Maalifushi by COMO is a new island resort from COMO Hotels and Resorts. Located in the sparkling turquoise waters of the Maldives’ southerly Thaa Atoll, Maalifushi features a mix of 65 land and over-water suites and villas. Maalifushi offers guests three dining options: ‘Madi’ restaurant serves all-day international, Maldivian and healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine, while ‘Thila’ pool and lounge bar specialises in salads, pizzas and wood-baked seafood. There is also ‘Tai’, a Japanese-inspired restaurant for sashimi and sushi.
A COMO Shambhala Retreat provides holistic wellness and Asian-inspired therapies including signature massages, facials and reflexology. Eight treatment rooms, some of them double, are set over-water with views across the Indian Ocean.
Maalifushi is the perfect combination with Cocoa Island, COMO’s original property in the Maldives, providing the opportunity to island-hop between the two resorts.
Maalifushi is located in the southern Thaa Atoll, a 60-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport
Our Maldives resort accommodation references indigenous architecture while remaining elegantly pared back to reflect the island’s calming setting.
Our overwater suites and villas are built off wooden walkways that stand above the shallow lagoon. Each has its own private terrace for slipping into the sea, while our garden rooms benefit from being set into the island’s tropical heart. The views are consistently spectacular: either lush gardens, where children can play, or directly out to the watery expanse.
Villa Type of Maalifushi by COMO
With Private Pool
Our Garden Rooms are located in the centre of the island, shaded by the resort’s tropical greenery and just a short foot-in-the-sand walk to all the resort’s amenities including the COMO Shambhala... read more
Nestled in the shade of Maalifushi’s lush gardens, Beach Suites have direct access to the beach and are extremely spacious and private, making them ideal for couples or families with small children.... read more
These one bedroom villas have their own access to the beach as well as their own private pool. Elegant, simple interiors are lit up with large windows to make the most of the island setting with Frenc... read more
Sheltered in the shade, this stylish accommodation space offers the same facilities as our Beach Suites but with two bedrooms. The second bedroom offers twin beds and a smaller shower room, making it ... read more
These two-bedroom villas (one king and one smaller twin room) have their own access to the beach as well as their own private pool. Elegant, simple interiors are lit up with large windows to make the ... read more
Our two-bedroom duplex beach house leads on to its own private lawn. Surrounding a large private pool is a secluded sundeck complete with sun loungers and furniture, allowing you to eat, drink and rel... read more
Made up of three sleek, comfortable bedrooms (two doubles and one single), the accommodation offers sunrise views out over an endless ocean. It features a private lawn and swimming pool with space for... read more
Our two-storey four-bedroom COMO Residence offers all the comfort that one would expect from a luxury COMO resort, combining endless sea views with a contemporary living area, spacious media room and ... read more
These over-water suites are located above water and occupy their own jetty with spectacular views of the Maldivian sunrise. They feature a large bedroom with a living area and wide doors that open to ... read more
Each of these spacious villas has a private pool, sundeck and full-length windows overlooking the Indian Ocean. The bedroom has a separate dressing area and the bathroom features a sunken bath and out... read more
This is one of Maalifushi’s most spectacular over-water villas: an oversized, two-bedroom, light-filled bungalow, which sits on its own secluded jetty, featuring a private pool and sundeck.... read more
The two-bedroom overwater COMO Villa sits above the lagoon and has a large pool. The COMO Villa also comes with its own private pool and butler, making this Maalifushi’s ultimate luxury experience, ... read more
Dining in the Maldives reaches new heights at Maalifushi, our credentials firmly established by our sister resort, Cocoa Island by COMO, which has been cited as offering some of the finest food in the islands.
At Maalifushi, we rely on the same principles: local seafood that’s so fresh, we serve it as sushi and sashimi at our Japanese restaurant, Tai, as well as organic produce rendered in healthy, all-day dining at Madi, Thila, and on our COMO Shambhala menus. Flexibility is key, our chefs always to accommodate food intolerances, the preferences of children, and discerning palates full of expectation.
‘Madi’ (meaning Manta Ray in the local Dhivehi language) takes its inspiration from the region’s fresh, tropical produce and abundant seafood.
Menus are light and flavourful, with a range of local, Mediterranean & simple classic dishes served all day, from breakfast to late evening.
