- Take the snorkeling trip of a lifetime with the manta rays of Hanifaru Bay
- Experience a different kind of luxury - informal, friendly, yet five star
- Enroll in the ‘Be a marine biologist programme’ and learn about the atoll
- Relax and enjoy tailored wedding and honeymoon services
Discover a unique sense of luxury at Milaidhoo Maldives. The resort’s ethos of ‘barefoot informality’ and ‘reinvented luxury’ sets it apart from any other five star properties in the Maldives. And with stylish villas, stunning beaches and the iconic reefs and manta rays of Baa Atoll just minutes away, guests at this adults-only Maldivian hideaway can experience a sophisticated, yet relaxing holiday experience.
About Milaidhoo Island
Milaidhoo Island has been welcoming guests to the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve since 2016. Abundant with tropical greenery, the private island measures just 300 metres by 180 metres, and is fringed by soft, white sand beaches. From the exquisite protected coral reef that encircles the island, to the legendary Hanifaru Bay nearby where masses of manta rays congregate, there’s always something extraordinary going on.
Milaidhoo is proud to do things differently. Their self-proclaimed ‘reinvented luxury’, means guests are treated as part of the family and are free to craft their very own dream holiday. Service goes hand in hand with ‘barefoot informality’ - always tip top, yet friendly and approachable. Everything has been custom made with comfort in mind, from the beachfront and over-water villas, to the resort’s architecture and island-inspired decoration. And as an ideal getaway for couples seeking peace and privacy, this boutique resort invites guests aged nine and above to experience amicable Maldivian hospitality on a dreamy private island.
Explore the resort
Each of the spacious Maldivian-inspired villas has its own private freshwater pool and sundeck with tempting ocean views, along with an island host to ensure everything is perfect. Outside your room, three stunning informal restaurants focus on authentic, light food with clean flavours inspired by local and international cuisine. And the resort’s delicious Milaidhoo Gourmet Plan is a dine-around gourmet experience offering daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as premium brands of spirits, beers, wines and cocktails. There are also two sociable bars, a wine room, private in-villa dining and cooking classes on offer.
Exciting activities at Milaidhoo include fishing, sailing, catamaran and yacht trips, transparent kayaks, stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing. There’s also dolphin and whale shark spotting, manta ray excursions, private sandbank dinners and conservation activities with the resident marine biologist. For an extra-special experience, the resort has tailored wedding, honeymoon and engagement services. After a day of lounging by the infinity pool, or getting fit in the 24-hour fitness centre, you can indulge yourself in the over-water spa with its sensuous selection of treatments. There are four treatment suites, in addition to an overwater pavilion where complimentary yoga and meditation classes take place.
Diving from Milaidhoo Island
Milaidhoo Island boasts a well-equipped PADI five star dive centre with a team of experienced instructors and two resident marine biologists. With their on-site Ocean Stories Aquatic Centre, divers can enjoy boat diving, private diving, night diving, fluo night dives and manta ray diving. Serviced, high quality rental gear is available, and a range of PADI dive courses suitable to all skill levels are taught by experienced multilingual instructors. The friendly diving team have the keys to the best dive sites in Baa Atoll, from their very own house reef and Milaidhoo Wall, to the energetic channels and thilas where mantas fly by.
Guests can take full advantage of the resort's location and explore the UNESCO biosphere reserve and world-famous Hanifaru Bay - one of only a handful of places on the planet where massive congregations of manta rays gather to feed. The best time to experience this spectacular show is in the middle of southwest monsoon between July and October. Only snorkeling is allowed inside the bay, but divers can also spot manta rays at a number of dive sites, particularly Dhonfanu Thila. Divers also have a special opportunity to learn more about Baa Atoll’s marine environment by joining the resort’s “Be a marine biologist” programme. You’ll shadow the in-house marine biologists, helping with identification and conservation practices while learning all about the local whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and diverse marine life.
- Get involved with the ‘Be a marine biologist’ programme run by Milhaidhoo’s dive centre. A unique educational experience, guests can shadow the two resident marine biologists, helping with conservation efforts and learning all about Baa Atoll’s iconic underwater world.
- Visit during the southwest monsoon between July and October for the greatest chances to snorkel with the largest numbers of manta rays at Hanifaru Bay.
- Children under 9 years old aren’t allowed at Milaidhoo to preserve the more adult-orientated atmosphere.
- Swimwear and revealing clothing should be limited to the resort’s private island. When visiting the local islands, visitors should cover up by wearing light long sleeves and trousers.
With its location in the UNESCO world biosphere reserve, conservation of the environment is one of the resort’s guiding philosophies. It is a participant in the Green Globe certification process which sets strict standards, not just in its environmental actions, but also in ethical business behaviour, fair trade and compliance with international best practices and standards. The resort reduces their impact, and encourages guests to do the same, by:
Establishing a water and STP plant ensuring no contaminants enter the ocean
Use of accredited eco-friendly chemicals in laundry and cleaning
A coral regeneration programme where guests can adopt their own reef
Ocean Stories Aquatic Centre at Milaidhoo is a member of Green Fins
Resident marine biologists implement environmental educational programmes.
Milaidhoo Turtle ID Programme to identify and log local turtle populations
Providing data for the Olive Ridley Project - UK based charity organisation
Coral Planting and Reef Restoration
Participation in Shark Watch to observe the number of sharks in the Maldives.
Working with The Manta Trust, Manta Matcher and the Maldives Manta Ray project
Diving in Baa Atoll
Whale sharkYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Eagle rayYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Ghost pipefishYear round