Having revolutionised the ‘typical Maldives resort’ concept with 2014’s game-changing launch of Amilla Fushi, The Small Maldives Island Co. looks set to confound expectations once again with the opening of sister resort Finolhu in mid-2016. To celebrate the soon-to-open property, the new Resort Manager, Rochelle Kilgariff, visited Sydney and invited media guests to a sumptuous lunch at Regatta Rose Bay on Friday 12 February.
Over lunch of sashimi cones and savoury cigars, Ms Kilgariff described what guests can expect at Finolhu. The new resort is set to bring a timeless sense of style to the pristine lagoons and rich waters of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll, taking the form of a retro-inspired island paradise for fun-loving jetsetters.
Located in the UNESCO World Biosphere that is the Baa Atoll (just 30 minutes by speedboat from sister resort, Amilla Fushi), Finolhu is an island experience for couples, fun-loving families and gathering of friends. There are seven villa types to choose from – over water or on the beach, one or two bedroom, with or without pool – all eclectically furnished with Marshall speakers and blue bottles of organic skin and body products from UK brand, Neal’s Yard Remedies.
Collaborating once again with Island Restaurateur, Luke Mangan, Finolhu will be home to laid-back yet elegant dining options: Salt Grill is all about contemporary Australian cuisine; the Fish & Crab Shack is a relaxed nod to seaside food stalls; Baa Bar and Dining offers the simplicity of bold flavours served under the stars and accompanied by an extensive wine library; and Kanusan showcases the innovative flavours of Asian cuisines.
Centred around a hub of pastel-coloured beach huts, Finolhu’s The Cove will be a stripped-back spa concept, offering a calm haven with eight chandelier-lit treatment ‘Divans’, complemented by a fitness centre, yoga pavilion and outdoor ‘jungle gym’. The island’s natural environment is the inspiration for fitness activities at The Cove, from capoeira and paddleboarding to ballet and kickboxing, while the facilities will also include a relaxation area overlooking the beach, steam/sauna, wellness areas, salon and retail pavilion.
Finolhu’s Marine Hub is home to a variety of water sports and the dive centre, as well as the Oceaneers Club for tots to teens. For a go-slow beach vibe, guests can while away the days at the Baa Baa Beach Club, lazing and grazing on finger food, beers or cocktails.