Madi also holds themed nights each week, including a Tradition Maldivian Bodu Beru night, seafood bounty local seafood barbeque and a ´Thali´ evening focusing on south Indian specialties.
Madi, will open in the evening to offer themed nights on Monday (Maldivian Boduberu dance and drums), Wednesday (Indian Thali), and Friday (seafood barbeque under the stars with live entertainment). Madi will continue to serve breakfasts daily.
Thila is named after rock formations in the Maldives that are covered with abundant marine life. As a place to congregate, it inspires our informal Maldives restaurant and pool bar where guests can come to chill out.
Food at Thila is easygoing and family-friendly, with salads, freshly cooked seafood, pizzas and Turkish ‘pide’.
Laid-back music, pool tables and an open-air pool bar with ocean views make Thila the relaxed and vibrant heart of island life on Maalifushi.
A COMO Maalifushi you can find a place for the most memorable of meals, from intimate gourmet meals on the deck of your villa to picnics and candlelit dinners on the beach. The nearby uninhabited islands can be yours as the sun sets and rises, with chef-prepared meals served by private butlers.
COMO Shambhala Cuisine is a unique nutritional concept that incorporates organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals while still delivering on flavour.
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 the fat-free cooking of meats and fish whilst introducing a wonderful charcoal flavour.
COMO Shambhala Cuisine is served at Madi. It is also available via room service and private dining.
Visit Maalifushi for the possibility of getting close to whale sharks. From the resort, we take you out by boat, where you can swim alongside them or simply watch from the deck.
Once you have signed up to this excursion, we will call you when there has been a whale shark sighting — anytime between 6pm and 10pm. Our boat will take you 20 minutes north towards Fahala, the Maldives’ biggest island. At our destination, crystal clear waters allow for an aquarium-like view. The docile whale sharks usually ignore snorkellers while busy feeding, leaving guests feeling as though they’re silently entering the whale sharks’ world. You may also spot the occasional pod of dolphins.
Fishing is part of the Indian Ocean culture and heritage, and for many in the islanders, provides a vital livelihood. Thaa Atoll in particular has some of the most productive waters. Resort guests who want to go fishing have access to our expertise, equipment and boat captains.
Both trolling and casting are employed to work the reefs. Large reef fish such as grouper, wahoo, giant and bluefin trevally, red snapper and dogtooth tuna are the prize catches.
COMO Maalifushi’s friendly and helpful crews are on hand to assist you with bottom fishing. If you are lucky enough to get a bite, we suggest that the fish is cooked for you, as fresh as possible in your preferred way, for your next lunch or dinner.
Maldives yoga is a way of life in Maalifushi by COMO, with complimentary yoga classes six days a week in our Yoga Studio or Yoga Pavilion.
Private tuition with our full-time yoga instructor is also available for focused sessions, both for beginners who want to discover the benefits of this ancient tradition and for those looking to improve their practice.
The peacefulness of the Maldives makes the location highly conducive to meditation, using awareness of the breath as preparation for better practice. At Maalifushi, guided sessions in pranayama meditation are available.
The Maldives in general, and Maalifushi in particular, offer very good water-based activities from diving to surfing. The waters surrounding the islands are clear, calm and exceptionally beautiful. The white sand and shallow lagoons mean sunshine reflects off the seabed, creating pools that are a warm, brilliant turquoise. This is also why the Maldives are appealing to families, with children able to snorkel safely, while for divers, there are numerous chronicled dive sites, as well as large tracts of unexplored channels and reefs which makes the atoll popular with liveaboard dive boats — which aside from Maalifushi, is currently the only other way to access this region in comfort. There are also some very good surf breaks in around Thaa Atoll.
The Maldives’ calm, shallow waters provide the perfect place to learn sailing while the open water can offer challenges for the more experienced.
The dry season sees light to moderate winds from the northeast. The wet season sees moderate southwesterly winds. There is very rarely over 25 knots of wind, making the Maldives a year-round sailing destination with the seas at their calmest during the high season (roughly November to April).
At Maalifushi, catamaran sailing is available. Charges apply for lessons or for when you wish to be accompanied by a captain, or for guided snorkeling expeditions on a catamaran.
