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COMO Maalifushi, Maldives

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Maalifushi by COMO is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the pristine Thaa Atoll in the archipelago’s southwest. With overwater villas and garden suites, Maalifushi is therefore the ultimate away-from-it-all destination for families, couples, surfers and divers. There are some excellent breaks nearby as well as a string of uninhabited private islands, where whale shark sightings are common.
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Bicycles available
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Infinity pool
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Private pool
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Lenny K. wrote a review Nov 2020
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We spent our honeymoon there in the early months of 2020 (before Corona hit). Everything we encountered on our journey was top notch, starting with being greeted at the Maldives airport by the hotel personell. They brought us to an airport suite with refreshments and something to eat while we awaited our flight to the island of Maalifushi. Once there, we spent the most beautiful 6 days imaginable. The water villa we had was absolutely beautiful and well-maintained. The staff were welcoming, very polite and always there if you needed help. We are two people who love the calm and quiet, so the Maalifushi Spa was something we visited regularly (highly recommend getting a massage there!). The food from both the restaurants was oustanding, with different options to choose from on a daily basis. Basically, to sum it up: It was the vacation of a lifetime and the best one yet!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Dear Lenny K., Thank you so much for taking the time to write a wonderful review for our property. Providing our guests with such wonderful memories are what we are all here for and it pleases us greatly to know how much you had enjoyed your time with us, especially on such a joyous occasion. After being closed, for the better part of the year we are now open again and would love to see you back with us soon. Stay safe and kindest regards, Sobah Hotel Manager
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SR679 wrote a review Oct 2020
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Maalifushi has been our eleventh Maldives resort island (plus some repititions) all in the 5 to 5*+ league. We stayed in November 2019 for a week. Maalifushi would be a contender for one of our favourite islands. However, they need to solve some maintenance issues and improve parts of their f&b. Other than that it is a really recommendable place. Let's start off with a positive: Communication in advance was excellent: super gentle, responsive and solution oriented. Thanks to Fatimath for always helping us out with our requests. Airport pickup and lounge service have been super friendly as well, professional and their lounge is amongst the most modern we have encountered so far, what made the waiting time of almost 4 hrs for seaplane more bearable. Maalifushi is a medium sized island located on a string of islands on the southern edge of Thaa atoll. Being the only resort in this atoll (the construction site two islands further to the west has been stopped), guests can expect true remote, deserted island feel, close to no seaplane and boat traffic around the resort and nearly no light pollution at night, although the capital island of Thaa atoll, Guraidhoo, is in visible distance to the east. The resort does not have its own seaplane ponton (at least it is not in operation), but guests land at a platform nearby and then are picked up for a 2 minute speedboat ride. The island time is one hour ahead of Male time and Maldivian seaplane is responsible for guest transportation. Beaches during our stay were wider on the northern side, but the sand quality and colour on the southern side we found much more Maldivian, as the sand on the northern side was nearly grey and not shimmering in the sun at all. Sand on both sides was relatively soft, though not powdry like in some other Maldivian lagoons. Maalifushi does not have any permanently visible seawalls, but some of them underwater and a number of planted sea defences and groynes on both sides of the island. Island life for guests exclusively takes place on the western side and the middle of the island. That is why the island of Guraidhoo is not an issue on most occasions. The spa and the fitness center are very well equipped and the number of machines in the gym is more than sufficient for an island of its size. Villa location is key at Maalifushi. Persoanlly, we found the water suites on the northern side of the island (villa 410-416) to have the best location of all accomodation units. Mainly for their proximity to the reef and sandy seafloor in front of the villa at the same time and the unobstructed views to the Maldivian sunset. Plus the swimming opportunities are much better here, as the waters on the southern side are too shallow and the seafloor more rocky. We were accomodated in our requested water suite number 416. We found the villas at Maalifushi all well-thought and our water suite came with a nice, sufficiently deep, sunken pool, huge sundeck, outdoor shower, encasings for the cushions (very hygienic), convenient steps to the sea (with anti-slippery installations on the stairs in the water and a second shower to desalinate), airy feel inside, not too noisy aircon, nice wooden furniture which looks a little countryside style. However, the outdoor shower (although proposed not just to desalinate, for that they have a second handshower at the stairs) lacks a hand-shower, what caused some inconvenience, if you wanted to shower outside. We did miss a parasol, the safe is vertically built into the cupboard so that you can't put a lot of clothing on top unless you want to remove them everytime before opening the safe. Further, it has become/it has been a fashion to design villa floors with slippery materials, because they are meant to look more noble. However, once getting wet you have to watch your steps and be quite careful to walk in the bathroom and the living