The Nautilus Maldives

New Ultra Luxury Resort in Baa Atoll

The Nautilus Maldives

New Ultra Luxury Resort in Baa Atoll

Updated Nov, 2019

New bohemian luxury, The Nautilus Maldives is a highly exclusive, fully private resort of 26 beach and ocean houses. A privately-owned island in the heart of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, The Nautilus Maldives will be opening in January 2019 with the serious ambition of being noted as one of the leading luxury resorts in the world. A refuge beyond the bounds of time and expectations, where every moment is tailored to you. A celebration of the individual spirit, The Nautilus gives you space – to share, to meet, to be yourself and to shape your own personal journey. And, most of all, to celebrate the people you’re with, in any way you choose.

Built by a Maldivian entrepreneur Dr I. U. Maniku, a Maldivian entrepreneur with over 30-years’ experience in business and resort ownership, The Nautilus Maldives is his ultimate project in the country, created to express his personal vision of the best that luxury can be – not just in the Maldives, but worldwide. A celebration of the individual spirit, The Nautilus offers liberation and freedom unconditional.

The Nautilus Maldives is the only Maldivian member of Relais & Châteaux, one of the world’s most prestigious hotel and restaurant associations and a globally recognised signifier of exceptional quality.

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The Island

The Nautilus Maldives has been designed for the new generation of luxury travellers who are looking for transformative experiences and activities that they can share with those who matter the most to them. Whole-island bookings offer the ultimate in exclusivity. The Nautilus philosophy, therefore, is one of absolute freedom for its guests, offering a laid-back ‘modern bohemian’ lifestyle where guests can escape from their everyday lives, truly be themselves, and reconnect with their inner being, with nature and with their families – all in a beautiful Maldivian setting. A stay here isn’t like a stay anywhere else.

This philosophy has meant rethinking how a luxury resort is run in order to base services around the guest and not follow standard operating procedures. With this in mind, service is driven by the House Captains (butlers), according to the resort, who take care of every detail instead of handing over to receptionists, concierges, excursion guides etc. Those features include private pools, ocean views from every house, soft sandy beaches encircling dense tropical greenery, and a rich coral reef just metres from the island’s shores. Originally a deserted island – called Thiladhoo and too small at 250 m diameter for inhabitation – the tiny island retains many of its original native plants and trees. DOWNLOAD RESORT MAP

Restaurants have flexible opening hours; for example, breakfast can be taken at any time of day – and not even in the restaurant if the guest prefers breakfast in bed or by their private pool. While there will be menus in each of the three restaurants, these are seen as starting points for a discussion with the chef about what the guest would like to eat rather than as set guidelines for what can be ordered.

At The Nautilus Maldives, a kaleidoscopic wonderland of incredible marine life awaits discovery: trips to world-renowned Hanifaru Bay to swim amongst whale sharks and manta rays; diving on iridescent coral reefs; exploring remote sandbanks and deserted islands or just cruising the ocean on a custom-built yacht are among the many adventures guests can look forward to.

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With only 26 beach and ocean houses on a tiny coral reef-encircled island, The Nautilus Maldives is a bohemian hideaway located in Baa Atoll, the only a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the country. Uniquely in the Maldives, The Nautilus experience begins on the runway at Velana International Airport, where every guest will be taken straight from the plane to a VIP terminal in the airport for a relaxed customs and immigration clearance, according to the resort.

The Nautilus is merely 30 minutes from Velana International Airport, Malé, by seaplane. Or take a 15-minute domestic flight from Malé to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport followed a 15-minute speedboat to the magnificent sandy shores.


Inspired by the enduring form of the nautilus shell, each house and residence at The Nautilus is a distinct and sophisticated escape. Curved lines and spiralled elements echo throughout each space. These philosophy, too, reiterates the timelessness and longevity of this icon of the deep. Accommodation at The Nautilus is called ‘houses and residences’ because guests should feel the same levels of comfort and ease as when at home, along with the most spectacular features the Maldives has to offer.

Space to live, to laugh, to share wonderful memories. Each of 26 beach and ocean houses comes complete with its own separate living room and private pool, providing space for free-spirited revelry and relaxation. A self-contained universe where children can roam free, where families can connect.

Steps from turquoise seas, these luxurious, suite-style sanctuaries each come with private butler service that ensures every element of your house is tailored to you. A place to mix and mingle, to spend quality time together in perfect privacy.

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The features include private pools, ocean views from every house, soft sandy beaches encircling dense tropical greenery, and a rich coral reef just metres from the island’s shores.

Natural daylight fills the rooms and interior design is tropical with a touch of boho chic whimsy. The island style is relaxed, with the guideline given to the interior designers to “make it look like it could be someone’s home, and better”. Most of the furnishings have been custom-built for The Nautilus.

Each of the houses is a suite, with separate living room and bedroom. Just 15 one- and two-bedroom houses line the island’s beaches, hidden away among coconut trees, palms, and tropical greenery. Eleven one- and two-bedroom houses stand on stilts over the lagoon.

The 9 elegant Beach Houses (280 sq.m.) line a silvery shores, each just a few steps from the sea and house reef. An oval bedroom and adjoining living room open up to a wide private sundeck, sheltered by manicured posh gardens, overlooking the beach. Your sundeck extends to your own private pool, where a covered Maldivian-style swing invites a lazy day in the shade. A glass-walled, light-filled, air-conditioned en-suite bathroom provides garden courtyard views, with a deep ceramic free-standing tub, an indoor walk-in rain shower and matching granite vanities. An outdoor garden shower lets you bathe under tropical skies. Toiletries? Take your pick from the selection of designer names.

