Fushifaru Maldives set to open end of the year

Fushifaru Investments Pvt. Ltd. is delighted to announce its inaugural resort, Fushifaru Maldives Located on the far North East border of Faadhippolhu Atoll, more popularly known as Lhaviyani Atoll. The exquisite 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, Fushifaru is an ideal reflection of its name.

Fushifaru is the gateway to a legendary atoll known amongst the locals as where the best divers in the Maldives come from. The island is uniquely positioned between two channels connecting the atoll’s inner lagoon to the vast Indian Ocean. The bigger of the two channels, Fushifaru Kan’du is a national Marine Protected Area teeming with marine life. Fushifaru Kan’du is home to three iconic dive sites including the renowned Fushifaru Thila, one of the Maldives most popular dive spots and a marine cleaning station, where sums of Cleaner fish attract the likes of Manta Rays, Turtles and many more. Only a few metres away is the island’s very own sandbank, perfect for desert island getaways and all day lounging.

Merging quintessential Maldivian design with modern aesthetics, adventurists, conservationists and traditionalists will be spoilt for choice with the resort’s incredible overwater and underwater experiences.

BEACH AND WATER VILLAS

49 beach and water villas will exude luxurious coziness with carefully selected amenities. Various categories of villas face the Maakandu (open ocean), Etherevari (lagoon) or Kandu-Olhi (channel) reflecting designs inspired by their locations on the island.

Beach Villa, Fushifaru Maldives
Beach Villa, Fushifaru Maldives

Guests can choose from 18 beach villas with private plunge pool, 26 beach villas and 5 water villas, all with stunning outdoor bathrooms, large outdoor decking, 43” IPTV, Egyptian-cotton linen and 24 hours personalised ‘Resident’ service, the island’s very own Butler service concept.

RESTAURANTS & BAR

Fushifaru has three food and beverage outlets that will take guests on a gastronomic journey starting at Korakali for an international breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Raakani Grill showcases signature Asian recipes with a focus on the finest local seafood. Fanihandhi Bar, is perfect for catching some sun with a cocktail in hand, or unwinding to a famous Maldivian sunset. Guests can also choose from a variety of dining experiences such as a private sandbank picnic, dinner on the deck of your own villa or even aboard the resort’s private yacht. Your ‘Resident’ will stop at nothing to curate a truly memorable experience.

Dining, Fushifaru Maldives
Fushifaru Maldives

HEYLHI SPA

Heylhi Spa will have five-treatment rooms. Sanctuaries that embody the spirit of rejuvenation; a concept inspired by the Cleaner Wrasse fish found commonly throughout the island’s reef. Designed with lush, green surroundings, the spa echoes its name Heylhi, which in Dhivehi refers to jungle-like vegetation found at the shoreline. Each treatment room resembles traditional Maldivian cottages, complete with outdoor garden bathrooms. Through the island’s partnership with renowned UK wellbeing experts, Aromatherapy Associates combined with an indigenous product range from local artisans, Heylhi Spa will be the beating heart of Fushifaru.

Heylhi Spa, Fushifaru Maldives
Heylhi Spa, Fushifaru Maldives

ACTIVITIES

From a state-of-the-art gym and multi-sports court, to paddle boarding, snorkeling, diving and semi-submarine expeditions, activities are endless at Fushifaru. For an insight into coral rehabilitation and marine education, a Resident Marine Biologist will be on hand to share lessons on conservation and conduct guided snorkelling tours around the island and nearby reefs.

Semi Submarine, Fushifaru Maldives, Best Dives
Semi Submarine, Fushifaru Maldives,

ISLAND EXCURSIONS

For a glimpse into island living and local culture, Fushifaru is only a 20-minute speedboat ride away from the atoll’s capital island, Naifaru. For the last five years, Naifaru has been home to the atoll’s turtle conservation programme, championing numerous social and sustainability volunteer activities. An 18-minute speedboat ride will take you to Felivaru where one of the Maldives largest fish canning factories is located. The island of Hinnavaru, is also just a 15-minute speedboat ride away, offering an immersive experience of local island life.

Fushifaru prides itself on being a custodian of conservation and each guest is encouraged to contribute to the resort’s conservation efforts, discover local culture and traditions, all whilst enjoying the wonders of an idyllic and breathtaking island life.

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

Cocoon Maldives

Cocoon Maldives is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll area of Maldives. The city center is merely 120km away and the airport can be reached within 30 minutes. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivalled services and amenities at Cocoon Maldives. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as boats, canoe, dart board, watersports equipment rentals, wind surfing to make your stay truly unforgettable. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Cocoon Maldives the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in the Maldives.

Cocoon Maldives introduces a new concept of hospitality

Located in Ookolhufinolhu Island in Lhaviyani Atoll, Cocoon Maldives is scheduled to open on 26th December 2016. Cocoon blends the best of Italian design with the Maldives’ stunning natural beauty, all set against the backdrop of the azure Indian Ocean. Cocoon’s interiors are exclusively designed by Lago, one of Italy’s finest design companies.

