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Destination|Experience, 12.Jan.2022

Travel guide: Make the Maldives your must-visit destination in 2022

A new year calls for new dreams, new adventures and new destinations. And The Nautilus Maldives – winner of Best Private Island Retreat in Tatler’s Travel Awards 2021, and named by Condé Nast Traveler readers as 2020’s Best Resort in the Indian Ocean – is your ultimate dream getaway, promising a 2022 of beauty, adventure, restoration and reconnection.

Indeed, the Maldives as a whole is one of the most-loved travel destinations in the world, with good reason – in fact, with countless good reasons. Here are just a few of our favourites.

1. Unrivalled scenic beauty

Picture a scene of a dream holiday. It’s likely one of pristine sandy beaches, turquoise waters, warm island sunshine and gentle ocean breezes. There are no crowds blocking your view; footprints in the sand are left only by you and your favourite people. Perhaps you’re floating in the calm sea or lazing in a hammock, tropical cocktail in hand. It’s pure bliss, the stuff of holiday fantasies. But, this dreamscape is actually real: the Maldives is miles and miles of picture perfect paradise; it is the quintessential island escape.

2. Privacy and exclusivity ~ the truest of luxuries

With its spectacular natural beauty and perfect climate, it’s no wonder the Maldives is so popular with travellers. But rest assured: in our idyllic region of the world, popularity does not mean crowds. Most islands are home to only one resort, so numbers are naturally limited, and exclusivity and privacy are a matter of course.

And on our castaway island, we take seclusion and luxury to the ultimate level: with only 26 houses and residences lining our shores, our private island is truly exclusive. What’s more, each island abode offers you a personal sanctum, a comforting cocoon where it’s just you and your loved ones. With uber-discreet service; private, personalised free-spirited excursions and hideaway island spots, The Nautilus offers that rare luxury of far-flung, uncrowded, intimate escape.

3. Special treatment in every sense

In the Maldives, VIP treatment is the standard in hospitality. You can expect luxury in all its dimensions – the highest quality accommodation that wows travellers time and again, exquisite food and dining options from the masterful hands of world-class chefs, discreet and dedicated personal service that exceeds expectations, and indulgent treatments and pampering at the finest spas. But, with all these exceptional standards and opulence, there is not the slightest hint of pretension or flashiness. These island escapes excel at subtle sophistication, excellent service and creature comforts in utterly relaxed environments – blissful relaxation is, quite simply, inevitable.

Indeed, this is the atmosphere that breezes through The Nautilus, where a spirit of bohemian whimsy invites you to step into the barefoot life as soon as you step onto our shores. Here, our vision is to celebrate life’s most priceless treasures: freedom from hurry, reconnection with self and the people who matter most.

4. World-famous marine life

From a geographical and ecological point of view, the Maldives is a world wonder. Comprising over 1000 islands and 26 coral atolls spread across the equator in the Indian Ocean, this region is remarkably rich in vivid, tropical marine life. Almost 200 species of coral make up our reefs, which shelter 75% of the world’s total number of reef fish. Turtles, manta rays, dolphins and a myriad of other marine species call these seas home, together creating a mesmerising underwater paradise for divers and snorkellers.

As The Nautilus is anchored in the Baa Atoll – a UNESCO biosphere reserve – our blue lagoon is no exception. Our house reef and the many world-class reefs within Baa Atoll are yours to explore both in-person, up close, and in conversation with our resident marine biologist.

5. Pure romance, perfected

With all these attractions, it goes without saying that the Maldives sets the mood for pure romance. It’s easy to imagine just the two of you, in this gorgeous tropical hideaway, lost to the world. These are the lands of exotic honeymoons, beautiful beach weddings and intimate couples’ retreats.

And on our sands, the whimsy and charm of ultra-luxe bohemian-style hospitality infuses everything with a sense of carefree romance. With our spacious island lodgings offering the comforts of home; a private infinity pool; endless sea views; and in-house options for fine dining, spa treatments and even live entertainment; you could bask in all the luxuries The Nautilus has to offer without ever leaving your abode. Of course, if you do, seclusion is not hard to come by: Private dinners on secluded sandbanks, vintage champagne on board a luxury yacht, a secret cinema on the beach, these are just a few of our signature experiences perfect for two.

Why not see for yourself? Immerse yourself in the paradise that is the Maldives, and create a world of your own making at The Nautilus. Contact