Move over thatched villas, there’s a new player on the scene in the Maldives that promises to be “a disruption to the Maldivian mould”. Enter LUX* North Male Atoll.

The luxury resort, which opens today, has 67 over-sized double-storey, penthouse residences each with private pool, showcasing “fresh forward-thinking design for the Indian Ocean”.

The resort, which is a short transfer from Male by luxury speedboat or seaplane, is the work of Singaporean design house Miaja.

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Inspired by the curves and lines of a luxury boat and its sails, it has taken years to perfect the resort on Olhahali, a six-hectare island fringed by white-sandy beaches.

“We are so excited to be opening a truly different resort which dares to get away from what we call the ‘sea of sameness’ with a thoroughly original approach to a luxury Maldivian holiday.”

Chief Operating Officer of The Lux Collective Dominik Ruhl

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Each of the residences sits right on the beach or over the water with living areas that are at least 350 square metres.

The oversized bathrooms feature a bath and couples rain shower, but for those who want to embrace nature, there is also an outdoor shower.

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Guests will have a butler-style villa host to give them all the assistance — or privacy — needed.

Resort restaurants include Barium, a secluded private dining room with an underwater fish tank; INTI restaurant with a prepared-in-front-of-you sushi bar and GLOW serving European classics, Italian and Spanish delicacies through to South East Asian specialties.

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On over-the-lagoon spa offers two-hour treatments for twosomes including body scrubs, massages and aromatherapy bathing rituals.

Guests can choose to dive or snorkel on the spectacular reef, charter a luxury yacht or try jet-skiing, flyboarding, SUP sessions or kayaking tours.

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