The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives

Best Experience for: Water Villas, Couples, Families, Beaches, House Reef snorkelling, Diving

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Updated April, 2024

The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives offers a unique blend of relaxation and social life, perfect for a romantic escape or a getaway with everyone you know. Traditionally seen as a couple’s destination, The Standard has taken a fresh approach to its island retreat, offering relaxation, social activities and vibrant cultural experiences that welcome not only couples but groups of friends and singles looking to reset and recharge in paradise.

A new addition to the world of Maldives luxurious over-water resorts, The Standard, Huruvalhi stands out for its accommodation, which is specially designed for different types of travelers. Bespoke and signature dining choices, a contemporary Spa, and an overwater tapas and sunset club with a transparent dance floor combine with a myriad water sports experiences to create a truly unique, forward-thinking resort. Regardless of whether you travel a romantic duet, alone or with a family, you will find here an experience that suits your needs. With the emphasis on an activity-driven atmosphere, the resort’s tagline ‘Social by Nature’ reflects an easy-going travellers’ finesse against the backdrop of a healthy house reef and a significantly large lagoon.

Carpe Diem Beach Resort and Spa changed hands in Fall 2019, as it transforms into the first Asian property in US-based The Standard Hotels’ portfolio.

In total, the hotel has 10 different categories and 115 villas, all of which have private pools. The resort also includes 5 Over Water Pools that are tailored to suit the individual needs of the guests and offer shared double rooms. Five restaurants and bars, an inflatable Aqua Park in the lagoon, outdoor swimming pool, an array of water sports and diving, including a marine centre and training room, a gorgeous house reef and our own coral conservation nursery in the lagoon, the resort also have lots and lots more for you to do.

The Standard, Huruvalhi  beach and water villas jetty

The Island

Carpe Diem Beach Resort, developed by local hospitality group Carpe Diem Maldives, opened in late 2018. The resort has been welcoming guests ever since. Following its groundbreaking London debut, Standard International, the parent company of The Standard, is marked its entry into Asia with the rebranding of Carpe Diem Beach Resort which opened as The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives in Fall 2019.

Located on the edge where Baa and Raa Atolls meet, the area is rich in marine diversity; Baa Atoll, renown for the annual Manta Ray migration from May to November in Hanifaru UNESCO Marine Biosphere Reserve, is just 15 minutes away by speedboat. The home base of Raa Atoll is teeming with wildlife and a survey in June 2018 by US-based marine organisation Coral Reef CPR identified an extraordinary array of rare coral species, some of which are 500-1000 years old, attracting over 215 fish species to the house reef at The Standard, Huruvalhi. DOWNLOAD RESORT PLAN

When you get off the seaplane at the floating jetty, your breath is taken away by the beauty of the lagoon. Little fishes around the floating platform will surely make you want to start snorkeling right then and there. You will be escorted to the spacious lobby with open windows and huge bean-bag like teal color comfy sofa chairs. Expect warm welcomed with fun popsicles

Whether it's mellow dining, exciting diving or fun dancing you seek - like-minded travellers meet where a white sand beach surrounds the private island. Turquoise waters at every vantage point and a healthy house reef become the backdrop for your social retreat. Splash around a unique inflatable water park for young and old, immerse yourself in coral reef conservation, rebalance your status quo at QUO Spa and relax with friends at a beach BBQ. Overlooking the beach, with a view to infinity and beyond, the public swimming pool is 25m long.


Raa atoll or North Maalhosmadulu is one of the northern, most visited atolls in the Maldives, separated from Baa atoll by Hani Kandu is a canal 5 km wide. Almost 70 km long and 30 km wide there are 88 islands in Raa atoll, 15 of which are inhabited. Raa atoll is home to a some luxury hotels include: Emerald, Kudafushi and an ultra luxurious Joali Maldives. Read More...

With daily flights direct from Velana International Airport, Male, The Standard, Huruvalhi is closer than you think. The resort is a 40-minute seaplane ride from Male airport, or a 20-minute flight to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll combined with a 25-minute speedboat transfer. When arriving into Male airport, after customs clearance you will be greeted by The Standard representative who will help to expedite your arrival process and assist with your luggage.

Villas and Suites

Discover the beauty, enchantment and wonders of the private Maldivian island. Pamper yourself at home in a spacious overwater villa to the blue lagoon below, or on the beach with a soft white sand on your doorstep. Create your own blend of serenity mixed with tropical adventure. A full-board stay for all guests at The Standard, Huruvalhi includes house wines and beer, as well as access to an inflatable water park in the private lagoon.

