To the Maldives, where one of the Vanity Fair research team
reports back from the newest island resort, Amilla Fushi.
The word is, the Amilla Fushi concept flips the Maldivian
reputation on its head. This is not about thatched huts and
Robinson Crusoe honeymooners, but slick design for the Ibiza crowd.
It's still barefoot - so no need for stilettos in the sand - but
for those who've been searching, here is the Indian Ocean's party
Fushi is the place to hang with a bunch of friends as you
would in St Tropez; guzzling rosé at lunch, followed by a bit of a
sunset cruise, cocktails at dusk then a right old knees-up in a
tree house or on a nearby deserted island - there's even a DJ on
Fresh, uncomplicated food is by chef Luke Mangan - Australia's
answer to Jamie Oliver. And dining's so informal, that if you don't
want to eat in the restaurant, you can nibble on cheese and wine in
the cellar or choose food from the Emperor General Store deli to
have in your room. But don't call them rooms; each is so capacious,
they're known as 'Houses'.
Spa treatments include doctor-designed QMS facials,
Dabbs pedicures and body therapies using Himalayan
salt-based Ila products. Staff are
impeccable, (including the brilliant but unfortunately named butler
Saddam Hussein) delivering handwritten notes at every turn, setting
up desert island picnics, wading into the water to deliver a
well-shaken cocktail or making up a memory-stick of favourite
Still to come, are 'Residences' with up to six bedrooms,
including one with a full-on recording studio… making it loud and
clear which crowd Amilla Fushi has been designed for.
Amilla Fushi and Cleveland Collection offer all Vanity
Fair A-List members a 7-night stay at Amilla Fushi from £2,998 per
person sharing in an overwater Lagoon House on a half-board basis.
Room upgrade subject to availability. Price includes flights,
transfers to and from the island, water sports, and daily Spa
treatment for adults, plus a private island picnic. Valid for
travel between 11 May - 15 October 2015. Terms and conditions
apply. Don't miss out on future offers, sign up
to the A-List.