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The Maldives Beckons Wildly

Private Pools. Prawn Buckets. The Maldives.

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Everyone around you is suddenly tan.

Watermelons keep randomly showing up everywhere.

You can’t seem to stop whistling.

There’s only one thing that could make it more official that summer is upon us...

The opening of a retro beach club in the Maldives.

Speaking of which: meet Finolhu, a tropical paradise on Baa Atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean, now booking for June 14.

The word “compromise” is clearly not in the lexicon of those behind this place. Everything’s here. The spa with 10 chandelier-lit treatment rooms. The Beach Club with cooking stations, classic movies and old-school arcade games. The weekly retro-themed pool parties. The 125 villas with things like outdoor rain showers, direct ocean access and wine bars. The slideshow.

You’ll need to strategically plan out how to spend your time here. For example, you should balance your “diving, getting massaged and playing tennis” time with your “drinking rosé and eating buckets of prawns under coconut trees at the Fish & Crab Shack located halfway along Finolhu’s 1.8-kilometer sandbar” time.

That is, unless you opted to stay in the Two Bedroom Ocean Lagoon Pool Villa. It has a private freshwater pool, a private dining lounge and a garden hammock.

In which case, throw that strategic plan out the window.

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