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AERIAL VIEW OF VIVANTA BY TAJ CORAL REEF MALDIVES

By Sarah Harvey

When it comes to luxury resorts in the Maldives,

it’s the nuances that make all the difference

between each surprisingly-unique island.

50 Shades of Turquoise:

How to Differentiate

Maldives

Resorts

One of the most common

questions I’m asked about the

Maldives is ‘what’s the difference

between resorts?’ because, to

many people, they blend into

one big, homogenous, turquoise

blur. While all of the country’s

120 resorts are surrounded by

shimmering waters, each one

has unique features to set them

apart; from one-of-a-kind facilities

right down to the distinctive

topography of the islands and

house reefs.

Take, for example, Vivanta by Taj Coral

Reef Maldives; at 250 metres long by 200

metres wide, the island resort is intimate in

size (although not the smallest by Maldives

standards). That’s one of the reasons why

the Maldives is so exclusive; every island

is too tiny to host competing businesses,

so each is its own tiny realm with private,

self-contained activities, dining and retail.

Vivanta has a hip vibe, and the décor offers

a contemporary twist on tropical island

chic. Driftwood and seagrass contrasts with

luxury toys such as Sony Sound Systems.

As a diver, I love that Vivanta is one of the

few resorts in the country with its very own

shipwreck embedded in the house reef.

The busy PADI Five Star Gold Palm dive

centre also boasts a coral regeneration

sponsorship project.

Another unique feature is the Jiva spa.

Unlike most Maldivian resorts, which focus

upon Balinese massage, this spa draws

upon the Indian heritage of Taj Hotels to

offer special therapies inspired by ancient

Indian wellness traditions.

28 • Vacations

®

Winter 2018

Vacations® •

Winter 2018 • 29

2-BEDROOM NIRVANA SUITE WITH POOL AT VIVANTA

BY TAJ CORAL REEF MALDIVES

VIVANTA BY TAJ CORAL REEF MALDVIES PANORAMIC SUNSET