More sun-and-sand holidays,visit the Club website, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 Milaidhoo Island Baa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean YOU know you are in a tropical paradise the moment your plane begins the descent to the Maldives’ capital island of Malé: the is- lands lie below you like emerald gems set in gold. The runway is surrounded on all sides by the ocean and it is by seaplane that you fly on to Milaidhoo, a 35-minute flight to a perfect tiny island in Baa Atoll, with glistening white-sand beaches surrounded by coral reefs and lagoons in a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. At Milaidhoo island, one of the Maldives’ newest five-star bou- tique resorts, nothing will get in the way of your unrestrained relax- ation and recuperation in the heart of Nature. This is all about so- phisticated understatement, and stylish switching-off. Young chil- dren are not allowed, and neither are selfie-sticks and drones. Low-key barefoot bliss with fine dining, spa treatments and lagoon living are, however, high on the agenda. Your large private villa awaits, standing on stilts above the crystal waters, or on the beach. These villas are sublime. Blending contemporary and Maldivian style in a natural harmony of wooden interiors with a breezy indoor- outdoor feel, each boasts private luxury living surrounded by the warm lagoon. In a Water Pool Villa you will have your own sundeck and large freshwater infinity pool, allowing you to live by the water’s edge so you can sunbathe, swim and dive at will—and the pristine coral reef is just yards away. You will have amazing ocean views from every angle—including down into the ocean, so you can watch bright tropical fish swimming below as you sip your Maldive Lady cocktails. With just 50 of these luxurious villas, you will have a piece of par- adise all to yourself. Not surprisingly in this water-locked Maldivian world, fresh fish features highly on menus, and already Milaidhoo is renowned for its fine cuisine. You can choose from four restaurants and bars, including the spectacular Ba’theli, which serves delicious and innovative fine dining in one of the world’s most desirable loca- tions: two Maldivian boats moored in the blue lagoon. As to the Serenity Spa, it is seventh heaven. Natural therapies from across the world are on offer to rejuvenate the senses, calm the spirit and uplift the mind. A stay at Milaidhoo offers a thousand ways of doing nothing, but for those seeking something energetic the focus is the wide blue ocean. Nearby Hanifaru Bay is world fa- mous for manta ray, among other marine life. A snorkelling, diving or sailing expedition, especially when in the company of the resi- dent marine biologist, is likely to be as instructive as it is beautiful. ¶ Read the full feature on and call 020 7399 2960 for full details and to check availability and best Club rates for your dates. Our Members can save up to 70% off rack rates. Milaidhoo,Maldives 193