The Maldives is open to tourists, and here’s why you should book the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, from the island spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, to the unbeatable cuisine available throughout the resort
Much like its namesake, the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa shines luminously among its competitors, so naturally, it’s at the top of our ‘to stay’ list. The award-winning hotel – named as Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award 2020 and World Class Family Resort by MUSE Hotel Awards – underwent a 20 million dollar renovation to bring a contemporary twist on traditional Maldivian architecture. After the uncertain events of this year, the resort in the Indian Ocean is beckoning, so we’re headed there to recentre and find our inner bliss.
Conveniently located just 20 minutes away from Velana International Airport, the five-star family resort offers complimentary shared speedboat transfers from the airport to resort to all guests.
Surrounded by a glistening turquoise lagoon, flawless white sandy beaches, and breezy palms, this private island retreat provides the perfect backdrop to finding your harmony. Here’s a rundown of the resort and the reasons why it should be top of your travel list.
6 reasons to visit Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
The range of stunning accommodation that meets every guest’s needs
With a variety of accommodation options, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the perfect room at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. Those on a romantic get-away should opt for a traditional Water Bungalow with its unparalleled water views, plus there’s an option to get your own private plunge pool overlooking the ocean.
While those with kids in tow can check-in to a garden facing Cottage for a spacious answer to holiday living. Or for something extra special, the two-bedroom Presidential Suite is a desirable choice – with its own private pool and overwater net, you’ll never want to leave.
The beautiful island spa boasting Ayurvedic treatments
It’s been a roller-coaster year, so if dedicating time to self-care is top of your agenda (which it ought to be) then the Shine Spa – which sits atop its very own island – is certainly a drawcard at this beautiful resort. The award-winning spa has just undergone a half-million dollar renovation so luxury is guaranteed. With signature massages, facials and scrubs your body will feel renewed. While traditional Ayurvedic – 3,000-year-old healing practises originating in India –treatments and the dedicated yoga pavilion will make sure your mind and soul are also left feeling recharged.
The wide range of water sports experiences
Or, perhaps you’re keen to feel the winds of adventure in your hair? In which case, the water-sports on offer at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa will certainly whet (or wet) your appetite for adrenaline. There’s jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing and surfing on offer within the resort.
And for those who like to explore waters unknown, popular dive spots Banana Reef and Okobe Thila are close by. If snorkelling is more your style, the resort’s popular ‘sandbank picnic excursion’ takes you to a white sandbank amid an abundant reef where you can experience ocean life up close.
The unbeatable cuisine across varied dining outlets
Foodies will not go disappointed either, as each of the dining options serves up delicious, high-quality fare. For a taste of the local cuisine, Feast cooks up a Maldivian themed buffet to a soundtrack of live music, and you can discover the authentic flavours of Thailand at Baan Thai, where the menu is prepared by a Thai culinary team. Award-winning restaurant Sea Salt cooks up a veritable feast of seafood delight which you can enjoy with the sand beneath your toes looking out to the ocean.
And for those wanting something extra special, make the most of the destination dining options by treating your loved one to a romantic dining experience on the beach.
The chance to be immersed in local culture
The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is known for its Sunset Dolphin Cruise where you’re able to catch a sight of the majestic creatures as they weave in and out of the waves. Along with this there’s also a Snorkeling Safari that introcudes you to some of the ocean’s residents, while the Local Island Tours allow you to get to know the community who live on the land. Then, with a variety of fishing activities, so you can make like a local and try your hand at reeling in the catch of the day. There’s handline fishing, where you can catch Snappers, Groupers, Emperors or Trevallies before eating them for lunch.
Or, if bigger means better, then big game fishing will give you the chance to hook Sail fish, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Giant Trevally, which again you can eat. The resort is also known for its popular dolphin cruise, which is a highlight for many guests visiting the Maldives.
The resort’s excellent eco-credentials
With a notable commitment to the natural environment, The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa have, this year, launched their ‘water bottling plant initiative’ which has seen a large amount of plastic bottles removed from the resort. Instead, their new water bottling facility uses reverse osmosis to purify the seawater which is then distributed in glass bottles.
Furthering their support of the local environment, they have partnered with local authorities to save the coral reef. Replanting the reefs so they can best thrive, guests are invited to see it first hand during an interactive coral-fragment plantation activity.