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Amilla Fushi soft opened in Baa Atoll, Maldives on 21 December

Amilla Fushi, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Amilla Fushi, a new home away from home in the Maldives, opened its doors on 21 December 2014, with the official ‘house warming’ celebrations set to follow the soft-opening period on 1 February 2015. Conceived and managed by The Small Maldives Island Company, Amilla is setting itself apart with a refreshingly modern take on the ultimate, authentic Maldives experience, with clean, contemporary architecture and a relaxed down-to-earth approach bringing a new way of doing things to a destination that has found itself in a conceptual cul-de-sac.

Amilla Fushi - literally meaning ‘my island home’ in Dhivehi – will offer genuine, laid-back service, with all guests welcomed and flawlessly cared for by unstuffy, charismatic Maldivian Katheebs. There will be no stinging guests every time they open a bottle of water or connect to wifi to Instagram another pool selfie, then waving them off the island with a serious case of ‘bill shock’; Amilla is all about guests enjoying the ultimate magical Maldives holiday experience, without feeling ripped off.

At Amilla, that means no ‘paywall’ deterring guests from making the most of the pristine UNESCO biosphere Baa Atoll: All water sports - non-motorised and motorised – are complimentary; guests can enjoy a daily 50-minute spa treatment as part of the room rate; and all child care is complimentary, from the Kids Club to au pairs, and a free babysitting service. No need for parents to cost-control by parking their kids in front of the resort PlayStation for hours on end; instead families will be free to splash around to their hearts’ content, with a host of supervised fun and games ensuring an unforgettable, authentically aquatic Maldivian adventure.  

What’s more, Amilla’s house reef even boasts its very own renowned ‘Blue Hole’ dive site within snorkeling distance of the beach. The Small Maldives Island Co. has partnered with pioneering Dive Butler International to provide safe, seamless, luxury scuba diving services to new, beginner and experienced scuba divers alike.  

The resort will be home to more purpose-designed island houses of two or more bedrooms than any other Maldives resort - perfect for families and groups of friends.  All of the houses of two or more bedroom have directly connecting rooms under one roof for total peace of mind. Spacious one and two-bed Beach and Lagoon Houses; 12-metre high, two-bed Tree Houses; and Ocean Reef and Ocean Lagoon Houses ranging between 200 and 250 square metres all have their own large pool and are complemented by 12 stunning bespoke Beach Residences of three to sizeable six bedrooms.  

Amilla’s architecture was inspired by the simplicity of a traditional Maldivian house but with an added element of modernity. The priority when designing the resort was to keep everything natural and lush, and avoid destroying habitat or artificially expanding the island through dredging.  

The vision of ‘Island Restaurateur’, acclaimed Aussie Chef Luke Mangan (described by food legend Anthony Bourdain as ‘the Michael Corleone of Sydney’s restaurant scene’) is to prepare the kind of food people really want to eat on holiday at a reasonable price. Out goes tray charge, starched-shirt service and linen, and in comes cocktails, barbecue flavours, zingy ceviches and tropical ingredients – realised to perfection at relaxed over-water  restaurant Lonu. Curling around the Maldives’ biggest swimming pool, Baazaar will give guests the opportunity to indulge in diverse culinary offerings from around the world at Fresh, Tapas, Grill, Baazaar Bar, Joe’s Pizza and even the first proper Fish & Chips shop in the Maldives. Guests are also free to grab some snacks from the island’s Emperor General Store, including fresh fruit and vegetables, deli style sandwiches and fine cuts of meat plus wine from Cellar Door wine shop - a true ‘home away from home’ experience for foodies.

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