Dhigali Island is the definition of paradise. Unpretentious, earthy, ringed by coral and remote. Arriving via boat transfer in the evening, it was pitch black, the wind was blowing and the stars were brighter than I have ever seen. Our location ”somewhere in the Indian Ocean” we approach and see the Dhigali resort team standing waiting for us, holding refreshments, with candles all around. A sincere showing of gratitude for our arrival, the beginning of an unforgettable experience.
Waking up to an awe inspiring sunrise within our 85 sqm overwater villa, looking beyond the lagoon, into the depths of the Lakshadweep Sea, I was compelled to enter the water, still in a robe holding an espresso.
To set foot on Dhigali’s sands is to escape into an adventure. On land, at sea or underwater, the thrill of discovery awaits. The humility of the resort team and their dedication to service, combined with all of my senses being constantly reminded of the beauty of the earth leaves an everlasting memory of a truly sublime island experience.
For dining authentic flavours and exotic fusions are met with gourmet fare and flair, my companion required a kosher experience, the kitchen accommodated this with ease, separating pan’s and ensuring a full kosher experience was offered from start to finish. The final evening, a private candlelit dinner for two was prepared on the white sands.
Within rustling palms and to the sound of distant waves you will find Dhigali’s spa, this green retreat in the middle of the island invites you into deep relaxation. Daybeds and an outdoor pool and 12 modern, minimalist treatment rooms cocoon guests in absolute peacefulness. Therapies draw on indigenous traditions to heal and energise.
To have your own experience of the stars being brighter than ever before, to feel the sun combined with the tranquil ocean breeze while immersed in a crystal clear coral reef visit: dhigali.com.
The island of Dhigali is a 40-minute journey by seaplane from Malé Airport. It takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to the island from Ifuru/Dharavandhoo Airport, including a transfer by speedboat.
Words: Lee Joseph