africa mood—pistachio daybeds; outdoor rain showers and tubs; rooftop decks for stargazing. Laamu received two flames out of three.

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