Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences
Best Experience for: Couples, Family Vacation, Gourmet Dining, Wellness, Swimming with Mantas
Updated May, 2023
Featuring more flexible approach to tropical island luxury, Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences offers a luxurious 'island home' for both couples and families in the Maldives. Younger, hipper, with a fresh and contemporary accomodation, the resort has so much to offer, from high design and inventive dining options, to stylish villas and amazing snorkelling and diving.
Hotel officially opened in December 2014. Founded and run by Small Maldives Island Company, Amilla stands alone, with a new modern approach to the pure authentic Maldives experience with a neat, modern architecture and a feeling of true bliss, opening up a new way of doing things on the merits.
Here are some of our favorite highlights at Amilla Maldives, all creatively and painstakingly designed to celebrate unparalleled indulgence and afford you the most luxurious ans safest vacation of your life.
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Amilla has thrown out the Maldives rule book and gone all Cote D’Azur, with stark Arctic-white architecture, sculptural furniture, oversized sofas and a glitzy pool. The most remarkable thing is lush landscapes of the Island. The team has meticulously landscaped the resort to highlight its natural beauty rather than trying to give it a formal look.
Luxury Amilla shakes Maldivian style, no worse than cocktails near its pool bar. Wooden walls and thatched roofs are replaced by shimmering white modern cuboids with private pools, as if Ludwig Mies van der Rohe pavilions anchored on the beach.
However, all the relics of the Indian Ocean are saved here: incredible snorkeling and diving, beautiful nature with white sand, palm trees and blue sea, and 5-star dining ... And another Treetop Pool Villa at 12 meters above the land in a lush emerald foliage, in where absolutely all the achievements of the modern hospitality and wellness industry are available for you. DOWNLOAD RESORT MAP
Amilla in local Dhivehi means 'my home' - and promises a sincere, warm hospitality with impeccable service from the charming 'Katheeb' (island master). As Amilla means your own, there are no 'paid extras' making it difficult for guests to enjoy the sights of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Baa Atoll. All very glam and adult, although magically the hotel manages to push all the right buttons when it comes to families too, with unlimited watersports, creative children’s menus and a kids’ club as big as a village school in real ecstasy.
The resort's one-more USP, Space to Play, gives the place another competitive edge, particularly during the pandemic. Amilla is one of the largest islands in the Maldives, with a low density of villas on the island, so around 70% of the island is jungle and cycle tracks.
Homemade and Homegrown@Amilla are two pet projects of the resort the team is extremely proud of. Fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown on the island thanks to the exceptionally fertile soil used to produce healthy homemade foods.
Baa Atoll is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, justifiably famous for its incredible gatherings of manta rays and whale sharks at Hanifaru Bay is one of the best pearls of the Maldives. A prestigious place in Maldives, Baa Atoll is located north-west of Male and separated from the central atolls by the broad waters of the Kandiva Channel. READ MORE
In the Baa Atoll, a 35-minute (120 kilometres) seaplane trip from Male airport, sharing the same reef as the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Soneva Fushi and Anantara Kihava Villas. Guests will be greeted by Amilla Maldives representatives and escorted to the seaplane check-in. The resort can also be reached by domestic flight from Male. This is a 15-minute flight followed by a 10-minute speed boat transfer through Baa Atoll. It’s an area known for its deep waters and wondrous diversity of marine life.
Villas and Residences
Smooth outside, stylish inside, 67 Amilla's luxury villas offer just everything you could ever dream of. The South of France styling carries through with Colgate white walls blended with nautical stripes, abstract patterns and honey-coloured woods. Bathrooms are enormous featuring dinosaur egg-sized tubs, indoor and outdoor monsoon showers and upmarket Aesop amenities, a sommelier, a wine cooler and much more, including a 42 "flat screen TV with satellite channels, Bose sound system, Blu-ray and DVD player, iPads, iPod, free high speed wifi, beach bag, private bar, mini bar and of course a not noisy air conditioner.
For those looking for a longer stay, the Residences are ideal, with a chic, fashionable home feel, large pool and fully fitted kitchen. All of the homes have a decent sized private pool and the decor is fresh with a slight nautical theme.
