Finolhu

in Northern Atolls

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8.8 out of 10

The second resort in the country from The Small Maldives Island Company (who also manage nearby stunner Amilla Fushi), Finolhu aims itself at a young, wealthy crowd who want to party and enjoy the island's magnificent beaches. While the resort's commitment to 'youth' seems a tad contrived, it's a beautiful resort with fabulous facilities and a dreamy 2km-long sandbank.

Finolhu looks a bit like how a fashionable interior designer imagines a hippy would design a private island: loud music, amusing signs and VW camper vans greet you when you step off the boat. Much of this is just a surface nod to the resort's fairly heavy-handed marketing; at ground level Finolhu is actually little different to most five-star private islands.

The rooms here are divided into the Moorish-style beach villas (which come with retro-looking Marshall bluetooth speakers, Smeg kettles, Nespresso machines and Neal's Yard toiletries) and the vast line of water villas, the top category of which comes with plunge pools. They're big and comfortable but rather gimmicky, including a record player (apparently an object of fascination to its Millennial guests), old ABBA records and a button that says 'press for champagne'.

As well as the main 1 Oak Beach Club, which does food and drink around the vast pool, there is also Kanusan for pan-Asian food, Baa Haa for North African cuisine and the 'retro tuck shop' Milk Bar. The most striking thing about the entire island is the enormous shimmering white sandbank, one of the longest in the country. Towards its far end there's the charming Fish & Crab Shack, which sits on the gorgeous lagoon and serves up fresh seafood in a relaxed atmosphere. There's a boat from the main island here every half hour to save you the long, hot walk. Easily one of the best beaches in Maldives, this is where many guests spend much of their time.

Free transfers to sister resort Amilla Fushi run several times a day.

Important information

TRANSFER DETAILS: Please note that the property is only accessible by the following modes of transfer: Seaplane transfer takes 30 minutes from Male International Airport. The return rates are: Adult: USD 630 , round trip, inclusive of all taxes Child (2-11 years): USD 315, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Infant (below 2 years): Complimentary Standard Transfer Times: If you choose to transfer by seaplane, your international flight needs to arrive in Male before 3:00 pm. If your flight departs from Male before 9:00 am, you may have to depart the resort the night before in order to be able to connect with your international flight Domestic Flight transfer takes 20 minutes from Male International Airport to Dharavandhoo Airport followed by a 30 minute speedboat transfer to the resort. The return rates are: Adult: USD 630, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Child (2-11 years): USD 315, round trip, inclusive of all taxes Infant (below 2 years): Complimentary Standard Transfer Times: Available from morning till late evening. Guests must send arrival and departure flight details directly to the property at least 5 days prior to arrival. Please get in touch with the property for details on baggage restrictions. CHILD POLICY: Children under 12 years will eat for free based on the rules and meal-plan accompanied by an adult, excluding beverages. Maximum 1 free kids per unit paid. Mandatory green tax of USD 6 per child per night will be charged. GENERAL POLICIES: Please present the same credit card used to guarantee your booking when checking. If a third party card is used, an approval form from the card holder with passport copy of the card holder and copies of the card (front & back) with matching signatures shall be presented. If the guests are unable to fulfil these requirements, the payment taken from the card may be refunded back to the card and the guests may require to pay directly at the resort. Due to safety and privacy concerns the operation of unmanned aerial systems or drones by any of guests including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists is prohibited and may not be used at any area of the resort. HONEYMOON BENEFITS (valid for couples travelling within 6 months after the wedding. Copy of the wedding certificate to be provided to avail these benefits) A bottle of sparkling wine, bath set up, cake, dinner, a cocktail making class and a sunset cruise around Baa Atoll once during the stay.

Quick description

Located in the UNESCO world biosphere of Baa Atoll, Finolhu provides the ultimate island experience for guests. The rooms are on the ocean, the lagoon or by the beach. Some of the rooms have a private pool. Finolhu offers elegant dining options, with the Baa Baa Beach Club at its heart where you can relax anytime of the day. Other dining choices are Fish & Crab Shack, situated halfway along Finolhu’s 1.8 km sandbank or the star dining venue Kanusan. The boutique-style Baahaa Grill restaurant celebrates the legendary spice blends of pre-Moorish North Africa, while Milk Bar offers snacks. The Oceaneers Club is ideal for activities specially created for children. Thunderball is home to a variety of water sports and beach games. The Cove Club is a hub of 10 chandelier-lit, pastel-coloured beach Divans that has a fitness centre, movement pavilion, outdoor ‘Palm Beach gym’ and a mellow retro revival area where massage is medicinal. It can be reached by seaplane in just 30-minute from Malé International Airport or by a 15-minute flight to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll followed by a 20-minute speedboat ride.

Features of Finolhu

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry

Other

  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Internet services
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Wifi
  • Private beach area
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Beachfront

Internet

  • Free WiFi available

Food and drink

  • Restaurant (à la carte)
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