How does a hotel stand out in the Maldives, where swanky five-star stays are as commonplace as sea turtles and eagle rays? Adults-only, all-inclusive, infinity pool, over-water spa – so far, so typical (for paradise, anyway). But how about the world’s largest all-glass underwater restaurant? That’s Hurawalhi’s trump card. Dining 19 below the Indian Ocean at 5.8 Undersea gives even non-scuba divers the chance to soak up incredible rainbow-bright sea life, while feasting on the degustation menu by German chef de cuisine Bjoern van den Oever.
If you’re inclined to get your feet wet, the resort also has a resident marine biologist and Pro Dive centre offering PADI courses and ocean-going activities (parasailing, fun-tubes, diving with Manta rays), with the house reef – one of the finest in the whole archipelago – only a couple of back-strokes from your aqua-adorned villa. Other next-level touches include a Champagne Pavilion and candlelit supper on Dream Island, a picture-perfect sandbank a short boat ride away; that’s private dining, Maldives style.