There’s nothing quite as tranquil as sailing; feeling the cool ocean breeze on your skin and gently lulling on the glistening, turquoise-hued waters, it’s as if every worry floated away. At PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi, they understand that those who head to the Maldives are likely seeking this deeply romantic and relaxing holiday experience, and it begins with your accommodation.
As one of the oldest sea vessels in the Indian Ocean, the Dhoni is honoured as part of the multi-island nation’s culture, often handcrafted using coconut wood. Traditionally used for fishing, it is now seen as a symbol of the Maldives for many of its visitors, who recognise it from images of crystalline waters and waiter-served breakfast at sea. It is no wonder therefore, that sailing in a Dhoni is on so many guests’ to-do lists – so why not spend a night in one?
PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi offer two guests the chance to spend their stay on this idyllic island resort in their state-of-the-art Dhoni, fitted with a king-size bed, air-conditioned living spaces and even a gourmet minibar and wine cellar! Modern amenities like a plasma TV and surround sound system combine with Indian Ocean traditions, ensuring you sail away and sleep in absolute luxury.
Unique in design, the curve of the arcs point towards the horizon, and the bow welcomes gentle waves for a serene experience at sea. As you float between the pristine atolls, you might spot dolphins playing, or turtles scurrying around the shallows, a mesmerising moment on your Indian Ocean escape.
Service is not sacrificed either, with a full-time crew on-board to assist to your every wish. The Chef is happy to rustle up breakfast with mimosas on the outdoor deck, therapists may treat you to a soothing massage on a secluded islet, and the discreet housekeeping crew promise a peaceful slumber.
Wake up at sea and explore the atoll by diving in kaleidoscopic reefs, kitesurfing off the white shores, or even adopting a coral with the Coral Regeneration Programme. Even the LIME Spa is focussed on the underwater world, with treatment rooms hidden below the waterline, with panoramic windows for spectacular reef views. Envisage a calming massage using indigenous island coconut while clown fish, stingrays and exotic marine life swim around you. This is island bliss!