Maldives, Maldives

Amilla Fushi

Rates from (inc tax)$900.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Thoroughly modern Maldives


Blue blue Baa Atoll

Luxury resort Amilla Fushi has brought about a thoroughly modern vision for the Maldives: Sci-fi-esque white-cube villas are laid out along the beach and over the reef, and it’s home to the Maldives’ first luxury stilted treehouses. Turtles and manta-rays glide through the crystal-clear Baa Atoll reef, and waiter-attended private infinity pools, very fine dining and a decadent spa will make you wish the translation of the resort’s Dihevi name – ‘my island home’ – was quite literal.

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Need to know


67, including Treehouses, and Beach Residences.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can store their luggage and explore the resort.


Double rooms from $900.00, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,108.80), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include à la carte breakfast (US$45 a person).


If you have a residence with a kitchen, or you’re simply feeling peckish, visit the Emperor General Store, which sells fresh fruit and vegetables, cakes, breads and pastries, and high-end treats such as truffle honey and jamón ibérico de bellota. Coffee and sandwiches are served here too.

At the hotel

Spa, private beaches, diving and watersports centre, tennis court, marina, Emperor General Store, kids club, teen games area, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: 42” flatscreen TV with satellite channels, Bose surround-sound system, Blu-ray and DVD player, iPads, iPod dock, free high-speed WiFi, beach bag, private bar, minibar and air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Shaded from view by palm fronds and dressed in shades of aquamarine, gold and navy, the Maldives’ first luxury stilted treehouse is a step above the rest (sorry); its private pool, hammock and barbecue make it a must-stay. Those eager to befriend the marine life should check in to an Ocean Reef House, which has direct access to world-class snorkelling, alongside an infinity pool and terrace with super sunset views.


The huge, coconut-palm-fringed main pool is between the beach and the sociable Baazaar dining area and bar; it’s unheated, but the sun keeps it at swim-ready temperatures. An infinity edge overlooks the ocean, and loungers, bean-bags and dining tables are laid out along the sides. The pool menu’s by-the-glass wines, cocktails and comfort food can be brought straight to where you’re lounging. For secluded swims, each villa has a private infinity pool surrounded by huge day-beds. Or you could dip a toe in the ocean from the overwater villas or the beach.


Each guest is offered a free 50-minute spa treatment during the first 48 hours of their stay, and Javvu spa has an open-door policy; yoga lessons and sauna and steam-room sessions are free too. Be pampered in the lounge – with a glass of champagne or herbal tea from the drinks trolley – or abscond to a wooden treatment pod (with either a sauna or steam room and a tea lounge). Treatments include pummeling from Pure Massage, !QMS facials, Ila body treatments, Margaret Dabbs mani-pedis, Louise Galvin hairstyling and Gentleman’s Tonic barber primping. Unwind on the ocean-facing yoga and meditation pavilion afterwards.

Packing tips

You can rent a GoPro and scuba mask, but it’s cheaper to bring your own. Stash a UV-resistant top in your suitcase unless you want to look like you’re blushing all over.


Therapists can be dispatched to your villa for in-room treatments. Residences and villas each have a butler, a sort of fairy godmother who’ll organise excursions, meals and pretty much anything else.


Children are welcome. The kids club has a playground and pool, and Baazaar and Lonu have kids menus (including wagyu sliders, healthy salads and fish). Babysitting and baby-listening are available too. Most and residences can fit an extra cot or bed.

Best for

Pre-schoolers to teens will thrill at the resort’s charms, but it’s best suited for swim-confident kids.

Recommended rooms

A Treehouse is magical place for a family stay; however, all two-bedroom residences have oodles of space to spread out in. The super-sized, eight-bedroom Beach Residence is a decadent space where a large family can sleep very comfortably.


There’s no crèche on site, but your personal butler can arrange babysitting on request.


Onsite there are beautiful beaches to construct sandcastles on and a tennis court. Watersports cover everything from hobie cats and windsurfing to snorkelling and Bubblemaker scuba diving. The colourful kids club has a playground and a shallow pool, and there’s a lively programme of activities.

Swimming pool

The huge freeform pool is unheated, but the sun keeps it at bath-tub temperature. There’s a shallow ledge for kids to play on, swim nappies and arm bands are provided, and kids can ride inflatable flamingoes. The kids club has a supervised shallow pool.


