COMO Maalifushi is the first and only resort to open on the unspoilt Thaa Atoll, in the archipelago’s southern reaches well regarded for its diving and surf breaks. The resort is reached by a 60-minute seaplane journey from the islands’ capital, Malé. The Thaa Atoll, a beautiful ring-shaped reef, is one of the largest in the world, comprising more than 60 islands over 500 square miles, many of which are uninhabited.
The resort is the first in the Maldives from the Japanese interior designer Koichiro Ikebuchi. Accommodation includes 33 overwater villas and suites, and 32 beach villas, suites and garden rooms, all built of yellow balau with Kajan thatched roofs, referencing indigenous architecture while remaining elegantly pared back to reflect the island’s calming setting.
Overwater suites and villas are built off wooden walkways that stand above the shallow lagoon, each with its own private terrace and pool, while garden villas and suites are set within the folds of the island’s lush tropical vegetation — yet still only twenty steps from the beach’s high tide mark. The views are consistently spectacular with empty Indian Ocean horizons.
COMO Maalifushi offers all the understated luxuries of a COMO private island resort, with a COMO Shambhala Retreat for holistic wellness, world-class yoga facilities and exceptional cuisine along with safe, authoritative access to the Maldives’ vibrant marine life for diving, snorkelling and fishing.
Around Thaa Atoll, this includes sightings of whale sharks and hammerhead sharks. Some of the Maldives best-regarded surf breaks are also close by, with expert tuition on hand during the season.
The COMO principle of integrating fine cuisine into each guest experience is something that sets it apart from other resorts in the Maldives. COMO Maalifushi’s approach to cuisine is contemporary and relaxed with menus inspired by the ocean setting. ‘Tai’ is the headline restaurant, featuring Japanese seafood with a sunken sushi bar for terrace dining.
‘Madi’ offers a classic COMO all-day dining experience showcasing tropical ingredients in Maldivian, Mediterranean, Indonesian and Thai-accented dishes. The many uninhabited islands on COMO Maalifushi’s doorstep can be used for those seeking a private dining experience, served by a private butler. A healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine menu is also available. ‘Thila Bar’ is a relaxed pool bar and lounge for billiards, easygoing salads, pizzas and wood-baked seafood.
COMO’s signature service is here too, with staff whose warmth, discretion and passion for detail stands out from the competition. Guests staying in COMO Maalifushi’s most exclusive villas (Maalifushi Beach Villas, COMO Residence, Maalifushi Water Villas and COMO Villas only) will also experience the services of COMO’s private butlers.
COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Maalifushi is a place to relax, recuperate and feel well, guided by expert therapists. Eight overwater treatment rooms offer a range of signature facials, massages and body therapies.
The Retreat also has an open-air yoga pavilion offering complimentary daily classes each day, a large pool, relaxation area and spa boutique selling COMO Shambhala’s popular bodycare products and Active Living Collection.
Private yoga tuition and guided pranayama meditation is available. There is also a gym with cardio equipment and weights. Families are well looked after at COMO Maalifushi. Children can explore and make new friends in the secure environment of this relatively large island.
The lagoon is safe to swim. COMO Maalifushi’s choice of landed suites and villas, many with private lawns, are ideal for families with younger children. Childminding and babysitting services are provided. Menus for infants and children include healthy, delicious choices. A number of family-friendly excursions are available, from beachside picnics on a picnic island to dolphin spotting on a sunset cruise.