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A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and the only Maldives resort in their Considerate Collection. Discover a tropical playground of powdered sugar sand, verdant foliage, and aquamarine waters in the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, just 10 minutes from world-famous Hanifaru Bay. With only a select number of Villas and Residences - all with pools - on our large island, guests have space to play amidst naturally lush jungle, uninhabited beaches, and meandering walking trails. Experience a dazzling array of activities, world-class entertainment, award-winning wellness cuisine, indulgent treats, and uninhibited dining at every restaurant. Homegrown and ethical produce and EarthCheck-certified sustainability practices are the foundations of our five-star island retreat. As a standalone Maldivian boutique resort brand, we put the guest experience at the center of our world.
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Mew S wrote a review Yesterday
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This was our first trip to the Maldives and we’re so glad we chose Amilla after a lot of research. Our main criteria in choosing a resort was the location. We wanted to be based in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The whole stay at Amilla was fantastic from start to finish. From the pickup at the airport, relaxing at the airport lounge while waiting for the seaplane transfer, our sunset villa, dining and facilities on offer, wild life found at the resort and above all that the service provided by all the staff. It’s truly a beautiful place to stay and we had an incredible experience. Alex (our Katheeb) took great care of us for the whole stay. Besides showing us around the resort and available facilities, he helped expedite my delayed suitcase on the first day, sourced a tricycle for me to use during my stay (I don’t do bicycles!), inflated my pink flamingo ring float (only used in the pool), dinner reservations, spa treatment’s and excursions. On one occasion arranged for a life guard (thank you Faruhoodh!) to help retrieve a lost item that had accidentally fallen into the sea. Our sunset overwater villa was so great! We loved our infinity pool, the hammock, snorkelling options around the villa and beyond. Exceptional sea views and ever changing colour of the sky from dawn till dusk. We were so lucky to have also witnessed Bioluminescence waves right outside our villa on our last night. Everyday after lunch and dinner, you always knew you would return back to a lovely and well-maintained villa. And that’s all down to Waheedha (our house keeper). On a particular day, he was super helpful with the Venetian blinds and window in the bathroom. So I could get that instagram worthy photo of the sea view from the bathtub. We enjoyed our days exploring the resort on two and three wheels, and snorkelling at various locations. Our favourite spot is outside the beach villas near the jetty where the spa is located. The blue hole snorkel trip was also amazing, special thanks to Waxy, the snorkel guide. He was so kind to take our GoPro and took some amazing under water videos for us. We also went on the dolphin discovery excursion. during our stay, we were so fortunate to see these amazing creatures (various colourful fish, turtle, reef sharks, stingray) in their natural habitat. The food options on offer at the resort is second to none. We opted for a half-board stay, as we usually only have two meals and are non-drinkers. We always enjoyed our breakfasts after a quick morning swim. Anth (F&B) was excellent and always attentive every time we saw her. The Maldivian and Asian nights were real highlights. These only occur once a week (Friday and Tuesday respectively). On the other days, we also tried East (Indian), Feeling Koi (Japanese) and Boralo (Italian). I tried out the complementary 30 minute massage and was treated by Asmi at the spa. Prior to that we met her on our second day while getting a little lost in the jungle, she was so kind to show us around, and we were shown the glamping globe, gym and other spa facilities. We also used the private sauna / steam rooms later in the week with great views of the beach and sea. We would highly recommend everyone to come and stay at Amilla, you will not be disappointed by your decision.
