At Summer Island Maldives, guests select their ideal blend of activity and relaxation. On the one hand, the overwater spa offers ayurvedic, Swedish and Thai massages, plus there’s delectable cuisine at several restaurants and sundowners at the rustic beach bar. On the other, there’s a range of world-class diving and watersports
Summer Island Maldives represents the quintessential barefoot tropical island getaway, where guests can experience summer all year around amid the splendour of the glittering Indian Ocean. Located in the north Malé atoll, the resort is a scenic, 20-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport or a 50-minute transfer by speedboat. Having been completely redeveloped, the resort now boasts rooms with modern design sensibilities all set against the unmistakably Maldivian backdrop of tropical vegetation and a brilliant azure lagoon. Relaxation and fun, the ideal ingredients for the perfect summer holiday, figure highly in all the services provided on the island.
Summer Island Maldives’ rooms have been designed in a contemporary, open-air style, ensuring a bright, light openness and a fresh tropical feel — all exuding a clean elegance. The resort has a range of rooms, from beach and garden villas to overwater villas with panoramic views across the lagoon.
For those who wish to enjoy the Maldivian summer in privacy, and in even more opulence, the resort offers the Summer House — a luxury two-bedroom villa, complete with a large living and dining space, an outdoor deck, and its own private beach and swimming pool, perfect for enjoying the very best of Maldivian hospitality in true style.
Summer Island Maldives resort boasts several gourmet dining options, including the main restaurant, Samuga, where guests can watch their food being prepared at the live-cooking station, or the overwater buffet-style restaurant, Hiya, for a peaceful meal perched just above the gently lapping waves. The Avi cocktail lounge serves fresh seafood, pizza and premium cocktails, with comfy deck seats overlooking the glistening turquoise water. Beach bar Nevi is an another ideal spot to relax with a drink — guests can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and sip cocktails while watching the sun go down.
Snorkelling is a must-do activity on any Maldivian holiday, but particularly here, with nearby reefs supporting a spectacular, kaleidoscopic array of marine life, including coral gardens populated with hawksbill turtles, lionfish and blacktip reef sharks. The resort has a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art watersports and dive centre — with a wide variety of dive sites near the resort to choose from, catering to all proficiencies: from gentle, shallow dives for beginners to shipwrecks and drift dives to suit those aspiring to be the next Jacques Cousteau.
Should guests’ preferences lean towards activities closer to the surface, the resort has a range of watersports to take part in. Guests can navigate through the Maldives’ famous turquoise sea on a paddleboat, canoe, windsurfer or catamaran — the perfect antidote to relieve the stress of everyday life. For those wanting something exhilarating, the resort also offers banana boat rides and parasailing. Alternatively, guests can scoop up a mask, snorkel and fins and head for the house reef.
Fishing is also an option — being one of the things the Maldivians do best. Guests are encouraged to grab a rod and line for a spot of night-time fishing.
Spa & gym
The Firuma Spa is situated over the lagoon, with a magnificent, uninterrupted view of the sea — the ultimate aid to relaxation.
It boasts no fewer than five spacious treatment rooms, including a couple’s massage room, a steam room, and a lounge area to relax in both before and after treatments. At the spa, guests can relax and indulge with ayurveda treatment packages, massages, scrubs, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and facials, among a host of other pampering activities.
And for guests who don’t want to let a holiday get in the way of their daily exercise, Summer Island Maldives has its own gym and Pilates studio, equipped with the very latest gym equipment.
For those guests wanting to get better acquainted with the local Maldivian lifestyle and traditional cultural pursuits, the resort arranges regular excursions to nearby islands, where guests can get a taste for what life is like in a traditional, sleepy Maldivian fishing village. There are also a number of boat-based activities, ranging from traditional Maldivian sunset fishing trips, to dolphin-watching excursions and the opportunity to visit the inhabited islands nearby. Alternatively, guests can join a day trip to Malé, the bustling capital city of the Maldives.
For a true romantic getaway, enjoy a candlelit dinner under the stars or a boat cruise to watch the golden sunset
Need to know
• Villas, vistas, bungalows and a Summer House — a 2-storey suite
• In-villa dining
• Avi cocktail lounge
• Samuga and Hiya restaurants
• Nevi bar
• Firuma spa
• Feena by Diverland Maldives — diving and watersports
• Souvenir shop, jewellery shop and library
• Infinity swimming pool
• Private dinners on the beach