Set to welcome its first guests in June 2017, Dhigali, the newest island resort from Universal Resorts matches contemporary luxury with the pure natural beauty of the Maldives.
Located in the Raa Atoll, Dhigali brings modern minimalist design to this wonderfully remote part of the Maldives. The resort is just a 45-minute journey by seaplane from Malé Airport; domestic flights from Ifuru/Dharavandhoo Airport, are also available and including transfer by speedboat, take just 70 minutes. Surrounded by a pristine coral reef and crystal clear lagoon, this 5-star sanctuary invites guests to cast away in unspoilt luxury and rich Maldivian culture.
The island itself is corralled by 20 Beach Bungalows and 33 Deluxe Beach Bungalows to the south, and 63 Beach Villas which line the north and southwestern beaches. Nestled under a canopy of palms these beach front sanctuaries provide luxurious intimacy, effortlessly marrying the interior and exterior. Outside, spend your days relaxing in the private deck’s day-bed or opt for the Beach Villa with Pool which includes a private plunge pool overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean.
Dhigali’s overwater bungalows dot the island’s azure perimeter. Extending from the south eastern side of the island is a jetty hosting 24 Water Villas, each one rising out of the lagoon on stilts. Similarly, from the south-east of the island snakes a further jetty housing 16 larger Lagoon Villas with Pools.
The natural beauty of the island is the heart and soul of this unique resort experience. Guests can unwind on superb golden beaches including Dhigali’s private sandbank, during season extending up to 250 m from the island or explore the island’s house reef, teeming with marine life. Small caves are located on the southwestern part of the reef where lion fish, eagle rays, turtles and manta rays can be found.
Dhigali offers access to Hanifaru Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where divers and snorkelers can discover the largest seasonal groupings of manta rays, a variety of stunning corals and huge schools of tropical marine life, as well as the opportunity to spot Whale Sharks.
Dhigali’s innovative and authentic cuisine explores the spices of Asia, the classic tastes of Europe and traditional Maldivian flavours in its 5 restaurants whilst their 2 bars, Haali and East are perfect settings to enjoy a cocktail. There’ll be a particular focus on fresh Asian dishes, including the specialist Asian restaurant, Battuta.
Hidden amongst the island’s idyllic tropical gardens, the Dhigali Spa is a lush sanctuary with 12 treatment rooms, making it one of the largest in the Maldives. Featuring an outdoor plunge pool surrounded by lush natural greenery, the spa offers indigenous therapies and healing traditions.
This remote coral cay promises unforgettable moments, exquisite romance and true Maldivian beauty.