This 5-star, family-friendly, stylish resort, based on the principle of ‘affordable luxury’, is the perfect destination from which to discover the Maldives, whether you are honeymooning, scuba diving, or just looking for a place to unwind and relax.

Aerial, Cocoon Maldives
Cocoon Maldives

Inspired by the concept of lightness, Cocoon aims to regenerate the spirit and soothe the mind. Everything has been carefully planned to create a perfect atmosphere of harmony and tranquility.

The resort offers guests both privacy and a place to socialize if they wish, in the island’s clubs, restaurants and bars. Cocoon’s ‘community table’ is a place where people from all over the world sit together to break bread and cultural barriers.

Guest accommodation includes Beach Villas, Beach Suites, Family Beach Villas, Beach Suites with Pools, Lagoon Villas, Lagoon Suites, Lagoon Suites with Pools and a Presidential Suite.

Slow Boat to Naifaru

On the northern side on Malé, away from the coffee shops and the government buildings, lies a harbour where few foreign visitors roam.

In the commercial heart of the island capital – where it jostles for space with local markets, the main port, and countless fishing vessels – the northern harbour, or ‘anni jetty’, acts as the gateway to many of the Maldives’ further flung atolls.

Naifaru
Malé harbour. Photo Credit: Naj

In a nation that contrasts the throbbing ocean metropolis of Malé with pristine and epicurean resorts, the northern harbour offers a doorway to the other Maldives. A chance to experience this unique country as few outsiders have; an opportunity to view authentic island life.

Taking the less-trodden path will often require local guidance, with those in the burgeoning guest house sector best-placed to facilitate your journey into the isles. For our trip, an exchange of messages with Hamdhaan from the Nafaa Inn in Lhaviyani Naifaru soon secures the passage north.

Malé, Naifaru, Maldives
Malé island. Photo Credit: Naj

We arrive at the ferry amid jostling crowds and thick heat. Separate luggage compartments for Naifaru and neighbouring Hinnavaru ensure that boxes of groceries and other necessities successfully make their way to eager recipients 140km away.

As we board, one crew member passes a small plastic bag in which to keep our footwear. We won’t be needing those. Others hang fishing lines from the back of the boat, hoping to pick up additional passengers on the journey.

Soon the ferry rumbles away from its moorings, painstakingly extricating itself from the guy ropes of the surrounding fishing dhonis, whose crews break from chores to assist our flight. Slowly, the city lets go. The entanglements of Malé are left behind and the engines open up.

Naifaru Island
Naifaru Island. Photo Credit: Naj

In a territory spanning 90,000 square km, the Maldives’ 1,200 or so islands make up just 0.3 percent. Subsequently, for anyone seeking a truly Maldivian experience, a long ocean voyage is a must. That the ‘nearby’ Lhaviyani atoll (officially known by its geographical name of Faadhippolhu) is 7 hours away indicates the daunting logistics that still shape island life.

Steaming north, the ferry passes so close to some resorts that room service seems a realistic prospect. Further on, the sprinkling of islands on the horizon grows thin, offering a glimpse into the perspective of countless sailors for whom the precious isles meant sanctuary and survival, rather than the ultimate in rest and relaxation as they do for today’s foreign visitors.

Five hours after setting off, the sun sets unfettered into the sparkling ocean – an intimate moment, far away from the prying eyes of the land. Moments later, the lights of Lhaviyani begin to beckon and Naifaru is reached within the hour.

Approaching new island after dark lends a further element of mystery to any trip in the Maldives. The harbour lights of Naifaru draw us in as the hum of the engines give way to the comparatively deafening silence. The sandy streets soak up the sounds from the small crowd gathered to receive the new arrivals; just as it has soaked up the intense heat throughout the day.

Naifaru is the capital of the atoll and the fifth biggest population centre outside of Malé. Despite this, the community is just 4,000 strong, and a large number of absent resort workers, fishermen, and travellers to Malé means the actual figure is far less.

Best known for the unique lilt of its dialect, and the skill of its fishermen, Naifaru maintains the sleepy character of island life, unencumbered by traffic or crowds – recalling the Indian Ocean calm that Malé forgot. The rhythm of the day mirrors the pattern of the sun, stirred into life at dusk as islanders venture out to one of a handful of coffee shops dotted across the island’s 0.5 sq km. Others recline in the steel-framed joali lining the dusty streets, their repose punctuated by the maghrib prayer.

Nafaa Inn, Naifaru Island, Maldives
Naifaru Island. Photo Credit: Naj

Guests at the Nafaa Inn – currently the only guest house in operation on the island – are invited to embrace local life, blending into a community that is more familiar with the concept of friends and guests, than it is with tourists.

Fishing trips, barbecues, and visits to nearby uninhabited islands (locally known as picnic islands), allow guests to share in the recreational activities of the island’s permanent residents. Travellers to Naifaru can also swim with Mantas in nearby Vavvaru, or explore the imposing hulk stranded next to Felivaru, witnessing the duplicity of the reef.

The guest house offers comfortable surroundings – with air-conditioned rooms and wifi – from which visitors can truly explore Maldivian life in Lhaviyani atoll. Here, travellers can wean themselves off the stresses and pressures that lie far away, across the open ocean.

