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Dhoni Island

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Dhoni Island, Maldives

No Maldivian resort has captured the majesty of water travel quite like Dhoni Island (previously Dhoni Mighili). Set on its own private island, the six-suite resort is just a 25-minute seaplane flight from the capital, Malé—but the lazy, five-hour sail via dhoni, or traditional handcrafted wooden Maldivian sailboat, is much more indulgent. The resort’s elegant, 65-foot cruisers are fabulously fitted with everything from goose-down duvets, Frette linens, and surround-sound theaters to Philippe Starck–designed baths, SMEG retro-designed fridges, and thakarus (personal butlers). Even after you’ve checked into one of the resort’s six villas (four of which have plunge pools and private courtyards), the dhoni and thakaru remain on call until checkout. —David Kaufman


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