Grand Park Kodhipparu in the Maldives is Park Hotel Group’s first luxury resort, plumped pretty in North Malé Atoll, just a speedy 20-minutes boat ride from Velana International Airport.
The island is peppered with villas designed by award-winning hospitality firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, with sophisticated architecture and interiors as far as the eye can see. The Maldives’ traditional influence of wood and rattan results in contemporary yet inventive rustic appeal, with neutral tones and natural light creating a tranquil environment to compliment the slowly lapping cobalt sea surrounds.
Ranging from a one-bedroom Lagoon Water Villa with sun terrace and direct ocean access, to a luxurious Grand Residence, a uniquely-designed two-bedroom water bungalow, with glass villa floor, private pool and overwater hammock, it’s rich-pickings when it comes to accommodation.
One accolade worth boasting about is its award-winning spa – an overwater ode to tranquillity, where tailor-made wellness journeys employ enhanced Asian touch techniques of Balinese or Ayurvedic to help you achieve inner peace. Make your trip to the island even more special this summer with a ‘Spa under the Stars’ treatment, of either a Deep Tissue Massage or Kodhipparu Fusion Massage, played out to a blanket of stars and a soporific soundtrack of ebbing waves. Other worthwhile experiences will take you from land to sea, with Catamaran sailing, water skiing and dolphin dhoni cruises to private sandbank excursions, sustainability projects and a cultural visit to Malé city, better know as King’s Island.
Some of the island’s most incredible experiences are fuelled by food, with an amazing line-up of unique destinations in which to savour tastes of the Maldives and beyond. For a ‘private floating experience’, you can choose from a private floating sunrise breakfast, a private floating sunset rendezvous, private floating dinner experience, or a private floating spa experience, served either in your own pool, the spa or at sea. To ramp up the romance, make a reservation for a private pergola dinner on the beach.
A five-course menu is served under the stars in a pergola lit by lanterns and candles, casting ethereal shadows over the sand as the sun slinks behind the horizon. You can choose between Veli (Sand), with dinner and a private host; Thari (Stars) which adds selected drinks; Han’dhu (Moon), which further adds a private chef to whip up a private bbq; and a Signature Experience, which also includes a bottle of Tattinger NV, canapés on arrival and unlimited mocktails.
If all this sounds too perfect to be true, then simply go and see for yourself. In fact, there’s no better to visit than during Eid Al-Fitr, with the hotel’s Eid Mubarak special offer available for stays of four nights or more between May 1 – 31, 2022. The offer includes daily breakfast, welcome tropical fruits on arrival, one in-villa breakfast or floating breakfast, daily dinner for two, one 50-minute Balinese massage for two, complimentary return speedboat transfer, and access to the Beach club, steam room, gym and games room. A grand gesture indeed.