Just Back From
Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to discuss whether the Maldives is right for you and to learn more about coronavirus travel safety, including new COVID-19 hotel policies and future trip-planning advice, inspiration and other ideas.One thousand-plus low-lying coral islands strung like an unlatched strand of pearls along the Equator off the southwest coast of India, the Maldives is a veritable laboratory of luxury, pushing boundaries of sybaritic indulgence with each new underwater spa and overwater villa. On dozens of visits to the Maldives over the last 25 years, I have snorkeled along the kaleidoscopic coral seabed among schools of angelfish, Napoleon wrasse and the occasional turtle, thinking how lucky we are to live on a planet this beautiful. However, there has been less to love among the manmade. As Sri Lankan architect Murad Ismail explained to me soon after he completed Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru in 2004, “Engineering challenges of building in the Maldives tend to overtake design aesthetics.”So, I was all the more awed recently to discover among these low-lying specks of sand, a new architecture crush in New York-based Japanese architect Yuji Yamazaki, even before I learned that he designed Kudadoo to be powered entirely by solar energy. Kudadoo, meaning “small island” in the native tongue Dhivehi, is really a spit of shimmering white sand encircling a dense indigenous forest of ironwood, coconut palm, beach hibiscus and screw pines, including several hung with joali hammocks. Creature comforts abound in Yamazaki’s 15 sleek one- and two-bedroom unvarnished cedarwood-paneled villas—each has an indoor-outdoor bathroom with a deep soaking tub and private sundeck with overwater swimming pool. All accommodations are offshore, accessible by a horseshoe-shaped wooden jetty and rates start around $3,800 per night. Serious sybarites can take over Kudadoo for $80,000 per night.
Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to discuss whether the Maldives is right for you and to learn more about coronavirus travel safety, including new COVID-19 hotel policies and future trip-planning advice, inspiration and other ideas.
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities.Get In Touch