Pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters have made the Maldives a traditionally popular destination for couples — a trip of a lifetime to mark the beginning of a beautiful new chapter together. So when we heard the news that The Standard Hotels — arguably one of the hippest American hotel brands known for its design and trendsetting clientele — unveiled its first property in Asia in Huruvalhi, Maldives, we were particularly excited. This newly launched island getaway isn’t just for honeymooners; it’s been crafted to accommodate families, friend groups, love birds and solo travellers who want to treat themselves to a well-deserved escape to paradise.

[All images courtesy of The Standard]

The Standard Huruvalhi

The Standard’s first ever island escape is now available for you. Nestled between the Raa and Baa Atolls, the property is conveniently only a short 35 minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport, or an equally short speedboat ride away. From relaxing spa treatments, fun cultural experiences, and delicious local cuisine to exhilarating water activities, your stay at the Standard Maldives can be relaxing or exciting — it’s really up to you to decide what you’re in the mood for. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your beloved or a fun trip with your closest friends, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives has you covered. On property guests can marvel at the large-scale specially commissioned masterpiece from Rostarr: a highly acclaimed, multidisciplinary artist and a member of the Global Standard Family, the brand’s exclusive circle of trendsetters, industry leaders and cultural tastemakers.

Private Access, Private Pool

Guests are warmly welcomed into the intimate open-air lobby filled with exclusive beauty and wellness products, eclectic knick-knacks, and resort essentials that you may only purchase on the island. The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives boasts 115 overwater and beach villas each with their own infinity plunge pool and private lounge deck with direct access to a lagoon, ocean, or beach. As a reminder that you can party at The Standard anywhere, even when in a secluded paradise, over every bathtub there’s a disco ball to make sure your bath is a blast.

The Standard Huruvalhi, Maldives

Island Adventures and Underwater Beauty

Guests can design their own day of fun however they wish. A selection of curated activities available include exploring uninhabited islands and undiscovered reefs, or to learning how to weave indigenous baskets. Lovebirds can also choose to have a moonlit movie night under the stars while their friends dance and flirt the night away at a beachside pool party. Huruvalhi is also known for its fantastic snorkelling and diving excursions. The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives is equipped with a full collection of sea equipment for you to have fun in the sun from glass bottom kayaks to windsurfing, and not to mention jet skis for you to speed off to explore the local waters. The resort even has an 82 square meter inflatable water park where children and adults can play in the sun together. Parents looking for a kids-free moment, there are professional childcare services at the Lil’ Shark Kids Club, where little ones can spend their afternoon in the paddling pool.

Authentic Dining

The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives celebrates and embraces local richness and bounty. All scrumptious creations are made with regionally sourced fresh ingredients and produce not too far from the island. Guests who wish to try authentic Maldivian dishes are spoiled with a delectable array of options at GUDUGUDA, where the food is made by local women who carry on the tradition of their remarkable culinary culture. The menus at GUDUGUDA highlight locally-caught seafood, regional fruits and vegetables and aromatic coconut milk-based curries, typical to the region. The resort also has a grill restaurant, BBQ SHAK, where fresh daily caught seafood and meats are grilled to order over coconut shell charcoal to be enjoyed with flavourful house-made sauces, as well as an all-day dining spot, Kula.

Quench your Thirst

After a day of outdoor activities, head over to TODIS BAR for signature TODIS cocktails made with local specialty coconut water-based liquor served in a half coconut shell to quench your sun-parched self. Then catch the last rays of sun, as it kisses the sky goodbye and enjoy craft cocktails and Maldivian small plates at BERU BAR. Dance the night away to breezy local beats on the glass-bottomed dance floor, and enjoy a sunset ritual led by a local Maldivian Boduberu drummer.

The Standard Huruvalhi Maldives

Unwind

To properly recover from your sun-drenched days, hit the Standard Spa and enjoy a do-it-yourself mud experience or a soothing, skin-nourishing skin treatment. The Spa Deck and Tonic Bar offer stunning ocean views. It’s the ideal place for you to kick back and enjoy a range of superfood drinks and elixirs to reboot your mind and body before tackling windsurfing or wakeboarding over crystal clear waters again.

Guilt-free pleasure

The Standard Maldives is as equally committed to giving you the best experience as it is to giving back. Signature menus include a $1 donation towards the resort’s foundation for coral conservation and all packaging used on property is made from repurposed and recyclable materials. The ultimate cool resort is dedicated to the conservation of marine life, and we absolutely love that. It even has its very own lagoon coral nursery with over 3,000 juvenile corals — who does not love an underwater garden?

The Standard Huruvalhi will make your Maldivian dreams come true. This island escape offers a unique blend of relaxation and social life, perfect for you to go with pretty much everyone you know and adore. You will fill your days snorkelling and dancing to tribal beats on the beach on repeat.

The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives is now available for booking with special opening rate from USD395. To reserve your villas or find out more, visit www.standardhotels.com/maldives.

Chanita Ing Susewi
Strategic Partnerships Director
Made in Thailand, matured in the US, Chanita is passionate about creative branding, languages and all things lifestyle. When she’s not planning a trip or checking out new real estate projects, she can be found reading about wellness, personal development and mental health. Then whenever she finds time for herself she enjoys wine tasting and dining with friends. She can often be found breaking a sweat at boutique gyms around the world, trying to play tennis, skiing or working on her golf swing.