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Located on the delightful local island of Dhigurah, Boutique Beach is an intimate luxury resort designed with divers’ needs in mind. Overlooking a beautiful 2.5km beach and the atoll’s stunning lagoon, Boutique Beach resort is perfectly placed to offer relaxing island getaways with superb diving and regular whale shark encounters.
Located on the beautiful island of Dhigurah, just a 20-minute flight from Male, Boutique Beach offers superb all-inclusive Maldivian getaways designed with divers’ needs in mind. This contemporary luxury diving hotel is set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean and boasts a 2.5km stretch of white sandy beach which tapers into a magical sandbank – perfect for romantic walks, watching the sunset, or spotting wildlife.
Dhigurah is a local island with around 600 inhabitants, providing visitors with a genuine taste of traditional island life, while Boutique Beach offers the refined luxury expected from a classic Maldivian resort. Featuring just six rooms, this small and perfectly formed resort aims to deliver exceptional holiday experiences for all its guests, with a team of staff who take personal pride in providing some of the highest standards of service anywhere in the Maldives.
The resort’s six boutique-style rooms are both spacious and contemporary with stylish modern furnishings. Each room features a sumptuous open-air bathroom with complimentary Molton Brown toiletries, comfortable beds with luxurious cotton sheets, and a balcony or private garden with seating. A camera work station is also provided in every room, equipped with USB ports and a spotlight for camera maintenance.
Guests at Boutique Beach are accommodated on a full-board basis with a choice of dining venues. The resort’s rooftop restaurant offers spectacular views over the lagoon and is perfect for alfresco dining and stargazing. Here, guests can enjoy freshly prepared local and international cuisine produced by highly skilled Sri Lankan chefs in one of the most magical settings imaginable. A second restaurant on the ground floor serves delicious breakfast and lunch buffets, as well as tea, coffee, and soft drinks, which guests can enjoy with the sand between their toes.
The communal lounge comes equipped with a projector screen where underwater photographers can share photos and videos taken during the day’s diving. Guests can also take a Maldivian cooking class, go night fishing, visit an uninhabited island or take part in a variety of sports such as football, volleyball, badminton, and bashi – a local racket game played by women. Visits to nearby resorts providing alcohol and spa facilities can also be arranged upon request.
Boutique Beach is a PADI 5 Star dive resort with its own dedicated dive base, BB Dive. The well-equipped dive centre offers new, modern rental equipment, including dive computers, and is also home to the only Nitrox compressor on the island. Diving is done from a comfortable fibreglass dhoni which features a toilet and a sundeck, as well as tea, coffee, water, and soft drinks. The resort also offers a speedboat which allows more experienced divers to visit further away sites. Night dives are available at the resort, as well as a range of PADI courses including specialities.
There are over 50 dive sites in the southern region of Ari Atoll, including a handful of deep reefs, thilas, and pinnacles between Dhigurah and the neighbouring islands, that provide a variety of exciting diving within easy reach of the resort – in fact, the famous Kudarah thila is no more than 15-minutes away! BB Dive employs local dive instructors who know the reefs and wildlife better than anyone else and can provide a personal, dedicated service. The boat crew are also highly experienced in dropping divers in the perfect place to ensure they drift gently towards the thilas, eliminating the need for fast, uncomfortable descents.
Boutique Beach supports local initiatives aimed at improving the lives of local villagers and often sponsors school prizes and projects. They also support island-wide projects which involve collecting food waste to create compost and beach clean-ups to collect plastic for use in the fashion industry. Additionally, the resort works hard to minimise plastic use – offering glass straws and ceramic pots as alternatives to single-use items. They have also printed and distributed cotton carrier bags to every family on the island, with the hope of reducing carrier bag use.