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Edition Stays: Weekend at Reveries Diving Village (L.Gan)

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Fathmath Shaahunaz
19 July 2018, MVT 08:40
A magnificent sunset as viewed from the rooftop garden of Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: A. SHUAU (OBOFILI) FOR REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE / THE EDITION
Fathmath Shaahunaz
19 July 2018, MVT 08:40

Reveries Diving Village is an ideal getaway for island-lovers seeking a thrilling weekend of diving, surfing and roaming around an island that has always been blessed with an abundance of natural beauty.

The Edition Visits: Reveries Diving Village, L.Gan. VIDEO: HAWWA AMAANY ADULLA / THE EDITION (NOTE ALSO CONTAINS FOOTAGE PROVIDED BY REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE)

Location

The striking cream-and-scarlet facade of Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: A. SHUAU (OBOFILI) FOR REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE / THE EDITION

A 40-minute flight from Velana International Airport to Kahdhoo Airport, followed by a soothing 15-minute drive along Laamu’s famed scenic Link Road brings you to Reveries. Tucked away on the western coast of Gan, this 4-star guesthouse is located at the end of a quiet unpaved lane that gives way to Maldives’ iconic tall palms, blinding white sands and pristine waters.

Style & Character

Enjoy a coffee or cool drink in the lush garden coffee shop of Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE / THE EDITION

Built in a contemporary Maldivian style, Reveries stands out from the modest island homes of Gan with its striking scarlet and cream façade. Nestled in a lovely garden with a koi pond waterfall, the three-storey guesthouse is spacious and welcoming, qualities accentuated by the creamy and earthy hues of its interior splashed with some glamorous garnet. From the comfy lounge to the floors above, the hotel boasts a strong modern aesthetic, paired with a Maldivian touch in the form of paintings depicting the Sunny Side of Life round every corner.

Rooms

A beach-view Double Deluxe suite in Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: PHOTO: A. SHUAU (OBOFILI) FOR REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE / THE EDITION

The guesthouse has five Twin Deluxe and fifteen Double Deluxe rooms, along with one bungalow featuring three rooms suitable for a family or group of friends to rent. While the suites with balconies opening to an oceanic vista are breathtaking, the island-view rooms are no less lovely. Fully air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms, each room comes with bath amenities, towels, flat screen satellite television, a closet with hangers, and a work table to boot with free Wi-Fi. Price: $$$ (Fullboard)

Service & Facilities

Enjoy a refreshing dip in the indoor plunge pool of Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE / THE EDITION

Reveries strives to cater to every need of its patrons. Airport pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged as add-ons, and guests are greeted at the lobby with smiles and fresh, sweet coconuts to sip at. The staff are attentive and friendly, and happy to point you in whichever direction you fancy - to the billiards table just off the lobby, to the indoor boutique to rifle through trinkets, or to the plunge pool for a refreshing dip. The guesthouse also has a gym if you want a quick workout, and a spa to pamper yourself to your heart’s content. You can also thumb through well-loved secondhand novels, found both in the lobby and quiet reading spaces on the upper floors.

Recreational Activities

Take a fun canoeing excursion at Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE / THE EDITION

Laamu Atoll is famed for its natural beauty, both above and below water, and Reveries is fully equipped to satiate all your adventure needs. The guesthouse offers both jeep and bicycle tours across the linked islands. You can enjoy visits to the local village, goat farm and agricultural fields, tour the historical sites of Laamu such as the famous ‘hawitta’ and the ancient graveyard site, and marvel at the ethereal beauty of ‘Paree Fengandu’. Greater beauty awaits you beneath the waves, and Reveries offers generous sea excursion packages, from a variety of water sports such as wind surfing, canoeing, and jet skiing to surfing at some choice breaks with incredible barrels.

Explore the untouched world under the Laamu sea with a special diving excursion from Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE / THE EDITION

You also have a pick of 11 dive sites to explore the untouched world below, while the house reef teeming with colourful marine life makes for an incredible snorkelling experience. If you prefer to keep a distance, Reveries offers other adventurous options such as dolphin watching, sunset fishing and even day trips to the nearby Six Senses Laamu resort. The guesthouse also hosted the cast and crew of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and fans of the iconic saga will be delighted to learn that Reveries has excursions to the film shooting locations in Laamu Atoll. Or you can just relax and soak in the sun and good vibes at Reveries’ private beach.

Food & Drink

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast in the garden coffee shop of Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: HAWWA AMAANY ABDULLA/THE EDITION

The in-house main restaurant on the ground floor provides meals throughout the day, on both a la carte and full board basis. While the varied menu features both Eastern and Western cuisine including local favourites, the waiter would recommend the taste of Maldivian waters with Reveries’ palette of mouthwatering seafood dishes. Guests can also indulge in delicious meals under the sun or stars at Reveries’ rooftop restaurant, enjoy coffees surrounded by lush greenery and the fragrance of flowers in the garden coffee shop, or be spoilt with a romantic destination dinner at Reveries’ private beach. A few cafes and eateries are also nearby if you feel like adventuring into local food.

Accolades

‘Leading Guesthouse’ and ‘Leading Innovation in Guesthouse Design’ at the Maldives Travel Awards 2016.

‘Leading Adventure Guesthouse’ at the Maldives Travel Awards 2017.

‘Leading Guesthouse/Tourist-Inn Maldives’ and ‘Leading Guesthouse/Tourist-Inn South Asia’ at the South Asian Travel Awards 2017.

Inside a Double Deluxe room in Reveries Diving Village at L.Gan. PHOTO: HAWWA AMAANY ABDULLA/THE EDITION

Reveries Diving Village, Laamu Gan, Thundi, Rep. of Maldives.

+ 960 680 8866

reveriesmaldives.com

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