- Modern resort built around community, soul and value-for-money
- Make the most of fitness facilities, games, and watersports of all kinds
- Dive South Ari’s top sites in search of manta rays and whale sharks
- Specifically-designed to catering for millennial-minded travellers
Nova Maldives is a laid-back island resort with soul. Its location in South Ari Atoll makes it uniquely suited to a dive-focussed getaway, with access to some of the best marine experiences the Maldives has to offer. A stay at Nova is all about living in the moment and taking the time to do whatever makes your soul happy. Perhaps you’ll want to explore the dazzling coral reefs, or maybe you’d rather play beach volleyball, workout in the gym, or immerse yourself in the local art and culture. You’ll find so much to do at this exceptional resort, designed to nurture your interests, spark your creativity, and feed your soul. So turn off your phone, kick off your shoes, take in the surroundings, and dive in.
About Nova Maldives
Nova is located on the island of Vakarufalhi in South Ari Atoll, a 25 minute seaplane ride from the international airport in Male. Despite its convenient location, Vakarufalhi is a wonderfully natural island that creates a sense of being a million miles from your everyday life, while Nova’s friendly and familiar approach to luxury ensures guests stay comfortable and connected with the outside world. The location is perfectly suited to a diving holiday, with easy access to more than 30 of South Ari’s best dive sites, including manta cleaning stations, whale shark hotspots, and even shipwrecks.
Smart, playful, and responsible, Nova Maldives embodies the very essence of the Pulse Hotels and Resorts brand, infusing first-class hospitality with a playful human touch and innovative solutions that make use of the latest technology. Nova also manages to blend the best aspects from both sides of the Maldivian experience, providing authentic cultural immersion and pared-back minimalism alongside a modern all-inclusive concept that extends beyond meals and services. The result is a fuss-free resort offering exceptional value-for-money and a ‘soft’ approach to luxury that seems specifically-designed for the needs of the millennial traveller.
Explore the resort
Nourish your soul with good food and good company in Nova’s vibrant dining areas that will feed contemplation, connection, and laughter. At Soul Kitchen, guests can savour the freshest flavours from around the world in a light, bright, relaxed all-day dining setting, while Flames is a stylish fine-dining grill restaurant and Mizu offers teppanyaki flavours produced at live cooking stations. Treat yourself to exhilarating cocktails or detox juices at the Solis pool bar, or swing by Wink for a selection of beer, wine, handcrafted cocktails, and delicious fresh snacks, set to funky sounds from the DJ.
Featuring four blissful treatment rooms, a Thai sala, and a yoga pavilion, Nova’s Eskape Spa offers a combination of traditional and contemporary treatments, and holistic spa rituals, using fully organic ingredients. An onsite gym, outdoor training area, and a schedule of group fitness classes allow active guests to keep fit, while the watersports centre run by Aquaholics offer kayaking, paddleboarding, kite surfing, jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing wakeboarding, and snorkelling, as well as private boats charters. You can even embark on expeditions in search of South Ari’s resident manta rays and whale sharks.
Diving from Nova Maldives
Diving from Nova Maldives is organised by the passionate Aquaholics watersports centre. Aquaholics offer single-tank, two-tank, and full-day three-tank trips to more than 30 different dive sites around South Ari, including well known manta ray cleaning stations, hotspots for whale sharks, and even shipwrecks. Or, opt to stay a little closer to home and explore the island’s thriving house reef. Full equipment rental is available from the dive centre, including underwater cameras, torches, and 15-litre cylinders, and nitrox 32% is free of charge to suitably qualified guests. The Aquaholics watersports centre is well-versed in delivering a wide variety of PADI courses for ages and experience levels, ensuring even the newest of newbies feel perfectly at ease in the water.
- Visit the cultural heritage village on nearby Dhangethi Island for authentic local interactions and true cultural immersion.
- Nova’s base full-board and all inclusive meal plans offer great value-for-money, with healthy and sustainable offerings at every meal.
Diving in South Ari Atoll
Whale sharkYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Manta RaysYear round
Giant frogfishYear round