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FINOLHU, BAA ATOLL

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Finolhu is a new resort that only opened in 2016. It has a unique concept where all the decorations and furniture around the resort is a combination of modern contemporary with a touch of the vintage of 80s vibe. The resort itself is spacious, clean and remarkably quiet. Located in 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.

The resort is just 30 minutes seaplane transfer from Malé International Airport. Otherwise you can take a 15-minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo and then take a 20-minute speedboat ride to Finolhu which at some point could be less cost-effective.

The location of the island is absolutely stunning, unbelievably beautiful with its powdery white sandy and turquoise crystal clear water. The staff cater for all your needs and the service is of a very high standard as well. They clearly take great pride in their work and the resort and are genuinely concerned that you are enjoying your stay.

The resort is perfect for chic couples, fun-loving families and gatherings of friends. There are two main types of accommodations at Finolhu, overwater villas and beach houses.

Lagoon Villa

Size: 145 sqm

Capacity: 3

View: Ocean View

Room features: bathroom, direct ocean access, outdoor rain shower, Marshall sound system, free wi-fi

From: 939USD/night* on BB basis

The villas are stunning – beautiful decor, spacious and private.

These gorgeous villas are facing the lagoon and the sunrise. If you don’t want to miss out it’s better to take rooms starting from 101 that are closer to the island. In this way you will wait less for a buggy transport to come and collect you to get to the main hotel area.

Ocean Pool Villa

Size: 180 sqm

Capacity: 3

View: Ocean View

Room features: bathroom, outdoor bathroom, private pool, direct ocean access, outdoor rain shower, Marshall sound system, free wi-fi, sunset view

From: 1637USD/night* on BB basis

The interior of Ocean Pool Villas is just luxurious and exquisite. Facing the sunset these villas have a wonderful deck and outside area with sun loungers, rocking chairs and a day bed. There is also an outside shower for rinsing off after a swim in the pool or the ocean. The steps are leading directly from the deck to the ocean.

Beach Villa

Size: 205 sqm

Capacity: 3

View: Beach View

Room features: bathroom, outdoor bathroom, garden shower, direct beach access, outdoor rain shower, Marshall sound system, free wi-fi, sunset view

From: 987USD/night* on BB basis

Beach Villas are very nice beachfront accommodation surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The villas are close to the restaurants and main island facilities which is a great option for the family with kids. The accommodation is located over the lagoon side of the island facing the spectacular sunrise views.

Beach Pool Villa

Size: 205 sqm

Capacity: 3

View: Beach View

Room features: bathroom, outdoor bathroom, garden shower, private pool, direct beach access, outdoor rain shower, Marshall sound system, free wi-fi, sunset view

From: 1357USD/night on BB basis

These villas are very similar to Beach Villas but situated on the opposite side and facing the sunset. The villas are tucked away in lavish tropical gardens and feature private beach access. They also have a spacious outdoor dining terrace and a large fresh pool with sun lounges and garden.

Two-bedroom Ocean Pool Villa

Size: 460 sqm

Capacity: 4

View: Ocean View

Room features: bathroom, outdoor bathroom, garden shower, private pool, direct beach access, outdoor rain shower, Marshall sound system, free wi-fi, sunset view

From: 3187USD/night* on BB basis

With a larger private pool and a living space these spacious villas are perfect for a family or friends. The rooms ranging from 601 to 608 have either a sunset or a sunrise view. These villas are facing the water sports area which is highly entertaining as it is always some action around. If you travel in a big company and want to have more privacy and explore the reef – rooms 808 and 888 will be the better option for you.

Two-bedroom Beach Pool Villa

Size: 530 sqm

Capacity: 4

View: Beach View

Room features: bathroom, outdoor bathroom, garden shower, private pool, direct beach access, outdoor rain shower, Marshall sound system, free wi-fi, sunset view

From: 3187USD/night* on BB basis

These rooms are very similar to Two Bedroom Ocean Lagoon Pool Villas but the main difference is that they’re situated on the island. The rooms are very secluded and surrounded by the greenery of the garden facing the sunset. A great option for a big company or family as well.

Spa, Diving school, Water sports center, Beach Club, Sandbank, Evening Entertainment, Gym, Steama and Sauna, Wi-Fi in villas and public areas.

Restaurants

When it comes to dining options here guests can choose either to go all inclusive, a half board or a full board meal plan, and also there is a possibility to go for an unlimited beverage package. The breakfast buffet is said to have a pretty good assortment of food, and fresh cinnamon doughnuts are worth trying.

The Fish & Crab Shack

This restaurant is located in the middle of the long sand strip that is a unique natural wonder of this island. A regular boat ride takes the guests back and forth from the main area of the island to the restaurant. Otherwise it takes a delightful 10-minute walk up the crystal shores from the main pool. The restaurant has a good selection of seafood and snacks to choose from.

The lobster in the Fish and Crab Shack is said to be a must at this restaurant. The restaurant also provides plenty of beach chairs along the sand strip which offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the drinks in a picturesque setting.

Baa Baa Beach Club (also the 1 Oak Beach Club)

This is the main dining area that serves continental breakfast and dinner in a buffet style. The food at the BaaBaa restaurant is simply great and they have different themed nights every evening so that every day you have a possibility to try different cuisines like Italian, French, Arabic or Chinese. Choosing a poolside or a table near the beach guests can enjoy a nightly entertainment where you can also order a hookah.

