Looking to escape the cold for a few days of R&R in the tropics? The Standard Huruvalhi, the newest opening in the Maldives, promises a thoroughly contemporary retreat from the coal face, for couples and solos alike.
The Maldives. There is really no place like it. However, we can understand your hesitancy if you’re presently flying solo. There’s little doubt that the Indian Ocean archipelago is favoured by the sickly emoured, tangles of eloping lovers breathlessly fueling up at the breakfast buffet before secreting themselves in their overwater villas, selfie-taking duos lining the infinity pools and giggling their way through candlelit dinners under a canopy of stars. It doesn’t make things easy for single travellers (especially when a Tinder hook up just might require a seaplane ticket).
That’s where The Standard Huruvalhi comes in. The American brand, better known for its sexy urban retreats in the likes of New York and LA, has set up shop between the Raa and Baa Atolls, a 35-minute seaplane flight from the international airport, and promises to be as seductive to the unattached as it does to the betrothed and besotted.
Home to 115 overwater and beach villas, each with its own plunge pool and sun deck, The Standard Huruvalhi is an amusing departure from the Maldivian norm – think glittering disco balls suspended above deep-soak tubs, commissioned art from South Korean multi-disciplinary artist Rostarr, a floating outdoor cinema, and an adults-only overwater club.
The Standard is all about discovering your own Maldivian escape, from traditional Maldivian cuisine at the Guduguda restaurant, and grilled seafood and reggae beats at BBQ SHAK, to a do-it-yourself mud experience at The Standard Spa, cocktails laced with local fermented coconut water moonshine at Beru Bar, and guided scuba diving expeditions to some of the region’s best coral gardens.
You never know, one of those emoured couples might even invite you into the fold. So to speak.
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