Baazaar has five restaurants, including a pizza parlour and fish and chip shop, so fussy eaters will be appeased. Lonu is more grown up, but kids are allowed in, and they have a sophisticated kids menu, with wagyu beefburgers, reef fish and bocconcini. The chef will adapt meals on request and staff can heat up milk and baby food, but there are no high chairs in restaurants.


Free babysitting can be booked two hours in advance.

No need to pack

Leave the monitors at home, and there are plenty of toys, board games, craft materials and books, but to make kids feel truly at home in the residence bring a few treasured items.


A baby-listening service is available. If you’ve left an essential item at home or want to plan a child-friendly day out, talk to your butler – they’ll be brimming with ideas and tips.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Staff can rustle up a romantic setup on the beach: bespoke dishes, candles, gently lapping waves… It’s swoon-worthy stuff. Otherwise, order food to your residence and watch multi-hued sunsets from your terrace.

Dress Code

Beach belle by day, island goddess by night. A linen suit for Mr Smith to wear at sundown.

Hotel restaurant

Lonu (meaning ‘salt’), helmed by former Michel Roux cohort Luke Mangan, serves caviar, oysters and lobster caught that day (and any fish you’ve nabbed on a fishing expedition). The menu brings eastern and western flavours together in intriguing ways: coconut broth with scallop tortellini, lobster ravioli with sauce vierge. The overwater terrace gets a little dark after sundown, but it’s romantic nonetheless. For casual meals, take your pick of mod-souk Baazaar’s five different eateries, where dishes run the gamut from curries to fish and chips. Breakfast options are legion; served in a room near Baazaar, goodies include crêpes Suzette, ricotta hotcakes, fresh juices and smoothies, and Middle Eastern and Asian options.

Hotel bar

Lonu has a rooftop bar, where cocktails are served up just in time for sunset views. The Wine Shop and Cellar Door has a whole lotta bottle, 8,000 to be exact. Keep your villa stocked with a globetrotting selection of bottles – or a case – or stay for a curated wine tasting accompanied by artisanal cheeses.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7am–11am, lunch from 12 noon to 3pm, and the general store café closes at 7pm. Lonu’s beautifully dressed plates are dished up from 7pm–10pm. Drinks are served till midnight.

Room service

Staff will bring sushi platters, choice meat and fish and decadent desserts to your villa for a barbecue.


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You’ll need to hop on a seaplane from international hub Malé’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport ( It’s roughly a 30-minute flight to the resort, and flights run from 6am–2pm, subject to weather conditions. Alternatively, book a connecting flight to Dharavandoo Domestic (from 4pm–6am) where you can get picked up by speedboat (a 10-minute ride). Guests must send their arrival information to the hotel five days ahead of arrival.


Speedboat transfers from Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport can be arranged direct with the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

The photogenic sights of the Baa Atoll’s Unesco-protected biosphere – psychedelic lacy coral formations, curious turtles and balletic fish shoals – will rouse you from your sunlounger. Choose from snorkelling or diving, and request a half- or full-day excursion to Hanifaru Bay to spy whale sharks and manta rays. You can complete your Padi course, or see bioluminescent brilliance on a guided night dive. Hop on a jet-ski, windsurfing board or hobie cat for breath-taking above-water fun, or head out into open water on the resort’s boat for a fishing trip (Lonu’s chef will cook up anything you catch in tasty fashion). Back on land, wine-tasting sessions, genteel tennis matches and spa spoiling will pass the time. However, a stay here isn’t about doing things, per se: poolside lounging and sunbathing on the powder-soft beach is wholly encouraged.


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Anonymous review

Shortly after landing in the Maldives, the line between reality and fantasy turns a little hazy. Despite hopeful pretensions of seamlessly slotting into this extravagant tropical resort, Mr Smith and I fail to stay cool and composed.

The first squeal of excitement comes on boarding our seaplane bound for Baa Atoll, home to Amilla Fushi, several hundred kilometres south of Male. The second, soaring over the turquoise Indian Ocean, dotted with islands and reefs. The third, arriving to a reception of fresh pineapple juice and jasmine-infused cold towels. Then again, two minutes later, on spotting a turtle drifting alongside the jetty.

