Finolhu is a hipster’s Gilligan’s Island. The year is 1967, as demonstrated by a sunbleached VW van, staff in faded-denim chambray, vintage turntables and an omnipresent Sixties-Seventies soundtrack (curated by a DJ in Paris). But villas, almost all over water, are where the Gilligan gimmicks fall away: gallery-sleek glass walls, infinity pools, bedside USB consoles and Arctic air-conditioning are pure 21st century. Food is a splashily art-directed affair, giving a sense of occasion back to resort suppers. CEO Mark Hehir’s start as a Dorchester chef shines through in an outstanding North African joint, Baahaa Grill, and Kanusan, a sort of Sexy Fish-by-the-sea, whose vampy blood-red bar is adorned with vintage Bruce Lee posters and dishes out exuberant cocktails using guava pulp, yuzu foam and Thai basil. Nightly poolside parties throng around a live band – sourced in Europe and rotated every three months – and some very bendy circus acts. And the service? As friendly as the cast of a sitcom. You almost expect to hear a laughter track.
- LocationBaa Atoll, Maldives
- Telephone020 7384 2332
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Cazenove+Loyd offers seven nights, half board, from £2,925, including flights and transfers
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