Dhoni Sailing, North Male Atoll
North Male Atoll
Tel: 960 664 4222
Concierge.com's insider take:
Russian oligarchs cruise through these atolls in the latest mammoth yachts, but equally chic and considerably more environmental are indigenous sailing craft made of coconut wood called dhoni. This slower boat resembles an Arab dhow, and its roots are traceable to the sailboats that brought ancient Phoenician explorers to these parts sometime before 300 B.C. Huvafen Fushi is the best place to experience a trip on these ships. The 65-foot boats have been updated with cushy comforts like pillow-strewn daybeds at the bow end and an attentive crew of three. Frette sheets in the understated rooms down below make these the resort's exciting new "floating" room category, though a night or two at sea should suffice for most. Sunbathe between snorkels or dives among the Maldives's kaleidoscopic coral rich with angelfish, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, and whale sharks. Disembark at one palm-fringed deserted isle after another where the crew prepares picnic lunches of grilled just-caught tuna and chile lobster. Adventurous couples can arrange an overnight on one of these idyllic sand spits, complete with bed and specially delivered morning breakfast.