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Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SSK-Geneva wrote a review Mar 2023
Geneva, Switzerland95 contributions114 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Finding the right luxury resort in the Maldives can be challenging. After extensive research to find a resort that met our needs: small island, sand all the way around the island, good value, easily accessible by seaplane, good diving facilities and varied dining options, we opted for Amilla. The systematically excellent Trip Advisor reviews helped to sway us in the direction of Amilla as well – we figured any GM that takes the time to respond to every single review reflects someone who genuinely cares about his guests. This was not our first Maldives trip but our beloved resort from year’s past was recently bought out by a chain and was closed for renovation. The Amilla seemed like a good alternative and proved to be so. The Amilla experience begins before arriving in the Maldives. The customer service is outstanding. The reservation staff is reactive and solutions-oriented. Before arriving, the team already knew a lot, ranging from our dietary preferences to our preferred bed linen options. The airport staff is friendly and efficient. The lounge at the new seaplane terminal is comfortable and welcoming. Upon arrival at the island, you are met by the team and the person who is assigned to taking care of you throughout your stay. In our case, it was Jupiter. She was incredible, catering to our every need and often anticipating our needs. The first room we had booked turned out to be on the windy side of the island (Reef Villa) so we could not take advantage of the pool on our terrace. It was a shame because the inside of the villa was wonderful and spacious with tons of closet space. We were lucky that a couple of days later a sunset villa freed up and we moved. That was a real treat. The Amilla has an excellent choice of dining options: Japanese, Indian, Italian and a themed buffet. The food was consistently excellent and the service outstanding. The diving center is well staffed – all professional, friendly and highly qualified. The tennis pro, Marcus, is fully dedicated and is kind enough to play on the sunny side of the court while the other side is under the shade (before 11am!). The spa team is also great. We booked three 90-minute massages during our 12 day stay – that’s how good they were. The rooms are very comfortable, the AC is quiet and effective, the TV connects to your device and the bathroom products (Aesop) are fantastic. The room also includes a number of adapters for electronic devices as well sun screen. Induction charging for phones is also available by each bedside. The WiFi throughout the resort is outstanding. It’s hard not to continue gushing about Amilla. The combination of excellent management and the beauty of the island really stand out. And the most valuable asset of the Amilla is the staff. A special shout-out to Jupiter, Jambe, Lisa, Ahmad (best beach manager ever), Victoria, Marcus, the dive center crew and the spa team. And of course to Jason who leads by example and sets the tone from the top. Thank you all for making our stay memorable. We hope to be back soon.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jason Kruse, General Manager at Amilla Maldives
Responded Mar 17, 2023
Dear SSK, We appreciate you taking the time to write such a detailed and wonderful review of your stay at our Naturally Lush Private Island resort. The entire Amilla Family is thrilled to read this and that you had such a wonderful stay, it certainly was our pleasure to host you. A special thank you for mentioning so many of our team here by name, we reward our team based on this not to mention the feel good factor.   We also hope to welcome you back soon.   Regards  Jason jason@amilla.com
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Renaud Joly wrote a review Dec 9
Singapore5 contributions1 helpful vote
Outstanding stay with our family at Amilla - Maldives Resort and Residences - Baa Atoll. Everything was amazing, from the location, the island, quality of the rooms, the view, amazing staffs, great food, great diving, fantastic long swim in the lagoon. Was extraordinarily experience. Highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Natalia A wrote a review Dec 9
10 contributions3 helpful votes
We just recently got back from the beautiful resort Amilla. Originally we had about 12-15 resorts that we were looking at and Amilla wasn't included. It was a very special trip for all of us since my son was planning to propose to his girlfriend there. Due to this, we had a lot of criteria in mind. About a week prior to making a final decision, our travel agent offered us to look at Amilla. She had just visited it and highly recommended. Without long consideration we booked 2 sunset villas and didn't regret! Upon our arrival to Male we were greeted by the resort's staff and brought to Amilla's lounge where we waited for our seaplane. The ride itself was so cool. We saw so many rainbows in the sky, it was just unreal! We landed and were brought to the island by a boat. The staff were waiting for us at the pier and greeted us with such love and kindness. We were assigned a butler Svetlana who made all our wishes come true. She was amazing! Svetlana booked all our excursions (dolphins and diving), restaurants, spa treatments and a very special engagement dinner on the beach. There were a lot of details to accommodate but everything went flowless. The food was exceptional and we do know what good food is :) All the staff we interacted with were extremally nice and helpful but I'd like to give our special gratitude to another staff member besides Svetlana. That would be Nithin, who was our yoga instructor at 6 am class and massage therapist. It wasn't easy to get up at 5:30 in the morning but was so, so worth it! We all experienced what true yoga is. It's a very spiritual connection with your own body. Nithin is an excellent teacher, I'd even say the best we've met so far. He was kind and patient, guided us through the classes with so much wisdom and encouragement. We also did Thamburu and Mirihi treatments with him. Simply the best! We definitely will be back and looking forward to do more yoga with him! :) If you are here, definitely treat yourself and try it and your life will never be the same. Thank you too all staff members who made our vacation so memorable and special. If I could give Amilla 10 stars, I would have. If you are here and reading my review - look no further - book it! :)
