Faarufushi Maldives: Small Coral Island, Big-Time Beauty

Topographically located in North Maalhosmadulu Atoll, which is more commonly known as Raa Atoll, Faarufushi Maldives is a haven for seekers of harmony amidst contemporary luxury that co-exists with the natural phenomena of a healthy coral island. The newly opened resort is easily reachable within less than an hour by a domestic flight or seaplane ride whilst the travellers get to enjoy an aerial view of the beautiful chain of islets that no doubt sets an ideal tone for the start of an exceptional hideaway.

Associated with Small Luxury Hotels, the resort’s simplistic yet modern approach to their florid style synchronises well with the tropical précis of a coral island, in turn, creating a holistic space to gratify the mind body and soul. The public spaces are beautified with statement cushions designed by Island Bazaar, a trendy local boutique that desires to create and curate high-quality lifestyle products varying from homeware to giftware and the like which accentuates the island essence of the Maldives.

The mild wood tones of the five villa categories, totalling 80 individually, complemented with sleek shingle roofing, curved timber ceilings and roomy windows generalise the modern yet humble architecture of the whole island.

The infrastructure truly compliments the natural surroundings allowing the travellers to get intimately engaged in. The beach villas give away onto the soft white sandy shorefront with the ocean a few strides away. Two of the three beach villa categories are equipped with infinity pool for the ultimate sun lounger. The ocean villas built on stilts above the water with its never-ending views of the horizon is glorified by its infinity pool with direct access to the mesmerising lagoon for your own private view to the exquisite marine fauna.

Nika Spa, as named due to the massive banyan tree that centres the spa expanse, is a sanctuary on its own. Uniting eastern practices and western science, Nika offers a holistic experience that not only revivifies you but truly transcends and humbles you. The six couple treatment rooms are accessible via a short bridge that makes it all the more secluded. The dome-shaped rooms make for a unique impression with the interior décor comprising of mild earthy tones with a lingering aroma of the spa essentials.

Eminence Organics Skincare, an award-winning cruelty-free organic brand endorses a treatment that can replenish your skin, restoring the inner glow that comes from the skin that’s well taken care of. Island Apothecary, a local artisan line of skin care products made with love in small batch apothecary tradition is additionally used in the treatments available at Nika. Its line of skin care is intricately sourced from nature to produce a range suitable for all skin types that will positively influence your body mind and soul.

Selections for your palate exceed your expectations, stirring your taste buds. Iru offers dining in a pavilion with seating of your choice amid a generous buffet breakfast or a lavish à la carte breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their delightful recipes are crafted to a wide range of dietary requirements. Giving off light European cuisine with an Asian twist, Eclipse takes on the overwater dining experience up a notch. Pre- and post-dinner drinks can be enjoyed at Boli, positioned at the farthest tip of Eclipse.

Its cosy atmosphere, with the gentle breeze of the ocean, makes for the perfect pre-dinner drinks or winding down spot post dinner. The different yet vivid sunsets on a clear day can likewise be appreciated at your sweet time in Boli. Sangu with its poolside and beachfront service is the epitome of chilling, the meditative music adding to its splendour with a pool to dip into if your mood entails.

Athiri is the ultimate multi-service zone with light tapas and wholesome wood-fired pizzas to enjoy following water sport activities for the movers, a gym with state-of-the-art equipment overlooking the endless ocean, not to forget the tantalisingly crisp selection of drinks to rejuvenate your being while simultaneously soaking up the sunshine.

PETER diving, a distinctive programme from the in-house Lonu Dive Centre, gives first-timers the chance to dive without a heavy tank strapped onto the shoulders. This method of diving uses long air tubes, which allows the heavy tank to lie floating on the surface whilst the diver can immerse safely into the aquatic wonders that surround the island. The divers are taken not too far from the shore of Athiri, making the experience very ideal for first-timers. Athiri additionally boasts a marine centre that aims to provide their guests with a well-rounded maritime experience, making them aware of the proper behaviour whilst snorkelling in addition to providing information on the delicate ecosystems that make up the atolls of Maldives.

Practising the art of doing nothing can be trying in today’s tumultuous world. But Faarufushi’s simple yet intimate environment stays adamant in catering for just that. You can create your own Robinson Crusoe experience at the resort, switching off from the daily grind for a precious few days in barefoot living, to breath in the beauty of being purposefully stranded in a paradise that you chose.

The Villas

10 Beach Bungalows – 117 m2

HIGHLIGHTS: Open-air bathroom, private furnished patio

27 Beach Retreats with Pool – 192 m2

HIGHLIGHTS: Private infinity pool, big wardrobe, AC bathroom, private covered patio with lounge furniture

39 Ocean Retreats with Pool – 163 m2

HIGHLIGHTS: Private infinity pool, big wardrobe, AC bathroom, private covered patio with lounge furniture

3 Ocean Suites with Pool – 227 m2

HIGHLIGHTS: Private infinity pool, in-room dining space, walk-in closet, AC bathroom, snorkelling gear, IDD cordless telephone

1 Island Residence with Pool – 331 m2

HIGHLIGHTS: Private infinity pool, Jacuzzi, in-room and outdoor dining spaces, walk-in closet, AC bathroom, dining and living area, snorkelling gear, IDD cordless telephone, private covered patio, outside shower

Dining & Relaxation

Sangu – Drinks and snacks

Iru – Buffet and à la carte

Athiri – Tapas, water sports, gym, marine centre

Boli – Sunset with pre-dinner drinks

Eclipse – European cuisine with an Asian twist

Nika Spa – Ultimate rejuvenation

Resort Facilities

  • Free island-wide Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour reception
  • Multilingual staff
  • Currency exchange
  • In-villa dining
  • Onsite doctor
  • Laundry
  • Excursions and tours
  • Water sports facilities
  • Dive centre
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Boutique

In Villa Amenities

  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Personal wine chillers
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Individually controlled air conditioners and ceiling fan
  • LED IPTV, with movies-on-demand and resort information
  • Internet access
  • IDD telephone
  • Bathrobe and hairdryer
  • In-villa safe
  • L’Occitane products and other luxury amenities