room with its polished bowls here. Unlike other places, you don't have a key card, but a classic key to open and close your villa door. Bicycles are complimentary and can be parked in a sheltered area next to the villa entrance. Compared to more modern resorts, the villa at Maalifushi lacked sufficient, well-placed plugs for charging electronic devices and we found the system to move cushions not too convincing. Single glass windows are also not very energy efficient. Roomcleaning was twice a day, efficient and flawless. Overall, despite the airy feel and the really nice interior, you realize the tooth of time working on the villa. A general makeover here and there would be reasonable. The maintenance issues get even worse outside in the public areas. Especially the jetties are in a really poor condition. You can hear every bowl when walking, cycling or driving over it and at some places the planks are so rotten, that you are afraid it may break rather sooner than later or catching a split when walking barefoot. These circumstances lead to some unvoluntarily comic situations: On arrival day, one front office member drove us and our luggage with the buggy to our villa (so altogether three adults plus two huge suitcases). The next day they stopped at the beginning of the jetty and informed us, they would not continue, because the buggy is too heavy for the jetty. On another occassion, they picked me up and drove me to the villa again, whilst the next day, they were refusing to enter the jetty with the buggy again. And eventhough, we did not care too much, they need to find a consistent rule on how to deal with the buggies, customers and the use of the jetty. The welcome drink on arrival had been forgotten and there was no complimentary bubbles or champagne in our villa at first, although it had been confirmed otherwise. The impression of facilities being in a not so good condition and the island being poorly maintained continues, when walking around the island. It is not really tidied up, the main pool (although we did not use) has been cleaned not once during our stay as the same dirt and accumulation of sand on the floor from arrival day was still there on departure day. There are pieces of rotten wood and trash lying around at some parts of the beach. The kids club also looked as if it was in poor shape. The other issue than the maintenance was the food: Como Maalifushi has two restaurants, the main restaurant Mahdi with a la carte food and three different themed nights a week (Maldivian, Seafood and Arabic) and the Taj signature restaurant in a spectacular over water setting and with beautiful views on the lagoon and the sunset. The food at Taj was a huge disappointment. But the positive first: The a la carte food at Mahdy - during regular evenings and themed (semi-)buffet nights is outstanding, high quality ingredients, perfect points of doneness and presentation, excellent service. People like Binoy, Anne and Kuma punch well above their weight and would standout in any luxury resort in the world. Super communicative, attentive and with a strong passion for serving their customers and for the brand the brand they work with. So depsite the unspectacular setting in second row with views on the ugly pool area and the arrival jetty, there is nothing to criticise about Mahdi and we enjoyed some really pleasant evenings there. Breakfast, which consists of a buffet and an ALC section is a different story: Again, the ALC food is really amazing and like in the evening, the extra healthy "Shambala" options standout amongst a good variety of dishes too choose amongst. On the other hand, the buffet section is really poor: One sort of cut cheese, about two different kinds of cheap sausages, a few juices, limited number of breads and danish, just three different ordinary freshly cut fruit (pineapple, watermelon, apples) and really anything but spectacular. Not what you expect from a good 5* place. That is extremely annoying, because once you order a fruit or cheese platter from the kitchen you really get a decent selection with a much greater variety and quality. Additionally, when ordering from the ALC in the morning or evening, you see that they have so much more in stock than they are willing to present on the buffet eventhough it is included in the price for all guests. Additionally, the buffet is not equipped with cooling technology, so everything that needs to be cooled down is chilled with ice cubes or crush ice. Personally, I would strongly recommend to switch the breakfast either to full ALC or augment the selection at the buffet and improve the technical standard of presentation, so that all dishes are properly chilled. Not just for the taste, but also as a hygienic measurement. However, if you don’t judge the breakfast buffet and the unspectacular setting, Mahdi is a 9/10. Now Taj: Compared to Mahdi, the setting at Taj (as previously mentioned) is specatcular with its cozy interieur and the amazing sunset views over the lagoon. Also the menu card reads very promising. As we are big fans of Asian and Japanese cuisine, we were very much looking forward to spending our evenings there as often as possible. Unfortunately, and contrary to Mahdi, food was a big hit and miss. Points of doneness were not accurate (scallops, udon noodles, various fish), service was worse than at Mahdi (except for Dewi, who was really nice), plates were much too small for the presentation of the dishes (lamb). Decoration was poor at times and dishes just not well presented. All of that had been so much better in Mahdi. Additionally, the cocktails, despite having promising names and listing nice ingredients, looked uninspired, much too much crush ice, relatively poor taste and uninspired deco for the price they charge. Finally, (too) many items from the wine list were not available. But that was a problem at Mahdi, too. In case anybody got it wrong: It was certainly not 100% bad. The setting and Dewi made up for some flaws and a few dishes were good, but overall it was a disappointing experience. Especially as you should be able to present a similar quiality every evening. A pity as Taj could have easily become one of our favourite restaurants in the Maldives, due to the setting and cozy atmosphere. Still we