Oh the sunrises in the Maldives – see above, taken from villa 888 at Finolhu Fushi, the second and very-new resort from the Small Maldives Island Company SMIC, led by its highly imaginative CEO Mark Hehir. He explains how he took over Amilla, but this younger sibling has been entirely his creation. He saw an uninhabited island, started sketching, showed his business partner a 70-page Powerpoint presentation, halfway through which the partner said stop, go ahead, do what you want. The result, the fun-fun luxury Finolhu Fushi, which means ‘long naturally-occurring sandbank’, opened 17 June 2016, and the gal went to see it.

It is well known that Aussie Mark Hehir and his Laotian-Australian wife Napha, whom he met when both were working at the Tokyo Hilton, are car lovers. Here an old VW beetle is the central concierge command-post, set where everyone sees as they come out of breakfast (they have all details in their room but they need reminding, says Mark). Both are full of enthusiasm for this project, with its 125 villas, smallest size 1,400 sq ft: I am in 888, lucky number for sure, right at the far end of a raised boardwalk (signposted ‘Route 66′) and a good ten minutes’ hike to anywhere, but I do not mind, I love the exercise.

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