The Standard in Maldives: A family-friendly island resort to unwind, party, and indulge all at the same time
First in Asia
Maldives might be dubbed as the official honeymoon destination for most blissed out couples, but that is increasingly changing. After all, with the Indian Ocean this vast, there's more than enough room to go around whether you're a couple with kids in tow or a group of bachelors. The arrival of American boutique hotel The Standard answers that call with its opening in Huruvalhi, which also happens to be its first property in Asia.
A 35-minute sea plane ride takes you there. And it's situated in between the Raa and Baa Atolls, on a naturally protected island. Emulating The Standard's design ethos that is anything but ordinary, you can find your personal plunge pool and private lounge deck in any of the 115 overwater and villas here. It's adorned with modish and eclectic influences like bright pops of colour and a disco ball (which happens to be the emblem for The Standard) hovering above every soaking bathtub.
Standing as a retreat floored with endless options of cultural and social activities, keep yourself busy with basket weaving, a screening at their moonlit cinema with the stars, or a vivacious night out at the infinity pool. Having said that, you're in the Maldives after all — look for any of their in-house guides to take you out on snorkeling and diving excursions. Sunset boat trips to uninhabited islands and undiscovered reefs can also be arranged where you can fish or even enjoy a private dining experience out at sea.
Parents, fret not. Accessible by pontoon, there's an 82 square-meter inflatable water park to keep the kids exhausted or if you want the day to yourselves, drop them off at the kids club backed up with professional childcare help. While you're hands free, head over to The Standard Spa. It's an indoor hydrotheraphy oasis with a complete contemporary communal hammam, aroma cypress steam room, and more. Get muddy if you like or opt for a couple's massage facing the open waters. Food wise, The Standard has six unique dining establishments that celebrate the bounty of various regions. From authentic Maldivian fare to fresh seafood and meats, getting stranded on this resort will be a feast for your senses. Not to forget, endless happy hours with the resort's specially crafted cocktails on board. There are not one but two bars — one of them being adults-only. It also happens to be perched above the waters and decked with a glass-bottomed dance floor. One thing's for sure, family-friendly retreats has never looked this exciting.
Book a stay at The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives here.
From now till December 20, enjoy special opening rates from US$395 per night, which includes overnight accommodation in one of the private villas along with buffet breakfast in their all-day dining restaurant.