Fushifaru Maldives announces first MMA Retreat with one Championship fighter, Saiful Merican & Maldivian Muay Thai Trainer, Kai

Hot on the heels of launching its Maldivian Mind, Body & Soul Retreat featuring the Maldives’ hottest female wellness guru’s, Fushifaru Maldives announces its first MMA Retreat in collaboration with professional MMA/ Muay Thai and ONE Championship fighter, Saiful Merican and Maldivian Muay Thai trainer and Fushifaru Wellness Guru, Kai this June 19th – 21st, 2018.


With over 130 fights to his name, renowned ONE Championship fighter and former World #1 Muay Thai kickboxer (57KG) Saiful Merican, will be bringing his ring-ready techniques and drills to the island for guests to sign up and test their strength, stamina and agility on the beach. Joining him will be Maldivian expert trainer, Kai, who will be bringing her signature brand of strength conditioning and training to the retreat. A certified trainer for over ten years, Kai has participated in various sporting events, conducts her own boot camp in the Maldives and retreats around the world, including running a marathon barefoot in Athens.

Mixed Martial Arts, or more popularly known as MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world. It encompasses both stand-up and ground skills using techniques from various other martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai, Sanda and many more. As the Vice President of the Malaysian MMA Association (MASMMA), Saiful is one of the country’s pioneer professional MMA fighters. He transitioned to MMA in 2013 after competing in hundreds of Muay Thai fights from the tender age of 11. “I wanted to test myself and keep learning other disciplines. MMA workouts challenge your mind and body to push yourself to its limits,” says Saiful. The customised workouts are designed to train your entire body with a focus on strength and endurance. The intense combat drills test one’s physical and mental stamina. Experience what it’s like to train like a pro athlete and recover after with our spa treatments curated exclusively for this retreat.

Our VIKs (Very Important Kids) will not be left out on this retreat! Kids aged from 6-12 can join the MMA Kids Retreat to learn and adopt a great active and healthy lifestyle through mixed martial arts. Not only will they learn self confidence and discipline, they will have fun doing it! Fushifaru’s ‘Family Fantastic Offer’ where up to two kids under the age of 12, stay and eat for free on the same board basis as their parents, would be the perfect reason to book.

Fushifaru’s MMA Retreat package starts from:

  • US$1399 per person for three nights and includes a daily one hour MMA session, three 60 minute spa treatments, a daily detox juice and a Fighter’s Diet Menu
  • US$1991 per person for five nights and includes a daily one hour MMA session, three 60 minute spa treatments, a daily detox juice and a Fighter’s Diet Menu.

Located on the far North East border of Faadhippolhu Atoll – more popularly known as Lhaviyani Atoll, the exquisite little island of Fushifaru is home to an extraordinary landscape above and below the waterline. With ‘Fushi’ meaning ‘island’ and ‘Faru’ meaning ‘reef’ in the local Dhivehi language, this boutique Maldivian chic island is the perfect getaway for a digital detox and a little soul searching.

With 49 beach and water villas that exude luxurious coziness with carefully selected amenities, choose from 18 beach villas with private plunge pools, 26 beach villas and 5 water villas. Each features stunning outdoor bathrooms, large outdoor decking, 43” IPTV, Egyptian-cotton linen and 24-hour personalised Resident service.

Fushifaru 3-Day MMA Retreat includes:

19th June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Wrap Hands
  • Stand Up Techniques – Muay Thai Shadow Boxing
  • Muay Thai Pad Work
  • Technique Drills
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Wrestling Drills
  • Cool Down
  • 60 Minute Fit Body Massage – Designed to encourage blood flow, stretch muscles and ease joints

19th June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Ground Techniques – Jiujitsu Drills
  • Takedowns
  • Boxing Drills
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Cool Down
  • 60 Minute Fushi Deep Tissue Massage – Perfect for post-intense activities to target those deeper layers of muscles, connective tissue to help increase muscle flexibility

21st June

  • Warm Up & Stretching
  • Running
  • Shadow Boxing
  • Stand Up & Ground Techniques (incorporating both Muay Thai & Jiujitsu)
  • Light MMA Sparring with Saiful
  • Strength & Conditioning (with Kai)
  • Cool Down
  • 30 Minutes Tension Release Back Massage – Focused on releasing muscular tension in the back and improve circulation.

Seaplane transfers are additional. Prices are subject to change.

