Dusit Thani - Description
There’s a lot to like about Dusit Thani. One of the best house reef’s I’ve snorkeled in the Maldives, fine white sand beaches encircling the island and a lush mature interior make this a high scoring naturally endowed island. Add to this stylish, sophisticated accommodation, warm & friendly Thai inspired hospitality and a truly impressive standard of dining and you have a resort that delivers on just about every aspect.
Ringed by white sandy beaches, a stunning 360 degree house reef and a turquoise lagoon, the luxury resort on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – the Maldives’ first and only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the Sea Plane Terminal at Malé Airport and 10 minutes by speedboat from the Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll (plus 20 minutes by domestic flight from Domestic Terminal at Malé Airport to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport).
Dusit Thani does a great job in appealing to everyone without compromising on anything. Families will love the fully equipped, yet low key kids club where children are entertained by a dedicated team organising a programme of activities. Romantics will love the spacious, elegant villas, many with private pools and direct access to the beach or ocean. Foodies will love the range and quality of dining options and the very welcome ‘dine around’ facility which comes as standard meaning guests booked on half or full board are free to experience any of the dining venues, including the signature Thai restaurant. Snorkelers and divers will love the pristine house reef and location of the resort in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Sporty types will be happy with the fabulous tennis courts and numerous water sports (including free-diving) whilst pamper lovers will be in Maldives heaven at the fabulous tree top spa – one of the best massage treatments I’ve experienced, anywhere, ever…
Elegant, spacious villas which complement the natural Maldivian surroundings whilst adding a subtle touch of Thai style. There are 95 villas in total, 43 on the beach and 51 over the water. A significant bonus is that Dusit Thani allow two adults and two children to share a villa at no extra charge, making this a very family friendly resort.
Beach Villa (9 villas at 122 sq m) Escape to a beachside hideaway surrounded by an abundance of indigenous, tropical flora. A typical morning greets you with views of waves lapping on the shore from the comfort of your bed. Spend your days blissfully cast away in your own secluded cove, reading a book on the outdoor patio or simply relaxing under the Maldivian sun. All Beach Villas are built with a private terrace that leads out to a pristine and secluded beach front.
Beach Villa with Pool (10 villas at 122 sq m) With generous living space, contemporary Thai interiors and a host of modern amenities to make each stay a memorable one, the Beach Villas with pool offer unrivaled beachside luxury with a touch of Thai style. The lush tropical island, dense with palm trees and indigenous flora, creates a natural castaway haven. Beach Villas with pool have the luxury of a private plunge pool nestled in an open-air garden bathroom and private terrace.
Beach Deluxe Villa with Pool (17 villas at 122 sq m) These villas offer contemporary Thai interiors with a Maldivian twist and stunning plunge pool overlooking the beach. Relax on your private terrace surrounded by the island’s natural vegetation, enjoy the open-air garden bathroom and take a dip with views out to the ocean, all from the comfort of your luxury villa.
Water Villa with Pool (29 villas at 150 sq m) In this setting of unparalleled beauty, enjoy the breathtaking scenery at this over water stilt-hanging haven. Gaze at the ever changing turquoise hues of the lagoon or take a dip from your private deck. Alternatively, cool off in your waterfront pool. With a unique combination of beach and lagoon access, all Water Villas are furnished with subtle Thai touches imbued with Maldivian architecture and appointed with modern amenities.
Ocean Villa with Pool (20 villas at 180 sq m) Walk on a wooden path along the waters upon which lay the stunning thatched roof Ocean Villas. Offering the Indian Ocean as a backdrop, this tropical dream offers an oversized bathtub, indoor and outdoor lounging areas and direct access to the rich coral reef. All Ocean Villas are luxuriously appointed with subtle Thai touches and framed by glass windows and doors, providing unobstructed views. Indulge in a bubble bath or spoil yourself with a dip in your own private pool hanging over the crystal waters.
Two Bedroom Ocean Pavillion (5 villas at 370 sq m) Strategically located to face the sun as it sets into the horizon, the stunning Ocean Pavilions sit perched above the sparkling ocean at the edge of a wooden causeway. These generous spaces offer a floating paradise secluded in utmost privacy. The over water Ocean Pavilion encompasses two well-appointed bedrooms, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a spacious veranda. A service pantry is equipped to realise your epicurean fancies in the privacy of your villa. Take a dip in the large plunge pool with family or friends, or simply relish in the subtle sea breeze while taking in panoramic postcard views.