can’t give it more than a 6/10. The main bar, where you can have lunch is located next to Mahdi and offers a small carte with the regular suspects for all day dining. Contrary to the other two restaurants, you can eat and have drinks with your feet in the sand. The management cocktail which took place there, was really pleasant and the Asian canapees much better than the comparable food at Taj restaurant. Pricing in the restaurants and for the f&b items in all restaurants and the bar is how you would expect from a mid five-star resort. Not more, not less. I am not a supporter of shark feeding, but that is what they did with the food waste at Taj almost every evening to entertain tourists. I never saw such an exaggerated gathering of nurse sharks, black tip sharks and other predator fish at a resort restaurant before. Maybe interesting for a certain clientele, but definitely not what I understand under an environmental friendly, sustainable policy. In line with this was the observation of a rel. huge number of rays patrolling the stairs to the sea at various villas every dusk. When addressing that to one of the employees, he told me, that due to feeding they are conditioned to come there and search for „dinner“ opportunities. Hmmm..... Let's talk about the reef: The reef at Maalifushi is located in a restricted area on the northern shore of the island, about fifty meters from villa 410 to the north and then to the east until the very end of the arrival jetty, what is no more than approximately 200-300m. If you try to snorkel any further into the eastern direction, the reef seems to become more interesting, but unfortunately, the guards will guide you back to the main snorkelling area, because of "boat traffic". What is exaggerated, as the only boats crossing are those delivering guests or supply ships. Other resorts handle that more generous. The reef itself is easy to access either from villas 410-418 or from the end of the arrival jetty, where convenient non slippery stairs lead to the sea and where the most fishy area of the reef is located. Snorkelling at Maalifushi is classical drop off snorkelling and like everywhere in the country the corals are almost dead. Fish-life unfortunately we found to be fair below average and we would rank Como Maalifushi last amongst all reefs we have snorkelled for fish-life together with St. Regis. On the other hand, you had a guarantee for shark, ray and turtle encounters on every snorkel, so that makes up a bit for the lack of „fish-soup“. Coralwise I would say it must have been average. For the reef's saving grace, currents have been really weak on all days and under different weather conditions. Visibility has been above average. When exiting the water over the stairs at the main jetty, Maalifushi has implemented a hand shower to desalinate and a bank to conveniently sit on, plus you can grab a bottle of cooled water and a towel at the arrival pavillion on the way back to the island. All are quite nice features for a convenient snorkelling experience. A really recommendable activity (though pricey at 250 USD) at Como is the whale shark excursion, which takes place here from December to April: Unlike the mass-hunt at Maamigili-Channel in South Ari Atoll, Maalifushi has found a relatively harmonic way, how to bring guests and the gentle giants together. Excursions are organised with at most 12 people of which six may enter the water at the same time. These excursions are not on a fixed schedule, but the fishermen report to the resort their sightings and guests get a call on their mobile, which is provided by the resort to prepare. Maybe a little uncommon and a need for more flexibility, but definitely worth the extra efforts. So would we return to Maalifushi? At the moment the answer is “maybe”. The setting and hardware are really good, but the resort urgently needs a makeover and an improvement of their f&b, before we would return or unconditionally recommend it to our acquaintances, family and friends. It’s a pity as we really did like the villa per se, the little traffic, the views, the super attentive staff and excellent food at Mahdi. Luckily, all the p.o.c. put forward can be solved without changing natural surroundings and the general concept. If they are solved, we are optimistic to return to Maalifushi in the near or distant future. In a better condition, with a more convincing f&b and the addition of some extra services (villa host etc…), Maalifushi could easily raise prices and operate in a higher league than they actually do. Good luck and stay safe.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Mohamed Sobah, General Manager at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear SR679, Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your experiences and thoughts of your stay with us here at COMO Maalifushi. We are delighted that you chose us for your holiday and more so that you found your time with us to be a pleasant and memorable one. This being said we would like to lightly touch upon your more critical comments and admit that all the points you had made were valid ones, while quite a number of them are already on our agenda as points to improve. With regards to your comment on the villa safe, which surprisingly we have not yet had to address. You have an excellent point and we will look into how best to correct it. The condition of our jetties is something we have been consistently working on for a while now and as to prevent any further unnecessary damage we do in fact have a policy in place. It is however plainly clear that these policies have not been followed and we apologise for the inconsistency you had to face. We have had a word with our team so that it may not happen again in the future. We are slightly surprised with the experiences you have had at Tai, it has usually been one which is highly regarded by most of our guests, we have however spoken to the kitchen and service teams of your experience. Once again we appreciate your feedback as we take all comments and suggestions very seriously as they play a big part in helping us improve. We hope that one day our reviews will tempt you to visit us again at which point we will be sure to impress. Stay safe and with kindest regards, Sobah Hotel Manager
