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- Stay at the only private island resort in the entire atoll of Thaa
- World-class surf breaks and dive sites with mantas and more
- Revitalise at the unique Shambhala Retreat and complementary cuisine
- Family-friendly facilities including COMO’s signature play spaces
One of the most secluded private island paradises in the Maldives, and the only resort in the entirety of Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi is the epitome of a luxury escape, sitting in perfect isolation within a shallow turquoise lagoon. With a signature selection of unique facilities and services including an onsite shambhala retreat, simple yet delicious shambhala cuisine, and consciously-designed kids’ facilities, this resort is an ideal choice for guests of all kinds. And, surrounded by uninhabited islands, flawless surf breaks, and dive sites frequented by manta rays and hammerheads, COMO Maalifushi relishes the opportunity to deliver authentic and adventurous experiences day-in-and-day-out.
About COMO Maalifushi
COMO Maalifushi is the only luxury resort in the vast Thaa Atoll, in the southern reaches of the Maldives, providing the ultimate away-from-it-all destination for families, couples, surfers and divers. Just a 60-minute seaplane journey from the capital, unspoilt Thaa Atoll is well regarded for its diving and surfing, with some excellent breaks nearby as well as a string of uninhabited islands offering seasonal manta ray sightings and even the occasional hammerhead.
This is the first boutique hotel in the Maldives designed by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, whose sensitive approach to nature and respect for cultural authenticity is reflected in the resort's uncomplicated, succinct design. COMO Maalifushi’s accommodation references indigenous architecture while remaining elegantly pared back to mirror the island's calming setting. Choose between overwater suites and villas built along wooden walkways above the shallow lagoon or garden rooms set within the island's tropical heart.
When it comes to delivering a memorable experience, COMO Maalifushi surpasses expectations, boasting a range of sophisticated facilities available to all - from exquisite international restaurants to the dive centre, gym, and the family-friendly ‘Play Space’. Guests can also enjoy yoga and holistic Asian therapies at the COMO Shambhala Retreat, with the entire guest experience defined by COMO’s exacting, passionate service.
Explore the resort
COMO Maalifushi caters to discerning palates with a choice of international cuisines. Madi serves light, flavourful food that takes its inspiration from the region’s fresh, tropical produce. Tai showcases sustainably caught seafood from the Indian Ocean and features a cocktail bar with stunning sunset views. Food at Thila is easy-going and family-friendly, with salads, freshly cooked seafood and pizzas. Laid-back music, pool tables and an open-air pool bar with ocean views make Thila the relaxed and vibrant heart of this resort. Guests can also sample COMO’s Shambhala Cuisine - a unique concept that focuses on raw, steamed or grilled organic ingredients that are rich in enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals, while still delivering on flavour.
If you’re in the mood to relax, COMO’s Shambhala Retreat features eight double treatment pavilions set over the water, as well as steam, sauna and Jacuzzi areas, and an open-air yoga pavilion located on the sunrise side of the island. Guests can also make the most of a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a 44-metre freeform swimming pool, as well as expert instruction in yoga, meditation, and core connection. Watersports of all kinds are also offered, including nighttime whale shark snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, and more. Plus, this resort offers scheduled trips to local surf swells, as well as private charters to remote, secret spots.
Diving from COMO Maalifushi
You may not have heard much about Thaa Atoll’s diving, but rest assured, you won’t be disappointed. Despite its lack of fame, the atoll offers regular encounters with some of the Maldives’ most famous residents, including mantas, whale sharks, and other sharks. While around 25 sites have already been charted within a 30-minute boat ride from the resort, there are numerous channels and reefs yet to be explored, with the waters offering something for divers of all abilities.
COMO Maalifushi offers a full range of rental equipment, including dive computers, torches, and underwater GoPro cameras to help guests capture every moment of their dive. Suitably certified guests can also make the most of complementary nitrox. Regular dives are available on the house reef, as well as half-day and full-day dive excursions to sites further afield. Unique speciality dives can also be arranged, including nighttime and fluoro-diving.
- Play by COMO is a signature children's area designed to facilitate different types of play, providing a safe space for children or for care-free family-fun.
- This resort’s menus are nutritionally balanced, with a variety of options to satisfy both picky and adventurous eaters. Weaning and infant menus are also available.
- Guests aged 16 and older have complimentary use of COMO Shambhala’s wellness facilities including the fitness centre, locker rooms, steam room, Jacuzzi and sauna.
- Como’s uninhabited private island of Lavadhoo offers once-in-a-lifetime castaway experiences including spending the night in a luxury tented bed beneath the stars.
Informative and entertaining twice-weekly talks discuss many areas of marine life, environments and ecosystems. The resident marine biologist is happy to answer any questions you have, or simply discuss the things guests have seen and found on the reefs during their stay helping them to accurately identify fish, plants and other aquatic life.
The Resident Marine Biologist has teamed up with Seamarc - a marine consultancy company - to plant new coral frames on the seafloor, which encourage new reefs to grow and prosper. Guests at COMO Maalifushi can sponsor one of these frames. This experience entails the making of the coral frame, with the option of also accompanying their guide to retrieve coral pieces. Guests can then track their coral frame’s progress via twice-yearly photographic updates as well as complimentary guided snorkels every time they visit the resort.
Diving in Laamu and Thaa Atolls
Schooling reef fishYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Bubble Maker, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Specialities