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Well there’s no doubt it’s a bold move, even with all the other #paradiseisland essentials like silvery sand beaches, blue seas and stately palms very much in place. Though if any brand can pull off daring, it’s LUX*. The big question is: have they?

Since LUX* North Male Atoll doesn’t officially open until 1 February 2019, you’ll have to hang on a bit to find out for yourself. Still there’s nothing stopping you having a sneaky pre-launch peek at the rule-breaking resort right now.

No thatched roofs? Have a detached, luxury penthouse instead

It’s true, LUX* have indeed nixed the much loved custom of thatched villas on gorgeous, six hectare Olhahali island. But you probably won’t miss them considering the alternatives are a collection of 67 detached, two-storey penthouses; beachfront or overwater and all with private pools; broad, beautiful roof terraces and the type of views to crush all thatch-centric yearnings completely.

Should you still hanker for tradition, it’s interesting to note that Miaja – the Singapore group who designed the new penthouses – cite the ancient art of seafaring as one of their main references, and the resemblance to classic sailing yachts in the penthouses’ sleek lines and subtle, airy curves is hard to miss. All that’s needed is a dash of the Indian Ocean’s natural colour palette of ethereal greens, blues and whites, which Olhahali Island happily supplies to excess.

LUX* North Male Atoll Beach Villas

Beach Villa Pool Deck

In another break from tradition, the penthouses all have upwards of 350m² living space and come complete with decadent touches like stargazing telescopes, indoor and outdoor showers, oversized bathrooms, butler service or your own bartender, on request.

In fact, nothing seems to be too much trouble here, the resort will even organise personal penthouse barbecues, tailored spa treatments in your own space, babysitting if you want to be grown up for the night, or any baby equipment you need – right down to sturdy buggies.

Kids are never too young for LUX* in The Maldives

LUX* North Male Atoll might be changing the face of luxury holidays in The Maldives, but the resort’s clearly keen to keep what’s great about the LUX* brand in terms of kid-appeal. So its famously playful and creative children’s activities and dedication to making families feel utterly cossetted and cared for, are all present and correct on Olhahali Island.

Three to 11 year olds have their own club, aptly named PLAY, where they can get up to all sorts from cake-making to Maldivian art projects, under expert supervision. Older kids and teens have a pick of water sports or snorkelling and diving adventures round the house reef, plus a fresh-every-day activity programme. And family movie night, under starry Indian Ocean skies, is brought to you by the resort’s very own Cinema Paradiso.

Living up to its French heritage, LUX* North Male Atoll has paid a lot of attention to kids on the food front as well. It might be too much to expect them to come home as fully-fledged gourmands, but the resort’s thoughtful child-size menus, healthy disguised as delicious ingredients and plenty of treats are definitely heading in the right direction.

Water Villas at LUX* North Male Atoll

Private Paradise or island of adventure? You choose

Of course, luxurious and detached penthouses with private pools, roof terraces and open views of the Indian Ocean do make it incredibly easy to cocoon in your own little world. Which you’re more than welcome to do, if you want. But, should you feel like venturing further than poolside or your own slice of beach now and then, the rest of the resort is pretty seductive too.

  • Try four unique restaurants and bars, including rooftop Shisha Bar (an excuse to take advantage of LUX* babysitting service at least once on holiday) and INTI, the first Peruvian/Japanese restaurant in The Maldives.
  • Experience LUX* ME over-lagoon spa for personally tailored beauty and wellness.
  • Unleash your inner creative and meet resident local artists at LUX* North Male Atoll art studio.
  • Take an island hopping cruise and experience Maldivian culture.
  • Learn about Indian Ocean conservation, with LUX* resident marine biologist.
  • Let the watersports team arrange anything from SUP lessons to kayaking tours or discover deeper water wonders at the resort’s PADI Dive Centre.
  • Find your perfect harmony or learn something extraordinary at expert-led classes and workshops.

Inti Restaurant at LUX* North Male Atoll

LUX* North Male Atoll launches with up to 40% off family holidays

You don’t have to wait too long to test out the new traditions at LUX* North Male Atoll, the stunning luxury resort launches on 1 February 2019.

And if the idea of spending more than six nights in paradise sounds appealing, book a longer family holiday between 2 February and 31 October 2019 and you could save up to 40% – plus there’s an additional saving of 15% on 6 day or more breaks booked before 31 January 2019.

Find out more about family holiday offers at LUX* North Male Atoll

 

The lowdown: LUX* North Male Atoll

Where
Olhahali Island, North Male Atoll, The Maldives
One hour from Male International Airport by private seaplane or speedboat.

How to get there
Direct UK flights to Male International Airport take from 10 hours, 20 minutes.

When
LUX* North Male Atoll opens on 1 February 2019.

Tempted by the idea of private penthouses with Sky-Lounges instead of thatched roofs? Keen to know what other delightful differences LUX* are bringing to luxury family holidays in The Maldives? Don’t wait until 1 February, take a look at LUX* North Male Atoll right now.