Hotels I Love: Maalifushi by COMO
Over Christmas, I spent 10 blissful days at the newly opened resort in the Maldives, Maalifushi by COMO.
Maldives is the perfect getaway destination to decompress (I just love this American word!) and re-charge your batteries: pristine islands surrounded by crystal clear water of many gorgeous shades of blue, coral reefs teeming with abundant underwater life, gorgeous sunshine to kiss you skin, the softest white sand that feels like heaven under your feet, and plenty of lovely palms all around…
Following my rather intense trip to Tanzania and Madagascar which finished a few days prior to my flight to the Maldives, I was more then happy when our little sea plane landed a few minutes’ boat ride from the resort! Maalifushi island does feel like “the middle of nowhere”: located roughly 100 miles from Male, resulting in one hour flight, there are no other resorts in the vicinity. It is the very first one in the pristine Thaa atoll.
Maalifushi by COMO is considered to be one of the best resorts in the Maldives, and I was not the least disappointed… I have been very lucky to stay in a handful of other hotels, and I would certainly rate this one amongst my top three along with Velaa Private Island (you can see my post about it here) and Six Senses Laamu.
Almost everything about the hotel was perfect: our spacious and airy beach villa, a stone throw’s from the beach, yet completely secluded and private because of the dense vegetation around it; a beach of soft white sand almost always devoid of people; delicious and varied food, first-rate dive centre with a very competent team (I completed my Advanced Open Water course here); excellent spa with divine treatments, complementary yoga classes… I could go on for ever. One thing that I did not particularly like were the plentiful scattered coral debris and shallow waters, which made swimming off the beach practically impossible.
As some of you might now, I am a real foodie traveller – I am completely baffled how I have not piled on the pounds over the last few months – and for me the marvellous food at Maalifushi was a real highlight! I particularly loved their COMO by Shambala spa menu, which was available for both breakfast and lunch, which consisted of exceptionally healthy AND delicious dishes (some were even raw!).
One night we were treated to the most decadent seafood BBQ buffet, with unlimited oysters, freshly grilled lobsters, sushi and sashimi, etc… Another night there was a set-menu scrumptious Maldivian dinner accompanied by live local dancing and singing: my sister and I even did a solo dance!
The hotel has a the most charming vegetable garden behind its main restaurant, which guarantees the freshest produce at your table.
In addition, they even had their own home-made almond milk, which is my new addiction thanks to my local coffee shop, New Row Coffee, and which is surprisingly difficult to come by!
The hotel also features an excellent sushi restaurant.
Another highlight for me was a sunset dolphin cruise that my sister and I went one rainless day – we were a little unlucky with the weather as it rained rather heavily over a number of days. It was the most beautiful evening, the sky ablaze with the red of the setting sun, and as we were making our way around the atoll, we were suddenly surrounded by hundreds of playful spinner dolphins! How can an evening be more perfect then watching both the sunset and countless dolphins playing the boat whilst sipping on champagne close to your loved ones?
Last but not least, service at the hotel fantastic. We were really made feel at home, and every need was catered for! Will I be coming back? Yes, most likely and I will certainly be trying out other hotels from COMO!