With luxurious resorts popping up all over the Maldives, it’s easy to feel blasé about the hype, but Amilla Fushi deserves all the praise – even if only for its statement design. The resort certainly knows how to make its mark, along with its sister property, Finolhu, thanks to the team behind Huvafen Fushi in the North Malé Atoll, whose expertise helped to create this gleaming, sleek, ocean getaway.
On the edge of crystalline waters in the quieter Baa Atoll, minimalism meets the Maldives. Stepping straight from the seaplane, you will notice the lack of thatched roofs. Amilla Fushi has thrown the typical Maldives resort rulebook out of the window and opted for sleek lines, sculptural edges and the sort of whitewashed facades you would expect more from Santorini than the Indian Ocean. Its modernity felt a little incongruous at first and, although the design is not for everyone, it has already secured a dedicated repeat market.
Naturally the typical Maldivian ingredients are all there: eye-wateringly bright white beaches, a piercing blue lagoon and a thriving coral reef. The other great thing about Amilla Fushi is that it’s just a short speedboat journey from a number of other great resorts, so you can consider splitting a longer holiday between two hotels without having to get on an internal flight.
The resort has both over-water and on-island villas. And for those wanting complete seclusion – either groups of friends or families – there are a number of multi-bedroom residences. Despite the minimalism, the resort is surprisingly family-friendly, with in-villa babysitting and nanny services available. And you won’t hear children running around all day since they’ll be roaring around the village-sized Kids’ Club.
However, Amilla Fushi does seem to attract a very mixed crowd, which suggests that it either has global appeal, or that it hasn’t quite worked out its own identity. I think I would tend to the latter. There were families, couples, party people and honeymooners. But unlike other resorts they didn’t quite mix, which meant the resort felt slightly sterile and somewhat lacking in atmosphere. No one can accuse Amilla Fushi of not having style, but personality is important in a Maldivian resort and perhaps it needs a little more time to work out what that is.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Food & Beverage credit
- US$100 or equivalent credit to be used during your stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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