FrontRunners: Private Paradise
From private-island villas to overwater bungalows, the Maldives offers no shortage of over-the-top accommodations. But the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru’s new Landaa Estate (www.fourseasons.com) tops them all. Opened in October, the 9,052-square-foot villa—the largest in the Maldives—is set amid sprawling gardens that lead to two oceanfront swimming pools and a 262-foot-long private white-sand beach. Each of the three bedrooms in the thatch-roofed villa offers unobstructed views of the sea and opens to expansive outdoor living spaces. Days can be spent snorkeling among the marine-life-rich lagoons of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve, while nights call for astronomic encounters in the estate’s stargazing lounge. Priced from $15,000 per night, the Landaa Estate comes with a dedicated staff that includes a butler.