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Luxury Maalifushi resort by COMO, Maldives

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Discerning travellers to the Maldives are discovering the lesser-known atolls thanks to the opening of a new airport at Gaafu Alifu Atoll in the south of the Maldives.

The luxury Maalifushi by COMO is a new island resort which opens this month. The island, located in the sparkling turquoise waters of the Madives’ southerly Thaa Atoll, comprises of 66 rooms on land and some over-water.

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In an island chain where USPs are rarer than shingle, Maalifushi has a very good one: its coral is not bleached.  This is one of the very, very few reefs in the Maldives not affected by El Nino, so it’s unusually brilliant for diving and snorkelling. All of which explains why Maalifushi has a resident marine biologist on site, and why it has its own PADI dive centre on the island.

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The luxury 66-room Maalifushi is the only resort in the atoll. Thaa is neighboured by a string of uninhabited Indian Ocean islands – more classic wisps of sand and lolling palm trees – including another deserted isle belonging to the resort that can be visited for super-secluded picnics.

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It’s mostly overwater accommodation, including a number of suites and villas with private pools; unusually for the Maldives, the seas below the overwater accommodation are not rocky, but perfectly smooth.  Interiors throughout the luxury Maldivian resort are by Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi; a pared-back style, with natural light and open vistas.  The island will also have a Japanese seafood restaurant facing the sunset, a 44m pool, a sunken sushi bar and one of the Maldives’ best and biggest spas.

The luxury holiday resort in the Maldives boasts two restaurants: Maldi offers all-day dining serving a fusion of international and Maldivian cuisine and Tai, which serves Japanese featuring a sushi bar and sunken sunset bar. There’s also a bar, spa with eight luxury rooms, yoga pavilion and library.

Maalifushi by COMO, Thaa Atoll, Maldives, comohotels.com/maalifushi

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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December 4, 2013 | Africa Indian Ocean Maldives Travel | View comments

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