Tried & Tested: OZEN LIFE Maahdoo, The Maldives

Lindsay Judge   |   04-08-2021

OZEN LIFE Maahdoo offers a personalised experience to each of its guests, making it a perfect family destination. We discovered more when we visited this modern and vibrant property in the Indian Ocean paradise


Access via a 45-minute speedboat ride from the airport, OZEN LIFE Maahdoo is easily accessible and convenient for couples, groups of friends and most importantly families who are looking for an easy yet luxurious escape from city life. The first of two resorts in The OZEN collection this tranquil oasis is based around a unique Indulgence Plan that offers guests everything they need without the worry of how much they are spending or coming across any hidden costs throughout their stay. The elevated all-inclusive concept includes premium food, beverage and experiences packaged in your stay, so once you reach the island all you have to worry about is how many hours you spend at the beach!



Upon arriving you’ll be greeted with a typical warm Maldivian welcome. Surrounded by lush blue seas (seriously you couldn’t get any bluer if you tried), the resort team will be there from the first time you step foot on the island to meet your every need. After arriving you will immediately feel relaxed and at home. As with most islands in the Maldives, the only modes of transport here are bicycles, buggies or walking so you can immediately say goodbye to the hectic lifestyle of the city. With an easy check-in process, you’ll be straight to your room to enjoy some well-earned rest.




Villas & Suites




OZEN LIFE Maadhoo features 94 villas and suites situated over an expansive area. Choose from beachside living or overwater luxury, there is something for every taste. Tucked into lush tropical gardens, the beachfront Earth Villas are designed to bring the outdoors in with warm colours, open-air spaces, and plush furnishing create that an earthy, sand-under-the-feet feel. Many of the villas come equipped with pools and the two-bedroom options are perfect for families with the addition of a second bedroom and living area. With even the minibar included in your Indulgence Plan, you can relax in your room with everything you need on hand. During the day, explore the beach in just a few steps or go for a swim in your own private pool. In the evening, relax on the terrace as you listen to the sound of the waves surrounding you and instilling a complete sense of calm.



If you are looking for pure privacy, the opulent Wind Villas, stretching across the turquoise lagoon, offer a sense of dreaminess and serenity. Surrounded by nothing except the ocean, these elevated rooms feature modern, nature-inspired architecture and vibrant highlights create a sophisticated private sanctuary. The interiors are modern yet still with a touch of authentic Maldivian design. Many of the rooms also come with their own private infinity pool with endless views across the blue seas. Step off your pavilion straight into the ocean for a swim, or go snorkelling and watch the stingrays and blacktip reef shark swimming below while sunbathing on your private deck.


OZEN LIFE MAADHOO – Wind Villa with Pool


For large groups or families, the OZEN Residence is pure bliss. Featuring a master suite, junior master suite, kids room, private gym, bar, maid’s room with separate access, kitchenette and large central living room which opens out onto an ocean view terrace and private pool. It really is a home away from home, offering everything you need for a long relaxing stay in paradise. Made to measure services can be arranged within the Residence including private dining.


Food & Dining




Dining is one of the most important parts of any vacation in the Maldives and it’s a topic that can be very difficult to get right, but we have to say OZEN has it spot on. At first, we were a little surprised by the “all-inclusive” idea, it’s not a concept that would usually be associated with luxury, so we were very intrigued to understand how it works. What we discovered however is that OZEN has its own way of doing things. Yes, everything is included, by there is no compromise on variety or quality – in fact, they go one step further to offer a huge array of options. Where do we begin?

The Palms is no ordinary all-day-dining restaurant. Situated just next to the beach and the ocean you can enjoy breakfast lunch and dinner listening to the sounds of the sea. Every day the menu is rotated so you won’t get bored of the same dishes on the menu – in fact, if you stay for ten days, you could eat a different meal every day! The restaurant menu features daily specials and a la carte dishes with Mediterranean influences, made to order. There are also several live cooking stations and a salad and dessert area. Every Friday you can enjoy a Grand Indian Ocean Gala Dinner featuring live cooking stations and cuisines from all around the world. If the weather allows this will take place outside and it’s truly a beautiful setting.



Across the bay, the Traditions restaurant is a two-in-one concept featuring Chinese and Sri Lankan cuisine. The restaurant is split into two with one side offering each cuisine cooked to order. Traditions IndoCeylon features traditional Sri Lankan and Indian dishes while Traditions Peking showcases authentic Chinese cuisine with handpicked recipes from the Peking Sichuan and Hunan regions, all of which are given a unique contemporary twist by the native Chinese chef.


For a truly special experience visit underwater restaurant M6m or “Minus Six Metres.” Here you will quite literally go six metres underwater and enter a hidden jewel in the middle of the ocean. Indulge in fine dining cuisine as you are surrounded by a variety of sea life which can be viewed through the windows in front of your table. This once in a lifetime experience is even included in the Indulgence plan so we highly recommend a visit. In the day time, it’s a great place for families and kids will be amazing by the abundance of fish and underwater wildlife (they might even see some sharks.) By night it becomes dreamy and romantic and is perfect for honeymooners or those looking for some romance. Leave the kids at the in-house kids club Kids Zone so you can be rest assured they are keeping busy while you enjoy your evening!


Elsewhere enjoy a light lunch at R.A.W which offers freshly prepared sushi and sashimi, or head to Joie De Vivre the poolside restaurant and bar (and our favourite spot on the island) where you can relax with light bites and mocktails while you soak up the sun.


Leisure & Wellness



While this resort is all about relaxation, there’s plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay. From snorkelling to non-motorised watersports, sunset fishing and more there is something for every generation and taste. Most of the activities are also included in the Indulgence plan so you can let the kids run free as you relax. When it comes to “me time” what better place to spend some time to yourself than the resort’s spa. Situated inside overwater treatment rooms the stunning setting guarantees relaxation. The Spa offers treatments based on a holistic method that incorporates the five natural elements wind, water, fire, earth, and wood and we highly recommend trying a traditional Maldivian massage.



A Final Note

There are dozens of resorts scattered across the Maldives, all with the excellence and attention to detail you expect from the Indian Ocean paradise. However, what truly sets OZEN LIFE Maadhoo apart is its people. Their genuine approach to keeping the guests happy and truly meeting your every need doesn’t go unnoticed and it ensures you can completely relax and enjoy your vacation. For kids, this resort is perfect and you can feel at ease knowing they are safe and secure. If you’re thinking of travelling to the Maldives this Eid-Al-Fitr, this is truly the perfect family getaway.



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Reviewed by Lindsay Judge and Lara Mansour Sawaya