As well as overwater and beach villas, Amilla Maldives has introduced a third accommodation option – Tree Top Pool Villas. All have large private pools (the ones in the treetop pool villas are suspended 12-metres in the air) and a vast amount of indoor and outdoor space. The only problem is that such classy surrounding will have you praying for rain and an excuse to stay indoors.
Guests can enjoy the service of their own butler, known as a Katheeb, who will help to enhance their stay with restaurant, spa and excursion recommendations and bookings.
Romantics will be in love with their water villa, a sunlit deck flirting with turquoise water that dazzles with complete clarity, while families staying in a multi-bedroom beach villas or tree top pool villa will be in real ecstasy.
The treetop villas take things to the next level and is something really special, yet comfy and welcoming. You'll feel like you are really in the heart of the rich nature of this beautiful island. With a grand and elegant living space the villas are absolutely stunning and cannot be compared - the treetop has very large spacious rooms and the pool is absolutely incredibly floating in the trees.
The elevated houses are huge and equipped with a different, more colonial design with many wooden elements. The glass-framed pool comes with a good size and is nestled amidst the palm trees and tropical vegetation. The privacy is unrivalled. An amazing experience and definitely our recommendation to combine a some days or so with a beach or over-water category accommodation.
A perfect for marine life lovers, REEF WATER POOL VILLAS are positioned right on the edge of the reef with direct accessto the crystal clear waters just a few steps down into the sea to snorkel with some beautiful fish, sharks and rays, but also for the sunset views in the evenings - some of the most memorable experiences. The fish life is breath-taking and the resort makes it very easy to experience the natural beauty by ensuring you have access to snorkelling gear. They also feature a spacious outdoor terrace and private freshwater pool. The contemporary and sleek air-conditioned houses also come with a 42 inch flat-screen TV and satellite channels, a separate indoor living room area with sofa and work desk, a MiniBar, in and outdoor showers and a bathroom with bath tub
Treat yourself to a unique ‘Amilla Glamping’ experience in a private beachside location. Enjoy the luxury air-conditioned bubble tent experience featuring champagne, a private chef, sauna, and plunge pool. READ MORE
Residences and villas, each has a butler, a kind of fairy godmother who will organize excursions, food and almost everything else, fulfilling the desires every second of your stay. Masseuses can be sent to your villa for spa treatments in the room. Amilla is the perfect playground in the Maldives - and a luxury resort where you have to take off your shoes, relax and just give up.
A huge, with fringed coconut trees, the main swimming pool is squeezed between the beach and Baazaar dining room and bar; not hot, but the sun maintains the ready for swimming water's temperature. The pool's edge overlooks the ocean, and the sun loungers, large round pillows, and dining tables are lined along the sides. The menu around the swimming pool offers a refreshing glass of wine or a cocktail, and light snacks can be grab right to where you are lounging. For a secluded dip, each villa has a private infinity pool surrounded by huge couches. Or you can also dive into the ocean from water villas, or swim on the beach.
Restaurants and Bars
Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. For the first time, you can resist trying to leave your number, but try it, because Amilla also has seven different restaurants and cafes, fine dining and delicacies. Although strangely they’re all clumped together in one spot. A minor niggle, especially when all the food is consistently excellent. Maldives Sling or May Tai cocktail? Chilled prawns with salsa of avocado and mango? Soft pieces of wagu with parmesan & french truffles fried with creamy spinach? Mmmmm ... drooling ... we thought so.
In Dec 2021 Amilla launched a flexible concept of dining in the Maldives. The new format allows guests unprecedented access to all seven à la carte restaurants on the private resort island. Read More
Inexhaustible options for a fantastic buffet breakfast are served in Fresh; The breakfast menu of Amilla includes: Belgian waffles with smoked salmon, Feta cheese, crouton with horseradish, a turkey ham sandwich, cheese and egg, and porridge with maple syrup, cinnamon, toasted nuts and berries. Others served in the Fresh near Baazaar delicacies include: Suzette pancakes, hot ricotta pancakes, fresh juices and desserts, and also Middle Eastern and Asian delicious foods.
