Finolhu

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

The designers had fun when creating Finolhu. A mix of retro-chic design and futuristic touches, like the funnel-shaped bar terrace, it would defy its desert island location if it weren’t for rustic Maldivian throwbacks like thatched roofs. Its entertainment’s anything but ‘typical’ too, especially Baa Baa Beach Club restaurant’s retro pool parties, DJ sessions and cinema screenings. Its other eateries are equally exciting, from the Milk Bar ‘old school tuck shop’ to the rustic yet refined Fish & Crab Shack, set on the sandbar and reached by foot, swimming, or dhoni boat. This fun resort is a great choice for couples and families, and offers many à la carte water experiences — between May and October you can take a trip to see manta rays. Or try glamping Finolhu-style — spend a night in the unique Beach Bubble Tent on a secluded stretch of sand. Chill out, watch the sun set and enjoy a private beach barbecue before spending a night under the stars and watching the sun rise next morning.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Room Service
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Yoga
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Where is it

In the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere and home to some of the Maldives’ richest waters. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 30 minutes by seaplane.Please note: Seaplane transfers to/from your resort will only operate in daylight hours. Please ensure your international flights into and out of Malé allow for this schedule.

Hotel information

125 villas. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, garden or sundeck, 40" flatscreen TV with satellite channels, Marshall sound system, WiFi, telephone, wine and mini-bar*, safe, and hairdryer. Lagoon Villas are 145 sq m overwater villas with direct access to the ocean, a large sundeck with loungers and outdoor rain shower, a bathroom with oceanview bathtub and shower, and views over Finolhu lagoon and the 1.8-kilometre sandbank. Each has 1 king-size bed and 1 day bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (or 2 children on request).

For bookings made up to 6 June '19, for stays up to 10 January '20:

All Inclusive includes: breakfast at Baa Baa Beach Diner or Milk Bar (light meal option available at Milk Bar). Lunch at Baa Baa Beach Diner, Pizza Counter or at Fish & Crab Shack. Dinner at Baa Baa Beach Diner, Kanusan or Baa Haa Grill. Extended beverage package, available at all outlets during the opening hours, from a selected menu (guests below 18 years of age can also enjoy the beverage package option with non-alcoholic items available). A variety of soft and alcoholic drinks are available throughout the day during bar/restaurant operating hours. Items from the premium alcohol list will be at a supplement. Some items on the menus may carry a supplement. Reservations may be required in the evening.

For bookings made after 6 June '19, for stays from 1 November '19:

Standard All Inclusive includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner at Baa Baa Beach Diner or Pizza Counter. 1 dinner at Kanusan, 1 dinner at Baa Haa Grill and 1 lunch at Fish & Crab Shack per stay. Any additional meals will be chargeable with a $50 credit per adult/$25 per child, per meal (credit is not cumulative). Beverage package from the standard beverage list, available at all restaurants during the opening hours, from a selected menu. Includes non-alcoholic drinks from the mini-bar. All inclusive does not include Milk Shake Lab. Guests below 18 years of age can also enjoy the beverage package option with non-alcoholic items available in the above mentioned menu. Some items on the menu may carry a supplement. Reservations may be required in the evening.

Premium All Inclusive includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner at any of the restaurants. Beverages from the premium menu and all drinks in the mini-bar. Also includes Milk Shake Lab.

Ocean Pool Villas are 180 sq m overwater villas with direct access to the ocean, a private 6-metre freshwater pool, a sundeck with a daybed, rocking chairs, and outdoor rain shower, and a bathroom with oceanview bathtub and shower. Each has 1 king-size bed and 1 day bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (or 2 children on request).

Beach Villas are 205 sq m and have a tropical garden setting, private beach access to Finolhu lagoon, an outdoor dining terrace with sun loungers, a hammock, and a garden shower. Each has 1 king-size bed and 1 day bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (or 2 children on request).

Private Pool Villas are 205 sq m and have a tropical garden setting, private beach access to Finolhu lagoon, a private freshwater pool, an outdoor dining terrace with sun loungers, a hammock, and a garden shower. Each has 1 king-size bed and 1 day bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (or 2 children on request).

Two Bedroom Lagoon Villas are 460 sq m overwater villas and have a private 8-metre freshwater pool, a large terrace with sunloungers, a dining lounge, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a garden shower and a hammock. Each has 2 king-size beds and 2 day beds for children, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 4 children.

Two Bedroom Private Pool Villas are 530 sq m, overlook the sunset side of Finolhu, and have a private garden, private 10-metre freshwater pool, a dining lounge, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a garden shower, a hammock, and direct beach access. Each has 2 king-size beds and 2 day beds for children, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children (plus infant).

Rockstar 2 Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa is situated at the end of the jetty & offers uninterrupted Ocean views, an 8-metre pool, large terrace, indoor & outdoor dining areas, 40” flat screen TVs, wine bar, and bathroom with bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers. It sleeps maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children. 

