With sandy white beaches, idyllic waterside villas — many of which are among the most luxurious stays in the world — and that liberating sense of left-the-world-behind, the Maldives is one of the most coveted travel destinations in the world. Yet when we think of the island respite, the image that comes to mind is often a romantic one — que candlelit beach dinners and stargazing at the gazebo. Which is why we were especially excited when The Standard opened the shores to The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives.
The brand’s first property ever to exist in Asia, this newly unveiled island escape is all about offering the ideal getaway destination not only for couples, but also families, friend groups, and those who prefer flying it solo.
From relaxation to fun social activities, and richly vibrant cultural experiences, expect a refreshing new approach to the popular tropical paradise. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape, or a fun trip with everyone you know, The Standard, Huruvalhi has you covered. What to expect, exactly, from this latest opening? Here’s our verdict.
Nestled between the Raa and Baa Atolls, a 35 minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport takes you straight to the property grounds. There you have the usual tasteful-chic meets sophistication, and boundary-defying edge that earned The Standard’s boutique hotels their globally-acclaimed repute. On property, guests will find a large scale specially commissioned work from Rostarr, who is a renowned multidisciplinary artist and member of The Global Standard Family — a nod to the brand’s inner circle of creatives and cultural tastemakers.
What we especially love is the brand’s commitment to the conservation of marine life, from preserving corals to reducing waste. Signature dishes on the menu include a $1 donation towards the resort’s foundation for coral conservation, and the property even has its very own personal underwater garden — a lagoon coral nursery where guests can marvel at over 3,000 juvenile corals.
The Suites and Facilities
Entering the resort, guests are first greeted by an airy yet intimate lobby space filled with a specially curated selection of cult beauty essentials, wellness products, and an eclectic range of souvenirs — all of which can only be bought on the island.
Seasoned travellers to the Maldives will know that the villa plays a large role in making or breaking your trip, and The Standard, Huruvalhi naturally does not disappoint. With 115 overwater and beach villas, each one comes with its own infinity plunge pool and private lounge deck — which conveniently take you directly to the lagoon, ocean, or beachfront.
As a final touch of customary The Standard tongue-in-cheek, a glittering disco ball can be found suspended above each bathtub — a reminder that at The Standard, the party happens anywhere, and anytime.
Of course, for a destination known for wellness and rejuvenation, the resort comes complete with The Standard Spa, consisting of nine private treatment rooms overlooking the sea, and a couples den. Expect an indoor playground of hydrotherapy that comes complete with a communal hammam, aroma cypress steam room, and a contrast shower experience.
Sign up for a yoga class at the studio with your best friends, or enjoy a Do-It-Yourself mud experience with the love of your life. Or, if you’re looking to really revive your body and mind, head straight for The Sun Lounge, where you’ll find crystals and an apothecary with various skincare and lifestyle products. After your treatment, kick back and relax at The Spa Deck and Tonic Bar.
Food here is all about celebrating the region’s best, with a delightful selection of local and globally-inspired plates — made, of course, using the freshest ingredients. There are six restaurants on-site, catering to different palettes. For authentic Maldivian cuisine, head straight to Guduguda, where you’ll find plates prepared by Maldivian “aunties” using age-old recipes that have been passed down over time — from seafood plates and rich coconut milk curries, to aromatic rice dishes.
If you’re looking for something indulgently meaty, we recommend BBQ Shak, where fresh seafood and a selection of premium meats are nicely grilled over coconut shell charcoal, and paired with a hearty selection of house-made sauces.
As no getaway is complete without a drink — or, you know, maybe ten — you definitely want to stop by one of the bars on the resort. If you’re at the pool-side Todis Bar, be sure to try their signature cocktail, which comes served in a half-coconut shell and is made from a special local liquor of fermented coconut water. For the perfect sunset cocktail, go to Beru Bar. There’s even a club, with a glass floor overlooking the ocean, and a thrilling sunset ritual led daily by a Boduberu drummer — come nightfall, local DJs spin fun Maldivian beats, offering the perfect party-spot to dance the night away.
To make the most of the Maldives’ tropical charms, do not miss out on some island adventuring. Specially curated experiences offered by the resort include indigenous basket weaving, moonlit cinema sessions beneath the stars, or guided snorkelling and diving excursions through the resort’s protected house reef and local waters. For those who love a good nightlife scene, be sure not to miss one of the legendary pool parties at the beachside infinity pool.
For fun, day-time activities, the hotel comes equipped with an exciting collection of sea equipment, from kayaks — glass-bottomed, too! — to jet skis and windsurfers. For families with young kids, do be sure to take a pontoon out to the inflatable water club, or drop your kids off at the Lil’ Shark Kids Club where they’ll be well-looked after while you get some much-deserved rest.
To Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives is now available for booking. To reserve your villas or find out more, visit standardhotels.com.