The casual dining's scheme of the fashionable restaurant Baazaar works around the sparkling giant swimming pool, where you can choose between 5 different dining rooms - Chill`d Cafe, Joe's Pizza, Barolo, East and Fresh - in which the hot and cold dishes are controlled by an appetizing range of flavors: from burning curry to fish and fried potatoes. You can order from different menus and sit anywhere - indoors or by the pool. The Baazaar is a fantastic dining concept with a lively and fun atmosphere and there are plenty of choices to suit all palettes. If you want tapas, Asian cuisine or simple meals like fish and chips or Joe's special pizzas, it's all here.
Amilla offers bespoke menus in each of the restaurants for guests to follow their eating lifestyle while on vacation. Ask for an unique menus for vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free or low carb/keto/paleo. The culinary team even creates wellness cocktails and offer ice cream to suit all eating lifestyles.
THE EMPEROR Beach Club is a laid-back beachside spot is the social hub of the island. Enjoy breezy meals on the sand after beach volleyball, retail therapy or a wine-tasting session nearby. Also home to our three weekly theme nights including Maldivian cuisine.
FEELING KOI is an elite overwater restaurantthe and star of the culinary show. Tables poised on the over-water deck in prime position for you to watch fish dart by while you discover Japanese cuisine including an array of fresh sushi and sashimi. Romantic sunset dinners and eating "finger-licking", sashimi from "king-fish" is something to try) , it's all here. Japanese minimalism on an open deck, chefs performing in a theatre kitchen – culinary magic with exquisite presentation.
The CELLAR DOOR wine shopp features an abundance of wine – more than 8,000 bottles to sip and savour. International drops, both Old World and New. Premium bubbly, vintage reds, rare finds to share over a spectacular meal. By case or by bottle, or by curated tasting with artisanal cheese and wild honeycomb. Amilla indulges the epicure within.
In 2019 the resort launched ‘Floating Breakfast’. Guests can choose one of two options: Floating Continental and Floating Amilla. The Floating Continental breakfast is priced at USD 75++ for two, and comes with a selection of bakery items with jam, marmalade or honey. Fresh fruits, yoghurt, cold cuts, cheese, cereals, as well as juice and tea/coffee are also served. The Floating Amilla breakfast, which costs USD 89++ for two, includes poached egg on sourdough toast, avocado, pork sausage, sauteed mushrooms, bacon and rocket. Acai Bowl with homemade granola, honey, and fruits and nuts, as well as oat porridge boiled in fresh water or milk (skim or full cream) are also part of the Floating Amilla breakfast. ‘Floating Breakfast’ is served in overwater Houses, Amilla Residences or at the main pool.
Fine Italian flavours – exquisite antipasti, fresh handmade pasta, meats and seafood chargrilled to perfection. Barolo Grill pays homage to Piedmont, offering classic dishes infused with a Maldivian twist. With an open-air dining area that overlooks the pool, it's a place for lingering with a glass of Piedmont red. Sumptuous lounges under rustling palms, a toast to the heavens as the evening ignites.
That extra Amilla Maldives sparkle, to share with that special someone. From simple fare to extravagant specialties, the resort offers dining experiences for the soul.
The Cellar Door tasting events – a bottle of refined red or white in a world-class wine cellar, a rich array of imported cheeses teasing the palate. Perfect for the wine connoisseurs.
Amilla Maldives is renowned for its regular innovation. In 2020 Amilla created a brand-new dining venue – Chill’d Café. Whatever the definition of that means to guests, they’ll be able to find something to delight and nourish them – from immunity-boosting juices to classic comfort food. Chill’d is — as the name suggests — a laid-back and breezy affair by the main pool. The pavilion is open on three sides so guests can admire the tropical views in practically every direction.
The menu has been carefully crafted to nourish guests’ bodies, minds and souls as well as to showcase some highlights of Amilla’s pioneering Wellness Your Wa (WYW) concept. The WYW initiative is aimed at ensuring every guest, no matter what their dietary preference or ‘eating lifestyle’ is, will be able to easily find an abundance of cuisine and drinks they can enjoy. From low carb to vegan, guests will always be able to find a huge variety of options at Amilla to suit their preferences, whatever they may be. Read More
‘Baa Baa Bar’ now stands on the soft white coral sand on the western side of the island. The reason for the move is that a number of guests commented how they would like to be able to enjoy a sundowner right on the beach with the sand between their toes as they watch the sun dipping into the ocean. The sides of the stylish new bar are completely open so that guests can either enjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean from indoors or take a drink outside to enjoy on the beach, accompanied by the glorious sunset views.
