COMO Maalifushi, Thimarafushi (Thaa) Atoll The Maldives, Central Islands
One of the first five-star establishments to emerge in this remote and extremely gorgeous part of the Maldives, COMO Maalifushi offers its guests supremely good surfing, diving and snorkelling in the Thaa Atoll and is famous for its excellent spa. The resort itself is modern, spacious and elegant - less rustic than its sister resort, Cocoa Island. The reef is spectacular and the waves beyond are world-class. Arrive here by seaplane and expect slick service, a casual barefoot vibe and truly paradisiacal surroundings.
Japanese architect Koichiro Ikibuchi is responsiblefor the wonderful design, both innovative and complementary to the natural surroundings. There are rooms, villas, suites and residences here, both on the beach and over the water. All have charismatic thatched roofs and plenty of space and light. The entry level garden rooms are 72 square metres in size with tropical gardens, an open-plan feel, private terraces, air conditioning, large comfortable beds and plenty of shade from the trees. Suites start at 107 square metres in size and all feature private pools, both on land and over the lagoon. The villas and residences are suitably expansive and luxurious, a great choice for families.
COMO Maalifushi is renowned for its world-class dining, and guests are frequently thrilled with what’s on offer. The Japanese influence is wonderful: Tai Restaurant features a sunken sushi lounge and wonderful seafood specialties. Madi serves light Mediterranean meals and Thila covers casual poolside fare. A special menu served at Madi called COCOS hambhala focusses on delicious raw, steamed or grilled organic food - good for the body and soul. Half and full board bookings are available: talk to Experience Travel Group to find out more.
Rather than being a party location, COMO Maalifushiis relaxed and tranquil. You can expect absolute privacy, discretion and calmness. If that sounds wonderfully appealing, talk to Experience Travel Group to arrange your stay at this elegant and very special destination in the Maldives.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
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The Maldives was fantastic, quite a hike to get to but worth it, so private, loads of space and a brilliant lagoon to swim in by our villa and fantastic snorkelling the other side.