Maalifushi By COMO, Thaa Atoll, Maldives
Maalifushi by COMO will be the Thaa Atoll’s first luxury resort – a secluded island retreat with a uniquely private location.
Maalifushi by COMO, an eight-hectare private island in the southerly Thaa Atoll, will be the company’s second resort in the Maldives. Its sister property, Cocoa Island by COMO, is located further north in the South Malé atoll.
The 66-room property will be the first luxury resort on the unspoilt Thaa Atoll where it will offer away-from-it-all seclusion and an abundant underwater experience. The island’s pristine white sands and bright turquoise lagoons are neighboured by a string of uninhabited islands – perfect dashes of powdery sand and lolling palm trees – including another island belonging to the resort that can be booked for castaway picnics and romantic private dining.
On the main resort island, tropical vegetation featuring exotic birdlife provides lush curtains for private rooms, suites and villas, as well as Maalifushi’s ‘Madi’ restaurant, ‘Thila’ pool and lounge bar. Overwater accommodation, including a number of exclusive luxury suites and villas with private pools, as well as ‘Tai’ restaurant, can be found on the west of the island, all offering uninterrupted views across the ocean. Interiors throughout the resort are by Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi; they will bear the hallmarks of COMO’s signature, pared-back style, with locally sourced materials, natural light and open vistas taking centre stage.
Underwater, the Thaa Atoll boasts a range of unspoiled corals, attracting a whole host of colourful reef fish and sea creatures. Opportunities to spot magnificent Hammerhead and Whale Sharks also offer a rare environment for dive enthusiasts.
Location and Transfers
The resort is situated in a pristine, undeveloped string of islands, called Thaa Atoll (known locally as ‘Kolhumadulu’), 220kms southwest of the capital Malé.
To reach Maalifushi, guests take a seaplane flight from Malé, operated by Maldives Air Taxi, to Thaa Atoll, which takes 50 minutes.
The accommodation at Maalifushi references indigenous architecture while remaining elegantly pared back to reflect the island’s calming setting. The overwater suites and villas are built off wooden walkways that stand above the shallow lagoon. Each has its own private terrace for slipping into the sea, while the garden rooms benefit from being set into the island’s tropical heart. The views are consistently spectacular: either lush gardens, where children can play, or directly out to the watery expanse.
17 Water Suites with private pool (107m²)
13 Water Villas with private pool (120m²)
1 Maalifushi Water Villa, 2 Bedrooms, private pool (213m²)
2 COMO Villas, 2 Bedrooms, private pool (408m²)
6 Garden Rooms (72m²)
14 Garden Suites with private pool (101m²)
9 Garden Villas with private pool (116m²)
3 Beach Villas, 2 Bedrooms (178m²)
1 COMO Residence, 2 Bedrooms with private pool (296m²)
Tai – headline fine dining restaurant that pays homage to the bold flavours of Japanese seafood and consists of a sunken sushi bar and Yakiniku tables for terrace dining
Madi – a classic COMO all-day dining experience. Menus showcase the region’s tropical ingredients in Maldivian, Mediterranean, Indonesian and Thai accented dishes. The COMO Shambhala Cuisine menu is also available
Thila Bar – a relaxed pool bar and lounge where you can play billiards and graze on easygoing salads, pizzas and wood-baked seafood at any time of day
Facilities and Activities
COMO Shambhala Retreat Spa (overwater)
Steam facility (separate male/female)
44m-long freeform swimming pool
Dive Centre – offering introductory dive lessons and full PADI open water courses
Sunset and dolphin cruises
Beach picnics on neighbouring deserted islands