The resort offers 115 contemporary private pool villas, each with lagoon or ocean views. Some villa choices are ideal for couples; some specifically for the solo traveller and others are for families and friends, yet each offer the same relaxed, contemporary design throughout. Each of the private pool villas at The Standard, Huruvalhi has sliding doors leading on to a large deck with a shaded seating area and a sun-drenched plunge pool. Ten accommodation choices have been designed with a modern and social traveller in mind to offer a vibrant addition to this revered Indian Ocean destination. Introducing a new room category to the Maldives market, five Over Water Pool Villas are dedicated to solo travellers looking to share twin bed accommodation, omitting the need for a single supplement.

The Garden Rooms interior are simple but the neon pink strap around the bedside and the pink floaties hanging on the wall gave a pop of color. Everything is simply white from the snorkeling gear on the wall to the cool ukulele at the side table. The spacious bathroom has a disco ball hanging from the ceiling.

If you love the beach and tranquil lagoon waters, the Lagoon Beach Pool Villa is perfect for you. Ideal for families with small children. Directly from your terrace, feel the natural, white sand beneath your toes and stroll across the wide beach to the shimmering blue lagoon.

Lagoon Water Pool Villa is perfect if you're not a strong swimmer but would like the over-water Maldivian villa experience.

Start your day to the sound of the waves and the ebb and flow of the Indian Ocean. Finish it to the sight of a sky in every sunset colour imaginable. In an Ocean Sunset Water Pool Villa, you're never far from the action at Carpe Diem Maldives. By day, the ocean and island activities are to your right, by night the Latino vibes of Buena Vista will have your feet tapping to the left.

With views perfect for dolphin spotting, Ocean Water Pool Villa is your ocean hideaway just a few meters away from the house reef teaming with vibrant marine life and with a view of nothing but ocean, and distant horizon.

Maximum relaxation you can get at The Standard Water Residence that ideal for a romantic escape or tropical holiday with family and friends. Picturesque, secluded, luxurious and spacious, the The Standard Water Residence is everything you'd expect from one of the Maldives finest over water pool villas. Located at the beginning of the overwater pier with uninterrupted views to the ocean horizon, you're within a short distance to all the main island action to one side, and the popular end-of-the-pier Buena Vista Club to the other side.

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Restaurants and Bars

Standard Maldives is not just retro and energetic, but makes sure that the guests eat healthy. Four restaurants and bars and countless occasions. The Standard, Maldives Food & Beverage offerings are driven by authenticity, simplicity and quality. The resort's team celebrate regional food bounty by weaving special ingredients throughout all the menus, offering both local and global cuisines that respond to the stunning island. Welcome to discover new flavors with us, while also indulging in many of the “Global Standards” - dishes that are familiar and comforting to a diverse, sophisticated and well-traveled clientele.

First of its kind in the Maldives, GUDUGUDA is the authentic Maldivian Restaurant. Featuring a traditional celebratory Maldivian cuisine cooked by Maldivian “aunties” – the women who carry on the tradition of this remarkable cuisine, GUDUGUDA is the Dhivehi (the local Maldivian language) verb for relaxing and conversing while smoking a special shisha water pipe. This is an activity traditionally enjoyed by women in the Maldives, but the restaurant invites all the guests to relax and socialize in our adjoining lounge before or after their meal. The GUDUGUDA's menus are driven by locally caught, seafood-driven dishes, flavorful coconut milk curries with carefully selected complimentary fresh spices and herbs, fresh regional fruits and vegetables, delicate and aromatic rice dishes and perfectly cooked breads.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at KULA, our all-day dining restaurant by the pool, is a bountiful and casual affair in our breezy and shaded dining room. Kula means “colors” in Dhivehi (the local Maldivian language) and a colorful menu is exactly what they feature – you can enjoy authentic Western, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine, cooked by our diverse culinary team that hales from around the globe. They cook what they love – and we know you will too.

Head to JOOS CAFÉ for your daily smoothie, coffee or pastry ritual. Flanking the stunning pool, this is the perfect shady, breezy place to hang out. Grab a book from the resort's library, or tune out the world to crank out a few last-minute emails before your go truly offline to relax. Joos Cafe serves savory and sweet breakfasts, and perfectly light but satisfying lunches with fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches. Served tableside, around the plush lounge chairs and tables, or even by the pool.