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Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Traveled with family
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thomasgP5144XO wrote a review Dec 9
Nuenen, The Netherlands79 contributions5 helpful votes
Amilla Fushi was our 5th visit to the Maldives. Maybe the most beautiful natural island we ever visited. 75% of the island remains natural and untouched. Beautiful beaches and with only 67 villas you have a lot of privacy. We stayed at sunset watervilla 201. A perfect choice for us, the first Villa of 10, close to the main pool, beach and restaurant but still all the privacy we were looking for when traveling to the Maldives. The Villa was the largest we so far had seen in the Maldives, the interior easy covers 100m2, with a very large, very comfortable bed. The deck is another 100m2, enough space for two beds outside, next to a table with two chairs and a large outdoor shower. The lap pool completes the beautiful Villa. It is a short couple of steps into the lagoon. Unfortunately corals here are all dead. Swimming or snorkeling to the reef drop off is easy and corals get a little better. even though the house reef is somewhat disappointing compared to the other resorts in the Maldives which we had visited in prior years (Hideaway, LTI Outrigger 2x, Adaraan Prestige Vadoo). I snorkeled about the whole island. Best places where the area around the blue hole, with a lot of small reef fish always staying there. Occasionally a black tip reef shark is passing, nurse sharks are living on the reef and eagle rays are passing on a regular base. Compared to the other resorts it was in particular the turtles which impressed and where easy to find. Mostly on the reef drop off in front of the large villas next to the jetty of Dive Butler. I was optimistic to visit Hanufaru Bay for Mantas at the end of the Season but unfortunately didn’t see one. This is worlds best place to snorkel or dive with Mantas, but only in Season (top months August and September. Diving nevertheless was great with excellent service by the boat crue and Sappe, my dive master. We saw a lot of beautiful soft coral overhangs, caves, and small fish such as stonefish, scorpionfish, lion fish, leaf fish, eels, octopus amongst others … and a lot of turtles, not afraid and staying with us when snorkeling or diving. I attached some diving pictures. My wife enjoyed some great spa acupuncture treatments. Food and restaurants were top class. But this was also the case with Hideaway and Outrigger LTI Maafushivaru. Our favorite place was Feeling Koi. I recommend as starter the Sashimi platter and as main the black cod. World class dishes certainly. A specific highlight different to other resorts is the option of once a day home delivery ( in Villa dining ) without extra charges. We used this option often during lunch, enjoying the beautiful scenery of our watervilla with a small bite. This option only comes with DAI all inclusive: but this would be my choice anyhow - a lot of value for a price; but you get champagne, wine and endless list of cocktails and also some full bottles of wine with some the minibar are included (not all). The quality of the wine or champagne included are pretty good, comparable to Hideaway but clearly better the Adaraan (more a four star resort) or Outrigger Maafushifaru. An absolute highlight is the free ice cream offered complimentary. For us a nice occasion to close the day with a cocktail, a port and a raspberry and passion fruit sorbet The natural island has a lot of vegetation and trees which comes handy because it is always easy to sit in the shade close to the see or pool during breakfast or lunch. Compared to the size of the island there are not a lot of Villas which is a big plus for us. It is always easy to get a nice table on the beach, or pool or a bed on the beach… it is never full or crowded and we enjoyed this privacy. Certainly a place we can recommend and wish to return soon; it is in particular the hospitality and friendliness of all staff which make this place u forgettable. Thank you all, and hopefully see you back soon
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Kate I wrote a review Dec 8
Banbury, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
Amilla came highly recommended both online and by my travel agent and lived up to every expectation. The rooms were lovely and very large, with a huge bathroom and a larger than usual pool in the garden space. I had a beach villa, which was very private, but just a few steps away from the beach and a couple of minutes walk to the spa area. My only gripe about the room was the lack of lighting in the seating area, but when I mentioned this I was provided with 2 extra lamps within the hour! I loved being able to whizz around the island on my trusty bicycle too. The staff at Amilla were all excellent, friendly and welcoming. My Katheeb (butler) Svetlana was super-efficient and responded very quickly to all enquiries and requests, and all the restaurant staff I came across were charming and attentive. A special mention for Nithin, the wonderful Yogi whose daily sunrise yoga was the perfect way to start the day, and Zoe, the Sustainablility manager whose enthusiasm for the local local wildlife was palpable, and whose presentation on marine life and bird-nesting walk I enjoyed very much. I went on a couple of scuba dives there with Shiny from Dive Butler which was also a fantastic experience. I felt very safe and was well-looked after, and the variety and beauty of the local sea-life is wonderful and inspiring. Having said that, non-divers can also see a huge amount simply by snorkelling along the reef which is accessible immediately off the beach. Lastly, but definitely not least, the food at Amilla is amazing! The breakfast buffet was one of the best ever, with everything from home-made Kombucha to pancakes and catering for all tastes, and all the dinners were just delicious. The choice of local dishes on Maldivian night was extensive and so incredibly tasty, and the Italian restaurant served me one of the best Carbonaras I have ever had outside Italy (sorry for ever doubting you!). Thank you Amilla. I will definitely be back one day.
