Maldives

Finolhu

Rates from (ex tax)$925.00

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 (USD1,139.60), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Maldivian maverick

Setting

Sensational sandbank

Finolhu should be called ‘Fun-olhu’: this paradise island spins the traditional Maldivian-magic formula on its head, and throws fire shows, acrobats, dancers and world-famous DJs into the mix. If you’ve got a soft spot for downtime, don’t worry: Finolhu can do romance and seclusion in its sleep. Ravishing overwater villas, a pastel-pretty spa and a tempting sandbank will have you feeling daisy-fresh after the night before. Having four restaurants, a sceney pool and a sociable beach club at your beck and call doesn’t exactly dent the island-idyll, either.

Smith Extra

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An evening cocktail each at 1 Oak beach club (must be ordered after 9pm) and an hour's art class with the hotel's resident artist

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

125 villas.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability (and a charge). Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $925.00, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $12.00 per person per night on check-out and an additional service charge of 10% per booking on check-out.

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 (USD1,139.60), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a generous buffet breakfast, use of Kanifushi’s lounge at Malé International Airport, access to the kids club, evening entertainment, non-motorised watersports and island-wide free WiFi.

Also

Kanifushi boasts the longest sandbank of any of the Maldivian resort islands – expect to spend a lot of time sprawled out on it.

At the hotel

Beach; beach club with retro cinema and old-school arcade; spa with fitness centre and beach gym; tennis courts; watersports; four restaurants; old-school tuck shop. In rooms: TV, iPod dock, DVD player, desk, air-conditioning, minibar, black-out curtain, Neal’s Yard Remedies bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Two-Bedroom Ocean Lagoon Pool Villas are knee-weakening lovely; number 808 is our hands-down favourite, thanks to its secluded spot. This villa boasts incredible sunset views and can’t be spied on by other guests. Number 888, its neighbour, is another top pick: it’s the same size and also overlooks the glittering lagoon. (Though it’s a tad less private, it’s still a stunner.)

Poolside

Nothing about Finolhu is ordinary, not least its pool: a spectacular aquatic playground with a little palm island at its heart, where fire-dancers, DJs, acrobats and other entertainers prance around by night. The pool basically turns into an open-air nightclub when the sun sets.

Spa

Finolhu has taken a typically playful approach to the Cove Club, its Sixties-and-Seventies-inspired spa: a series of 10 chandelier-lit, pastel-hued beach ‘divans’ (picture pretty beach huts), where you can drop/flop by for a massage, facial or beauty treatment. The spa also spans a fitness centre, steam room and sauna, yoga pavilion and outdoor Palm Beach gym. Sporty types can tick off capoeira, paddleboarding, ballet and kickboxing; there’s also a relaxation area with wonderful sunset views.

Packing tips

Bring Instagrammable outfits; generate jealousy-inducing pics.

Also

Like what you see? Have a peek at Amilla Fushi, Finolhu’s equally lovely sister. Lucky guests get to use the facilities at both hotels.

Children

Very welcome – the lucky things. Family-friendly facilities include: an outdoor play area, family-friendly pool, garden, lawns, indoor play area, kids club and crèche (US$19 an hour). Babysitting can be arranged for the same price, with one day’s notice.

Best for

Little Smiths of all ages. Warning: getting them to leave will be harder than pulling limpets from rocks.

Recommended rooms

Opt for a Two-Bedroom Villa for maximum space (they also have their own private pool).

Crèche

Oceaneers crèche, open 9am–10pm, accepts little ones aged between one month and four years (US$19 an hour). The hotel’s free kids club is open 9am–10pm everyday, and accepts unaccompanied little Smiths aged three and above.

Activities

Water-babies will love splashing around the family-friendly pool and gambolling on the peaceful beach. Finolhu has a sandpit, climbing frame, slide, shaded pool, kitchen used for cooking classes and a ‘dream-ville’ for daytime naps. The hotel has a host of watersports on offer, and can arrange boat trips to nearby reefs for eye-widening snorkelling. Older Smiths can borrow books, DVDs, arts and crafts kit, puzzles and other games.

Swimming pool

Finolhu’s unheated outdoor infinity pool is gated and supervised. Guests can borrow floats and inflatables; swimming lessons can be arranged on request.

Meals

Highchairs can be provided; obliging staff are happy to heat up baby milk. Little Smiths will love the old-school tuck shop and the child-friendly food dished up at Baa Baa Main Dining and the Fish & Crab Shack: fish and chips served in a cutesy mini bucket, for example.

Babysitting

Outside of the kids club’s opening hours, babysitting can be arranged (US$19 an hour).

No need to pack

Finolhu’s staff can sort you out with nappies, swim nappies, baby wipes, formula milk, baby food and child-friendly snacks.

