The Maldives is one of the top destinations for those looking for a beach vacation where you do nothing else but soaking up the sun by the pool. Yet, while it is a awe-inspiring archipelago, the Maldives is inaccessible to some because of the outrageous costs of its resorts, restaurants, and sea plane transfers.

Noku Maldives, part of acclaimed hospitality group Roxy-Pacific Holding, aims to bridge the gap between affordability and a remarkable Maldivian vacation. This peaceful and intimate retreat is nestled beyond soft powdery shores and crystal blue waters in the Noonu Atoll — located just a 50-minute seaplane transfer from the city.

Formerly Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Resort, the property has since gone through an extensive renovation of its guest villas, public spaces and F&B outlets. We stayed at the resort after it opened in August last year.

Read on to find out our experience at Noku Maldives and why you should consider this island for a vacation without breaking the bank.

(All photos courtesy of Noku Maldives)