Finolhu

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

The designers had fun when they created Finolhu. A mix of luxury lifestyle and barefoot chic, 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 Beach Club — enjoy one of the DJ sessions or cinema screenings or time your stay for a memorable pool party. Visit the Milk LAB and take a stroll, swim or dhoni boat to the the rustic yet refined 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" flat-screen 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 Beach Kitchen, lunch and dinner at Beach Kitchen 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 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 Beach Kitchen, lunch at Beach Kitchen, Crab Shack or pizza counter, and dinner at Beach Kitchen, Kanusan, Arabian 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 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, 7:00pm-9:00am) 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. 


6 dining outlets including Beach Kitchen (International menu with daily changing theme nights and live cooking stations, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with poolside and beachside dining, Kanusan (modern Japanese Asian restaurant, with overwater bar, open for dinner), Arabian Grill (Middle Eastern menu, open for dinner), Crab Shack (seafood lunch menu), 2-storey Beach Club serving lunch, Wine Vault, cinema screens, classic arcade games, and parties and events) and Milk LAB (tuck shop, drinks and lunchtime snacks, including healthy options). Outdoor swimming pool. Fehi Spa* and gym. Yoga pavilion. Water sports (motorised* and non-motorised). Dive centre. Oceaneers Club (kids' and teens’ club, activities personalised for guests, including land and water activities). Tennis court. Golf studio. Library. Cinema. Evening entertainment programme (including weekly White Party, monthly Full Moon Tribal sandbar party, and quarterly Finolhu 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. 

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Mar 6, 2021 krupalu11 Mumbai, India

We just got married in Feb and it was our honeymoon at finolhu.. and i think its best decision we made.. we felt we r in a dreamland.. we happened to stay at the private pool beach villa, bubble (super exceptional !!) and ocean villa and i am still confused as to which one was the best of the lot cuz all three of them were just super amazing.. the… Read more
We just got married in Feb and it was our honeymoon at finolhu.. and i think its best decision we made.. we felt we r in a dreamland.. we happened to stay at the private pool beach villa, bubble (super exceptional !!) and ocean villa and i am still confused as to which one was the best of the lot cuz all three of them were just super amazing.. the staff at finolhu is very friendly, kind and courteous.. we being vegetarian were initially skeptical about food but to our surprise we found alot of variety and super tasty food .. be it the Japanese restaurant or arabian/ latino night.. a special mention about chef Shyam who made such amazing food and served us hot food.. also staff (Natalie, Kiri & Khaleel) at dive centre was so professional yet super friendly.. we enjoyed lots doing all the activities there such as scuba, penguin, snorkling, jetski, kayaking and so on.. and yes the add on fun part was singing bollywood songs with all of them... our trip wld not have been the same had we not opted for finolhu... looking forward to visiting finolhu again... SPECIAL MENTION FOR BUBBLE BUTLER AMMIE: Its our first trip together as we are newly married and i had planned a stay at the bubble to surprise my wife where we met ammie (even before our visit, I was in touch with him on Instagram) - our butler for bubble. He not only helped us in serving food but also clicked a lot pictures for us. He is one of sweetest and most kind person from finolhu staff that we came across.. thank you ammie for gng out of ur way and clicking these amazing pics that we ll cherish life long Read less
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Mar 6, 2021 jajahoff Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Wow, what an amazing and absolute dream vacation! Where to even start, when everything was just so perfect and dreamy. Firstly, the atoll itself is amazing and apparently the longest in the Maldives, so it was such a cool experience to be able to walk up and down the long sandy beach or take the little shuttle boat from one end to the next - the… Read more
Wow, what an amazing and absolute dream vacation! Where to even start, when everything was just so perfect and dreamy. Firstly, the atoll itself is amazing and apparently the longest in the Maldives, so it was such a cool experience to be able to walk up and down the long sandy beach or take the little shuttle boat from one end to the next - the surrounding reef is chock full of wildlife, we saw it all just off of our villa - octopus, rays, sharks, schools and schools of colourful fish. The villa itself was so beautifully designed, beachy yet modern and a bed that faced that stunning out of this world view (we had an over-the-water pool villa, and it was definitely worth it). Also worth it to note, their emphasis on sustainability and waste management - no plastics, which is especially good to see in a place like the Maldives. The food was so high calibre in all of their restaurants, but the Crab Shack experience was something else... feet in the sand, bottles of Rose with the catch of the day with a beachy breeze... amazing. Last and most definitely not least - the staff. For me, it's the staff that take a property up a notch and ALL of the staff from the moment we got off the plane in Male to the day we left (thanks to Asif for helping with airport hassle), were the MOST friendliest, helpful, and down-to-earth staff, which made for the most pleasant stay. Special shout out to the Dive Centre staff, who gave me the confidence to dive after a long break (Kiri and Natalie), and also to Jimo, Khaleel, and all the boat staff who were so easy to chat with and helped to give some insight into the Maldives. The room service staff (Najeeb who tended ours each day) were so friendly and efficient. Athif and all the F&B service staff were so professional, but also so down-to-earth and friendly, was always nice to chat with during our meals. Of course, all the behind-the-scenes staff like the gardeners and landscapers, working hard with a smile, in that heat!.. thank you for keeping it such a lovely property. It was also my partner's birthday during this trip, and Finolhu made sure to highlight this... he definitely had a memorable birthday :) Again, to ALL Finolhu staff, thank you so very much for your friendliness and really for making this a memorable stay. And of course, thank you to the Maldivians for welcoming us to their paradise <3 We cannot recommend Finolhu enough! Whether it's your first time (like it was for us) or your tenth time to the Maldives, Finolhu will definitely give you that dream vacation with memories that will last <3 THANK YOU Finolhu!!! :) Read less
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Mar 5, 2021 Michi_Boesiger