The Beach Bubble Tent (bookable locally, for one-night stays, 7pm-9am) offers a UV-protected, climate-controlled cocoon with wooden floors, bespoke furnishings, and an adjoining bubble bathroom with shower. The tent sleeps maximum 2 adults and includes a barbecue dinner and breakfast on the water’s edge. 


5 restaurants and bars, including Baa Baa Beach Club (international menu with daily changing theme nights and live cooking stations, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with poolside and beachside dining, 2-storey Beach Club Bar serving lunch, Wine Vault, cinema screens, classic arcade games, and parties and events), Fish & Crab Shack (seafood lunch menu), Kanusan (modern Cantonese-style signature restaurant, with overwater bar, open for dinner), Baahaa Grill (north African grill menu, open for dinner), and Milk Bar (tuck shop, drinks and lunchtime snacks, including healthy options, with shop). Graze & Groove Staying In* (room service). Outdoor swimming pool. The Cove Club (with fitness centre, yoga pavilion, outdoor Palm Beach gym, spa treatments*, massages*, manicures*, pedicures*, steam/sauna, salon*, barber with grooming treatments*, retail pavilion*, and wellness activities including capoeira*, ballet*, and kickboxing*). Tennis court (floodlit, private lessons* by a pro from Jim Courier Tennis, 24-hour notice required for tennis). HUB à la carte water experiences by marine biology team*, including water sports*, snorkelling trips*, aqua excursions*, sunset cruises*, fishing trips*, and dolphin cruises*; and scuba diving courses* and trips* with Dive Butler International. Thunderball (1.5km-long lagoon with water sports, including Seabobs*, knee boarding*, wake boarding*, water-skiing*, windsurfing (lessons*), kayaking (tours*), private speedboats*, stand-up paddle-boarding (tours*), and catamaran sailing (private tours* and lessons*); non-motorised water sports are complimentary). Evening entertainment program (including weekly Retro Pool Party, monthly Full Moon Tribal sandbar party, and quarterly Finolhu Blhu events with top DJs and performers). Oceaneers Club (kids' and teens’ club, activities personalised for guests, including land and water activities). Concierge service. Complimentary WiFi across the resort.

*Denotes local charge

Please note: Finolhu hosts exclusive high-energy parties on selected dates during the year. At these times, supplements may apply and activities and facilities may vary. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous holiday with our millenial kids

Sep 16, 2019 Jane R Pollensa

Beautiful resort, fabulous rooms (we stayed overwater villa)..but there is noise from buggys that run you from restaurants etc to your villa from 0700-2300, very friendly helpful staff, wonderful food, all very clean and loads to do, if you want to.
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Sep 16, 2019 dmcc0naghy Melbourne, Australia

My wife and I cannot recommend highly enough. We were blown away with Finolhu. Service was exceptional, villa was amazing, food was sensational. We were expecting a great resort but it far and away exceeded our expectations. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to go back someday.
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Sep 15, 2019 leewC8719LH Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom

We stayed in the bubble last night. Ammi was our Butler. Let me just say how fantastic he was. The whole experience from start to finish was amazing. His service was second too none! Absolute pleasure to meet him and a real credit to the team. The stay in the bubble was yet again amazing! Loads of wonderful food and plenty of drink. Would highly… Read more
We stayed in the bubble last night. Ammi was our Butler. Let me just say how fantastic he was. The whole experience from start to finish was amazing. His service was second too none! Absolute pleasure to meet him and a real credit to the team. The stay in the bubble was yet again amazing! Loads of wonderful food and plenty of drink. Would highly recommend booking a night in the bubble. You will not regret it! Read less
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Sep 15, 2019 ghtag San Francisco, California

I stayed here with friends and family for 5 days. The resort is top notch with modern furnishings. The service was also excellent especially at the main dining restaurant. One of the hosts named Xandra was especially attentive during our meals. One of the chefs named Nguyen was also very nice. He came to our table to introduce himself. We enjoyed… Read more
I stayed here with friends and family for 5 days. The resort is top notch with modern furnishings. The service was also excellent especially at the main dining restaurant. One of the hosts named Xandra was especially attentive during our meals. One of the chefs named Nguyen was also very nice. He came to our table to introduce himself. We enjoyed his asian food specialties. The gym facility is also nice with new equipment. We also played tennis everyday and the tennis court was omni surface and well maintained. Yuri, the tennis coach and other staff delivered water and towels everyday when we played tennis. Overall the all-inclusive was truly a good deal. When we checked out, there were no hidden fees. I would go back again. Read less
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Sep 13, 2019 gudagudan65

It was a place like heaven. Both couples were very happy. It was a hotel where the service and food were very good and I would definitely recommend it to the people around me. It was a place where I had the best time I want to go again