By: Mujah Muneer
Renowned international hotel chain COMO is set to unveil the unspoiled beauties of Thaa Atoll for visitors, with their resort ‘Maalifushi by COMO’ to be opened in October 2013. The first luxury resort island to be opened in the atoll known as ‘Kolhumadulu’ by locals, ‘Maalifushi’ will offer a sumptuous array of overwater villas and garden suites within the private island designed by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi.
COMO presents the island resort as a tranquil family retreat, where all accommodation including the 33 overwater villas, 33 garden villas, suites and rooms reflect nature and cultural authenticity, and are spread amid the exuberant foliage of the tropical island. Children can be left to safely wander the unique beauty of the 8 hectare ‘Maalifushi’, and the resort offers the finest childcare and amenities as desired by families. ‘Maalifushi’ resort also offers family-friendly excursions such as beachside picnics and snorkeling, made more delightful with the abundance of nearby uninhabited islands and the presence of sealife such as manta-rays and dolphins in surrounding waters.
Visitors can be guaranteed a warm hospitality by passionate staff at the five-star resort, and a selection of restaurants and bars within the island promises to offer diverse options of luxury cuisine for guests throughout their stay. ‘Maalifushi’ island also hosts the award-winning luxury spa ‘COMO Shambhala Retreat’ – encompassing treatment rooms, open-air yoga pavilion, large pool, relaxation area, spa shop, and well equipped gym – where guests can relax under the guidance of top health therapists.
Due to the island’s location within one of the most unspoiled and previously untouched atolls of the Maldives Islands, dive enthusiasts can be assured an unparalleled view of the underwater beauty of the Maldivian oceans. Visitors can immerse themselves in introductory diving lessons or full PADI courses at the resort island; an experience that would no doubt make their holidays truly memorable.
The resort island promises an unrivalled and inimitable holiday experience, where guests can create once-in-a -lifetime memories, comforted by the seclusion assured within the scenic island, and enclosed by pristine white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters.
Other Facilities & Services:
• Swimming pool
• Watersports & Dive centre, with complementary use of non-motorised water sports equipment, snorkelling equipment and daily snorkelling trips
• Resort boutique
•‘Madi ‘ restaurant offering all-day-dining, serving Maldivian, international and healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine
•‘Tai’ restaurant serving Japanese cuisine with a sunken sushi and teppanyaki bar.
• Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the resort
• Complimentary use of the guest lounge, incorporating PC/Mac stations and flatscreen TV