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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amilla Fushi Maldives opens in December


''Our guests expect the unexpected. And that is exactly what we are aiming to deliver them''  Michael Flynn, Chairman of The Small Maldives Island Co.

The Small Maldives Island Co. will open two island resorts in the Maldives over the next twelve months, both described by Chairman Michael Flynn as ''Nu-luxury at its finest''. Located in the UNESCO protected Baa Atoll,  Amilla Fushi will launch in December this year, followed by a luxury beach club concept resort called Finolhu late2015.

Treehouse bedroom
Partner with The Small Maldives Island Co. in the venture is Coastline Maldives*, one of the Maldives' largest private companies and developer of the new Baa Atoll airport.

While Amilla and Finolhu will capture the heart and spirit of the Maldives, there is an enormous Australian influence. Both Flynn and his partner Tom McLoughlin are Australian. However, they have a combined twenty five years experience in International hospitality and tourism; Flynn as senior hotel marketing executive for international hotel companies including Accor and Hilton in Asia Pacific and Tom as the visionary behind the award winning Huafen Fushi resort in the Maldives.

The highest profile Australian recruit is leading chef and long term Maldives visitor, Luke Mangan, who is eagerly looking forward to taking responsibility for food and beverage at both resorts as ''island restaurateur''. "We will be a foam, gel and smear free zone, thank goodness'' proclaimed Mangan. ''We will have caviar and foie gras and truffles if people want them, but my goal is to deliver the opposite of overcomplicated and stuffy food''.

"It's all about fabulous fresh produce. We're blessed with local seafood. Fishermen will deliver straight from their boats to us and the lobster tank will actually be in the ocean under the signature restaurant, Lonu. And we are planning to have the world's best fish and chips at The Fish and Chip Shop in Baazaar'', he added. Mangan will import top end Australian produce to supplement the local offerings.

Amilla boasts many other notable features alongside Luke Mangan's food. The 1200 metre pool is the largest in the Maldives. The Spa, in the silent, verdant garden of the Wild Grove has no less than fifteen treatment rooms as well as yoga and fitness pavilions. With this number of rooms, each guest receives a complimentary fifty minute spa treatment every day.

There is a Kid's Jungle, set among the trees as well as the Kid's Zone and Teens games Area, tennis court and range of water sports and Dive Centre. Amilla's ''house reef'' even has its own ''Blue Hole'' dive site within snorkelling distance of the beach.

"The Maldives has evolved into one of the most sought after luxury resort destinations where resorts have their own island and house reefs abound. It is evolving, however, from being a honeymoon destination to a haven for celebrities and high end families who want anonymity and true luxury for their holiday experiences "said Flynn.

''We are bespoke operators, exclusively in the Maldives. We understand the culture and want to give our guests a genuine Maldivian experience, but with an effortless, understated sense of luxury ''said Director Tom McLoughlin. "But while we are unashamedly all about luxury, we want to be different by trying to avoid ''bill-shock''. We charge a fair price for the accommodation, but wi-fi and breakfast are free, as are the water sports and we are very pleased to offer the daily spa treatment at no cost. And no expense has been spared with the generous supply of Aesop toiletries''.

''Think homes, not rooms or suites'' added Flynn. ''We are very excited about the uniqueness of the accommodation at Amilla. You can buy a three bedroom home here with a fifty year lease, or, for a slightly shorter stay there are beach, lagoon, ocean lagoon and ocean reef houses, plus twelve metre high tree houses, all with private pools'' . The words Amilla Fushi which are Maldivian for 'my island home' are the central theme of the resort. There are seventy one ''homes'' rather than rooms at Amilla, from one to six bedrooms. Even the smallest accommodation has 200sq metres of space, the largest a remarkable 3000sq metres.

And once Finolhu is completed, guests will be able to move from one island resort to the other, enjoying the different personalities of each.

Rates start at $2,000 per night at Amilla. Over a dozen airlines fly to Male from Australia and the breathtaking sea plane flight to Baa Atoll Airport takes just twenty minutes, or fly to Baa Atoll's new airport and take a quick speedboat ride in about the same time.

*Coastline Maldives – supplying and building Maldives history for over twenty years. Developing and investing in Maldives future – airports, resorts and energy.

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