Rates per night from$750.00

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD750.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Maldivian maverick


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


Photos Finolhu facilities

Need to know


A total of 125 villas.


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


Double rooms from $750.00, excluding tax at 23.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $6.00 per person per night on check-out.

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.


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Photos Finolhu location
Kanufushi Island
Baa Atoll
This booking requires a seaplane transfer

You need a transfer to reach this hotel. For approximate costs, see location information


Fly into Malé International Airport (, 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.


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


Photos Finolhu reviews
Iroshini Chua

Anonymous review

By Iroshini Chua, Jet-set doctor

A loud beep startled me as the sea-plane landed smoothly on the Indian Ocean. ‘That’s the last thing passengers hear in a plane crash: the proximity alarm,’ said Mr Smith quite nonchalantly. We hadn’t been in any real danger, of course, but Mr Smith likes to flaunt his wicked sense of humor with what he deems to be comic timing.  

The Skimpy Bikini, a name well worthy of a sleek yacht, bopped up and down outside my window waiting for its guests to cruise aboard as we sauntered to the jetty. We had arrived at Finolhu, the cool retro resort with a glamorous twist and my new beach club haven.

It’s situated in the Baa atoll, hence the slew of wordplay like the ‘mini Baa’ and ‘Baa Haa’ restaurant. The folks here are groovy that way.

There are also a couple of Volkswagen campers that look almost out of place parked on the pretty white sand, but they work – the pink as the concierge center and the blue as a fresh coconut stall.

Party invites for themed nights, a ‘husband day-care’ center, hoop and fire shows, swim-up DJ bar, shisha at the Baa Baa beach club, a resident photographer for photoshoots, an in-house band swinging ballads and high octane hits, ‘Ring the bell’ shot games by the pool – there is certainly a fun spin on the traditional beach resort.

Mr Smith was keen to get to our villa but a glass enclosed beach-wear shop distracted me. As did the milk bar: an old school tuck shop stocked with guilt-free snacks and carefree candy. We finally cruised in our buggy down Route 66: a sandy lane flanked by manicured shrubs and quirky proclamations like ‘Life’s a river; grab a paddle’. We discovered later that we could cut through Backstage (aka staff entrance) sans buggy.

A lagoon villa or an ocean-view villa perched above water would be the natural choice of Maldives fans but we were in the mood for a beach villa with a private pool. It was all non-retro taupe and modern whites punctuated with mirrors and luxurious peacock hues.

You know that moment you walk through a door that leads into a garden, that in-turn leads to another door that opens the room and you say to yourself ‘Oh this is nice’, but then you open the discrete bathroom door that reveals a space larger than the bedroom, with indoor and outdoor showers, a walk-in wardrobe and a gigantic bathtub for two and you say ‘This is insane’? Yeah, we had that moment… To top it off, our bedding was ‘Not getting out of bed today’ soft and our pool area was covered by shrubs at just the right places to allow Mr Smith to privately nod his approval in the direction of my own skimpy bikini.

With so many dining venues on the island – with fare from North African to Asian; burgers to Bloody Marys – I thought I’d drag Mr Smith to the gym with me first. It was equipped with an outdoor UFC gym where he, eager to show off his muscular prowess, was quickly defeated by the battle ropes after a mere 10 seconds. The rock-climbing wall also had him landing majestically on his buttocks which deflated his remaining machismo.

Meanwhile, indoors, I was feeling pretty chuffed on the treadmill when some giant abdomen with a beer in hand obstructed my view of the ocean. He looked so blissed out that I was easily persuaded to chill instead. So, I headed for the shoreside swings to cuddle up to a bruised Mr Smith.

One has to try very hard not to have a good time here. With day beds that had flimsy curtains that quivered in the wind and a mellow retro Cove Club to massage and revive, it’s easy to laze around if you’re ignoring your Fitbit.

There is also an endless list of activities printed in itinerary form: free yoga sessions, social tennis knockabouts, pottery classes, art lessons and plenty of aqua action in the Unesco-listed atoll.

We could have opted to take the boat to the fish and crab shack but it was far more romantic at sunset to take to the ‘the strip’ – a stunning sandbar lapped at either side by cerulean waves.

The tiki torches flickered in the gentle breeze as we tucked into lip-smacking buckets of prawn and crab. Rumour had it that we could dance out here on the sand next to the bonfire till 2am, but the sea-breeze had gone to my head and I was peacefully tucked between those sheets way before midnight. The blissful memories dance on, though…


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