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Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Traveled solo
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oh h wrote a review Dec 8
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The accommodation was very nice and the food was very delicious. All the staff were friendly and the butler in charge, Jupiter, was especially very friendly. Thanks to always smiling, I too had a very happy honeymoon. became
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Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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blimey88 wrote a review Dec 8
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On our honeymoon in French Polynesia, my husband and I made a goal to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary in the Maldives – and made that dream a reality this year when we stayed at Amilla for 10 days this year. We've been fortunate to travel to many incredible places in our years together, but this was the farthest either of us have ever been from our home in the USA: our biggest adventure yet. After reading the reviews here on TripAdvisor and on Google, we had high expectations of Amilla, and were amazed when the team there exceeded every. single. one. After a lot of thought and research, we chose to stay at Amilla because of the house reef (snorkeling was a big priority for us), the options for excursions, the gorgeous over water villas, the wildlife and jungle feel of the island, and the many food options. We worked with a travel agent to book our trip, who I found here on TripAdvisor and who has visited Amilla several times, so we were thrilled to get the inside scoop from someone who had first-hand experience (check out Laura Husson of Totally Laura Travels – she is amazing and SO knowledgable about the Maldives and Amilla!) I can't stress enough that Amilla's staff don't miss a beat, and you'll experience their over-the-top and personalized service from the minute you arrive at Male airport. We landed in Male and were immediately blown away by the resort's airport lounge and the kindness of the staff from the first interaction. The lounge itself was absolutely stunning and had all the amenities we could dream of after our long journey, including coffee, tea, snacks, and a shower, along with gorgeous views of the seaplanes and beyond. When we arrived at the resort after our seaplane and boat ride, we were greeted with an incredible welcome from the staff, and whisked away in a personalized buggy by our Katheeb, Bella, for a tour of the island, signature Amilla coconuts in-hand. This was a true pinch-me moment. The views were stunning and we immediately felt at home. During our 10 day stay at Amilla, we were in a super luxurious reef villa. We chose the villa so we would have easy access to the house reef whenever we wanted to explore the underwater life. The space was massive and even more beautiful than the photos! We were welcomed with champagne, fresh fruit, and some treats upon arrival, and every day, our villa seemed to be immediately stocked and freshened up magically by our attentive room manager, Mehedi. Not only that, but we came back to our villa on several evenings to sweet surprises, including gorgeous artwork outside our door and over-the-top bed decorations that we are still talking about! We spent a lot of time exploring Amilla's island and taking advantage of all of the amenities the resort has to offer. We opted for the highest level all inclusive package, and enjoyed that as much as we could. The restaurants on the island are all delicious, but we especially enjoyed the cuisine at East, Feeling Koi, and of course the never-ending breakfast buffet at Fresh. Don't miss Maldivian Night – the food and entertainment is exceptional! We wish we had access to the fresh fish, produce, and delicious curries that Amilla had to offer here at home. They grow much of their produce on-site, which was a huge perk! We thoroughly enjoyed several trips to the gorgeous Javuu Spa during our stay, trying several different types of massage and even a manicure! Javuu's team are very skilled. My husband's work takes a toll on his body, and after his first massage at Javuu, he looked like a completely new person – and he looked like a new person by the time our vacation ended thanks to the care of the Javuu team! Most memorably, we enjoyed many excursions at Amilla – and each was quite life changing. We were fortunate enough to snorkel with the mantas in Hanifaru Bay (a bucket list experience for us!) and also swim alongside colorful tropical fish, several sea turtles, reef sharks, and more. It sounds dramatic, but if you're a wildlife lover you may understand – I cried into my snorkel mask pretty much every day I was at Amilla, because the underwater views were so breathtaking and unlike anything I've ever experienced, including on our honeymoon in French Polynesia. If you love to snorkel, you absolutely have to visit Amilla. These are memories that I will truly treasure for the rest of my life, and made the entire trip absolutely unforgettable. We did experience some rainy moments while we were at Amilla, but I wouldn't allow that to discourage you from booking in late September or early October. The resort does a fantastic job of ensuring that their guests can still enjoy all the island has to offer on rainy days, and it also makes for better conditions to see the mantas! It was an exceptional time to be at Amilla because the resort wasn't full, so we often had the entire beach to