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- Savour exquisite international cuisine and fine dining in four restaurants
- Experience unending luxury and a unique, liberated approach to Maldivian hospitality
- Snorkel among congregations of manta rays at Hanifaru Bay
- Scuba dive on the prolific reefs of Baa Atoll with the resident marine biologist
The Nautilus is a unique, bohemian hideaway, offering guests a highly personalised, luxurious Maldivian experience. Indulge yourself in an exquisite paradise that effortlessly captures the essence of barefoot luxury, and offers the freedom to do as you please - whenever and wherever. From the opulent villas and powder white sands, to the manta rays of nearby Hanifaru Bay, you’ll experience world-renowned Maldivian luxury every step of the way.
About The Nautilus
The Nautilus offers an unparalleled luxury experience on a stunning private island in Baa Atoll. Guests can enjoy those most precious of gifts - time, freedom and refuge. The Nautilus’ approach to hospitality promises a personalised, yet bohemian experience - one that is truly unique in the Maldives. You’re free to do as you please, where nothing is fixed, and anything is possible.
Drink champagne in bed, have breakfast for dinner or take a midnight swim in the lagoon - endless liberty is yours to enjoy. There are no clocks, no schedules, no opening or closing times. Every guest has boundless freedom throughout their stay, from the beach and ocean houses with their own private pools, to the enticing stretches of turquoise ocean. With sensuous spa services, starlit beach dinners, exquisite restaurants and exciting excursions, discover a tantalising slice of freedom at the heart of Baa Atoll.
Explore the resort
The Nautilus delights in veering off script, creating bespoke culinary journeys for every guest. Four restaurants offer dining opportunities, and serve a delightful variety of flavours from across the globe, including Mediterrenean, Peruvian, Mexican, Arabic, Japanese and many other exquisite tastes. Special dining experiences are available, including private wine tastings, BBQ and movie nights on a nearby sandbank, breakfast aboard a luxury private yacht, and even a pop-up bar in the comfort of your villa.
Guests can share once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their loved ones. Explore the atoll onboard a luxury yacht, hop on a seaplane and admire the reefs from the air, or take a snorkeling excursion to Hanifaru Bay, home to the largest manta ray congregation in the world. Complimentary snorkeling equipment is available night or day, and you can explore the rich underwater world right from the beach, or from your own over-water deck.
The resort’s passion for wellness centres around the Solasta Spa, with its glass-bottomed, over-water treatment pavilions, sauna, steam and open-air baths that welcome guests at any hour. Drop your little ones off at the kids’ club and indulge yourself with a range of local and international treatments, massages, complimentary yoga and meditation sessions, or get your body moving in the 24-hour gym.
Diving from The Nautilus
The Nautilus’s on-site PADI dive centre is run by AquaNautica PADI. The multilingual team offers diving excursions to over 40 dive sites in Baa Atoll and PADI dive courses for divers of all levels and experience. The resident marine biologist adds something extra to your diving, with expert knowledge of the local reefs. Divers can even participate in local marine rehabilitation by planting their own corals. The dive centre provides everything you’ll ever desire, including night diving, optional private guide, full equipment and rental cameras.
Dive sites are diverse and suited to all skill levels, with everything from calm reefs and plunging walls, to channels and pinnacles. Baa Atoll’s reefs are known for their vibrant soft corals, large table corals, macro creatures, turtles and schools of tropical fish. In the channels and pinnacles, you can spot sharks, eagle rays and napoleon wrasses. However, the real showstoppers are the manta rays of Hanifaru Bay - part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The bay is the site of one of the largest congregations of mantas in the world, that gather in the bay during the southwest monsoon from May to November. Even whale sharks are sometimes spotted alongside the mantas, though it’s not guaranteed!
Conservation at The Nautilus
The Nautilus doesn’t take its exquisite geographical location for granted. The resort is deeply conscious of its duty to protect and preserve Baa Atoll’s rich ecosystem, and understands the important responsibilities that contribute to its conservation. Marine conservation initiatives at The Nautilus Maldives are a collective effort, led by their passionate resident marine biologist.
The in-house marine biologist briefs guests about the importance of coral conservation, and the best swimming practices to employ while engaging with marine animals. Before departing on any excursions, guests are invited to contribute to the Maldives’ Manta Trust, which has become one of the world’s largest and most-established manta conservation groups. The resort is also very active in the management, restoration, and replanting of the atoll’s reefs. Guests have the unique opportunity to directly support and personally engage in their coral conservation efforts. They can sponsor a coral section much like one would sponsor an animal, and follow its development through photos taken by the in-house marine biologist.
- For the best chances of encountering the highest numbers of manta rays at Hanifaru Bay, visit Baa Atoll in the middle of southwest monsoon between July and October.
- Ask to dive with the in-house marine biologist, whose expertise of Baa Atoll’s underwater world will enhance your private diving experience.
- Babysitting and nanny services for your little ones are available if you would like a little personal time in the spa.
- Be mindful of conservative Maldivian culture. Swimwear and revealing clothing should be limited to the resort grounds and its private island. When visiting local islands, it’s more respectful to cover up.
Diving in Baa Atoll
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