By Aminath Ishrath
Baa atoll in its entirety is one of the most beautiful havens on earth. Home to rich marine life and colourful reefs, the atoll has been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve to protect and conserve the area. Nestled among the dots of islands is a gem named Embudhoo, the private island solely available for guests of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is one of the pioneers of barefoot luxury in Maldives, blending modern comfort with rustic charm since their opening in the 90’s. It is fitting for such a soulful island to boast an experience as unique as Embudhoo. Just 15 minutes by speedboat from the resort, Embudhoo is available for guests to book for a half day picnic or an adventurous overnight stay. The small island is home to stunningly azure waters, a pillowy white sandy beach and lush natural vegetation.
Your stay? A simple but charming traditional Maldivian hut. When you hear of a modern-day Robinson Crusoe experience, this is what they mean. Spend the day taking a dip in the lagoon where you might encounter the resident marine life. Swing away on a hammock under the shade reading your latest pick. There is no internet, no TVs, no distractions except the call of the birds and the song of the trees. No rush, because this is the slow life.
If your idea of barefoot luxury is this, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is your ideal Maldivian holiday home. From there, escape to Embudhoo for a day and you will find reconnecting with nature is the best form of therapy. Peace is the sound of waves softly crashing onto the beach. Privilege is the chef who has a picnic or dinner ready for you on the beach with a view of the waves. Romance is walking under the canopy of stars with your loved one on an island where it is just you.
This is luxury!