Greener BeeGreen HolidaysLuxury villas, lush nature and tropical beaches: Discover the Maldives

The small island, which you can walk around in about 15 minutes, is lush with natural fauna and palm trees – the national tree of the Maldives. Such is their abundance that coconuts feature in many dishes at the Amaya Food Gallery.

Menus change daily and there are a variety of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including vegetable tempura, exotic curries and grilled meats. The waiters are genuinely the kindest I have ever met – ours, Ismail, demonstrated his talents by making me a beautiful starfish necklace out of palm leaves. 

For an extra special treat, book a table at Ember Robatayaki, a Japanese restaurant on the northern shore (you can book a buggy to take you there but it’s not necessary, as everything is within walking distance). As we arrived, our chef informed us that he was, in fact, 

Sri Lankan, but you would never have guessed it from the authenticity of the dishes. Snapper and Wagyu beef were charcoal-grilled to perfection in front of us, and sushi platters were also served. We somehow managed to find room for a delicious green tea chocolate parfait with mango, coconut and green tea jelly.

There’s a gym at the Fit Centre if you need to work off some extra pounds, but we opted for sunset yoga instead. While looking out over the horizon, we attempted to stretch into the vinyasa yoga positions with the encouragement of our teacher. Afterwards, we rewarded our hard work with astrology-themed cocktails at Thari Bar while gazing at the stars. 

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