30 • Vacations
If you’re thinking a little more elbow-room is more your style,
Angsana Velevaru is almost twice as long as Vivanta. In my
opinion, the most remarkable feature is the InOcean Villas.
These spectacular villas, teetering on the reef-edge over half
a mile from the island, are the remotest water villas in the
Speaking of far-flung, the resort is in Dhaalu Atoll, which
is one of the most secluded spots in the Maldives. Being
a 40-minute seaplane flight from the capital means your
views aren’t interrupted by jets landing, public ferries and
other trappings of civilization.
The interiors are inspired by Japan and adorned with original
coral designs by artist Christopher Hogan, while the rooftop
sundecks double as private spa rooms, which are more
When Maldivian resorts have the word ‘beach’ in the title,
you know they’re going to be something special. A ring of
icing-sugar sand encircles the entirety of Lily Beach Resort and
Spa and the water villas are framed by an iridescent turquoise
glow. I know it sounds strange, but there are all kinds of shades
of turquoise water in the Maldives, and some outshine the
The Lagoon Villas on the south side of the island see the
first light of day and are the most coveted by experienced
snorkellers. Another prized asset is the glass panels in the floors
of the Water Villas through which you can watch marine life.
Lily Beach made waves in the Maldives almost a decade ago
when it became the first resort in the country to offer a five-star
all-inclusive plan. Today, the Platinum Plan is still considered one
of the best. That’s because the well-thought-out plan includes
every single little detail, right down to cooler boxes on the
beach for fruit juice.
LATITUDE RESTAURANT AT ANGSANA VELEVARU
When you take a look at the Maldives through a new lens, the contrasts between these luxe properties
come into focus, even though everyone shares the same beautiful turquoise waters.
AERIAL VIEW OF LILY BEACH RESORT & SPA
Winter 2018 • 31
Staying a night in a palace, fortress,
or monastery of Spain’s parador hotels is like a
brush with history on luxury linens.
By Patricia Harris and David Lyon
Live like a king in the
Parador de Carmona
The Parador de Carmona comes with a particularly colourful back story. In the 14th century,
one of Spain’s larger-than-life monarchs, Pedro the Cruel, transformed the medieval Moorish citadel
in this Andalusian city into one of his favourite countryside palaces. Earthquakes and time dimmed
some of its luster, but when the parador system took over the Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro,
it crafted a luxury retreat within the ruins.
INDOOR COURTYARD AREA