Also

If you want to borrow a baby monitor, just ask. The hotel can also provide full-size baby cots or wooden crib beds, baby bedlinen, changing mats, potties, baby steps, blackout blinds, bottle-sterilising equipment, stair gates, socket covers, highchairs, beakers, weaning spoons, buggies and more.

Eco‐friendly

Finolhu uses earth-kind bath products and light bulbs; produce for the restaurant is sourced locally. The hotel diligently recycles, water is provided in reusable glass bottles and grey water is used to irrigate the island’s plants.

Food and Drink

Photos Finolhu food and drink

Top Table

Forget spying on couples, bored, soppy or otherwise; at Kanusan’s lower-deck tables, you can watch baby sharks and baby sting-rays swim by while you eat. At Fish & Crab Shack, take a front-row tables beside the sea, with wow-worthy lagoon views.

Dress Code

Beached mermaid/merman.

Hotel restaurant

Baa Baa Main Dining is your nautically-styled international offering, guarded by two ‘sheep’, with tables perfectly poised for sunset appreciation. We loved the kitsch fish and chips, served in a little bucket; the plump grilled prawns are also toothsome. Be bold at breakfast and start the day with Asian noodles and dim-sum; sticking with the Orient, Kanusan restaurant has a duck oven at the heart of its stylish open-plan kitchen. Its modern Cantonese cuisine includes steamed snapper with leeks and ginger, and fried chocolate-fingers for dessert. Sample North African-inspired dishes at Baahaa Grill: canter through Mezze’s 24 small plates, try the Seafood Sampler and end on a sweet note with pistachio and walnut baklava. Last but not least, the hotel has a casual Fish & Crab Shack, positioned in a private spot at the end of the sandback and accessed by a short dhoni ride: try crab tacos and crab curry.

Hotel bar

There’s more to Baa Baa Beach Club than a bar (or baa). Watch classic movies at its retro cinema, play Pinball or Pac-Man at the old-school arcade, or sit back and soak up the 180-degree ocean views from the upstairs bar and viewing area. At night, famous mixologists, globally-acclaimed DJs, acrobats and fire shows will keep your eyes (wide) open. The beach club also hosts sociable pool parties every week; grab a fruity cocktail – and your current consort.

Last orders

Baa Baa Main Dining serves breakfast from 8am–11am, lunch from 1pm–3.30pm, dinner from 7.30pm–11pm (Baahaa Grill and Kanusan serve dinner then, too). Fish & Crab Shack is open 1pm–6pm. You can also order food at the bar from 11am–7pm.

Room service

Items from the restaurant menus can be ordered to your room around the clock, along with a more casual selection of snacks and mains (sandwiches, pizzas, burgers and the ilk). Pick up snacks (healthy or not) from Milk Bar, Finolhu’s tuck shop.

Location

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Address
Finolhu
Kanufushi Island
Baa Atoll
Maldives
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Planes

Fly into Malé International Airport (macl.aero), then hop on a half-hour plane ride to Dharavandhoo Airport, where you’ll catch a 30-minute seaplane (organised by the hotel) straight to Kanifushi. Nobody said paradise was close – but it’s certainly worth the journey.

Other

Finolhu is a 30-minute speedboat ride from its equally alluring sister, Amilla Fushi.

Worth getting out of bed for

Stake out your favourite section of the hotel’s incredible sandbank. Take up the hotel’s offer of free snorkelling trips to the nearby reef (about 15 minutes away by boat). Pick from Finolhu’s wealth of watersports, which include windsurfing, catamaran trips, jet-skis and the ilk (non-motorised ones are free). Play a game of tennis or hit the beachfront spa and gym. Finolhu’s staff can arrange manta-ray diving trips, night-fishing, full-moon cruises and more.

Local restaurants

Hop on the half-hour speedboat to Amilla Fushi, Finolhu’s Smith-approved sister, and tick off different dining options at Bazaar

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this private-island hotel in the Lhaviyani Atoll and unpacked their underwater cameras and beachcombed seashells, a full account of their tropical break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Finolhu in the Maldives…

Forget paradise lost or found – this is paradise reimagined. Throw your mental picture of the Maldives – all whisper-quiet beaches, swooning, love-struck couples and beds bedecked with towel swans – out of the metaphorical window, and imagine a party-island with acrobats, DJs and fire shows instead. That’s not to say you can’t have Bounty-ad-style downtime here; the hotel with the longest sandbank knows a thing or two about pin-drop-peaceful seclusion, too. But, should you wish to leave your overwater, lagoon-view villa or private patch of milk-white sand for something a little more lively, Finolhu has a holiday’s worth of distractions. We’re talking four ravishing restaurants, a pool area that’s like an Ibizan nightclub come sunset, an open-air spa that nods nostalgically to the Sixties and Seventies, and a host of adventures (aquatic and otherwise), from full-moon cruises, diving, jet-skiing, tennis tournaments, beachfront ballet, capoeira and kickboxing…

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