The Residence Maldives
What We Love
- The range of watersports on offer, from diving and snorkeling to windsurfing and paddleboarding
- The heavenly treatments at the Maldives’ first Spa by Clarins
- Thatched villas feature Maldivian architecture and local art
What To Know
- Airport transfers to/from Malé (via a domestic flight and speedboat) are an additional fee per person, each way
- Falhumaafushi is a small island; you can walk around it in 15 minutes
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Set on a diminutive private island on a remote atoll, the Residence makes good use of traditional Maldivian architecture and local art in its 94 spacious thatched villas—19 of which are right on the beach, with hammocks strung between palm trees, and 75 overwater villas snake out from both sides of the island. Sliding glass doors open onto wooden decks, and half the villas have plunge pools, perfect for cooling off. Light streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the view is the thing: Even the freestanding bathtubs in the Italian marble bathrooms look out to the sea. The Dining Room is a beachfront bistro offering à la carte breakfast and lunch and chiefly Asian dishes in the evening. The poolside Beach Bar serves light snacks and tapas and is the place to bag a double daybed for a sunset cocktail. The Falhumaa is the jewel in the culinary crown, set at the end of a long jetty looking out to the ocean. The Mediterranean-influenced menu focuses on seafood and grilled meats (tuna tartare; grass-fed sirloin). For romance without the crowds, you can dine in-villa or feet-in-the-sand on a private island. You can spend your days in blissful idleness, flitting from sundeck to beach, pool to ocean, but there’s also plenty of ways to stay active, in and out of the water. The Spa by Clarins’s six overwater treatment pavilions and meditation deck look out to sea, and there are five exclusive massages administered by a team of Balinese and Indian therapists to go with Clarins’s traditional treatments.
In the Area
A good way to start the day is with yoga on the spa deck. Divers and snorkelers can try out the pristine reefs around Gaafu Alifu Atoll, and there’s a house reef close to the shore. Lounge by the pool or get active kayaking, paddle-boarding or windsurfing, learning to sail a catamaran or deep-sea fishing. For a glimpse of Maldivian life, take a boat to a nearby island village, or sail into the sunset on a traditional dhoni surrounded by curious dolphins. Have a romantic picnic on a deserted beach, or take a cooking class and enjoy the results for lunch. You can even learn how to mix and muddle at the bar while you create your own cocktail.
How to Get There
Location, resort and staff make the Residence Maldives a very special destination! Stayed in an ocean villa with pool and was not disappointed. Was able to cycle over to neighbouring resort and explore, went on an amazing dolphin sighting cruise and was constantly entertained by the amazing local wildlife. Sharks, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, whales, octopus, bats and thousands of reef fish! All of the staff were helpful, pleasant, not too overbearing and all worked together which made a real difference. They made sure we were met by a member of staff throughout all of our transfers to and from the hotel, which again made everything a lot easier, especially with luggage.
If looking at visiting the Maldives then I would strongly recommend checking this place out.
A really memorable holiday and one we would hope to repeat in the future. Absolutely everything was thought about by The Residence staff and it was an incredibly relaxing holiday. The food was absolutely superb with a good choice for everyone.
Excellent holiday resort. Food is good. Customer service 6 out of 5 stars! Lots of water activities to do including snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, wind surfing, water scooter, banana boat etc...
From the minute we land at Maldives international airport, there were resort staff to host and guide us all the way to the resort villa doorsteps. Literally, being pampered for the whole stay there.
Felt refreshed and recharged after the holiday trip!