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Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, Haa Alif Atoll

Tropic Breeze Rating:5.0

  • Especially Romantic
  • Allows Children
  • Luxury resort
  • Gourmet food
  • Pool
  • Diving / Watersports
  • Spa
  • Yachting
  • Kid's Club
The Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique resort situated on the privately owned, uninhabited virgin island of Dhonakulhi in the North Maldives on the Indian Ocean. The island is a haven of peace, tranquility and serenity as the Hideaway is one of only two resorts on the entire Haa Alif and Haa Dhaalu Atolls of the North Maldives.

The resort was originally opened on 1st August 2005 with eight types of spectacular guest villas ranging from 176 sq. m. to 1400 sq. m. The marina is the first of its kind in the Maldives.

Dhonakulhi is a large crescent-shaped island with a beach length of some 1.4 kilometres on each side, a width of 500 metres and land area of 234,000 sq. m.  The crystal clear turquoise waters of the shallow, waist-deep lagoon surrounding the island stretch as far as the eye can see.

The island is unique in its reef formation - the reef system it sits on halves a natural channel splitting it into two distinct parts thereby forming a natural harbour for the marina.

In addition to coconut trees, banana trees and rubber-tree-like vegetation, the island is covered by uniquely rich dense bushy vegetation.


Our Opinion

Unlike most of the more remote islands in the Maldives, Island Hideaway is reached by a scheduled flight from Male followed by a short speedboat ride. It all seemed to work well and unlike a seaplane, it travels at night, so you can still get to Island Hideaway if you are on a flight that gets into Male at silly o’clock!
The island is big, so there is plenty of space and the rooms are very private as well as being MASSIVE! We had a dhonakulhi residence which had a large sitting room, with a lovely upstairs outside deck area, (perfect for breakfast) lovely bedrooms with a seriously oversized bed and a bath so big, you need to give your butler about 2 hours notice if you want a bath rather than a shower.
We were treated to dinner in the Gaafushi Restaurant where sushi was superb. Island Hideaway is pure luxury and of course that comes with a luxury price tag. 

Fact File

Children: Children are welcomed at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, if you are staying in an Ocean Suite or above you will be provided with a 24/7 Butler service.   These will also help to care for your children whether building sandcastles on the beach or snorkeling in the lagoon. Additionally, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is home to the Tender Hearts Children Club which provides a range of fully supervised indoor and outdoor activities. Babysitting can be arranged for all children at a local charge.

Transfers: 45 minute domestic flight from Male followed by a 20 minute speedboat transfer.  Alternatively a private charter can be arranged on request at a higher charge. 

Facilities: Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa offers its guests a range of facilities including The Hideaway Spa and Beauty Palace, watersports centre, fishing trips, sports complex, dive school, swimming pools, shopping, Tender Hearts Children Club, library and a range of excursions to enhance your experience of the Maldives. Additionally, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa has a fully equipped marina built by the renowned Walcon Marine.

Dining: With 5 dining options plus the ability to arrange a tailor-made dining experience, either in your villa or on a secluded beach, you will never run out of choices at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa.

Matheefaru Restaurant: The main restaurant on the island provides guests with international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Weekly themed evenings are held where live cooking stations or the a la carte menu choices will leave you spoiled for choice.  The Matheefaru also has two private pavilions over the water.

Meeru Bar and Grill: A casual daytime bar to enjoy a glass of champagne by the pool while snacking on a light lunch.

Samsara Asian Restaurant: Hanging over the lagoon, you can enjoy Asian cuisine on an open- air terrace or, for something special try the Teppanyaki table.

Sunset Pool Cafe: With views over the sea you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or daytime snacks. With influences from Europe and Asia the Sunset Pool Cafe offers a wide range of interesting cuisine.

Tailor made dining experiences: The team at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa want to accommodate anything you may wish for - from dining on the sundeck of your villa to a private spot on the beach.

Accommodation: Spacious and luxuriously designed, the 103 villas are set in either beach or lagoon positions and range from 176sqm to an impressive 1400 sq. m.  The versatility of the accommodation makes Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa an ideal resort to cater for the honeymooners, families and those on a social escape with friends! All villas feature Wi-Fi, air conditioning, TV, DVD and Blu-ray players, home theatre systems, in room safe, telephone, mini bar, a Nespresso coffee machine and bikes to ride around the island.

Sunset Beach Villa: 176 sq. m. Scattered along the coastline these villas feature an open outdoor terrace, an indoor and an outdoor bathroom complete with a Jacuzzi bathtub. The villas are furnished to a high standard with teak flooring, a dressing room and its natural style is enhanced by the use of neutral soft furnishings.

Deluxe Water Villa with Pool: 196 sq. m. These newly built water villas are set above the turquoise lagoon surrounding the island. Spacious and well designed, these villas comprise of a large bedroom with a sitting area, an indoor bathroom, a Jacuzzi bathtub overlooking the lagoon and a walk in wardrobe.  The outside space provides an 18 m. infinity pool and an in-villa dining area on your private sundeck where you can enjoy a drink as the sun sets.

Deluxe Sunset Beach Villa with Pool: These villas are spacious and offer a private retreat  and are set on the beach with a large pool in the garden.

Beach Residence with Plunge Pool: 550 sq. m.  These have the added feature of being much larger than the beach villas and provide a spacious home from home. In addition guests can enjoy a two-person Jacuzzi bath, an open air garden dining area and an outdoor plunge pool.

Beach Residence with a lap pool: These have the same features and furnishings as above but feature a much larger pool.

Ocean Villa with Pool: 300 sq. m.  Perched above the lagoon, this one bedroom suite enjoys  a separate living and dining room, indoor bathroom with a free standing Jacuzzi bathtub, shower and walk in wardrobe. The outside space comprises of a large sundeck with a dining area and a 22 sq. m. pool. Guests staying in an Ocean Villa with Pool will enjoy a 24/7 butler service.

Family Villa: 705 sq. m. These extremely spacious villas are entered through your own private courtyard which leads to the large living space overlooking the ocean.  One large bedroom, an indoor and outdoor bathroom, a dressing area, a lounge sits within the villa while the outside space provides a private garden to enjoy, an outdoor sitting area and an infinity pool. Guests staying in a Family Villa with Pool will enjoy a 24/7 butler service.

Ocean Suite with Pool: 340sq. m. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living and dining room, a verandah with a 25m infinity pool sunk into your outdoor deck area - all sat on stilts above the lagoon with a large sundeck with breathtaking views over the lagoon. Great for honeymooners looking for the extra space or for a small group. Guests staying in an Ocean Suite with Pool will enjoy a 24/7 butler service.

Hideaway Palace: 1,420 sq. m. These award winning Palaces compromise of three villas surrounded by infinity pools - perfect for a group of friends or a large family.  Each villa has a master bedroom with en suite indoor and outdoor bathrooms, two further bedrooms each with en suite indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a dining pavilion with a roof terrace and a pantry for your butler to prepare your drinks and snacks. Each villa has an open air dining area overlooking the pools and a shaded pavilion to enjoy. Guests staying in a Hideaway Palace will enjoy a 24/7 butler service.

Family 2 Bedroom Villa with Pool: 1,200 sq. m. These extremely spacious villas provide two bedrooms, a lounge area, an indoor and outdoor bathroom and a dressing area.  The private outside space includes a 53 sq. m. infinity pool, an outdoor sitting area and an open-air terrace. Guests staying in a Family 2 Bedroom Villa with Pool will enjoy a 24/7 butler service.

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