Finolhu

Kanufushi Island, Maldives

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Ocean Pool villa

Ocean Pool villa

A five-star resort oozing beach cool in the Maldives, including half board and a host of complimentary activities

The Maldives take beauty to a whole new level. Here, stunning is routine. This Indian Ocean archipelago is home to some of the world’s best beaches, with wondrous white sands and electric-blue waters unmatched the world over – all fringing some 1,200 islands that make up this transfixing country. And that’s just above the water. Below, you’ll find vibrant tropical fish, spectacular corals and submerged caves, providing an underwater mecca for snorkelers and divers of all levels.

It's only fitting that Finolhu, in the UNESCO world biosphere of Baa Atoll, is rather spectacular itself. This five-star resort brings cool, retro-inspired design to the timelessly beautiful Maldives. Classic movies provide a backdrop to the pinball machines in the glam beach club, Milk Bar operates as an old-school tuck shop serving up smoothies and snacks, while the 60s- and 70s-inspired spa puts a pastel-hued spin on the concept of wellness.

There's plenty of substance to match this groovy style, too. The marine HUB (Home of the Under-water Biosphere) offers a range of activities, from diving, snorkeling and fishing to sunset and dolphin cruises, while Thunderball organizes a slew of watersports on the adjacent lagoon. Dining options include a seafood shack, Asian fine dining, a North African restaurant and a beach-club menu, while accommodations promise more postcard-perfect touches: dreamy over-water villas, your very own slice of paradise.

Excellent for
Activities Beach Scenery Spa Long-haul Self-catering

We like

  • There's not the faintest hint of corniness about this resort - it does romance with a cool, vibrant edge
  • Yoga in the mornings and retro pool parties by night
  • Getting stuck into windsurfing, catamaran saling and other included non-motorised watersports

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