ourselves and never had to worry about an excursion being full. We would book in the low season again for all of these reasons. With all of that being said, my husband Ryan and I want to extend a personal and heartfelt thank you to the many people who made our stay absolute magic, especially: - Bella, our Katheeb – you went above and beyond for us every single day, and we left Amilla feeling like we'd made a new friend in you. Thank you for the unforgettable experience you gave us and for making our anniversary beyond special. We will never forget your kindness! - Mehedi – you are creative and so detail-oriented, and your thoughtfulness made us immediately feel right at home in our Amilla villa. You anticipated our every need and made us feel really comfortable throughout our stay. Thank you so much for your hospitality! - Kauser – our BFF at Amilla! We looked forward to seeing you every day at the beach and sharing stories with you. Your positive attitude and disposition are unmatched. Thank you for making us feel so comfortable, for making us laugh, and for all the treats and goodies you shared with us throughout our stay. - Haseef – you were such an important part of our stay at Amilla, and we were blown away by how much you did to make us feel at home. Thank you for each and every meal you served us during our stay – your dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed. - Anth – we looked forward to seeing you every day at breakfast! Thank you for introducing us to banana mangoes...I'm still dreaming of them. We appreciate you so much. - Jambe and Murray – thank you for all the laughs and fun during our stay! - Lisa – we really enjoyed seeing you at the EBC most days for lunch. Thank you for being so kind and welcoming, and for going above and beyond for us! - Shamaan – you absolutely made our stay at Amilla and we will never forget you. Thank you for guiding us through incredible experiences with underwater life at Amilla and beyond, and for fulfilling my lifelong dream of snorkeling with sea turtles. You were beyond amazing and words cannot express the gratitude we feel for you and everything you did to make our Amilla stay unforgettable. I truly hope that this isn't our first and last visit to Amilla. We are dreaming of the day we can return to the island to not only have more adventures, but also to reunite with the staff who are now our dear friends. If you're considering a trip to the Maldives, we cannot recommend Amilla enough.
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Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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MJ210478 wrote a review Dec 8
Tiverton, United Kingdom2 contributions
We have recently returned from a 11 night stay at Amilla Maldives staying in one of the Lagoon water villas. On arrival in Male we were met and escorted very promptly and efficiently to the check in for seaplane and onwards to the Amilla lounge in the new, and much improved, seaplane terminal. The Amilla lounge was comfortable and really well appointed for the short (45 minute) wait for our seaplane transfer. Showers are available for anyone with a bit more time waiting etc. For anyone who has previously the experienced the old seaplane terminal the new one really is a game changer. After a short seaplane transfer followed by an even shorter speedboat we arrived at Amilla and were met by the resort team on the jetty and our Katheeb Nappe. We were given some coconuts and cold towels, a really nice touch, and given a lift on a golf cart to our villa via a brief tour of the island and amenities. We arrived at our villa (310) which was towards the end of the jetty which was as we had requested to maximise the morning/afternoon sun and to avoid being overlooked by sunset villas. As we entered the villa our first impression was of the space available, the villas truly are massive. We have stayed in the Maldives before and whilst space could never be described as being at a premium, this villa was much bigger than we have had previously. Nice to have a whole separate ‘sitting’ room side with separate air conditioning etc. Loads of storage and wardrobe space. Handy provision of bedside lamps with wireless charging pads and also USB in the back for the obligatory go pro and gadget charging. Pool was much bigger than we had previously also, and importantly, because of its aspect, much warmer. We found that leaving the AC on in the sitting room side, was actually sufficient for the whole villa and a little quieter. A small thing on the room if really being really critical, whilst the room had a very elaborate sound system, it felt a little dated, we found it difficult (and failed to) connect our phones, a more modern, portable Sonos/B&O system would be preferrable rather than all the ceiling mounted speakers and a cupboard full of AV kit, As I say, it clearly was a decent set up, but its just that tech has moved on so much in the last ten years. Not a game changer on any front but just maybe something that could be looked at if any room investments are planned. All the villas are provided with bikes which we actually found a really fun way to navigate the island and we used them for all of our visits to the restaurants and for getting about the place, some people chose to walk, and guess if we were in a sunset villa (closer to resort) we might have but zipping about on the little bikes was fun. Nappe (our Katheeb) looked after us politely, efficiently and proactively. I don’t think we perhaps we asked quite as much of him as some guests might but