As the first luxury resort to open in the Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi is unsurprisingly serene, designed by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi in an uncluttered, neutral fashion to blend effortlessly into its surroundings. The secluded location lends itself well to couples and families seeking a relaxing retreat, whilst the watery surroundings spoil keen divers and surfers. There’s an emphasis on wellbeing, with organic cuisine, fresh seafood and the truly excellent COMO Shambhala Spa.
Overall 65 villas, suites, rooms and residences are located overwater or amidst the tropical vegetation. Inland guests can opt for numerous layouts, ranging from one and two bedroom rooms, suites and villas to the three bedroom Maalifushi Beach Villa or the four bedroom COMO Residence. All accommodation, apart from the Garden Rooms, have their own private pool, and the two largest properties also have kitchenettes and private butler included. The overwater suites and villas have either one or two bedrooms and are dotted around the shallow lagoon, each with their own private terrace.
Children are encouraged to explore the island freely, most notably the white sandy beaches and shallow lagoon. In practical terms, Maalifushi can provide childminding, babysitting, child-friendly meal options and flexible sleeping arrangements (under 12's stay in their parent's room free of charge). Families can enjoy various excursions, including a snorkelling trip from a dhoni.
- COMO Shambhala Spa with 8 treatment rooms, gym, yoga pavilion and steam facilities
- Large swimming pool
- Dive and water sports centre
- Boutique & library
- Butler service (for specific room categories)
OUT & ABOUT
- Complimentary non-motorised water sports and snorkelling trips
- Dive centre offering lessons and PADI courses
- Fishing excursions
- Sailing to see dolphins
- Beach picnics on neighbouring uninhabited islands
WINE & DINE
- Maalifushi shares a passion for fresh, organic and healthy food
- Maldivian and international dishes are served in the Madi restaurant
- The Tai restaurant offers Japanese food, including a sushi bar
- More informal dining can be enjoyed in the Thila bar