UNWIND TO NATURE'S OWN ACOUSTICS, WITH EQUALLY MESMERIZING COCKTAILS

Escape to a private sun and shade cabana nestled along the shorelineAs the sun sets, sip an Island Coco by the infinity pool and capture a glimpse of the hotel's resident grey heron coupleThe resort is designed so you don’t see anyone unless you want to. When you feel like socializing a bit, set off toward the overwater infinity pool on Rangali Island to stake out one of the six white tented lounge pods for two, strategically scattered along the sand with privacy in mind at the Quiet Zone. These may well be the comfiest sun (and shade) beds in the Maldives, perfect for reading, napping, or for seeing how many hues of blue you can count in the Indian Ocean ahead of you. Though this grown-ups-only waterfront hideaway is open from morning until late evening, the ideal time to be enveloped by its palm-fringed silence is the late afternoon, when another couple, the grey heron pair affectionately known here as George and Georgina, often alight along the ridge of the infinity pool. (If you want the closest spot to their perch, we suggest staking out the duo of chaises immediately in front of the pool.) Now order a round of the Island Coco (a delicious rum-and-vodka creation stirred with fresh lemon juice plus slivers of flesh from the island’s own kurun’baa coconuts) and take in the Technicolor sunset.