For those who don’t dive, there is no need to miss out on the spectacular marine life of the Maldives. With just a mask and flippers, there is plenty to see around each resort and in the lagoon, with Maalifushi’s undisturbed waters making for some excellent opportunities. Children also much enjoy snorkelling, with complimentary gear provided to guests of Maalifushi.
Snorkellers, who can enjoy a scheduled complimentary snorkel trip with Maalifushi’s trained staff, will see an abundance of marine life such as Moray Eels, Trumpet Fish, Needle Fish, Soldier Fish, Lion Fish, Grouper, Snapper, Cod, Anthias, Cardinal Fish, Bluefin Jack, Sweetlips, Emperors, Butterfly Fish, Banner Fish, Angel Fish, Amemone Fish, Parrot Fish, Powder Blue Surgeon Fish, Convict Surgeonfish, Unicorn Fish and Puffer Fish. Occasionally Fusiliers are spotted here, as well as Trigger Fish, octopus and turtle.
The Maldives are rapidly becoming popular among surfers, with some great long curving atoll reef waves. Farms break is 25 minutes away on guided boat trip with Tropic surf. The waves here are medium-sized while more challenging barrels are also available within reach of the resort. Best of all resort crowds are non existent.
Ride the Waves at Maalifushi
The Maldives are rapidly becoming popular among surfers, with some great long curving atoll reef waves. ‘Farms’ break is 25 minutes away on a guided boat trip with Tropicsurf. The waves here are medium-sized while more challenging barrels are also available within reach of the resort. Best of all, crowds are few.
Maalifushi by COMO and Tropicsurf
Maalifushi works with luxury surf pioneers, Tropicsurf, to offer easy access to some of the Indian Ocean’s most sought-after breaks.
The resort has a resident Tropicsurf guide from April to October, working with guests of all abilities — from lagoon training, where fundamental skills such as balance are taught, through to expert instruction when tackling some of the toughest breaks in the Maldives. As part of the surf programme, equipment can be hired and boat transfers arranged — including to the famous ‘Farms’ break on the resort’s southwest side.
Although the Maldives are rated amongst the top ten diving destinations in the world, many experienced divers would put them in the top five. The sheer abundance of marine life and the clear visibility make this one of the greatest underwater regions on the planet, with Thaa Atoll’s particular status in the dive world assured by seasonal sightings of hammerheads and Manta Rays. All of this is within easy reach of Maalifushi.
During the dry season (January to April), currents tend to be strong with excellent visibility (25m to 40m).
Rainy season (May to December) brings rain and tropical storms, but some very good dives for Manta Rays. Visibility is reduced due to plankton in the water; however, this is also what most marine creatures feed upon.
Diving regulations in the Maldives are extremely stringent, with the maximum depth for diving being 30 metres and the maximum bottom time being 45 minutes.
All levels of competence can be catered for with ease, including absolute beginners seeking their first PADI certification.
As part of the general preservation and protection measures here, divers visiting the Maldives are encouraged to observe, respect and enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the marine environment, whilst leaving the reef as healthy as they found it.
Maldives (Lonely Planet Country Guides) by Tom Masters provides accurate and detailed information, including maps showing atolls, reefs, resorts and dive sites along with the best spots for surfing. Dive the Maldives by Sam Harwood and Rob Bryning gives details on the best dive sites in the Maldives while Photo Guide to Fish of the Maldives by Rudie H Kuiter includes almost every fish likely to be encountered. Maldives Mystery by Thor Heyerdahl gives fascinating information of the archaeological digs that have taken place here, and Maldives, Kingdom of a Thousand Isles by Andrew Forbes provides information on the capital island, Malé, as well as special sections on customs, culture and geography.
COMO Shambhala Retreat at Maalifushi doesn’t amount to just another spa resort in the Maldives. It is the embodiment of a philosophy for healthy living that COMO Shambhala has successfully refined at its award-winning Retreats all over the world.
There are eight overwater, ocean-facing treatment rooms, steam rooms, and an open air yoga pavillion—all enveloped by blue horizons and gentle sea breezes.
At our overwater COMO Shambhala Retreat at Maalifushi, those seeking a spa holiday in the Maldives will discover signature COMO Shambhala treatments, emotionally rebalancing holistic techniques and facials for restorative skincare.
Our Garden Rooms are located in the centre of the island, shaded by the resort’s tropical greenery and just a short foot-in-the-sand walk to all the resort’s amenities including the COMO Shambhala