Published on : Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Seaside Finolhu, one of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives’ recently underwent an extensive upgrade of its facilities and is now ready to welcome guests once more, starting November 1. Upon reopening, guests will be treated to a whole new barefoot chic experience as the self-styled island playground have completed its elaborate transition from luxury island resort to proud member of the exclusive Design Hotels portfolio.
In a time when the tourism and hospitality industry was reeling under the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, Seaside Finolhu seized on the unique opportunity presented by the global shutdown to complete both aesthetic and functional upgrades right across the resort. The transformation of the property extends to its villas, restaurants, wellness facilities, public areas, and sport and fitness activities, including a state-of-the-art indoor golf studio and the process is being overseen by the award-winning Muza Lab design studio.
The bold new design concept, visible throughout the resort, unleashes a kaleidoscope of colours inspired by the vibrant natural hues of the island’s stunning flora, fauna, sunsets and seascapes. Muza Lab’s Co-Founder Nathan Hutchins mentioned in a statement that the changing colours, patterns and textures of the hotel represent moments of discovery, wonder and delight. Meanwhile, Co-Founder Inge Moore added that artisans from all over the world have created special works for the resort in order to bring the design concept to life.
She shared that artistic tiles from Turkey, chandeliers and wickerwork from South Africa and wooden craftwork from Java has transformed the villas, bars & restaurants, the fitness room, as well as the Oceaneers Kids Club into an exotic playground. The transformation is a key milestone for Finolhu as it successfully fulfils the requirements of embodying quality, style, and holistic hospitality concepts to earn its place as the first resort in the Maldives included in the prestigious Design Hotel’s international portfolio.
The resort will offer 125 villas, 76 of which have their own pool, and the culinary journey will be served up by the eclectic selection of international dining options, alongside the sheer indulgence of the spa and the sense of tropical island adventure provided by the many water sports on offer. The property has considered every little detail and carefully crafted itself to create a lifestyle resort that caters to the discerning affluent traveller of today.
Living up to its ‘island playground’ philosophy, Seaside Finolhu will also provide guests with a diverse choice of fun activities in the indoor and outdoor gym, the Yoga Pavilion, and a state-of-the-art indoor golf studio. Kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding and jet skiing are among the water sports available, while the new Dive Center will offer diving, snorkelling and semi-submarine boat trips.
Operated by the German luxury hotel chain, Seaside Collection, the resort recently changed its official name from simply Finolhu, which translates as ‘sandbank’ in the local language, to Seaside Finolhu. Now as part of the resort’s holistic transformation, Seaside Finolhu has also introduced new names and concepts for its dining and spa facilities.
The resort’s fine-dining restaurant has retained the name Kanusan as well as its sophisticated ambiance, but the all-day dining restaurant now goes by the name of Beach Kitchen. The Arabian Grill serves up an exotic mélange of flavours, aromas and decor from across the Middle East in a relaxed atmosphere, while Crab Shack is a rustic seafood grill that offers a real toes-in-the-sand dining experience on a secluded stretch of beach. For guests looking to grab a drink, the new Milk Lab serves a selection of refreshing milkshakes, protein drinks and fresh coffee.
In addition, Fehi Spa takes its name from the local word for ‘green’ and fully embraces the green concepts of nature, purity, healing, and harmony in a tranquil setting amidst lush gardens. With treatment rooms, saunas, a stream room, a plunge pool and a hair and nail salon, the holistic treatments are designed to ensure guests feel physically, mentally and spiritually rejuvenated.
Marc Reader, General Manager, Seaside Finolhu said in a statement that with dashes of traditional Maldivian culture and contemporary lifestyle convenience, the overall ambiance of the resort can be described as “barefoot chic”. He mentioned that the design of the property is strikes a balance between style and escapism, and mentioned that guests can unwind in sublime comfort, with the pristine beauty of the secluded Maldivian paradise perfectly complemented by ultra-luxurious modernity.