Personalised picnics anywhere on the island, choose from many romantic places in the Maldives – from white-sand beaches to private villa gardens, secluded sandbanks to hidden coves. Unparalleled cuisine tailored to each taste. A special occasion to be treasured forever. Every couple will be inspired by what they taste and see.
Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences has unveiled new money-saving meal plan options for guests searching for an idyllic tropical escape following the reopening of the Maldives’ borders.
The specially designed meal plans with new lower prices on offer range from Bed and Breakfast right through to Inclusive packages. One of the ways that set Amilla apart from other resorts is that DINE AROUND INCLUSIVE plan guests have special access to a uniquely-priced wine list, featuring very favorable prices for premium wines and even better prices than ever for in-house excursions and spa treatments.
Kids under 12 can eat from the children’s menus for free based on the meal plan, booked by parents, teenagers get reduced rates on Dine Around Inclusive meal plan and everyone can savor a delicious complimentary breakfast daily at Fresh restaurant.t.
For those on the Half Board plan, the treats include sumptuous three-course dinners. And Full Board perks include two-course lunch and three-course dinner at their choice of venues. In addition, the DINE AROUND INCLUSIVE plan has been beefed up with a broader range of beverages and exclusive discounts of around 20% off spa treatments and house excursions. View complete Meal plans
This might just be the most family friendly resort in the Maldives. Family villas have been designed to ensure that both the parent’s and children’s bedrooms are in the same building. The villas are very spacious, and unlike many two bedroom options you might find elsewhere, the second bedrooms are large and so also work very well for families with older children.
The Sultan's Village kids’ club at Amilla is terrific – all palm tree swings, finger painting and beach games – teens can play billiards and X-Box, and all childcare, including baby-sitting, is complimentary. The Kids Club caters for children aged 4 years and above and is open from 9am to 6pm with a programme of activities for all ages and an indoor and outdoor play area.
Children aged 4 and under can use the Sultan's Village when accompanied by a parent or babysitter. Babysitting services are available at an additional charge. In Bazaar restaurants there is a children's menu. There is also a children's pool and beach club close by if parents wish to relax in close proximity to the Kids Club.
Spa & Wellness
The Javvu Spa taps into the trend for more all-encompassing spa facilities. Movement, spirituality and spa – the three pillars of wellness at Amilla Maldives. The Javvu Spa is a wonderful haven where you can enjoy a divine massage or a no-booking required sauna or steam. Soothing treatments to indulge and inspire you. A harmonious place where pampering leads to holistic health, Javvu Spa has been called the best spa in the Maldives. Private pods, social zones, pots of tea, and a secluded spot on the serene shores of Amilla are the setting for relaxation and indulgence. A communal space where people meet and mingle, Javva Spa welcomes you. Whether for massage, meditation or exercise, this tranquil island sanctuary soothes with five-star products and treatments that cleanse, calm and beautify.
As well as offering a range of sigh-inducing massages. Massages are by Pure Massage, which offers a completely tailor-made approach for each guest using both Eastern and Western techniques. There are also manicure and pedicures from celebrity nail technician Margaret Dabbs, an outpost of Louise Galvin’s London hair salon (try a post-sea and sand deep conditioning treatment), results-driven facials from German brand QMS and body treatments by Ila. There is also an outdoor yoga pavilion and Bodyism sessions.
On May 2021 Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences has taken its ground-breaking ‘Wellness Your Way’ concept to new heights, with creative and fun additions that enhance guests’ holistic wellness. Read more
Things to Do
Amilla is a launch point for endless discovery. There are plenty of places to make a splash both in and out of the water. A full on watersports set-up includes everything from snorkels to stand-up paddle-boards to kayaks and Sea Bobs (a kind of underwater scooter). On land, sports raise the pulse in a number of ways. Badminton in the shade, tennis lessons with a pro, volleyball battles on the sand and soccer games against Amilla’s Islander team.
Perfect partnership: Amilla has teamed up with Royal Timeless & Challenging in 2022 as their celebrity coaching and tennis services provider. As new tennis partner at Amilla Maldives, RTC will be organising special events, matches and masterclasses featuring famous tennis stars, as well as regular coaching by pro tennis players for guests.