Two Bedroom Family Beach Villa (2 villas at 262 sq m) Designed for families, these villas offer a secluded communal enclave within a beautiful walled-in garden for the utmost privacy. With a total expanse of 1,625 sq m including the bedrooms and outside recreation area, these villas offer a spacious patio, outdoor dining pavilion, private pool and landscaped tropical gardens. Family Beach villas provide a natural and relaxed haven for an intimate family getaway. Soak up the sun’s rays in tranquil surroundings, take a walk on the sandy white beach just steps away from the villa, or indulge in a private BBQ at the outdoor dining pavilion set up for six. Two detached, well-appointed bedrooms are each furnished with modern amenities.
Two Bedroom Beach Residence (1 villa at 570 sq m) With emphasis on style, privacy and space, our Beach Residences provide a majestic two-level expanse, combining an exquisite luxury retreat with the comforts of home. Ideal for discerning families, a group of friends or couples envisaging a holiday in tranquil seclusion, the Beach Residence is the finest address on Mudhdhoo Island. Within this retreat is a spacious master bedroom, replete with a balcony according sublime sea views. A further second bedroom is appointed with Twin beds and an airy outdoor patio with an oversized swimming pool. Celebrate special occasions, treat your guests and friends to an intimate BBQ with a private chef, or walk along the pristine, white sand beach.
Three Bedroom Beach Residence (1 villa at 690 sq m) A one-of-its kind on the resort, this lavish residence presents an opulent escape for discerning couples and families visiting Mudhdhoo Island. This decadent living space, surrounded by edging powdery sands, lush bougainvillea, tropical palm trees and turquoise waters, is expertly divided into an exquisite two unit, multi-level masterpiece. A master king bedroom on the first level of the central villa opens on to a private terrace, complete with sun loungers from which to enjoy unspoilt ocean views. A second twin bedroom is privately tucked away on the ground floor, adjacent to an oversize living area. Replete with cosy furniture, an LED TV and a BOSE sound system, the living area opens on to a verandah by the pool with a dining area for 6 guests.
A tropical courtyard connects the central villa to a neighbouring detached villa which features its own plunge pool, beach pavilion, semi open air bathroom with rain shower and king size bedroom. Make this palatial sanctuary yours and experience the ultimate in barefoot luxury.
Bed & Breakfast, Half Board, Full Board and Pure Indulgence (all inclusive) meal basis are available. Dusit Thani operate a borderless dining policy where guests can dine at any of the three main restaurants, including the superb signature Thai restaurant, Benjarong, at no extra charge. How refreshing is that!
The Market Experience palate-pleasing perfection at the Market where diners can kick start their day with a veritable feast that spans the globe. The self-serve full breakfast buffet includes everything from East and West and variety of fresh organic seasonal fruits as well as a sweet and classic selection of pastries. Return here for exciting themed buffet dinners or relish our delectable a la carte offerings in an unmatched Maldivian setting.
Sea Grill Immerse yourself in the finest fusion of land and sea at Sea Grill! Feast on fresh seafood and steaks grilled to perfection, accompanied by side dishes from around the world. Relax by the poolside setting overlooking the breathtaking beauty of the ocean. Savour the exotic tastes of authentic Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian Ocean specialties intricately prepared and artistically presented. The stunning open kitchen, coupled up with the inviting glass wine cellar offering the finest selection from vineyards around the globe, sets the stage for a whirlwind culinary sojourn at Sea Grill.
Benjarong, is the resorts’ signature Thai restaurant, with authentic delicacies and touches of antique Thai elements tastefully infused into the modern interiors. Relax and enjoy Thai cuisine paired with the most coveted wine offerings in this overwater restaurant. Thai style lobster, soft shell crabs, shrimp cakes, crispy reef fish and roasted duck along with a selection of grilled seafoods are just some of the selections that provide a transcendent culinary experience singular to Benjarong.
Sala Bar At Sala Bar, romance comes alive! Stargaze over the sea while a specialist mixologist makes you a fresh cocktail or watch the sunset whilst enjoying a selection of delicious canapes. Gather with friends or fellow guests to toast at sunset with a signature Thai cocktail, enjoying the attentive service and panoramic views of Indian Ocean.
Sand Bar The Sand Bar is the perfect place to have a drink on a sun lounger or indulge in some tempting snacks whilst gazing out over the ocean. Situated alongside the infinity pool – the largest int he Maldives – treat yourself to a sunset aperitif before dinner or groove to the mesmerizing musical tunes of the live band.
