Following its London début, Standard International, the parent company of The Standard, has announced the opening of The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives.
Nestled between the Raa and Baa Atolls, on a naturally protected island called Huruvalhi, the luxurious resort is accessed by a short seaplane ride from the capital city of Malé and promises a unique blend of relaxation and social life, perfect for a romantic escape or a getaway with friends.
Set on an enchanting private island, the idyllic destination is a perfect match of serenity and excitement, comfort and adventure; an intricate blend of intimacy and thrill.
The 115-villa luxury resort features a stylish mix of designer over-water villas and beach suites with breathtaking views, several elegant oceanfront restaurants, and private dining experiences, and the exclusive Standard Spa, complete with a communal hammam, aroma steam room, daily yoga, and nine private treatment rooms.
A PADI-endorsed diving center offers guided snorkeling, and scuba diving trips on the house reef or one of the world-renowned diving sites in the area, as well as PADI-certified courses for beginner divers. Other outdoor recreational activities include an outdoor swimming pool that seems to merge with the ocean, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks and boats for hire, day and night fishing charters, beach volleyball, and windsurfing.
The Standard, Huruvalhi Suites and Villas
Designed to reflect the Maldives’ unique culture, beautifully appointed accommodations made up of one and multiple-bedroom villas offer comfort and luxury with spellbinding ocean views. Dappled shade from surrounding palm trees falls onto wooden villas with spacious en-suite bedrooms, airy living spaces furnished in stylish contemporary décor, and a range of deluxe amenities.
Beach villas enjoy private access to the beach, beautiful gardens with daybeds, panoramic upper dining decks at treetop level with viewing platforms, and uninterrupted ocean views. Modern amenities abound, including flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, Bose entertainment systems, iPod docking stations, personal bars and fresh beverages, coffeemakers, air-conditioning, IDD telephones, and complimentary wireless Internet.
Overwater villas are slices of aqua heaven with private infinity swimming pools set into hardwood decks that float over the ocean. Exuding elegance and luxury, the villas connect with the spectacular surroundings through glass-paneled sliding doors which blend interior and exterior spaces. The living and dining areas open out onto ocean-facing verandahs and overwater dining salas are ideal for romantic alfresco-style dining against a background of breath-taking scenery.
The Standard Spa
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and coconut groves, the luxurious Standard Spa features a communal hammam, aroma steam room, daily yoga and nine private treatment rooms where ancient therapies and modern techniques are brought together to provide a soothing and therapeutic oasis. Expert therapists use authentic and indigenous methods to offer a comprehensive range of massages, body rituals and therapies, and facial treatments in a serene and tranquil environment.
The Standard, Huruvalhi Sports and Leisure
The delightfully warm and clear waters surrounding Huruvalhi are a snorkeler and diver’s dream where swimming through an aquarium of brightly colored fish, turtles, dolphins, manta rays, and more is the norm. Learn how to dive at the resort’s 5-Star PADI IDC Dive Centre, which offers tailored programs for all abilities and specialty courses led by the country’s most experienced instructors. Take an unforgettable trip on a traditional dhoni with the resident marine biologist and swim with whale sharks, an experience that will leave you with lasting memories for a lifetime.
Adventure-lovers and sports enthusiasts will be hard-pressed to stay still with the wide variety of water sports to enjoy at the resort, which has something for everyone from kayaking, canoeing, and sailing to fly-boarding, windsurfing, hover-boarding, and jet-surfboarding. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming are standard, and land-lubbers can choose to play volleyball, tennis, do some beach yoga or take a bike and explore the island.