Although easily circumnavigated, the island has space for solitude and to find your own pristine stretch of sugar-white beach on wild, peaceful strolls. The days are designed for relaxing, with a games room and library, while nights are sociable and stress-free, thanks to a generous all-inclusive environment with everything from fine dining to tailormade spa treatments thrown in. The entertainment is low-key but enjoyable, with DJs and weekly traditional dancing.
Service is impeccable with warm welcomes all-round. The British head-chef Stephen manages to produce a variety of dishes, grills and confectionary to high standards each day to give guests delightful dining experiences matched with exquisite wines from knowledgeable sommeliers.
The 110 villas are simple thatched wooden bungalows made using natural materials, with giant travel chests for wardrobes, fittings inspired by nature and beautifully crafted furniture yet with all the mod cons. Each has a large deck on stilts over the sea, with steps into the shallow lagoon for snorkelling. Senior water villas are most spacious, and can accommodate a spare bed. Beach villas are a good bet, with hammocks strung across private terraces that lead onto the sand, with palms and bushes to create privacy, and interconnect, for families. Water Villas come with private outdoor showers and sun terraces with a bathtub under the stars.
The resort has a lovely pool sculpted to mirror the shape of the beach, with great sea views from every sunbed. Activities include snorkelling, and a friendly dive centre which offers trips to more than 20 dive sites in crystal clear waters. There’s Maldivian big game fishing and sunset cruises on a traditional dhoni and for guests wanting to experience the “real” Maldives, chatty staff lead tours around the Muslim community on the neighbouring island, where some of them grew up. The U Spa by Constance offers Balinese massages among other exotic treatments and a small range of natural wraps overlooking the ocean, and a yoga pavilion.