any requests for dinner reservations or activities were always met. I like the whatsapp system as well, far easier than having to call reception to make arrangements and whole resort pretty much had WIFI coverage. Yousef our housekeeper was lovely and friendly, and after a few days of syncing our routines where he realised that we didn’t go for breakfast but that I was often diving in the morning and my wife was at the gym, he would clean and replenish room amenities whilst we were away and we would often return to find a new palm leaf creation on the bed. Same in the evenings where we would generally eat a little later than most people I think. We would meet him coming up the boardwalk with a smile. Villa was always immaculate and he clearly took pride in his work without being obtrusive to our routine, the perfect balance, congratulations. All the service staff were always friendly and approachable. The nature of the island is pretty laid back, it’s what we personally want in an island, but maybe sometimes, some of the staff were a little too far on the laid back scale, and you had to make just that little bit too much effort to get their attention. We would never want fussy service and someone sat on our shoulder, and having worked in service industry for a long time, I recognise it’s a fine balance to get right, but given that the island was relatively quiet, I would have thought they might have just been a little more ‘on’ it. I would have my concerns if the resort was at capacity, but maybe once they are it almost becomes easier. I went diving with the team at Dive Butler on 5 mornings. Sadly the Manta’s had departed early this year so no sightings of them but the diving was still nice. Nice small groups on the days I went out, well appointed boat and decent kit. I was well looked after by Alex my DM. We went snorkelling quite a bit on the reef by the blue hole near our villa, but we actually found the best spot was off the jetty near the spa, saw lots of black tips there and occasional ray swimming past. Quite nice in the morning to see the small sharks herding the fish into the shallow. We specifically chose Amilla as the restaurants are all a la carte (evening) as we are definitely not fans of buffets. We were also not seeking gimmicky things like underwater dining etc, each to their own, but in our experience they have lacked some substance beyond the theatre of the venue. Lunchtime our preference was probably for Emperor Beach Club (EBC) we liked the lobster wraps, bao buns and taco’s, though Pizzas at Feeling chilled were also good, I particularly liked the Maldivian my wife the truffle one, she is Gluten free and it was nice that they were able to deliver GF base without issue. Only thing we found was that the menu was perhaps a little too similar fundamentally between the 2 lunch offerings. Maybe could introduce few more oriental dishes to EBC to differentiate it somewhat. Worst thing with EBC was the fly’s, as humidity was high, with the rain we had (out of Amilla’s control obviously) there were always lots of fly’s and Mosi’s. Staff were keen for us to sit inside to avoid this, but on the occasion we did sit inside, we were only ones doing so and found the room a little lifeless and felt a bit empty, also when you spend your life eating indoors, its nice to be outside on your holidays. Maybe a bit more pest fogging is needed? Appreciate the environmental trade-offs that go with that procedure however and that in trying to be as sustainable as possible it maybe doesn’t sit right. We ate at Feeling Koi on probably 4 or even 5 of our nights as we really enjoy sashimi/sushi and it is difficult to access where we live in the country. The sushi was of a very high standard with lots of choice which was a real treat. We had the sea bass and black cod for main course, but beyond these were a little uninspired further with mains so ended up having more sushi/sashimi on return visits. Its fine with us as we are fans of sushi, but maybe worth considering if you aren’t. We were also told in the downstairs restaurant that they were out of anything but house sake (which I’m afraid to say wasn’t the best) but later found out from another guest that they had the better grade cold sake upstairs in the sunset bar and that they had been brought down some on request and among their AI budget. Barolo was nice – good Tuna steak and pasta dishes. Not necessarily our favourite as cuisine easily accessible at home but each to their own. East was very good – we enjoyed a couple of meals there had great curries and tandoor food. We also went to the Maldivian night and sampled the buffet which was good with plenty of choice, avoid the red chutney however, its ferocious! We enjoyed the dancers at Maldivian night, was at least some link up to the local area which sometimes you can become a little unconnected with on these islands, it was also nice that Amilla arranged excursions to nearby inhabited islands (we didn’t participate so can’t comment). Had pre and post dinner cocktails most evenings. By end of our trip the guys in Baa Bar had our drinks order nailed on. Good cocktails in the sunset bar above feeling Koi also. The fire dancer was good – only thing we found a bit strange was the scheduling and then in following on from that the positioning of the act. The act was always outside the BAA bar but was normally on when most people were eating/finishing dinner so was seen very few people, if he moved along the beach a little, to say beach side of pool, more people would have seen the act whilst having dinner, or maybe