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    A recent addition to the Huruvalhi Island of Raa Atoll in the Maldives is adding new colours to the sparkling blue-beige contrast of this island nation. The Standard in Maldives is not just a picturesque resort that is set to change the way you plan beach holidays, it is also turning the clichéd idea of a island escape on its head.

    Maldives introduces you to the raw beauty of nature – rich, pristine, and untamed. Asia’s smallest country and home to 26 atolls, this is where land melds with blue waters that mirror the clear blue sky above. The Standard is set amidst this glory and soaks in everything hyperlocal.

    The Standard Maldives

    A short sea plane ride away from Male, the resort promises experiences more invigorating than dreamy Instagram posts that you may have saved. Not just your regular sun, sand, and sea beach vacation, this resort goes an extra mile to make sure your experiences are truly worthwhile. While Maldives has gained a reputation of being a quiet yet surreal beach holiday, its best-kept secret lies in the interesting activities that The Standard offers.

    Ethereal living experiences

    For their first resort property (and their first foray into Asia), the décor of the 115 villas laid out in a domino style is the first thing that attracts guests. With a splash of dull yellow and hot pink, The Standard manages to set a lively, energetic mood, whether you’re staying at overwater villas, lagoon villas or beach villas.

    The Standard Maldives

    The amenities, however, represent king-sized urbanisation – there’s free wifi, in-room Bluetooth speaker, in-room snorkelling equipment, and more. It is, however, their custom facilities that spoil you silly. The hydrotherapy comprises of a communal hammam and aroma steam therapy, and they also curate hemp-driven CBD hot oil massages and screen ‘moonlight cinema’ per week.

    The Standard Maldives

    Maldivian culinary jaunts

    Low on pretense and high on wellness — this is the vibe that all four restaurants and three bars here offer. Guduguda, which translates to ‘special water pipe’ in Dhivehi, is a classic Maldivian dining restaurant. Styled in rustic setting, on the menu are aromatic rice dishes and flavourful coconut curries. Kula (‘colour’ in Dhivehi) is an all-day dining spot offering diverse American, European, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines. BBQ Shak grills meat to perfection over coconut shell charcoal and Joos Café is where you chill out over a tall glass of smoothie.

    The Standard Maldives

    The Standard makes sure your nightlife isn’t left behind either. Warm colours, disco-balls, and DJ spinning the freshest beats – this is what Beru Bar has in store for you. Tonic, on the other hand, is an adults-only wellness bar, where herbal beverages with medicinal benefits and drinks packed with adaptogens, superfoods, prebiotics, antioxidants, and aphrodisiacs, make sure you stay on the right side of healthy.

    Island adventures

    Think of Maldives and lush marine life comes to mind. At The Standard you can swim alongside giant turtles, manta rays, and baby sharks, and snorkel to explore 98 types of coral and 220 species of marine animals. Or you could book yourselves a cruise and go island hopping. They also pack activities like jet ski, tubing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, waterboarding, kitesurfing, and more. For kids (two years or above), they have Lil’ Shark Kids Club.

    Therapeutic getaways

    Wellness and health are key here and The Standard offers a range of spa therapies, most noteworthy of them being the CBD-based hot oil massage. Those looking to plan a trip especially around therapeutic pleasures can just sit back and reboot. Besides hammam rituals, they also offer sound therapy and crystal healing. Indulge in hair and beauty rituals and nail and facial routines for a rejuvenating experience.

    All images: Courtesy Instagram and Getty

    Harleen Kalsi
    Harleen feeds off her nomadic spirit and incessant shenanigans on the road to stay alive. When not writing, she is busy searching for a good read/art/act.