Borderless Dining The Borderless Dining concept at Dusit Thani Maldives presents guests with dining options in unbelievable settings, featuring sumptuous menus designed to suit every occasion. Exquisite settings offer sweeping views of Indian Ocean, immersing guests a truly multisensory dining experience. Carefully crafted dishes and innovative beverages complete the experience.
Facilities & Services Summary
Facilities at the resort include:
· Butler Service
· Devarana Spa: 8 Treatment rooms (6 elevated treatment villas among the coconut trees)
· Hot and cold Jacuzzi / Sauna / Steam Room
· Swimming pool: Outdoor Private Pools / Main Infinity Pool (largest in the Maldives)
· Fitness Centre
· Kids Club with tree house and large outdoor play area
· Babysitting service
· Island Shop / Spa Boutique Shop
· Yoga Pavilion with resident yoga instructor
· Two Floodlit Tennis Courts
· In-Villa Dining (06:00 to 23:00 hours)
· Borderless Dining
· Interactive TV’s
· Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort
· Complimentary bicycles per guest
· Evening Entertainment
· Reading Areas: Outlets / Hammocks around the island
· Daily activities including: Thai Cooking Lessons, Yoga Classes, Nature Walk, Wine Tasting, Cocktail-making Classes and Behind-The-Scenes tours
· Activity Centre and Conservation Programmes
· Seaplane / boat rental / transfers
· Laundry Services
· Fitness Trail
· Medical Service with doctor on call 24 hours
· Sunset Cruises around the island
· Water Sports & Dive Centre
· Marine Centre and Conservation Programmes
House Reef: The stunning house reef encircling the entire island and hugging the shoreline for a large proportion. It is accessible from every room and my snorkel experience was certainly very rewarding. Snorkeling equipment is provided on a complimentary basis.
Water Sports & Marine Centre:
· Turtle Quest-Snorkeling in search of Turtles with Marine Biodiversity Educator
· Coral Garden Snorkeling Trip with Marine Biodiversity Educator
· Manta snorkeling at world famous Hanifaru Bay (seasonal)
· Scuba Diving tours for both beginners and experienced divers
· Water sports ranging from jet-ski rides, wakeboard and waterski to catamaran sailing
· Big Game Sports fishing, the most exclusive fishing trip using up to 8 lines to catch marlin. Different types of fishing such as popping, castling and trolling are used.
· Traditional Sunset Fishing for the entire family to enjoy the catch next day over lunch.
· *Please check with the Dive Centre for the weekly schedules and timings for different activities
Spa: Meaning ‘garden in heaven’, the award winning Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani is without question an absolute delight. Located within a coconut grove, most of the treatment rooms or ‘pods’, are nestled amongst the tree top canopy and accessed by a sky bridge. It is a magical experience and the exquisite treatments include manicure and pedicure, Thai massage, facials and body scrubs. This is one resort where you absolutely must factor in time at the spa – trust me.
· Deluxe Treetop Pods (6):built-in steam shower, bath, massage area
· Deluxe Ground Pods (2): built-in steam shower, massage area
· Manicure and Pedicure Treatment Area
· Outdoor pool, steam, sauna and jacuzzi
· Opening Hours: 10.00 hrs. – 21.00 hrs. daily
Kids Club: Baan Sanook Kids Club is operated by a dedicated staff team who provide supervision of children and run an activities programme ranging from fun to cultural and educational. It operates from 10:00 to 18:00 hours for ages 3 to 12 years with complimentary admission. Baan Sanook activities and programmes include:
· T-shirt painting
· Nature walks
· Pizza making
· Treasure hunt
· Face painting
· Funny mask making
· Coconut or shell painting
· Origami art
· Hide and Seek
· Cookies and cupcake decorating
· Board games
· Building sand castles
· Play station games on LED TV
· Movies and cartoons
· Foosball table
Free of charge: Large Infinity Pool, Gymnasium, Jogging Trail, Jacuzzi, Cold Plunge Pool, Steam Room, Yoga, Boutique, Bicycles, Snorkelling Equipment, Kids Club
Chargeable: Diving, Windsurfing, Catamaran Sailing, Canoeing
Evening Entertainment: Light music and local bands
Excursions/Experiences: Island Hopping, Snorkelling Safaris, Evening Fishing, BBQ on Deserted Island, Dolphin Champagne Sunset Cruise