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Soneva Gili, North Male Atoll 

Lankanfushi Island
North Male Atoll
Tel: 960 664 0304
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"No news, no shoes" is the stated mantra here. While high-speed broadband and wireless Internet keep guests connected, most come here to lounge by the infinity pool, swing in the romantic overwater hammock, or live out their shipwreck daydreams in one of the Robinson Crusoe villas. These seven suites, accessible only by your private rowboat and pontoon shuttle, stand alone in the shallow lagoon. Personal butlers—dubbed Mr. Friday after a character in the book—impress from arrival, asking if the boat speed is comfortable and offering to unpack your bags. The other overwater rustic-chic villas are connected to the beach via wooden walkways and have private sundecks, outdoor living rooms, and rain showers. The eco-conscious resort uses organic cotton linens and sustainable building materials, and includes the cost of carbon offsets for your in-country flight in the per-night room rate. The measures are all meant to protect the local ecosystem, including the coral reef, which teems with yellow puffer fish, stingrays, and the occasional turtle. The overwater Six Senses spa is rightly known for its healing massages and Sundari facials, but adventurous sybarites might also try Reiki, acupuncture, private yoga, or a 3- to 14-day Ayurveda program. In fact, the only intrusion on healing and relaxation at this laid-back paradise is the occasional sound of planes overhead. On-site restaurants include a sand-floor café, an underground gourmet cellar with wine and cheese tastings, and an Italian eatery in the organic garden. The most romantic option is a private meal on One Palm Island, 550 yards offshore.

Appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, a directory of the world's best hotels and resorts, in 2009

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