Baa Atoll, Maldives
One of the newest resorts in the Maldives, Finolhu was born out of a desire to bring a fresh new take on the desert island experience. A retro inspired island that puts a fun stay at the center of everything it offers.
At a Glance
Located in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve
Just 30 minutes seaplane from Malé International Airport
A chic cocktail of retro fun and contemporary comfort
World class diving and snorkeling
Head to the Crab Shack for one of the best places for lunch in the Maldives - amazing seafood 1km out on a sand spit from the resort.James Robertson
Don't be too alarmed if you see the odd mermaid swimming in the Baa Baa Beach Club Pool - it's all part of the Finolhu experience - you have not had one too many pina coladas!James Robertson
Dance round your villa to your own tunes with your own Marshall Amplifier to turn it up to 11!James Robertson
In the larger villas, you will have your own vinyl collection and record player for a truly retro music experience!James Robertson
The pool stays open as long as the bar does - great if you fancy an evening swim!Hannah Fullagar
Stay in one of their 2 bedroom villas to take advantage of your own champagne phone!Hannah Fullagar
Enjoy a range of sweet treats and takeaway drinks at the 'Milk Bar', Finolhu's own take on an old style tuck shopScott Dunn team
Choose from a range of music styles whilst enjoying a spa treatment. Keep a look out for the huts named after pop icons.Scott Dunn team
Finolhu came about as a reaction to the more familiar Maldives island. Located a 30-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport, it is located in the southern corner of the Baa Atoll – a UNESCO world Biosphere Reserve, dedicated to protecting the rich diversity of marine life that proliferates in this region of the Maldives.
This all makes for a particularly idyllic location for your vacation as all properties in this area subscribe to a stringent duty of care to their surroundings, ensuring the clearest, bluest, life-rich waters you will encounter anywhere in the world. The Baa Atoll, and Finolhu in particular, really is what the Maldives is all about.
The connection with the sea is reflected in the accommodation, most of which is located above the water, meaning you always have access to the turquoise infinity that is the Indian Ocean. Once inside your accommodation, however, you really start to notice that Finolhu have done things differently.
Taking inspiration from a host of different styles including the French Riviera, Moorish design and Mediterranean whitewash chic, you’ll start to notice the flourishes and fun details that really show how Finolhu have played with the desert island concept and given it their own spin. From Marshall amplifiers in the rooms, through to Neal's Yard skin products, you will appreciate the finer details in your little home.
Venture onto the island and the fun really starts. With the emphasis firmly on the fact that this is a vacation, fun is top of the agenda. A host of dining options are available, centerd around the Baa Baa Beach Club serving fresh food with entertainment changing on a nightly basis. From here a further 3 restaurants specializing in Asian, North African & seafood complete the food and drink options and keep things interesting no matter how long your stay. Of course, if you’d rather just stay horizontal, you can enjoy the gastronomic treats from the comfort of your own deck, delivered straight to your door.
With a new concept spa called The Cove Club, focussing on the simple pleasures of massage, movement and music, including tailored exercise programs designed by Bodyism, as well as the HUB underwater center providing diving facilities and instruction, and the Thunderball center bringing a bit of 007 into the watersports provision, there is no danger of boredom setting in at Finolhu.
With the 126 rooms and villas largely based over the water at Finolhu, on one of the longest jetties in the Maldives, you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation. All rooms include complimentary high speed wifi, exclusive Neal’s Yard organic skin care products, an outdoor bathroom and rain shower and even a Marshall sound system for you to chill out to your favorite tunes.
A bohemian inspired over-water villa, with views to the breathtaking Finolhu lagoon and 1.8km long sandbank, and direct access to the ocean, this villa is 145sqm in size, including an expansive deck area. Amenities include:
|Ocean Pool Villa||
Inspired by the bright colors of the French Riviera, the Ocean Pool Villas are 180sqm in size with direct access to the ocean. Each villa has a large outdoor sundeck with loungers and a private fresh water pool. Amenities include:
|Two Bedroom Ocean Lagoon Pool Villa||
Perfect for families or friends traveling together, the clean whitewash chic inspired 460sqm over-water two-bedroom Ocean Lagoon Villas come with their own private fresh water pool and large outdoor terrace with sun loungers. Amenities include:
|Two Bedroom Beach Pool Villa||
Ideal for beach lovers, families or friends traveling together, the two-bedroom Beach Pool Villas overlook the gorgeous sunset side of Finolhu and come with their own private garden and 10m fresh water pool. The villa occupies a huge 530sqm of Finolhu island. Amenities include:
Close to the Baa Baa Beach Club, Finolhu has established the fantastic kids club 'Oceaneers' - for children aged 3 to 12. A host of exciting activities are planned for little (and not so little) people, including sports on and off the water, crafts, games and cooking classes. Little Oceaneers at Finolhu will be kept very busy indeed, leaving parents to enjoy a well-deserved chill out.
Finolhu can also provide a babysitting service on request at an extra charge.
Finolhu provides a huge amount of activities and facilities for guests to enjoy. Four restaurants; the Baa Baa Beach Bar, Asian restaurant Kanusan, the Baa Haa Grill & The Fish and Crab Shack provide a host of flavors and cuisines to suit any taste.
The Milk Bar is Finolhu’s take on the old style tuck shop, offering a range of treats & takeaway drinks, right through to vacation essentials you may have forgotten to pack in your excitement of getting away to the Maldives.
Room service is available 24/7 meaning that anything you need is only a phone call away, while The Cove Club is a unique Finolhu take on the traditional spa, with playful retro revival of the 60s and 70s, focussing on Massage, Movement and Music as the vehicle to ultimate relaxation.
Diving: As a UNESCO declared World Biosphere Reserve, Finolhu is home to some of the most magnificent marine life anywhere in the world. The best diving in the world deserves the best dive centers, and as such, the dive school is run by Dive Butler International, widely regarded as one of the best dive experts in the world, making sure you get to the very best spots and have an incredible underwater experience.
Watersports: the Thunderball watersports center is situated on Palm Beach, a sheltered lagoon that is perfect for all manner of watersports. Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), sailing and windsurfing are all complimentary and the friendly team will make sure you have the best possible time on the water.
The Cove Club: this retro-inspired chill out zone features a spa with 10 chandelier-lit treatment rooms, relaxation area and steam/sauna, a fitness center, yoga pavilion and Palm Beach style outdoor gym. Finolhu has also introduced a UFC GYM® Master Trainer to offer diverse personal training and group classes based on mixed martial arts from the global phenomenon the Ultimate Fighting Championship®.
Location & Directions
Baa Atoll, Maldives
Finolhu is situated at the southern end of the Baa Atoll on Kanifushi Island, a 30 minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport.
When to go
The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon which runs from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.
Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.
The surfing season runs from March to October, which is also when resorts tend to be at their cheapest.