I arrived at Maalifushi by COMO knowing that I was about to experience an amazing Maldivian resort – but truly had no idea of just how incredibly luxurious it would be.
After travelling via seaplane and short boat ride from the international airport in Male, my Maldives travel buddy Kate and I were immediately greeted by one of many wonderful staff members at Maalifushi.
After being personally greeted by name, given a cool towel and handed a perfectly chilled glass of fresh watermelon juice, it was time to travel by golf cart around the many wonderful parts of the island resort, and then further on, to our water villa.
Once we had arrived at our amazing over water villa – room 416 – we were informed that it was one of the most requested villas on the entire resort! From the outside it looked incredible already, could it really get any better?
As it turns out, at Maalifushi, just when you think things cannot get better – they do!
Featuring a king size bed that is so fluffy you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud, an outdoor shower, an enormous bathtub, private plunge pool, day beds and a walk in wardrobe so big Harry Potter could’ve lived in there until adulthood – these villas are the epitome of luxury.
In addition to all the glaringly obvious wonderful amenities, the place is full of small details that make the experience feel that much more special.
A welcome basket of fresh tropical fruits and bottle of pinot noir (my favorite drop), personalised welcome letter and a gorgeously rustic wooden key all add to the marvellousness of Maalifushi.
Located in the south-west Maldives in the glorious Thaa Atoll, Maalifushi is regarded as one of the most pristine and most luxurious island resorts in all of the Maldives. With a COMO Shambhala spa, incredible yoga facilities, amazing snorkelling, pristine white beaches, world class dining and regular sightings of stingrays, sharks and whale sharks nearby – everything you could ask for in a Maldivian adventure is here.
The place has earned its five star rating in every imaginable way. The rooms are gorgeous, the location is otherworldly, the service is second to none and I cannot even begin to describe the exceptional dining at the ‘Tai’ Japanese restaurant.
Like all COMO hotels, there is an obvious emphasis on wellness at Maalifushi. All food is incredibly fresh and there is a dedicated menu for those who have limiting nutritional requirements. Catering to anyone vegertarian, dairy free, vegan, nut free, gluten free and even refined sugar free – as well as people who will eat anything and everything (ahem) – Maalifushi makes wellness seem as easy as breathing. With free daily yoga classes and an incredibly holistic overwater spa, it is the perfect place for those who want a retreat from the world, as well as for those who simply want to explore the Maldives in style.
We had arrived at Maalifushi mid afternoon and it was a struggle to bring ourselves to leave our incredible villa for that entire day. It’s easy to see how people could while away extended periods of time in these places!
Eventually though I had to force myself to leave so that I could make it down to the dive centre before closing. Whale shark sightings nearby are relatively frequent. The island has an agreement with local fishermen – if they spot the sharks – they inform Maalifushi and the dive centre will take out several punters to swim with these ocean giants. To do so, you must go on the waiting list. The dive centre staff then give you a burner phone – if they call it – you have to be ready to go within 15 minutes or they will leave without you!
While we visited we were a smidge unlucky and the sharks had decided to play hard to get and not visit the area – but that’s okay – it just means that I will have to return one day!
Plus, the silver lining is, without the motivation to sign up I would have spent the entire afternoon lazing away in the water villa, but instead I was forced out, and the walk to the dive centre was nothing short of exceptionally beautiful at this late point in the afternoon.
Seriously, look at the colour of that water, it looks like somebody put azure food colouring in it!
What should have been a five minute walk ended up taking closer to 30 minutes because I couldn’t stop stopping to take photographs!
Even the hotel reception is stunningly beautiful.
After I had picked up my dive centre phone and started heading back to the villa to meet Kate for dinner, the sun had started to set and somehow, the place became that much more magical.
T H E L O W D O W N
Getting to Male: There are many different routes flying into Male, flights with Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur are some of the cheapest
Maldivian: This is one of two seaplane companies flying to destinations in the Maldives
Getting to Maalifushi: Access is by seaplane only, a return trip from Male airport will set you back around $600 USD.
Maalifushi by COMO: One of the most luxurious resorts in all of the Maldives, rooms start at approx $1000 USD per night for a garden room, water villas start at $1700 USD per night up to $2800 (seasonally dependent)
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm M.Zuiko Pro Lens
Threads: My purple wrap maxi dress is by aussie label Tigerlily Swimwear
Remember: Sunscreen. Lots of sunscreen!
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