Baa baa grill

This place is focused on grilled meats and fish. Every week it organizes a ‘Super Steak Sunday’ where the food steaks are just amazing.

Kanusan

This restaurant is located on the tip of the island introducing a beautiful dining venue by the ocean. It serves classic Asian dishes. Mezzo ‘platter’ and lamb cutlets as well as satay are highly recommended.

Milk Bar

This is an old school tuck shop that is located by the gym, guests can grab a snack bar, nice smoothies or an acai bowl on their way.

SPA Treatment

The Spa at Finolhu is called The Cove Club. Continuing the main resort theme each of 10 treatment rooms celebrates an iconic beauty of the 60s. Spa has its own steam room, sauna and a pool facing the spectacular ocean view.

A variety of treatments are provided including Ayurvedic therapy. Guests can enjoy relaxing body wraps and scrubs, lovely massages after a long day of activities, or do a facial treatment after sunbathing. All types of massages are highly recommended featuring the Jet Lag massage.

Beach and Reef

The resort beaches are breathtaking, with white and soft sand which has nothing to complain about. Snorkelling here is excellent, whether you use your deck as a base or join one of the tours- these have an accompanying marine biologist and are highly recommended.

From your deck you can see all sorts of marine life: rays, small black tip reef sharks, fish of all kinds and even octopuses. You can borrow snorkel equipment from the resort for free throughout your stay and return it the day before you leave.

The best snorkeling is said to be at the house reef in front of Thunderball and in front of The Cove Spa where it is the shortest distance to the reef drop off. Here you have all the sea life visiting regularly, dolphins, turtles, sting rays, sharks, octopuses and a huge variety of colourful fishes.

The water on the ocean side is more choppy but the reef-life is much more abundant on this side.To approach the most spectacular spots of the reef you have to swim 30-40 meters which is not that long but you can also do that with an organized snorkeling trip.

Things To Do

Entertainment

Each night you can venture to the bar for a unique entertainment by the gorgeous performers. There is always something happening in regards to entertainment including mermaids in the pool, fire dances, musicians, DJ and acrobats, themed nights and dinners.

Relaxing on a beach hammock or cabana, listening to the live DJ around the pool, snorkeling in the crystal blue water observing the beautiful marine life, mingling with other guests and staff at the cocktail parties, enjoying the nightly entertainment are just a few of the highlights. The retro vibe of the resort from the deco to the music is simply fabulous and brings a unique atmosphere which definitely stands out.

The resort takes care about children as well. The Oceaneers kids club is equipped with a child friendly pool and a fantastic playground. The set up is like a 5 star hotel for kids with numerous activities, hair and nail salon, beautifully appointed rest area and etc. Babysitting is available as well. What is more the club also owns an art and craft club for kids so there’s no way your child ever gets bored.

Diving

Finolhu is a home to some of the most magnificent marine life anywhere in the world. Based at Hanifaru Bay it’s is considered one of the world’s best locations for diving with manta rays. The area was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage largely due to the population of majestic manta rays that visit Hanifaru during the south-west monsoon. So the best time to come should be from June to October.

The best diving in the world deserves the best dive centers. The dive center at Finolhu is run by Dive Butler International widely regarded as one of the best dive experts in the world. The equipment at the dive center is top notch, the dive boats are modern, big and comfortable. The boat staff are friendly and helpful. They are doing a great job making sure you get to the very best spots and have an incredible underwater experience.

At the diving center you may also join a PADI Scuba Diving course available in different languages and get your certificate.

Other Activities 

The island has a perfect set of activities suitable for all members of family.

The Thunderball water sports centre is sheltered on the lagoon side which is perfect for all manner of water sports: stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding or water skiing.

Bedsides the water sports you can just enjoy beach volleyball, tennis and other games at a multi court. The UFC gym next door to the Thunderball center is deliciously cool and well equipped and the classes are excellent there.

The H.U.B. (Home of the Underwater Biosphere) team has a wide range of scheduled excursions. Whether it’s simply relaxing on a deserted sand bank, swimming with dolphins around stunning coral reefs or visiting a local Maldivian village. Wonder where to see manta rays, the most majestic and mysterious creatures of the ocean – a trip to Hanifaru bay should be the highlight of your visit.

OFFER 01: “DISCOUNT”
Minimum 4 nights stay & get 25% discount on Room rate
Minimum 7 nights stay & get 30% discount on Room rate
Validity 01.03.18 to 26.12.18
Applicable to all Villas
Offer combinable with Half Board Offer for all occupants of the room

OFFER 02: “COMPLIMENTARY HALF BOARD OFFER”
Book anytime and receive complimentary HALF BOARD
Validity 11.01.2018 – 19.12.2018
Applicable to all Villas

HONEYMOON OFFER
FINOLHU BUBBLY – A bottle of non-vintage Champagne to welcome you to your honeymoon destination
LOVE POTION NO. 9 – A romantic bath setup in your Villa
“JUST HITCHED” CAKE – A beautiful honeymoon cake
LOVE ME TENDER – Romantic dinner
SHAKEN NOT STIRRED – A fun cocktail making class
ATOLL EXPRESS – A sunset cruise around Baa Atoll

Terms & Conditions:
The offer is applicable for couples traveling within 6 months from the date of wedding and for a minimum of 4 nights stay
All couples arriving on this offer should be advised to the resort at the time of booking
A copy of the wedding certificate has to be presented at the resort