Boat, Naifaru Island, Maldives
Boat, Naifaru Island. Photo Credit: Naj

Should you ever grow weary of island life, however, and feel the pull of Malé’s bright lights once more, ferries ply the expanses between atoll and city life three times a week.

Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Set on one of the largest island of Maldives – Madhiriguraidhoo on Lhaviyani Atoll, reachable by seaplane in 40 minutes from Malé, Palm Beach Resort & spa is surrounded by the wonderful Indian blue ocean and 4km of white sand coves.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa, Maldives

Located just 80 km from the Velana (Malé) International Airport, this beautiful resort commands stunning views of the coral reef and the Indian Ocean. A perfect place for a getaway, Kuredu Island Resort and Spa features 383 accommodation units that are elegantly designed and offer all the necessary facilities required to give guests a comfortable and refreshing stay. Conveniently sitting in a prime location of the Maldives, this area is well-known for unique marine life and has many activities that guests can experience. They feature a variety of water sports including scuba diving, snorkeling, catamaran boat fishing, and windsurfing. The only property that features a golf course on the island, Kuredu Island Resort and Spa also has one of the best diving schools and is one of the few with a Kite Surfing School. A brilliant 4-star property, the hotel also incorporates reputable restaurants that serve an array of local and international cuisine. All in all, Kuredu Island Resort and Spa is a wonderful place of stay!

 

Komandoo Maldives Island Resort

Komandoo Maldive Island Resort is an idyllic private island retreat, a haven of charm and elegance, only 100 meters wide and 500 meters long, with attractive sugar white sand banks on both ends.

A beautiful turquoise lagoon all around the island and a magnificent house reef with superb snorkeling.

The vegetation is tropical with a beautiful 40-year old coconut plantation as highlight. Komandoo is perfectly situated in a channel opening, which makes it very interesting for divers and snorkelers.

You never know what to expect when entering the waters, Turtles, Mantas, Sharks or Rays. Sitting on the “Kandu Bar” terrace, You often see a school of dolphins playing as they pass by.

The Public areas, like Bar, Restaurant and Spa are all built in picturesque Maldivian style, with thatched roofs and exquisite furniture’s In the romantic open-air restaurant on the water, the sophisticated gourmet cuisine will provide lasting memories.

For perhaps the most romantic evening in your life, do not miss out on Komandoo’s once in a lifetime Candle light dinner by yourself, on the beach, as the sun sets with a glass of champagne or your favorite wine. Together with the Executive Chef, you will compose your own menu, for that special occasion.

The well stocked souvenir shop offers a wide variety of handicrafts, clothes and everyday necessities. There is also a small internet café with internet access.

Palm Beach Resort & Spa Maldives — for a Sporting Holiday

With 3 restaurants, Palm Beach Resort offers a wide choice of Italian specialties, international and local delicacies, both buffet and à la carte in the presence of breathtaking scenery of an unspoilt nature.

For its guests Palm Beach Resort offers a wide range of activities from fitness gym equipped with Techno-Gym by the sea to tennis, water sports, excursions and land sports.

Set in Madhiriguraidhoo island in Lhaviyani Atoll, reachable by seaplane in 40 minutes from Malé, Palm Beach Resort & Spa is surrounded by the wonderful Indian blue ocean and 4km of white sand coves.

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Its large 138 accommodations placed along the shore with beautiful sea views are equipped with every comfort: air conditioning, separated open air bathtub and shower, typical Maldivian swing “hindoli” and furnishings, minibar, phone and safe deposit box.

Coconut Spa Center is the place to be for one who seeks relax on idyllic sandy shores enjoying luxurious treatments of the expert care of our therapists.

In a place where the Indian Ocean offers the best underwater habitat could not miss the diving center Palm Beach. Our experts will guide you safely through thilas, giris, reefs, drop-offs, corners, channels and wrecks, turtles and manta ray. Our diving center can be the best choice for learning to dive but even an equally rewarding one for further exploration by the already qualified.

Palm Beach Resort & Spa means Italian hospitality in Maldivian paradise inspiring extraordinary journeys for the soul.

OBLU by Atmosphere to open in November 2015

Following the remarkable success within just an year of opening of Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives, the five-star premium all-inclusive resort – Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts has launched a sub-brand, OBLU by Atmosphere. This “value” focused brand is envisioned to expand with the four star segment covering the entire Indian Ocean region.

“Genuine Value” is the key brand essence of OBLU by Atmosphere. All of its portfolio will deliver value for the cost conscious traveler without compromising the characteristics familiar with the Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts’ top class service and quality.

The sunset pool bar from above, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
The sunset pool bar from above, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives

OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, is scheduled to open in November 2015 as the first resort under this brand. The resort will feature contemporary Maldivian architecture in a trendy fresh vibrant color palette.

Helengeli is famed for its exotic house reef and being located in the eastern rim of the North Malé atoll, unparalleled dive locations are within the vicinity of the island. Currently the resort is going through a complete renovation to provide the brands four star all inclusive product for a luxurious holiday experience of value.

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts aims to expand OBLU by Atmosphere operations across numerous destinations in the Indian Ocean region within the next 4-5 years.