Usually resort fitness centres are stuck away in some remote interior corner. Tearing yourself away from your relaxation for a workout is hard enough that you don’t need the resorts to tear you away from the beautiful surroundings to boot. On the contrary, having a vista of paradise to look at would be a great distraction from the tedium.
Viceroy’s over water fitness centre’s superb design fully exploits the brave move to place it over water with floor to ceiling windows and two large sliding doors to invite even more of the inspiring outdoors into the gymnasium.
Probably my most memorable spa treatment ever (not just in the Maldives) was at Kuramathi’s over-water treatment villa open floor to ceiling on 3 sides (including the west side for a bonus sunset view). My dream rejuvenation double would be a hard workout at Viceroy with the ocean breezes wafting through the gym to infuse me with strength, followed by a mellow deep tissue rub-down at Kuramathi with the same breezes soothing me.
Things are looking up in the Maldives.
Another newcomer, Viceroy Maldives, introduces an elevated aesthetic to their resort (eg. Soneva Fushi) with the height of culinary distinction at their Treehouse restaurant…
“Our Treehouse is an Arabic lounge; perfect venue for pre or post dinner drinks, serving Shisha, Arabic sweets and traditional Arabic cuisine mezze style. It has a distinctive middle east feel at atmosphere, Arabic music plays in the evenings and the lounge seating is decorated with multiple cushions in a traditional Arabic way. The Treehouse lures guests with its exotic flavors of the Middle East and features a selection of hot or cold mezzes from the region. The Treehouse has an ideal location at the island's southernmost tip; generous cushions and loungers are artfully placed to allow guests to choose an intimate or livelier setting. While some will sip drinks before dinner during the drama of a Maldives sunset, others may choose to climb up for a more scenic seating overlooking the lagoon for an unparalleled view of the starry sky. The Treehouse is the perfect spot for pre and post dinner drinks, smoking a shisha, and savoring some sweet delights.”
Given more resorts offering this raised perspectives, I’ve gotten a bit more granular in my distinctions. They all seem worthy of mentions and all vary in some manner. Viceroy’s treehouse is located right near the water offering lovely views across the lagoon (see below). And it is a true tree-‘house’ with a sun (and elements) shielding roof.