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Elegant beach mansions with a great sea view, the two-storey residences are escapes of effortless chic. Curved walls and living spaces recall the organic form of the nautilus shell, with hand-picked décor infusing each space with new bohemian charm. Living and dining rooms on the ground floor open to an expansive deck and a sparkling private pool. Upstairs, a sun-drenched king bedroom with breathtaking beach and ocean views, and a balcony with a spiral staircase that leads to the deck downstairs. The light-filled en-suite bathroom is a haven with walk-in rain shower and free-standing tub with superb ocean views.

Three 1-bedroom Beach Residences (400sqm); Two 2-bedroom Beach Residences (545sqm); One 3-bedroom The Nautilus Retreat

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Get overwater life experience in an ocean house in the middle of a blue lagoon. Here, you exist free of time, with only sunset and dawn to mark the passing of days. A sundeck reaches out to the horizon, with steps that lead you down to the lagoon, while your own private infinity pool blends with the ocean’s blues. Revel in the intimate seclusion of a one-bedroom house for two. Or connect with your clan in a residence of abundant space and privacy.

There are eight 1-bedroom Ocean Houses (252sqm), two 1-bedroom Ocean Residences (453sqm) and one 2-bedroom Ocean Residence (472sqm) on the island.


  • Early check-in/late check-out whenever possible
  • A bottle of Champagne on arrival paired with gourmet welcome platter
  • Dedicated butler
  • Packing and unpacking service
  • Your selection of soft drinks and unlimited still & sparkling water
  • Babysitting
  • Two children under 12 stay free with parents
  • A selection of premium teas and coffees
  • Seamless Wi-Fi coverage across the island
  • Complimentary laundry service (four items per villa, per day)

Restaurants and Bars

Unscripted dining – anywhere, anytime. The Nautilus’ three restaurants and two poolside bars revel in the spontaneous, crafting bespoke culinary journeys tailored to each taste. The Nautilus is a world where a menu is just a place to gather inspiration and meals are designed for the guest, whenever they want to eat, according to the resort. Private in-house or around-the-island dining by request. Flexible opening hours, no constraints. Just a passion for extraordinary gastronomy.

Dining, for those wishing to follow the chef’s suggestions, includes intriguing infusions of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine at the over-water signature restaurant; elegant simplicity with Japanese and Latin-American creations at the grill; and global delicacies at the all-day dining restaurant. No opening or closing times, no breakfast hours, no shoes, no dress codes; guests come as they are, enjoy great company and indulge in a shared passion for extraordinary cuisine.

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The resort's main all-day dining restaurant wraps you in a welcoming beach-house ambience with a bounty of gourmet flavours that bring happiness with every bite. We’ll craft a dining experience to your preferences, and invite you to have some fun in our kitchens – flambé your own pancakes or sear your own tuna steak. Make it a meal to remember.

Smoke-laden flavours, infusions from distant shores – the grill embarks on a nightly journey from Latin America to the reaches of North Asia. Settle into teppanyaki over the water, plates to savour under a moonlit sky, and revel in creations from the Josper grill – hearty comfort food that satiates the soul.

Great conversation, a perfectly mixed drink, delicious tapas plates served under the sparkle of the Maldivian sky. The poolside bar lets you enjoy life’s simplest luxuries: sunset, kinship and the peace of an island sanctuary. The supreme comfort of loungers and cabanas – the ultimate seaside retreat with the refined ambience of a living room. All day, complimentary gourmet deli-style canapés and light bites to whet your appetite.

Imagine Champagne under a canopy of stars. A vintage rosé on the sandbank as the sunset marbles the sky. Or a dhoni dinner for two as you drift through the Baa Atoll. From pizza night in your beach house to fiery Moroccan fare by lantern light, dining at The Nautilus turns any meal into a bespoke occasion.

The room rates include: 

  • Breakfast anytime, anywhere
  • Daily sunset cocktails
  • Deli-style canapés at our pool bar all day long
  • Unlimited still & sparkling water throughout the day
  • Bottle of Champagne and gourmet platter on arrival
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Salute the sun at dawn, discover alternative healing, join complimentary wellness classes or craft your own path to restoration. On the quiet, unrushed shores of The Nautilus, life moves at a different pace. You’ve got all the time in the world to reflect and recalibrate.

Wellness, personalised. A natural refuge, far from life’s pressures – time melts away at The Nautilus. Specialising in the bespoke, expect design programmes that address individualised needs. Balance attained through sunrise yoga sessions, mind and soul restored through stillness. Each day another opportunity to breathe, with unlimited daily scheduled yoga, fitness and meditation complimentary. 


According to The Nautilus, it doesn’t judge, doesn’t impose and doesn’t inhibit its guests. Instead, it removes barriers and creates incredible excursions and adventures, taking guests where they want to be when they want to be there, from midnight swims in glowing phosphorescent waters alongside a marine biologist, to exploring deserted islands on a yacht or floating in a ‘star-filled’ pool under the milky way while the House Captain whisks up another perfect cocktail.

Explore Baa Atoll with all the time in the world – The Nautilus sets you free to enjoy individualised experiences. An onsite PADI dive centre guides discovery, while more than 30 world-class sites lie within close reach, the renowned Hanifaru Bay a short speedboat ride away. A house reef metres from shore, cruises, fishing expeditions, sunset sailing, water sports – The Nautilus is primed for free-spirited forays into the blue.


  • All non-motorised water sports are complimentary
  • Use of snorkelling equipment throughout your stay
  • Children's recreation area
  • Unlimited daily scheduled yoga, fitness and meditation classes
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