Finolhu

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

The designers had fun when they created Finolhu. A mix of retro-chic design and futuristic touches, it would defy its desert island setting if it weren’t for the rustic Maldivian gestures. Head to the funnel-shaped bar terrace or to Baa Baa Beach Club — enjoy one of the DJ sessions or cinema screenings or time your stay for a retro pool party. Visit the Milk Bar ‘old school tuck shop’ and take a stroll, swim or dhoni boat to the the rustic yet refined Fish & Crab Shack, set out on the sandbar. Among the many water experiences here are cruises to spot dolphins and, between May and October, trips to see manta rays. For something a bit different, try glamping Finolhu-style in the Beach Bubble Tent — 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).

Standard All Inclusive: includes breakfast at Baa Baa Beach Diner, lunch and dinner at Baa Baa Beach Diner or pizza counter. Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the All-Inclusive Standard Beverage List, during opening hours of bars and restaurants, served by the glass. All Inclusive does not include Milk Bar Lab, in room mini-bar, destination dining and in-villa dining. Plus, stay 5 nights or more and receive $50 per adult per day for dinner or $25 per child per day for dinner, when you dine at the specialty restaurants (noncumulative, reservations required). For stays in 2019, also receive one lunch at the Crab shack, one dinner at Kanusan and one dinner at the Baa Haa Grill.

Premium All inclusive: includes breakfast at Baa Baa Beach Diner, lunch at Baa Baa Beach Diner, Crab Shack or Pizza Counter, and dinner at Baa Baa Beach Diner, Kanusan, BaaHaa Grill or Pizza Counter. Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the All-Inclusive Premium Beverage List, during opening hours of bars and restaurants, served by the glass. Plus, 40% discount on the Exclusive Beverage Selection List, served by the glass, and $50 credit for each bottle of Champagne or wine from the Exclusive Beverage Selection List.Includes mini-bar drinks and snacks and in-room wine cellar (replenished once per day) and Milk Bar Lab (homemade pastries, sandwiches and drinks). Premium All Inclusive does not include in-villa dining and destination dining (charged in full).

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, for dinner), and Milk Bar (tuck shop, drinks and lunchtime snacks, including healthy options). 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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Jan 26, 2020 DJM_review Oxford, United Kingdom

My Wife and I had the Maldives on our "bucket list", so when our 25th anniversary came along, we decided to go for it. So many people had recommended it as a destination. We can honestly say, that even their glowing positive comments did not do it justice. Finolhu was the most beautiful, idyllic and peaceful holiday we have ever had (and we have… Read more
My Wife and I had the Maldives on our "bucket list", so when our 25th anniversary came along, we decided to go for it. So many people had recommended it as a destination. We can honestly say, that even their glowing positive comments did not do it justice. Finolhu was the most beautiful, idyllic and peaceful holiday we have ever had (and we have been to some fabulous locations) Everything about this resort from the rooms, to the facilities, to the food and the staff was perfect (did I mention the food? OMG!) We booked all inclusive Premium, and we were glad we went for the extra cost, because frankly the prices on resort are ridiculous (really, really ridiculous). With the all inclusive option, all the food and drink is top quality (unless you want to buy stuff from the so called "exclusive" menu - which there is absolutely no need to). The rooms (even the "basic" ones) are enormous and wonderfully appointed, making good use of the lovely climate to provide outside showers etc. The beaches and facilities are spotlessly clean and pristine. Everything about the the resort is relaxed, friendly and the staff and service are fabulous. I could easily write another 1000 characters on this, but is still wouldn't do it justice. Just . . . Go. Read less
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Jan 26, 2020 Culture560917

This was our 2nd honeymoon to celebrate our 20th Wedding anniversary and we could not fault anything.....the food and all inclusive beverage list was extensive and amazing. The resort itself is beautiful with very helpful and friendly staff.
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Jan 26, 2020 Aleks24 Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

I loved everything about this place: friendly staff, good food, marvelous beaches, good the entertainment. The expectations were hight as the place is not cheap. Well, we didn't wanto to leave after 8 days. You get a lot your money: free diving course in the pool, complimentary foto shoot and we received a wellness package as an apology for a… Read more
I loved everything about this place: friendly staff, good food, marvelous beaches, good the entertainment. The expectations were hight as the place is not cheap. Well, we didn't wanto to leave after 8 days. You get a lot your money: free diving course in the pool, complimentary foto shoot and we received a wellness package as an apology for a small inconvenience at the arrival. We have been travelling a lot in last 5 years (Seychelles, Japan, China, US, Russia, Mexico) and I have never had an urge to go back somewhere. Until now... Dear Finolhu Crew, your were amazing and we will be back:-) Aleksandra and Milosz Read less
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Jan 24, 2020 vicky t Abridge, United Kingdom

Our first trip to Finolhu won’t be our last. The whole experience was magical. The setting is beautiful, the feel of the place is laid back but elegant. The food and drink was very good and made going to the gym to burn it off fun rather than a chore.
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Jan 23, 2020 VickiKatherine Katherine

Left this amazing resort yesterday after a 5 night stay with family and friends for my 60th birthday celebrations. Wow, I can't say enough about it. We all had the best time, none of us wanted to leave, and we all plan to go back. We were lucky enough to get an upgrade which made our experience even more fantastic and with the late checkout, we… Read more
Left this amazing resort yesterday after a 5 night stay with family and friends for my 60th birthday celebrations. Wow, I can't say enough about it. We all had the best time, none of us wanted to leave, and we all plan to go back. We were lucky enough to get an upgrade which made our experience even more fantastic and with the late checkout, we were super surprised. The rooms were fabulous, staff amazing, food so much of it and awesome indeed. Something for everyone. We travelled with 2 small grandchildren and they just loved it also. Have to say I have done a lot of travelling and this is right up there at number one. Thank you Finolhu. Read less