On soft white sand or beneath the shimmering seas, Amilla invites adventure. There is a good Kids Club, as well as a Teens Games Area, with a billiard table, juice bar and table tennis. There is also a dive centre, large main pool and a range of motorised and non-motorised watersports available.
Amilla lies within the Baa Atoll, which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, renowned for its amazing marine life. There is a good house reef which is also home to a Blue Hole, which provides an exciting experience for both snorkelling and diving. The H.U.B. is the island's portal to the open seas, where coral reefs glint with countless colourful fishes. Dolphins, manta rays and turtles glide through this domain – a playground for any who like to venture below the surface. At the heart of the Biosphere is Hanifaru Bay, only a short boat ride from the island. In our summer months in particular, the high concentration of plankton attracts large groups of manta rays and even whale sharks! READ MORE ABOUT DIVING
One of the best honeymoon hotel Amilla becomes the world’s first resort, offering self-service wedding vow renewals. In response to an increase in demand for micro-weddings with few to no guests, Amilla Maldives is pioneering a self-service wedding vows location, The Knot. Couples can now renew their vows without the assistance of a celebrant in what is believed to be a world first.
In our opinion, Amilla is suitable for: a large family with a bank account of increased buoyancy and newlyweds with a movie star's salary. Glitter and glamor? Not at all. Unlike other 5-star luxury hotels in the Maldives, Amilla is primarily a relaxed holiday in the lagoon's luxury. Of course, the Maldives are more suitable for newlyweds than screaming children, but when it comes to family, this place is straight to the point. So one thing is already brilliant. Other - there is an infinity pool (good selfie for Instagram) ideal for swimming and acclimatization.
Reviews praise the Amilla Maldives for its numerous positive qualities including a pleasantly attentive yet never overbearing staff, delicious plates throughout the day, and beachy decor inspired rooms located right over a coral reef. In fact, most reviews are 'superb', with only a few minor complaints here and there.
“The Best Ever !!!!!”, “mixed feelings”, “Even better than in the pictures”, “Fabulous!!!”, “home away from home, “Mesmerizing resort”, “Magnificent unforgettable week on this Idyllic paradise island,” “Relaxing paradise.”, “One of the best service ever”, “Lovely, but way expensive. Pay extra for everything. Watch your wallet shrink.”
Why stay here? What Guests Love
- The island is magnificent in all details
- Baa Atoll UNESCO World biosphere reserve is a mecca for mantas from April to November, peaking in July
- Staff is very helpful, professional and friendly
- Modern, clean, huge, well equipped and maintained rooms
- Food is very good. Breakfast and Japanese beef steak. KOI restaurant are awesome
- Wonderful Kid's club
- Water activities
- Snorkling with manta rays and whale shark
What You Need to Know
- Amilla is located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Atoll Baa, the best destination in the Maldives for diving and snorkeling; The resort is 35 minutes by seaplane from Male airport;
- Check-out at 12 o'clock Check-in at 2 pm;
- Ideal for both couples and families with children of all ages
- If you'd like to try some more unusual cocktails, ask the inventive barman to make some suggestions!
- Do not forget to use sunscreen if you do not want to look like a red snapper
- Book a trip to picnic island and snorkel in aquamarine and cerulean seas amongst beautiful fish, coral and turtles that swim beside you
- Staying in a Reef Water Pool Villa means you can swim straight out onto the house reef
- Sunset Bar is the best spot to enjoy one of many delicious cocktails at sunsets hours
- Amilla likes to manage the expectations of guests before they arrive on the island - and excel at surpassing them during their stay. That's why it's The Island of Surprises
- The resort is run by Maldivians. As a Maldivian-owned boutique brand, the managment uplift and showcase Maldivian talent whenever we can, whether it's guest artists or staff training schemes.
- Amilla votes for the Planet! The resort genuinely cares about the fragile natural surroundings and take proactive measures to reduce the impact on the environment of operations.
- Wellness Your Way caters to the high-end guests of today, who frequently require special diets such as paleo, keto, vegan and low-lectin. The comprehensive WYW menus suit all requirements.
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