Crystal-clear waters reflecting the blue sky, the sound of waves brushing the shore immediately filling you with easiness and serenity, the feeling of sand under your feet and the sun caressing your skin; Dhoni Mighili, isolated in the calm waters of the Maldives, is what anyone would call paradise on earth, a perfect escape for those who want nothing but to relieve stress in the beautiful middle of nowhere.
A tiny half-moon-shaped island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a white halo of atolls, Dhoni Mighili, literally meaning ‘boat island’ is a place right out of your dreams. It’s so small it can take you around 20 minutes to walk all around it, and with just a handful of bungalows, it never has many guests at a time so you can have all the solitude you need and all the soft sand and glowing sea to yourself.
How to get there
To get to Dhoni Mighili from the airport at Malé, the Maldivian capital, you can either take a half-an-hour seaplane ride over a round string of reefs or a four-hour cruise on a private dhoni, a traditional Maldivian boat, all to yourself.
These boats with double sails, besides being used to explore and tour the surrounding waters, have been specially built so guests can live on board them if they don’t want to stay on the bungalows. Being only 20 metres long, these lovely boats with fascinating names such as Sublime, Serenity, Dream, Passion, Seduction and Bliss will take you around to nearby smaller islands or go snorkelling; and if you wish, you can calmly sail the flowing waters, a glass of wine in hand and the waves rocking you to a calm sleep on one of the cushioned daybeds; a well-deserved luxury.
But the relaxing experience does not stop when you get to the land. There, you can swim in your own private pool, lie down under the shade in your bungalow’s garden and breathe in some clean, pure air or just lie and curl up on an undholi, a luxurious wooden swing bed used by Maldivian families.
As if it wasn’t enough with the paradisiac views and luxurious feeling, on your stay at Dhoni Mighili you will be assigned your own thakuru, a butler at your service 24 hours a day along with a captain and two crew members for your dhoni, all dressed in the traditional and colorful mundu. This service is ‘wherever and whenever’. So it doesn’t matter if you wish to sail off into the sunset, watch the sunrise at the earliest hours of the morning, or fancy a candlelit dinner at midnight under the night sky and the stars; wherever and whenever, you can have it.
For those with hearts that seek adventures, there’s windsurfing, kayaking and catamaran sailing, including a dive school if you want to enjoy the Maldives’ underwater and fascinating action. But Dhoni Mighili’s wonders do not end here. If you want to rest, relax and spoil yourself, the Sen Spa might be the perfect place for you. With both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms facing the turquoise shimmering waters, it’s easy to drift off to dreamland with the soothing sound of the waves gently brushing the shore and retreating.
A relaxing spa day
The spa menu offers the highly recommended ‘holistic heavenly bliss’ and yes, it feels as good as it sounds. An all body treatment; scrubbing, polishing and cleansing, making your skin feel soft like new. And for those who still feel the effects of a long flight to the Maldives, ‘the jetlag reviver’ treatment might feel like a blessing for your body, or even the hot-stone treatment, which restores your energy almost magically using hot, black basalt stones. Lastly, if you take a thirty-minute journey by speedboat from the airport at Malé to the North Malé Atoll, you will find yourself in the first ever underwater spa on Huvafen Fushi; another unforgettable experience, enjoying a relaxing treatment while watching the underwater world surround you.
Fancy meals accompanied by fine wine are essential to your experience at Dhoni Mighili, and don’t be surprised when you find seafood to be a big hit on the menus, what with the clear waters surrounding you. The abundance of tropical fruits can’t These, as they make any meal truly exotic. And the cherry on top: before you even arrive you will be asked for any special requests you have in mind, including any type of food you like and don’t like, meaning the resident chef will immediately prepare your favorite dishes as soon as you ask. And don’t worry about where to eat, as you can choose between dining at the restaurant, picking a spot on the beach, dining on board your private dhoni or even having your table in the water.
Finding peace of body and mind is the easy part of your Dhoni Mighili experience; the hardest part is having to leave behind the small paradise on earth you found, with its shimmering, calming waters and the luxuries that welcomed you.
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