COMO Maalifushi opened in the Maldives in January 2014. It is the first of its kind in the pristine Thaa Atoll, a 60-minute seaplane journey from the capital, Male. COMO Maalifushi is the ultimate away-from-it-all destination with white beach, inland tropical greenery and a cobalt lagoon. Koichiro Ikebuchi’s design showcases his sensitive approach to nature and cultural authenticity in garden villas with pools, overwater villas and large multi-room family suites. COMO Maalifushi also provides the ideal base for exploring the surrounding seas through surfing, sailing and diving, with instruction for all these activities available on site. COMO Maalifushi has three popular restaurants: ‘Thila’, for family-friendly cuisine; ‘Madi’, for local, Mediterranean, Indonesian and Thai-accented dishes; and ‘Tai’ for gourmet Japanese. Guests can enjoy holistic Asian therapies at the COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Maalifushi, which also offers yoga and a fully-equipped gym, with the guest experience from beginning to end defined by COMO’s exacting, passionate service. Photo: COMO Maalifushi
JA Manafaru is an exceptionally gorgeous island resort in Haa Alifu Atoll. The resort comes with two remarkable zones; the CoolZone, a special area full of delights for kids, and the ChillZone, a special area for both adults and kids to chill out and have fun.
The Chillzone at JA Manafaru comes with a variety of entertainment options with something for everyone. There is an ample library with books and magazines in a variety of languages, guests can try billiards or table tennis, take the Xbox challenge, experience the flight simulator or get the family together for an old-school board game. There are also a great selection of outdoor activities to choose from.
ChillZone is open daily from 9AM to 9PM. Photo: JA Manafaru
Shangri-la Villingilli is a proven veritable cornucopia of unbelievable sights and luxuries. Being the sole resort in Addu Atoll currently, the diving spots are astonishingly empty and the resort helps you take advantage of the exclusive access to learn, or enjoy diving in the lush Maldives underwater gardens.
With its own hyperbaric chamber and trained attendants and a hyperbaric Doctor, the resort offers registered PADI courses from open water to more advanced scuba diving courses as well as exciting excursions for experienced divers.
Addu Atoll is roughly 21kms long, fringed with barrier reeds and patches of colorful coral and only 6 inhabited islands. The southernmost atoll in the country, Addu is speculated to home roughly 25 diverse and exotic dive sites, including Kuda Hohola, and Demon Point, where mantas can be seen lazing around throughout the year. Photo: Shangri-la Villingilli
One of the most celebrated and beautiful resorts in the Maldives, Private Reserve (also known as Villa 11) at Soneva Fushi is a mansion with an incredible 9 bedrooms, including 6 guest suites, a kid’s bedroom and even a nanny’s room.
The three-floor villa comes with its personal own Mr. Friday to fulfill your every request, a spa, a gym, a lounge, study, swimming pool, kitchen, a room for Mr. Friday and private direct access to the beach. Being an environmentally friendly resort, bicycles are provided for all villas for the ease of guests, and the open air spa bathtub attached to the master bedroom is a sight to behold.
Soneva Fushi Resort is located in the privately owned island of Kunfunadhoo at Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The island can be reached via a 30 minute seaplane flight from the main international airport or 20 minutes flight to Domestic airport following a 10 minutes speed boat ride to the resort.Photo: Soneva Fushi
The latest addition to the already lavish dining options at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is T-for Tea House, an innovative, brand new tea house set near the freshwater pool.
T-for Tea House offers an assortment of hot and cold refreshments, fresh juices, cocktails, and sensational teas from around the world, along with exquisite and freshly prepared Asian delicacies such as noodles, dim sum and even pastries. You can even buy some of the tea selection to take home with you, or get takeaway from the tea house for an afternoon or early night delight at your place of pleasure on the island resort.
With both shady indoor tables as well as open outdoor seating, the T-for Tea House at Sheraton Maldives is a culmination of sweet and tangy surprises perfect for winding down after a long day of watersports or diving, or to wrap-up a lazy day in the sun with a sweet cocktail at sunset. Photo: Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
Mirihi Island Resort and Spa located in South Ari Atoll is considered one of the smallest islands in the Maldives. However, the size is no indication of lacking indulgences, rather of genuine tranquility and exclusivity.
