Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
Hotel in Maldives
5-Star Hotel & Resort
Seven days of holiday bliss. If you want to feel like you are on your own private island, head for Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili (“Loama Resort”).
The adventure began for us soon after our arrival at Malé International Airport. We were escorted to the sea plane and swiftly transferred to Loama Resort within 45 minutes. Along the way, we enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the hundreds of Maldives Islands scattered along the deep blue sea like a pearl necklace.
On arrival at Maamigili Island, we were greeted with smiles, hand waves and Maldivian drumming (locally called Boduberu), and the staff escorted us to our Maldives accommodation for the week. We stayed at an Ocean Villa, which sits on stilts just above the pristine turquoise water within a lagoon. The room was spacious and comfortable, and featured several unique experiences that are staples of the Maldives Islands. First was the balcony, which had a staircase leading directly into the water – a morning or midnight swim in the calm lagoon was just a few steps away, with which we took full advantage. And, you can’t forget the hammock that hangs over the ocean and offers views of the sunset, which quickly became our favorite reading spot.
Not in the mood to live on water? The resort boasts fabulous Beach Villas surrounding the island, each with direct access to the white-sand beach. These rooms feature a similar design to the Ocean Villa, but highlight an outdoor shower and bath – a much more refreshing experience for shower lovers.
What sets Loama Resort apart from the other resorts in the Maldives is its focus on local Maldivian Culture. The Resort pays respect to the former inhabitants of the island by displaying historic artifacts belonging to Maamigili in the first ever museum in a Maldives resort. For more modern heritage, there is a delightful contemporary art museum featuring unique works by local Maldivian artists.
There are four dining options on the island: Fazaa all-day dining restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean and offering a delicious range of both international and Maldives cuisine; Meyzu an exclusive Japanese restaurant; Thundi, a fine-dining Thai restaurant; and Iru Café, located adjacent to the outdoor infinity pool, and serving refreshing beverages with light western and local fare. Our favorite dining moment was at Meyzu ($75 per person set menu), where we were treated to Maldivian reef fish teriyaki and green tea mascarpone chocolate cake.
There is plenty to do on the island, including a range of watersports activities, such as diving, wake boarding, and windsurfing, many of which are complimentary. In addition, there are a variety of exclusive services offered by Loama Resort, such as the private island escape on nearby Goimaru island ($150 per person). On this excursion, you will be dropped off on a completely uninhabited island for several hours where you can enjoy complete solitude and privacy; this has to be one of the best things to do in the Maldives. While you will literally have the island to yourself, the staff will spare no expense to leave you with a luxurious lunch picnic and lounge chairs – a perfect end to our seven days of holiday bliss.
Liz Tecirli is a freelance travel writer specialising in adventure travel, extreme sports and luxury breaks
Photographs courtesy of Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Beach / Sun|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Health Spa, Family Friendly|
|Dress Code||Beach Casual|
|Number of Rooms||105 suites and villas|
Beach Villas (68.5 m²); Family Villas (137 m²); Beach Pool Suites (155 m²); Ocean Villas (72 m²); Ocean Pool Suites (149 m² and a Royal Ocean Pool Suite (234 m²).
As well as a variety of dining options to keep your taste buds satisfied you can also take advantage of the extensive watersport activities on offer as well as go fishing.
Last updated on 18-08-2015