Wander along the Maldives’ longest sandbank and soak up the lively atmosphere at this cool Baa Atoll hideaway.
The recently transformed Finolhu has that top-notch service and jaw-dropping desert-island setting that’s typically Maldivian. This string of four islands with its glorious stretch of sand is situated in the remote Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere that’s known for having the best marine life in the archipelago. The name of the island translates to ‘sandbank’, and as soon as you arrive here you’ll see why – the sweeping narrow sand bar that connects the ‘main’ island to the three smaller islands is the longest in the Maldives and the stuff of toes-in-the-powder-soft-sand dreams.
Start your days with long leisurely breakfasts at Baa Baa Beach Diner, and choose from North African flavours at the Baahaa Grill and Asian fine dining at the overwater restaurant, Kanusan. Stroll to the far end of the sandbank and you’ll find the Crab Shack, a rustic hut where you can tuck into a bucket of prawns or fresh fish platter, washed down with a crisp glass of wine. At some islands in the Maldives you’ll barely hear a peep after dinner, but this is when Finolhu comes alive. Here, you can raise your voice above a whisper while being entertained by stilt walkers, acrobats and hot-right-now DJs – it’s more Mykonos than Maldives at night.
The Beach Bar is the social hub of the resort, with a pool, beach cinema and gamers’ arcade. There’s also an extensive activity list includes yoga sessions alongside aquatic adventures from snorkelling to high-octane X Jet Blades. You can even learn how to surf with the help of the island's expert instructors. Guests can also hop on a speedboat for a half-hour ride to Finolhu’s sister island; the A-list hideaway of Amilla Fushi.
Thatched villas have opulent splashes of purple and gold, distressed wood and vintage touches like Marshall sound systems. Beach Villas lead out to a private stretch of sand, or upgrade to an Ocean Pool Villa for the iconic overwater experience – you can often spot dolphins from your deck. If you’re a family or group of friends travelling together, go all-out with a stay in the Two Bedroom Rock Star Ocean Pool Villa.
In the unspoilt Baa Atoll
Good to know
Minimum stay: 7 nights 27 Dec-03 Jan; 4 nights 20-26 Dec and 04-10 Jan.
125 beach, lagoon and ocean villas
• Unwind with free yoga sessions • Try and spot manta rays and whale sharks on a snorkelling safari to Hanifaru Bay* • Go thrillseeking on the lagoon with wakeboards, jet-skis and X Jet Blades* • Go glamping in style with the island's ‘Eclipse Dream Eclipse’ experience and spend the night in the cool 'Finolhu Beach Bubble' tent*.
4 restaurants, 3 bars, tuck shop
Breakfast at Beach Kitchen.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £86 • Breakfast at at Beach Kitchen • Dinner at Beach Kitchen or Pizza Counter • Set credit at the speciality restaurants (opening times vary) All Inclusive from £172 • Breakfast at Beach Kitchen • Lunch and dinner at Beach Kitchen or Pizza Counter • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks by the glass from the standard beverage list (excluding Milk Bar Lab) served during bar opening hours and at the restaurants • 1 lunch at Fish & Crab Shack lunch per stay, 1 dinner at Kanusan and 1 dinner at Arabian Grill per stay (minimum 5 night stay) • Set credit at the speciality restaurants (minimum 5 night stay) All Inclusive Premium from £215 • Breakfast at Beach Kitchen • Lunch at Beach Kitchen, Crab Shack or Pizza Counter (reservations required) • Dinner at Beach Kitchen, Kanusan, Arabian Grill or Pizza Counter (reservations required) • Pastries, sandwiches and drinks from Milk Lab • Ulimted drinks from the premium beverage list served by the glass during bar opening hours and at the restaurants • Credit against wine and Champange bottles • In-villa minibar and wine cellar replenished once daily.
*Denotes local charge