Nika Island, Alifu Atoll The Maldives, Central Islands
This is a small and intimate resort with just 43 villas, half of them nestled among the palm trees on the white sand and the other half on the water. The resort has a rustic feel to it and the island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Maldives, not to mention a terrific house reef for snorkelling. Come here to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation, to hide from the crowds, to be left in absolute seclusion and to spend lots of time in the water.
There are quite a few different types of accommodation on offer here, ranging from simple rooms through to the enormousand decadent Sultan Suite. Garden rooms are simple and smaller in size (35 square metres) and clustered in the middle of the island, giving guests accessto both public beaches at either end of the island during their stay. They are air-conditioned with king-sized beds and the option for an extra bed. The beach villas are much more spacious and give guests a completely private stretch of sand. Large families, groups, and couples wanting to stretch out in style can opt for a Deluxe Beach Villa with 100 square metres of space and a private outdoor jacuzzi.
Bookings at Nika Island include full-board, and the cuisine is varied, plentiful and tasty. Buffet lunches and a-la-carte dinners are served at the restaurant (a mix of Italian, ethnic and international dishes) and there is also a cafe and two bars on the island.
Plenty of land and water activities for adults and kids round out the whole experience on Nika Island. Children are welcome and there is a playground and kids club. Both couples and families tend to really appreciate the truly private beach access that makes this resort stand out.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
Centara Grand was fantastic. There are not many places in the world we would want to go back to but this is one of them. We loved it!