The first and only resort to open on the unspoilt Thaa Atoll, in the archipelago’s southern reaches, well regarded for its diving and surf breaks. Its culturally appropriate architecture includes low-lying garden and overwater villas, with views of white beach, tropical greenery and cobalt lagoon. Guests can also enjoy yoga and holistic Asian therapies at the COMO Shambhala Retreat, with the entire guest experience defined by COMO’s exacting, passionate service.
COMO Maalifushi is the first boutique hotel in the Maldives by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, whose sensitive approach to nature and respect for cultural authenticity has been exquisitely reflected in uncomplicated, succinct design that allows the perfect triumvirate of COMO , Maldives and luxury.
Accommodation at the resort includes 33 overwater villas and suites and 32 rooms, villas, suites and residences amid lush tropical vegetation. All are built with New Zealand pine with Kajan thatched roofs. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to substantial decks. Décor further brings the sea, sand and sky into the heart of every room, which have high-raftered ceilings and teak floors. The COMO Maalifushi Water Villa is spectacular. An oversized, two-bedroom, light-filled bungalow, which sits on its own secluded jetty, featuring a private pool and sundeck. Enjoyed by frequent guests from the world of art, design and fashion including a Versace and a Karan.
COMO Shambhala Cuisine is my favourite aspect of the Ong family’s approach to wellness having had my first experience at the COMO Shambhala estate in Bali. For those not familiar, the menu is a unique nutritional concept that incorporates organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals while still delivering on flavor. Food is raw, steamed or grilled for maximum health benefits. Chefs also make ample use of the tandoor, a type of Indian oven that allows for fat-free cooking whilst introducing a wonderful charcoal flavor. Such as the Veggie burger which is mouth-watering, calorie / guilt free and full of goodness. You can enjoy the menu at Madi, in-room dining, or private dining which is located at nearby uninhabited islands.
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