All overexcitable beings perform best when minded by someone more responsible; luckily, Amilla Fushi offers just that. Sophia, our katheeba (butler), whisks us across the island to our new home: a vast Two-Bedroom Beach House (number 41) with beach access and a private pool. Our bags are already in situ, snorkelling gear is at the ready, champagne chills on ice and Sophia hands Mr Smith a card, saying to be in touch with anything we need. 

Accommodation at Amilla Fushi is more Bondi Beach than Bali-chic: beachside and overwater villas are stark white cubes with concrete floors, shiny wooden cabinets, wicker coffee tables and LED lights. Splashes of softness come courtesy of aquamarine fabrics and vibrant upholstery; for the tech geeks, there are iPads and docks, fridges (one for wine; one for everything else), Nespresso machines, vast TVs and Bose sound systems.

Our bathroom alone feels larger than our London flat. Beyond the cool of the villa, a terrace looks out over a private freshwater pool, outdoor shower, palm trees, hammocks, sun loungers and white, sea-lapped sand. Befuddled by jet lag, we struggle to know where to start, and end up running towards the sea, armed with snorkels and champagne. 

The Baa Atoll is a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve, so Amilla Fushi’s house reef offers top-notch marine life. Just 20 yards into the bath-like water, we’re paddling into to an underwater kaleidoscope. Coral-crunching parrot fish turn a blind eye to clown fish, whilst a shifty looking lion fish lurks in shadows. A couple of eagle rays pop into view, before a wall of silver sprats darts towards us, chased by a focussed-looking tuna. 

Once we hit the stilts of the honeymoon villas (potentially more eye-opening snorkelling territory) we head back. Nibbles and room service menus await us at the villa but we decide to ‘go public’, and wander along the beach to the Baazaar. Once the shock of finding what is essentially a food court (complete with iPad menus) on a Maldivian island subsides, we embrace the choice: Malaysian noodle bar, steak house, pizzeria or fish ’n’ chips? I only just resist a Wagyu burger for a refreshing sashimi platter; Mr Smith tucks into fresh-as-can-be Maldivian reef fish, with a crisp feta salad and truffle-oil fries. 

The Baazaar – the island’s social hub – makes Amilla Fushi unique. Whereas other resorts emphasise privacy, here you can mix with fellow guests as much or as little as you like. After lunch, we crash out on beanbags around the huge infinity pool and look on with bewilderment as young lovers pose on inflatable flamingos, selfie sticks at the ready. A DJ fires up some gentle house music and a Havaiana-clad waiter presents us with the cocktail of the day.   

Sun-kissed and slightly light-headed from potent mojitos, we saunter to the Javvu spa, a vast social space with a gym and hammam overlooking the sea. There’s free yoga and each guest gets a daily on-the-house treatment. After our couple’s massage, Mr Smith becomes quite the convert; we establish a brilliantly extravagant mid-afternoon spa routine throughout our stay. 

Dinner at Lonu by Luke Mangan is worth dressing up for. G&Ts at sunset merge into wine-pairing by moonlight, as we sit in the bar and the restaurant, which are both set on stilts over the water. We devour crab omelette, snapper, spiced tuna, lavender-infused duck, and raspberry soufflé – all a notch above the food bazaar’s offer.

The next morning, we head to the watersports centre to burn off the breakfast buffet. Although banana boats, jet skis and the ilk are on offer, such brash pursuits seem incongruous, given what lives below. Instead, we opt for a gentle sea kayak. The peace of gliding over the reef, gazing through crystalline water to the underwater wildlife, is only broken by a seaplane landing offshore. Suitcases, jeans and the real world flash into view, and I realise that 24 hours already feels like a lifetime away. 



The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Amilla Fushi’s Guestbook below.

We loved

This resort tries to live up to the creed "your island home" and does not fall short. Our time there was very special and each member of the staff was so kind and helpful. There is not a want or a need that cannot be accommodated and this ended up being a very special trip for my wife, our one-year-old daughter, and me.

Don’t expect

Night life. This is not a party resort, thought they do have nightly music and some "nightlife" this is not really the point of the resort. I was told they are opening up a sister report that is focused around the social aspects of a holiday.


Stayed on 4 Jan 2016