• Warda Bouassab

Babymoon in the Maldives

Right before the pandemic, my husband and I had the privilege to spend our very first babymoon in the secret island of Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi.

The resort is found on an exclamation mark of shocking white sands painted on the western rim of the Shaviyani Atoll, and is reached via a sensational one-hour seaplane flight from Malé. The location feels deliciously remote and the fact that it's so far from the capital allows for epic empty horizon views, swims in newly discovered reefs, first-time dives and not a glimmer of light pollution after dark.

The villas

Sirru Fen's 120 villas have a chic, understated Maldivian look; they're decked out with champagne woods, coral-shaped crochet rugs, rope and glass bauble chandeliers, and black and white macramé cushions. For our first time in the Maldives, we chose a striking over-water villas, with sand decks wrapped around huge infinity pools.

If you fancy a wildest stay, go for the rambling big beach villas with sensual indoor/outdoor bathrooms at the rear and plunge pools out front; or the safari-style tents hidden in the island's jungly heart.

The restaurants

Breakfast is served in the buffet restaurant Raha Market and can be as angelic – papaya, lime and chia smoothies, mushroom and ricotta bruschetta – or as devilish – frothy cappuccinos, pancakes filled with cherries, pastry with mousseline cream – as you wish. Local fishermen supply the chefs at the Azure grill, who do wonderful things with snapper, lobster and tuna; the creamy, coconut reef fish curry with airy chapattis is a delight. There's also a slinky, overwater Japanese restaurant, Kata, and a Balinese-style bar.  

Not to be missed

The island measures in at just over one kilometre long (0.6 miles) and 600-metres across; essentially, it's just about big enough for guests to get lost on. Walk, buggy or bicycle between immaculate white beaches, the 200-metre-long swimming pool, the fitness centre, art and photography studios and the temple-like Willow Stream Spa. The surrounding waters are rich in reef fish – neon-blue trumpetfish, orange clownfish (Nemos), stripy red triggerfish – as well as green turtles, spotted eagle rays and more. The charming staff have a your-wish-is-our-command attitude.    

The last words

Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi is a sophisticated bubble of tropical perfection, with diamond white beaches, jewel-like coral reefs and a showpiece underwater art gallery – the first one in the Maldives.

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