Finolhu, Maldives

Opened in June 2016, Finolhu is a refreshing, retro-inspired new retreat in Baa Atoll, accessible via a 30-minute seaplane ride from Malé and bringing a buzzy burst of fun, world-class entertainment and toes-in-the-sand relaxation to fun-loving beach-erati. The resort features 125 comfortable retro-inspired villas located over water or by the beach, with or without pool, all eclectically furnished with design classics and firm favourites, from iconic Marshall speakers to the all-natural, organic products by Neal’s Yard Remedies. Finolhu with the best DJs, live acts and most fabulously chic parties in the Maldives recalls the heady allure of vintage beach vacations with its classic design, retro touches and laid-back ambiance.

The ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families and groups of friends alike, Finolhu offers 5 restaurants and bars – Fish & Crab Shack, Kanusan, Milk Bar, Baahaa Grill, 1OAK Beach Club. Guests can relax at The Cove Club with a diverse menu of signature spa treatments complimented by a fitness centre, movement pavilion and outdoor ‘Palm Beach gym’. Active holiday-makers will also appreciate Thunderball, home to a variety of water sports, beach games and a cool teens hangout, and Marine Hub (Home of the Underwater Biosphere) with snorkeling and diviing trips, exciting excursions and Marine Bio team. For little travellers there is the Oceaneers Club with activities specially created to suit the kids who are on island, rather than a proscribed menu, –  from sports and games, cooking classes and crafts, and luxurious ‘Beach Bubble’ tent – first of its kind on a secluded stretch of the famed Fish & Crab Shack sandbank for guests to enjoy an incredible, closer-to-nature experience on high-spec design and luxurious creature comforts.

Set within the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll (30 minutes away by boat from its sister property Amilla Fushi), Finolhu has all the hallmarks of paradise. Translucent waters, 1.8 km long white-sand bank and perma-clear skies aside, what really sets it apart from its Maldivian competitors is its effortlessly stylish surrounds and beach clubbyness. It is the second hotel of The Small Maldives Island Co.

Finolhu has been chosen by The Butter Group as a location for its unique project 1 OAK Maldives, which inherits the best traditions of the world-famous 1 OAK NY, 1 OAK Las Vegas, 1 OAK LA night clubs. Through years 1 OAK has managed to maintain its independence and staying power by not relying on trends, gimmicks, or other pay-to-play strategies. With locations in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Mexico City and Southampton, 1 OAK is a global brand that has become home to the hottest stars, personalities and athletes in the world.

Finolhu boasts its own radio station Baa Baa FM, that is available online for all parts of the world.