- Family Friendly
- Fine Dining
- Kids club
- Personal training
- Pool – Outdoor
- Scuba diving
Located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, one of the 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean, Amilla Fushi Maldives Luxury Resort offers you a choice of Island Homes that hover over crystal clear waters, nestle amongst lush tree tops or hug the shores of pristine white sand.
The resort aims to be ‘Your Island Home’, and this is reflected in the stylish and comfortable villas. There is a range of houses to suit both couples and families, with options of over-water or on the beach. All of the homes have a private pool and the decor is cool, calming and refreshing.
The Javuu Spa is one of the most sophisticated in the region and comes complete with ‘Wellness Tree Houses’ by Bodyism.
The Javuu at Amilla Fushi is made up of 10 wooden double treatment pods with either a sauna or a steam room, a relaxing tea lounge, a wet area and sauna and steam rooms. There’s also a wonderful spacious outdoor yoga and meditation pavilion.
The Amilla spa-style area has a specialist barber, hair salon, exclusive manicure and pedicure areas, a beauty bar and relaxation area overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean.
- 10 wooden double treatment pods with either a sauna or a steam room
- Relaxing tea lounge
- Wet area including a no-bookings-required sauna and steam room
- Spacious outdoor yoga and meditation pavilion
- Specialist barber
- Hair salon
- Manicure and pedicure areas
- Beauty bar
- Relaxation area
- ila Spa
- Margaret Dabbs
If anything epitomises laidback, ultra-luxe island living, it’s the Amilla Beach Villa Residences. Eight sublime residences – six 4-bedroom, one 6-bedroom and one 8-bedroom – make up this secluded beachfront enclave on Amilla Fushi, a coral-fringed paradise in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll where a private beach of powdery white sand and crystal-clear lagoon waters are literally at your doorstep.
Each residence promises majestic living space, glamorous bedroom suites, a private beachfront pool and spectacular Indian Ocean vistas.
With your own villa kitchen, and your katheeb on hand to organise in-house dining with your personal chef, you may consider it a struggle to leave your villa. But with so many restaurants a gentle five-minute walk along the beach, you may not resist the temptation.
Menus at each eatery feature top-quality ingredients emphasising the best local produce. And if the luxury of personal privacy still wins, it’s worth remembering that you can enjoy home delivery of any dish from any restaurant, at any time of the day.
Facilities and Activities
- Guest library
- Kid’s club
- Dive butler diving and watersports centre
- Amilla fihaara boutique and jewellery store
- Marine biology centre
- Jim Courier tennis centre
- Exciting excursions and activities
- House reef including Blue Hole snorkelling and dive site
For the Kids
- Two specially designed areas for kids of all ages
- For younger kids, a range of indoor & outdoor activities that can inspire both mentally & physically
- For the bigger kids, Teen Games Area with a billiard table, a juice bar, table tennis and other exciting entertainment options that ensure an amazing time
A 30-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport.
Landing in the Maldives is enough to make even a hardened cynic’s jaw drop in wide-eyed wonder. Each mini island boasts a postcardesque paradise that blurs the lines of reality, and Amilla Fushi – situated in the Baa Atoll – is no different.
But what sets this resort apart from the rest of the exclusive and uber-luxury pack is a distinctly unique vibe that is so relaxed, fresh and youthful that it feels as though they chipped off the best corner of Ibiza and dropped it into the middle of the Indian Ocean.
The resort aims to be ‘Your Island Home’, and this is reflected in the stylish and comfortable villas and the unique dining options. There is a range of houses to suit both couples and families, with options over-water and on the beach. All of the homes have a decent sized private pool and the decor is cool, calming and refreshing.
Like the rest of Amilla, The Javuu Spa is extremely welcoming, even having an ‘open door’ policy, meaning whether you have a spa appointment or not, you can drop by unannounced and just hang out. Take full advantage of the hospitality and have a bite or even a glass of champers – they won’t judge you.
There are 10 pods (wooden treatment rooms), each containing their own sauna or steam room. Facials are by QMS, a fantastic brand based on the science of skincare. I had the Collagen Rejuvenating Facial and the Skin Renewal Facial. These combat the signs of ageing and supports and enhances the skin’s own stem cells.