schedule it for after dinner, say 9 or 9.30 and then may encourage people to the bar after dinner for a drink, it often felt a little lifeless post dinner. On the whole we enjoyed the food at Amilla but were perhaps not blown away by it. We have been fortunate enough to stay in a number of excellent resorts around the world and sample some amazing food, Amilla was really good but maybe not world class. Sadly – we did have one major negative with Amilla and I guess in particular our villa, though anyone renting a sunset or lagoon should be aware of it. On our penultimate full day we spotted resort staff moving a platform to nearby the blue hole on the edge of the house reef and end of snorkelling zone. I assumed that it was some sort of snorkelling or diving platform for the blue hole so I swam out to it. To my alarm when I got there I realised that it was not a snorkel platform but they had moved the seaplane jetty. This jetty was now within 3/400 metres of our villa. I fully appreciate that the seaplanes need to land somewhere, but this should not have been placed right in front of the lagoon/sunset villas, every other resort we have stayed in the jetty was on the opposite side of island to villas, or much further out to sea. Every time a plane landed (circa 4 a day) the people standing on the jetty were looking straight into our villa and then obviously on take off the associated plane noise was pretty obtrusive. Worse still was that this jetty seemed to service every other island in the vicinity for those few days so once the plane landed you had speedboats arriving and departing with guests. I messaged Fappe our butler about it and he said he would speak to the managers, they did offer to move us to one of the reef villas on the opposite side of the jetty, but we had specifically chosen the lagoon villa because of its aspect and we only had 2 nights and 1 full day left so we stayed where we were. A number of other guests who we had met during our stay were commenting on the jetty position for those last few nights, yet everyone had been told something different about why it was moved (airline request due to choppy seas, seasonal schedule) which seems suspicious. The map we looked at on booking didn’t show the jetty being located there (we wouldn’t have booked it), a subsequent map we have been shown does show ‘seaplane landing strip’ but no jetty pictured and the scale is definitely incorrect, the strip and jetty are much closer to the villas than map shows. No pictures on the resort gallery show the jetty in that position either. Far too close in my opinion for $1000 a night room. If this is important to you, I would certainly suggest that you check with the resort where the jetty is going to be at time of your stay, it now seems that it’s a seasonal change and that it will remain in that position now for some time. We landed on the old jetty at the opposite side of the island and for the majority of the week when it was there never even heard a seaplane, when it moved it was liking being in the seaplane terminal at Male. We certainly wouldn’t have booked a sunset or lagoon villa had we known that the jetty was going to be in that position, fortunately it was only for the last few days of our stay but had it been there the whole time we would have been really disappointed. On our return to Male, the service was equally slick, met at seaplane terminal, taken to lounge as we were too early for international terminal, bags kept in vehicle, then escorted right through to check in desk by ground staff. A really good top notch service from Amilla groundcrew on both arrival and departure. On the whole we had a really lovely time at Amilla, we have come back fully charged and refreshed after a lovely break on a tropical island. The seaplane jetty just took the shine off the holiday for us, which was shame.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Vilija G wrote a review Dec 7
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Everything was incredible-excellent service and exceptional organization from the moment we arrived until our departure. The staff was so warm and thoughtful. The water villa was perfect decorated (thank you for lovely decorations and sweets for our anniversary). We were able to step off our deck into the water to snorkel on that stunning reef - so wonderful! Restaurants dishes were fabulous, too. Thank you for our great stay!
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Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amilla Maldives
What are some of the property amenities at Amilla Maldives?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Amilla Maldives?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Amilla Maldives?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Amilla Maldives?
Conveniently located restaurants include Benjarong, Moodhu Bar & Restaurant, and The Shoreline Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amilla Maldives?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Amilla Maldives have airport transportation?
Yes, Amilla Maldives offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Amilla Maldives located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.04 miles away from the center of Amilla Fushi.
Are any cleaning services offered at Amilla Maldives?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Amilla Maldives offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Amilla Maldives?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi, and Japanese.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.