A exciting Resort in the middle of the fantastic blue colors of the Atoll. Beautiful Beach Houses, very kind and helpful stuff, impressive buffet. Tip: book a snorkeling or dive trip: we enjoyed that with Kiri a marine Biologist. It was just wonderful: we saw turtles and sting ray's, dolphins, a small black tip shark and of course many fishes in… Read more
A exciting Resort in the middle of the fantastic blue colors of the Atoll. Beautiful Beach Houses, very kind and helpful stuff, impressive buffet. Tip: book a snorkeling or dive trip: we enjoyed that with Kiri a marine Biologist. It was just wonderful: we saw turtles and sting ray's, dolphins, a small black tip shark and of course many fishes in great colors. For Indoor sport I recommend a lesson Golf at the simulator, it's serious fun. The short walk on the beach to the crab shack house and then sitting there with a sundowner in the hand feels like paradise on earth. We wanted stay longer on Finolhu. Many thanks the whole Finolhu team. Read less
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Mar 4, 2021 270maximn

Dear Finolhu Team, I would like to begin by saying thank you for an incredible holiday to the whole Finolhu team. My girlfriend and I had the most amazing week together with another couple. Having been to the Maldives many times before I must admit that this was my favorite resort so far. From the start we where greeted by exceedingly… Read more
Dear Finolhu Team, I would like to begin by saying thank you for an incredible holiday to the whole Finolhu team. My girlfriend and I had the most amazing week together with another couple. Having been to the Maldives many times before I must admit that this was my favorite resort so far. From the start we where greeted by exceedingly friendly staff that catered to every possible request/wish with no hesitation. Many times going over and beyond off what was expected. The newly renovated over water Villas where superb with tasteful and comfortable finishings. The Island is kept in excellent condition, showing no signs of neglect. Vegetation gives a real sense of exotic island life. Not forgetting to mention the amazing beaches and a stunning mile long sand bank. Choice of restaurants is plenty offering amazing food from all over the world. Our two favorites where the newly built Japanese Restaurant and Crab Shack. Crab Shack is Fantastic. If not my favorite beach restaurant in the world! Already missing the the Lobster Roll!!! The resort offers excellent activities from Fishing to diving and snorkeling trips to Tennis. We where even lucky enough to on numerous occasions sight Dolphins and turtles. Which was extremely special. Thank you Hammu for this! The Tennis court is also superb with a great couch John who will get even a seasoned player running. No evening is dull given the various entertainment programs offered and it is nice to see for a change in the Maldives that guests are happy to enjoy this together. All in all our trip was unforgettable and we are already planning a trip back! Again many many thanks to the whole team for making this so special. See you soon! Read less
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Mar 2, 2021 634gilg Zurich, Switzerland

I have travelled many times to Maldives and stayed at Waldorf and St.Regis. Finolhu is by far the best one I’ve been to which says a lot as it is not an international luxury brand. The staff is the kindest and most caring. The rooms are beautiful and very big. Hammu at the dive center was very professional as he made sure to help us arrange a… Read more
I have travelled many times to Maldives and stayed at Waldorf and St.Regis. Finolhu is by far the best one I’ve been to which says a lot as it is not an international luxury brand. The staff is the kindest and most caring. The rooms are beautiful and very big. Hammu at the dive center was very professional as he made sure to help us arrange a snorkeling trip, dolphin cruise and fishing trip. On our last day he made sure we got to see turtles as this is what we kept asking for and brought us to a special reef. John from the tennis center was also amazing as he helped me from not being able to hit a ball to by the end playing an actual game. Thank you finolhu! We will definitely be back this year. Read less