Mirihi Island Resort and Spa is renowned as one of the most gastronomically enticing island resorts in the Maldives, and their Sail & Dine experience is the perfect example.
You and your partner or loved ones can take an unforgettable journey on the resort’s own yacht Thari, meaning ‘Star’ in the native language. Enjoy a mocktail while watching the sun slowly set over the sparkling Maldivian ocean. Upon anchoring, have your personal chef prepare your choice of barbeque to your preferred tastes, and have your waiter serve you right onboard the yacht.
Mirihi Island Resort and Spa is also home to 4 excellent restaurants and bars, as well as plenty of other culinary adventures suitable for visitors of all palates. Photo: Mirihi Island Resort
Angsana Velaveru, is a beautiful island resort with an outstanding award-winning spa.
At Angsana Spa Velavaru, you can pamper in the luxury of treatments prepared freshly right before being used, giving you the highest-quality and freshest experience. Treatments are made of carefully picked ingredients, including those native to the Maldives. Ingredients such as coconut and lime, which refreshes and revitalizes your skin, along with well-known ingredients such as almond-milk and aromatic essential oils will have you feeling renewed, all the way from deep-tissue massages to an invigorating scrub.
Treatments offered at Angsana Spa Velavaru are made with the needs of their visitors in mind, such as ‘Sun Balm’ treatment, a soothing cucumber body conditioner and facial for those who may have spent a long day under the bright Maldivian sun, or ‘Duet’ for couples in a couples therapy room with a special menu for each.
Angsana Velavaru is located in Dhaa Atoll and is about 40 minutes away from the main international airport via a scenic seaplane flight. Photo: Angsana Velavaru
Kihaad Maldives is located in Baa Atoll, an atoll that has been declared in its entirety as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Many of the incredible dive sites found in Baa Atoll has been declared Marine Protected Areas, allowing for aquatic life to flourish and thrive, leading to some of the most incredible diving encounters in the Maldives.
Kihaad Diving Center prides themselves on their excellent CRESSI equipment, and the availability of incredible dive spots as little as 20 minutes away from the island. Following the PADI system, Kihaad diving center provides courses ranging from diving courses of different levels to snorkeling and daily excursions.
The best possible service is provided by the Diving Center throughout. The Dive Masters are experienced and student-centered in order to ensure the best possible experience for the guest, regardless of their level of prior diving knowledge. Photo: Kihaad Maldives
ROBINSON Club Maldives, located in Gaafu Alif Atoll (the second largest natural atoll in the Maldives) is teeming with gorgeous, untouched coral reefs. The diversity of fish found at the atoll range from manta rays, reef sharks and barracudas to eagle rays and smaller reef fish.
The house reef at ROBINSON Club Maldives is considered by most professionals to be more vibrant and full of life than any of the reefs in the surrounding atoll!
With a fully equipped dive center than offers a range of courses from licensed PADI open Water to Divemaster, and a full schedule of boat dives to all the best diving spots in the atoll, Robinson Club Maldives is a haven for dive enthusiasts.
One of few resorts in the atoll, ROBINSON Club Maldives offers activities such as snorkeling, surfing, deep sea fishing and kite surfing.Photo: Robinson Club Maldives
Turn your very special today into a kaleidoscope of unforgettable tomorrows at JA Manafaru, where your romance blossoms naturally within its lush tropical paradise.
From beach blessings and castaway ceremonies to the ultimate romantic island honeymoon, whether you’re renewing your vows or taking them for the first time, leave it to our team of expert planners to create your most memorable day. The blissful and serene settings of the island sets the stages for you to experience an authentic Maldivian ceremony, hosted on white sandy beaches, or get swept away by the romance of an enchanted honeymoon.
With our heartfelt hospitality at JA Manafaru, we will make sure the memories closest to your heart will be cherished, forever.
Photo: JA Manafaru