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By Theodora Halstead | December 18 2017
When it opened at the end of 2016, Four Seasons Voavah became the world’s first exclusive-use private island resort in Unesco ocean territory. Owing to these credentials, the island hideaway combines the superlative beauty of the Maldivian archipelago with unparalleled seclusion and the pristine waters of this Biosphere Reserve; the atoll is also home to the biggest population of manta rays in the world. A two-story beach house lies at the heart of the island, with an open-air lounge, dining space, library and beachfront pool, where days are spent languorously or as hiatus between cruising on the island’s yacht and diving to see coral and sea creatures beneath the surface.