For a casual late afternoon picnic or dinner, you can swing by BBQ SHAK, where fresh seafood and meats are grilled to perfection over coconut shell charcoal, and offered with a variety of house-made sauces, specially paired with each dish. This is a feet-in-the-sand spot – no pretense, great vibe, reggae music, and lots of great flavors. The friendly staff takes your order tableside, and from where you sit you can see the chefs grilling your selections made to order!

For an indulgent and playful time, TODIS BAR is the right spot for you. Located just off the pool deck, the bar serves luxurious and satisfying bar favorites that that are universally loved - fresh oysters, fried chicken sandwiches, and dry aged beef burgers and fries to name a few. Order at the bar or throughout the breezy, fun space. For the kid in us all – head to one of the many table games – 3D ping pong and board games abound. And for the adults in the room - make sure to order TODIS namesake cocktail, which is served in a half coconut shell and made from “toddy”, a local specialty liquor made by fermenting fresh coconut water!

BERU BAR is an adults-only over-water-club, which is perched just feet above the ocean, featuring fantastic views, comfortable loungers and.....a glass floor bottomed floor! A sunset ritual is led by a Boduberu dummer (a local Maldivian percussionist), thanking the sun for its daily energy and to usher in the moon hours. Local DJs spins irresistible Maldivian inspired-beats, drawing everyone to the dance floor to move with the waves and sea creatures illuminated below. Expect a craft cocktails feature luxurious fresh tropical juices and a bar snacks include crave-able treats like tamarin-coconut prawns and banana blossom fish and chips.

The Standard, Huruvalhi

Things to Do

Today, The Standard's guests now have a wider array of choices – go diving or surfing on a luxury cruise for a few days, or stay in one place with a naturally soft, white-sand beach, spa and a multitude of dining options where like-minded travellers meet… Even better, do both!”

The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives offers a broad spectrum of choices for you to find your balance between serenity and activity. From daily excursions to snorkelling and dive sites, sandbanks and fishing trips, to enjoying the beach and a variety of off-the-water attractions, there is no shortage on ways to fill your days. In addition to an unique inflatable Aqua Park in the lagoon, outdoor swimming pool, an array of water sports and diving, including a marine centre and training room, a gorgeous house reef and the coral conservation nursery in the lagoon, the resort also have lots and lots more for you to do and see.

Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced diver, Raa atoll is blessed with wonderful dive sites to explore close by the island. Dive & Water Sports Centre also fun fishing excursions, outings to sandbanks and sunset cruises. Explore the Maldivian waters any way you wish.

If you travel with children, they will think you chose the Maldives for them, while really you chose The Standard for you. Lil’ Shark Kids Club keeps the little ones entertained, while young adults congregrate around the teen zone for more grown up games.

Meanwhile, you can perfect your backhand on our professional standard tennis court, take time for yourself at The Standart Spa, train your two left feet to follow a Latino beat with dance classes, or just go with the flow and embrace island life The Standard way.


In our opinion: Today’s holidaymakers are seeking a more engaging environment paired with adventure and excitement, rather than a romance and honeymoon emphasis, and The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives is the right choise to go!

... Exceptional, It’s beautiful resort and excellent service, A topper, I would recommend this hotel to everyone as it will surely meet expectations, You will be sad when you leave, Superb, LOVE it and Would repeat it soon!!, overpriced and overrated, Viaggio indimenticabile, Nouvelle hôtel, très jolie, il sera parfait dans quelques mois car tout est en rodage....

The Standard, Huruvalhi

What the Guests Love

  • a New resort
  • The beaches are beautiful and clean
  • Very modern and well furnished villas.
  • The main swimming Pool is magnificent
  • Snorkeling is exceptional and very beautiful
  • The staff is friendly and helpfull
  • food is delicious. The chef is very talented
  • Pool bar
  • Gym is good equipped.
  • nightlife
  • Tennis court
  • value for money
The Standard, Huruvalhi  beach villa

What You Need to Know

  • The resort is located on a private island in Raa Atoll in 20 minutes by domestic flight from Male airport + 20 short boat ride
  • Check-in from 14:00, Check-out before 12:00
  • All Children are welcome
  • lagoon villa as it offers the best view and privacy in the hotel
  • After 22:00 there is literally no food. Kitchen closes after serving dinner.
  • Limited amount of bikes available.
  • the wifi there is very poor
  • Food is rotated on a weekly basis so if you stay for longer than a week, you will notice the same food.
  • no showers near the main swimming pool
  • The bio-diversity on the house reef is astounding. If you have an ocean water villa, you can easily snorkel the length of the house reef and out to the drop-off and the fish are just amazing.
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