Please contact Reservations at [email protected] for more information or log on to www.fushifaru.com. Alternatively, follow Fushifaru on Facebook or @fushifaru on Instagram and Twitter for daily updates.

Fushifaru Maldives introduces Indigenous Maldivian guest experiences

From climbing coconut trees to boduberu drumming, discover your inner explorer


One of the Maldives’ newest boutique resorts, Fushifaru Maldives, located on the far North East border of Faadhippolhu Atoll, more popularly known as Lhaviyani Atoll, made waves with a first-of-its-kind arrival ritual by welcoming all guests to the island with the blowing of the Sangu or Sea Conch (a significant aspect of Maldivian cultural history, the Sangu was traditionally used by village elders to call the community to attention for important announcements), thus marking the first of a collection of indigenous Maldivian experiences available at the resort.


Diversifying the Coconut

For guests looking to channel their inner Robinson Crusoe, learn to climb a Coconut Tree at our Coconut Tree Climbing Masterclass – a solid 99 minutes of laughter-filled bonding with one of the many beautiful coconut trees on the island, all supervised by an experienced member of our recreation team. COCONUT WATER POP-UP - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVESLearning to scale the smooth, sturdy trunk barefoot or with a piece of strong cloth gives beginners a great sense of accomplishment, not to mention fantastic photos! Climbing trees is a staple skill amongst the islanders to gather coconuts and palm fronds for making everything from twine and baskets to mats and fans and to harvest fruits, leaves and spices that typify traditional Maldivian cuisine. Guests will also get to see the fruits of their labour, taking home their very own island-made mats and baskets.

Guests are also invited to experience other interactive activities, from toddy tapping and milking of coconuts to the making of pure coconut oil. They can also try their hand at weaving traditional Maldivian rope using the coir of dried coconut husks, as well as Cadjan weaving using dried coconut leaves – essentially making the roofs over their villas!

Boduberu Beat

For guests who are more musically inclined, Fushifaru’s Boduberu Beat session gives them a chance to try their hand at playing the boduberu drum made traditionally from the trunk of the coconut tree. This traditional Maldivian instrument bears influence from the music in East and Southwest Africa that was brought to the islands by sailors from the Indian Ocean around the 11th century.

BODUBERU MASTERCLASS - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVESStarting first with steady rhythms before gaining tempo and reaching a loud, festive and exhilarating crescendo that is referred to as “vibrating the island”, the session also features dancers who will accompany guests by jumping, swaying and singing along to the music. The interactive, energetic nature of Boduberu Beat makes for a great workout and an immersive Maldivian music experience for all ages.

Maldivian Cooking Class

For gastronomes and those curious about the culinary arts of the local islands, the resort offers a hands-on Maldivian Cooking Class on Maldivian Tuna Curry, Mashuni – a staple Maldivian salad of tuna flakes, chopped onions, tomatoes, chilli and a sprinkle of lime, accompanied by steaming hot Roshi – Maldivian flatbread.

Fushi Trail and Faru Discovery

TRADITIONAL MALDIVIAN EXPERIENCES - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVESA conservationist’s favourite, guests will be guided by the resort’s Resident Explorer to discover and learn about the diverse flora and fauna that make this exquisite little island a wonder both above and below the waterline. This includes spotting the island’s two Resident rabbits! Occasionally, guests may even be treated to a mother turtle laying her eggs right outside a villa. As custodians of conservation, each guest is encouraged to contribute in any small way to saving the planet, all whilst enjoying the wonders of idyllic island life.

Villa Amenities

Designed to amplify the joys of island life at Fushifaru, each guest villa offers servings of Athujehi – spicy fish chips famously made on the neighbouring local island of Hinnavaru,

FRESHLY SCRAPPED COCONUT FLESH - IMAGE CREDIT FUSHIFARU MALDIVESKaashi – coconut meat often accompanied with dried tuna, Theluli Bambukeyo – breadfruit chips usually served at a housewarming, and Laagulha – Molucca bean which is also used as traditional medicine. Not forgetting our Very Important Kids, children will also receive traditional toys including Madhoshi – red sandalwood seeds usually collected by local island children to play games with, and Boli – cowrie shells that were used as the first form of currency in the Maldives.

Merging quintessential Maldivian design with modern aesthetics in its 49 beach and water villas; Fushifaru Maldives is an ideal escape for adventurers, conservationists and traditionalists.

For reservations and enquiries, kindly email Reservations at [email protected] or visit www.fushifaru.com. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook Instagram and Twitter for daily updates.