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CSC wrote a review Mar 2020
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We have just returned after 10 great days at Como Maalifushi. Unfortunately our trip was impacted by the outbreak of Corvid-19 as we were not allowed to move to another island and then had to return home early. We had an amazing time at Maalifushi, the staff were exceptional and very helpful with our changed travel plans - we had a boat to a nearby island for an internal flight which left at 4.30am. We went for the snorkelling and were not disappointed, amongst our many highlights were turtles around the house reef, a huge porcupine ray and the octopus activity in the garden area. We saw a remarkable number of fish and as we snorkelled each day felt we were continually seeing something new. We enjoyed the kayaking, got much better at paddle boarding and had a go at wind surfing, the water sports team are very helpful and supportive. We enjoyed our trips out with the marine team and benefitted from the yoga sessions. The food was excellent and as with everything at this resort the staff were caring, attentive and helpful. We would like to express our gratitude to Benjamin and the staff at Maalifushi, if you are looking for a Maldivian experience then is a delightful place to go.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Benjamin K, General Manager at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives
Responded Mar 22, 2020
Dear SCfetlar, Thank you so very much for having stayed with us on COMO Maalifushi and for sharing your experience with everyone and in particular with those who are still looking for a perfect destination for their next holiday. COMO Maalifushi is truly a Maldivian experience and the fact that we are the only resort in the Thaa Atoll greatly contributes to the fact that all guests can enjoy this unique paradise in an untouched pristine environment. We all hope to welcome you soon back - once all our lives are back to normal - for more snorkeling and yoga sessions. Stay safe - sincerely, Benjamin General Manager
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Neelam wrote a review Mar 2020
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We have now been to the Maldives several times and stayed in several 5 star resorts. None can compare to Como Maalifushi! We have become regulars at Maalafushi and intend to visit every year! It is not in the middle of the crowded resort area, but requires a beautiful sea plane ride that sets the perfect mood for a calming and healing holiday. Everything is done to the highest standards, from the greeting at the airport, to the seaplane to the welcome at the resort. We feel like royalty here (they treat everyone like royalty!). If you are looking for exceptional service, beautiful pristine surroundings, great snorkeling and diving and a feeling of complete peace, this is the place to come!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Benjamin K, General Manager at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives
Responded Mar 22, 2020
Dear deservingtraveler, We are thrilled to have found in you such a loyal guests and great advocate for our paradise. Thank you very much for having styed on COMO Maalifushi once more and we are happy to once more have exceeded your expectations and that we were able to "treat you like royalty" - the pleasure of doing so is all ours!. Dear deservingtraveler, we hope to see you soon again. Kindest regards, Benjamin General Manager
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AmsTravelAddict wrote a review Mar 2020
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My fourth stay in COMO Maalifushi, this time with my son and sister, was absolutely delightful! The island is beautiful and its location in the quiet Thaa Atoll a gem, especially now that other areas of the Maldives are becoming more crowded. I have never seen more beautiful sunsets and pink painted skies than in COMO Maalifushi. The whole resort oozes tranquility and superb quality. From the spa, the gym and the dining outlets to the great kids club. My son who normally is not fond of kidsclubs loves Play by Como and the great range of fun activities on offer. A special thanks to Darwin and all others! We highly recommend the castaway lunch picnic on the nearby private island followed by a snorkelling trip just off the coast there. Amazing parts of coloured coral and Nemo fishes playing around and when I started snorkeling I almost crashed into a green turtle :-). The quality and variety of the food, and a dedicated vegetarian menu is now offered, had even improved since our last stay. We just love the home made nut and seed toast with avocado, tomatoe and cucumber!! Truly a remote, understated luxury Paradise. Thank you all and a special thanks to the great GM Benjamin and to Boji, Anne and Cherry. Hope to meet you all again soon!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Mar 22, 2020
Dear AmsTravelAddict It was truly our pleasure to welcome you back to COMO Maalifushi for the fourth time - and we are absolutely thrilled you took along your son and sister for this visit. Delighted to find out that you all had such a great stay and that we were able to engage your son in all our Play by COMO activities. Our program for our youngest guests is truly different as we create for them experiences worth re-living without any television or other computer games. We wish for them to reconnect with nature, learn new skills and discover well-being. Same as for our more grown-up guests. Dear AmsTravelAddict, we do hope to welcome you and your family back soon. till then we remain with our best wishes, Benjamin General Manager
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$825 - $3,101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about COMO Maalifushi, Maldives
What are some of the property amenities at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does COMO Maalifushi, Maldives have an airport shuttle?
Yes, COMO Maalifushi, Maldives offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at COMO Maalifushi, Maldives?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does COMO Maalifushi, Maldives have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.