Fitness is as important as luxury here at Amilla, and they know how to combine both seamlessly. Amilla has gone to another level – literally. There are ‘Wellness Tree Houses’ by Bodyism in the centre of the island which are dedicated solely to physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Personal wellness consultations, 50-minute spa treatments, fitness or wellness classes, yoga and meditation and mindfulness are used throughout the wellness menu to revive the mind and promote blissful relaxation.
I tried the 50-minute Purifying Body Scrub. This treatment combines Himalayan salt crystals and essential oils to help perk up your circulation, purify, reduce the appearance of cellulite and brighten the skin. It helped to leave my skin more polished and vibrant, giving me that ‘Island glow’.
For an extra treat for the skin add on the 40-minute Nourishing wrap, an exotic wrap combining Rose, Sandalwood and other essentials oils.
Don’t worry boys, if you feel left out there is also the Gentleman’s Tonic Barber where you can get a pamper. Yoga, Pilates breath work and meditation are also on offer. So you can treat your mind body and soul.
- Body treatments by Ila
- Barber by Gentlemen’s Tonic
- Massages by Pure Massage
- Facials by QMS
- Manicure and pedicure by Margaret Dabbs
- Hair by Louise Galvin
Our Katheeba (personal butler) Shaba, picked us up in a golf buggy and drove us down a sandy pathway onto the wooden promenade leading to our shiny white modern cube on stilts. The décor is positively un-Maldivian, and the minimal modern style makes it feel that the team here didn’t so much as reinvent the wheel, as improve on it. Like most hotels in the Maldives, Amilla offers signature over-water villas.
But Amilla has taken Maldivian style, turned it upside down and made it it’s own. The result? Philippe Starck cool meets California chic with whitewashed walls, concrete and wooden floors, funky modern furniture, glorious Moroccan style tiles, walk-in showers the size of a small apartment, low hanging roped lights, leather-bound chairs, cool rugs, floor to ceiling windows, large freestanding baths and AESOP products in abundance. Cool aqua upholstery momentarily interrupts your gaze outside to the expansive wooden decks and gazebos and an infinity pool 3 steps from the crystal clear ocean.
For techies, you will find iPads (offering in-room dining) and Bose sound systems. Everything, including the ocean, is literally at your doorstep. Your own snorkelling gear, bicycles to get around the island and a mobile phone to contact your Katheeba on (who we decide is more a best friend than a personal butler).
If luxury villas aren’t your thing, Amilla also offers Residences. These are less rooms, suites or even villas. Rather they are glorious abodes with 4-8 bedrooms and are beautifully secluded with private beaches, fully equipped kitchens, chefs, butlers, and miniature cars. You’ll be tempted to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. If you are lucky enough to experience one of these, it will be one dream from which you won’t want to wake.
Another perk of Amilla is that (despite it being a 5-star hotel) there is no pretence whatsoever. Their ‘no dress code’ policy reflects this chilled vibe. You may want to dress up if you go to Lonu however, just so you match the exquisite food. Aussie chef Luke Mangan’s flagship restaurant SALT, has come to the Maldives (Lonu is Dhivehi for salt).
For starters we tucked into tea-smoked quail with almond cream, prunes, grains, grilled shallot & sorrel and Luke’s famous sashimi of kingfish with ginger-shallot, Persian feta and rocket leaves.
For the main we had the roasted Maldivian snapper with cauliflower puree, zucchini, pine nuts, currants and basil and don’t leave without trying the Wagyu beef with fragrant pumpkin puree, almond, orange & asparagus salad. Leave some space for the passion fruit and sheep’s yoghurt cheesecake.
Apart from Lonu there are plenty of alternative restaurants at Bazaar, which forms the sociable hub of the island. Here restaurants flank the stunning infinity pool overlooking the ocean. You can choose an array of cuisines from the restaurants: ‘Fish and Chip’, ‘Joes’ pizza’, ‘Wok ‘ or ‘GRILL’.
Try the barracuda or sashimi from the GRILL restaurant and the oven-cooked pizza from Joe’s. Also on the island is a very cool old-fashioned café and deli called The Emperor Beach Club and General Store. A marketplace of fresh fruits, vegetables, bakery items and the deli sells gourmet sandwiches and bulletproof coffee, which you can have, sitting in the library.
You might need it to give you an extra perk to head to the gym and grab a session with JB and the Bodyism gang.
Facilities and Activities
The cool kids at Amilla have thought of everything. The water sports centre offers sunrise fishing, night snorkelling, stargazing cruises, reef hopping, sea kayaking and full moon cruises.