Book It: Four fabulous beach hotels around the world, from island retreats to city resorts

Book It: Four fabulous beach hotels around the world, from island retreats to city resorts

Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but we’re already dreaming about white sand and lapping waves.

 

Mirihi Island Resort, Maldives

Best for… Robinson Crusoes

The low-down: The moment the sea-plane touches down on this tiny island (which measures just 350 x 50m), flip-flops are kicked off and everyone walks around barefoot until they leave. The resort is known for its spectacular house reef – there are over 40 diving sites nearby, and the resort’s diving centre arranges trips. But if you’d rather stay on dry land, settle into one of the pretty white hammocks slung between the palm trees and watch the bats and birdlife, or cosy up on the terrace of your water villa as whitetip reef sharks glide by, only rising for the daily meditation classes, and for chilli passion-fruit daiquiris at Muraka restaurant, the best place to catch the sunset. Stay on for dinner at Muraka – the Australian Angus filet, poached in red wine and grilled garlic, is worth travelling halfway around the world for.

Stella loves: Settling down at the cinema beneath the stars – complete with a big film screen on the sand, giant beanbags and dishes of popcorn. Bliss.

Out and about: Grab an ocean kayak, windsurf board or stand-up paddleboard and explore the island from the water (all free). The resort also offers whale shark-seeking excursions from the island’s yacht, as well as sunrise fishing trips and a whole catalogue of other tours.

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