In the Maldives, we’re blessed with plenty of options when it comes to luxury island retreats. Across a series of blogs, we’ve handpicked some of our far-flung favourites so you can get a flavour of what each of these beautiful boltholes has to offer in terms of its whereabouts, food, accommodation and unique experiences. It’s the turn of the understated luxury of COMO Maalifushi…
Location, location, location
Lying in the Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi is further south than most resorts in the Maldives. A 60-minute seaplane from Malé will transport you to this far-flung paradise, whose remoteness has meant its natural surroundings have been left wonderfully pristine. Its house reef is vibrantly flush with coral and the combination of footprint-free beach with lush jungle interior is like Cast Away meets Jurassic Park.
Food for thought
COMO Maalifushi prides itself on its fresh, local food across all three of its restaurants. Main diner Madi serves a mix of Maldivian, Mediterranean and international dishes, while Japanese-themed Tai showcases the resort’s finest Indian Ocean catch with its sushi and sashimi. Thila is more relaxed and an ideal option for families. If you’re health-conscious, Maalifushi’s unique nutritional COMO Shambhala cuisine is available everywhere.
A good night’s sleep
There’s a room for everyone at COMO Maalifushi, from charming garden rooms nestled within the emerald jungle to palatial beach villas and out-of-this-world overwater bungalows (the latter all come with their own private pool). The bathrooms are giant no matter which room you plump for, their huge marble soaking tubs the standout feature.
COMO Maalifushi is the only resort in the Thaa Atoll, an archipelago of around 60 islands. That makes it perfect if you’re after exotic seclusion, while divers will love its crystal-clear waters and rich marine life.
Our Turquoise tip
You can’t stay here without visiting Maalifushi’s spa, the COMO Shambhala Retreat. Its treatment rooms are all spectacularly set overwater with shimmering Indian Ocean views, complemented with a legendary roster of treatments and a varied wellness programme.
7 nights at COMO Maalifushi in a Beach Suite
Includes international flights and transfers
From £3,099 per person