ALL ABOARD THE SOUL TRAIN: MALDIVES’ FUN LOVING FINOLHU GETS FUNK ON FOR FESTIVE SEASON
Marvin Humes, Cuban Brothers, Gypsy Queens and SRS set to keep cool cats partying on into New Year
Retro-chic Maldives resort Finolhu is set for a seasonal shake-up as the soul train rolls into Baa Atoll, bringing a star-studded festive line up that will keep guests truckin’ through Christmas and on to an unforgettable New Year and beyond. From 20 December until 10 January, guests will be able to get down to the likes of Marvin Humes (DJ set), Cuban Brothers, Gypsy Queens and SRS; while a daily fiesta of fun family activities, sports contests and dynamite dining experiences will keep even the coolest of cats purring.
On the night before Christmas, Finolhu’s guests will get into the spirit at Baa Baa Beach Club, with groovy cocktails and dinner followed by Boogaloo – a night of latin beats, dance and entertainment. Funky festive lunch on Christmas Day will set everyone up for an epic retro pool party – with rumours rife of a dramatic dancefloor appearance by a certain world-famous red-suited Special Guest! The Finolhu festive party will keep on keeping on all the way into 2017, with sleek cocktails, bubbles on the beach, fireworks and world-class entertainment ushering in the New Year.
Virgin Holidays (www.virginholidays.co.uk, 0344 557 3859) offers seven night festive holidays at Finolhu, Maldives from £4,999 per person, including scheduled Qatar Airways flights from London Heathrow, ‘Full Board Plus’ accommodation and seaplane transfers, groovy Christmas Eve cocktails and dinner, as well as 1000 ‘Finolhu dollars’ resort credit per room per stay.
Price based on two adults sharing a Lagoon Villa, including taxes, based on 20 December 2016 departure. ‘Full Board Plus’ includes breakfast in Baa Baa Beach Club, and lunch and dinner in any of the resort dining outlets (including a selection of soft drinks, beer and wine by the glass; some menu items may carry a supplement and some outlets may require reservations in the evenings).
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Opened in June 2016, Finolhu is a refreshing, retro-inspired new retreat in Baa Atoll, bringing a buzzy burst of fun, world-class entertainment and toes-in-the-sand relaxation to fun-loving beach-erati. Taking an unexpected cue from the halcyon days of the classic glamorous getaway, Finolhu recalls the heady allure of vintage beach vacations with its classic design, retro touches and laid-back ambiance. Set in a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, and easily accessible via the domestic Baa Atoll airport or a 30-minutes seaplane ride from Malé, Finolhu has all the hallmarks of paradise. Translucent waters, 1.8km long white-sand bank and perma-clear skies aside, what really sets it apart from its Maldivian competitors is its effortlessly stylish surrounds and beach clubby-ness.
The ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families and groups of friends alike, Finolhu’s 125 villas come on the ocean, the lagoon or by the beach, with or without pool, and are outfitted with Instagram-worthy interiors and vintage-style Marshall speakers, while bathrooms and spa facilities are stocked with all-natural, organic products from Neal’s Yard Remedies.
On Finolhu’s Palm Beach, Thunderball is home to a variety of water sports and beach games; the Oceaneers Club for tots to teens; and the Marine H.U.B. (i.e. Home of the Underwater Biosphere). The Cove Club meanwhile is a happening hub of 10 pastel-coloured, chandelier-lit beach Divans and a mellow retro revival area where massage, movement and chilling is medicinal – just drop anchor and relax!
With the chilled-out Baa Baa Beach Club at its heart, Finolhu offers laid-back yet elegant dining options, from lazy afternoon grazing at the poolside Baa Baa; a trip across the lagoon to the Fish & Crab Shack, halfway along Finolhu’s stunning 1.8km sandbar; or the theatrical Kanusan, where an open kitchen puts modern Cantonese favourites such as Mandarin roasted duck and Larb Gai at centre stage. Milk Bar is a tempting old-school ‘tuck shop’ brimming with guilt-free treats, while the boutique-style Baahaa Grill restaurant celebrates the legendary spice blends of pre-Moorish North Africa, where a town’s finest spice sellers were as famous as its rulers.
As night falls, playtime begins, with the magnetic two-storey Baa Baa Beach Club Bar inviting guests to step back in time and discover new fun and games. Nightly foodie showcases are matched with world-class wines; Cinema Retro screens classic movies and live international sports action; and gamers can hit the bar’s old school arcade for classic Pinball or PacMan action. Baa Baa Beach Club keeps things fresh with a nightly, weekly and monthly entertainment programme, including the weekly Retro Pool Party, the monthly Full Moon Tribal sandbar party… and, just four times per year, vibe-defining “Finolhu Blhu” events – exclusive one-off extravaganzas featuring appearances from the world’s coolest performers and hottest DJs.
Finolhu is managed by The Small Maldives Island Co., a dynamic company focused on Resort Management in the Maldives for Coastline Hotels and Resorts. Finolhu and sister resort Amilla Fushi are owned by Coastline Hotels and Resorts – part of the Coastline Group of companies, one of the Maldives’ largest private companies, established in 1994. The Coastline Group is engaged in logistics; oil importing, storage and distribution; pilling and construction; building material supplies; hotel resort development; condominium development; airport ownership, development and operation; and luxury yacht and boat manufacturing. It is the largest importer and distributor of Fuel Related Products such as Marine Gasoil and Mo Gas to resorts in the Maldives, servicing 65 per cent of the country’s resorts through its company Asian Gasoil. In addition to building both W Maldives and Huvafen Fushi, Coastline’s recent developments within the tourism sector include Mudhdhoo island, subsequently acquired by Dusit Thani Hotels; Baa Atoll’s Dharavandhoo Airport; and the newly opened Raa Ifhuru Airport.
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