alexa A new haven in waiting - The Nautilus Maldives

A new haven in waiting - The Nautilus Maldives

A privately owned island resort in the heart of Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, The Nautilus Maldives has launched its website, issuing a notice that it will be opening its doors in November with a focus of being noted as one of the leading luxury resorts in the world.

The Nautilus Maldives is the inspiration of Dr. I. U. Maniku, a Maldivian hotelier and entrepreneur with over 30-years’ experience in business and resort ownership. Originally thinking about building his dream retreat of the tiny island with 26-rooms, The Nautilus has come a long way to become his personal vision of what the last word in island luxury in both the Maldives locally and around the globe internationally should be.

Exclusive in the Maldives, your Nautilus experience begins from your steps onto 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 smooth execution of customs and immigration clearance, according to the resort. From there onwards it is a short hop to the Nautilus’ very own private lounge, where guests will await the 35-minute seaplane flights to Baa Atoll.

 “The Nautilus Maldives has been designed for the new generation of luxury travellers; travellers who are looking for transformative experiences and activities that they can share with those who matter the most to them,” informs Dr Maniku.

"Before beginning this project we did a great deal of research about luxury resorts around the world to ensure that we can surpass their standards and also launch a concept that’s different.”

“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 led to the rethinking how a luxury resort is run in order to make the services more guest friendly while not to focus only on following standard operating procedures. Keeping this in mind, service is driven by the House Captains (butlers), according to the resort, who take care of every detail instead of dividing the works among receptionists, concierges, excursion guides etc.

Restaurants are scheduled to have flexible opening hours; for instance, breakfast can be taken any time of the day, and not only in the restaurant but even if the meal is preferred in bed or by the guests’ private pool. Even with the currently plan for menus in each of the three restaurants, this will be stepping stone for a discussion with the chef about what the guests would like to consume rather than as set guidelines for what can be ordered.

Spa treatments anytime – without prior appointment; and if the urge to borrow the resort’s yacht and head out into the blue for a picnic suddenly arise, the House Captain (one for every residence) will make the necessary arrangements according to the resort.

Guests are also invited to casual sunset cocktails every evening where they can help themselves to deli-style canapes from the poolside bar throughout the day - or simply have their House Captains pick something up for them.
Accommodation at The Nautilus are dubbed ‘houses and residences’ since guests should feel the same levels of comfort and relaxation as when they are at home, alongside the most incredible features the Maldives has to offer to its visitors.
The said features include private pools, ocean views from every house, soft pearly white beaches surrounded by dense tropical greenery, and a coral reef rich of marine like just a few metres from the island’s shores. Originally too small to be inhabited at 250m in diameter, many of the native greenery in Thiladhoo still remains untouched.
All 26 houses are suites with separate living rooms and bedrooms. The island’s beaches are lined with 15-one and two-bedroom houses, hidden among the tropical greenery while eleven one- and two-bedroom houses stand on stilts over the lagoon.
Natural daylight floods the rooms and interior architecture and the designs are tropical with a touch of boho chic whimsy. The island’s style is based on relaxation, with the guideline given to the interior designers to “make is look like it could be someone’s home, and better.” Most of the furnishings have been custom-made for The Nautilus.
At the three restaurants and poolside bar, guests can explore ‘unscripted dining’, meaning the freedom to order off-menu if that’s what the guest feels like. The Nautilus will be a world where a menu is simply a place to gather inspiration and meals are innovated for the guest, whenever they want to eat, according to the resort.
For those who wish to follow the chef’s suggestions, dining includes intriguing and exotic infusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine at the signature restaurant, situated over-water; elegant simplicity with Japanese and Latin-American creations, fresh at the grill and global delicacies at the all-day dining restaurant. With no opening or closing times, no breakfast hours, no shoes, no dresscodes; guests may come as they are, enjoy great company and indulge in an overall shared passion for exquisite cuisines.
According to The Nautilus, it does not judge, impose and does not inhibit its guests. In its place, The Nautilus removes barriers and creates incredible excursions and adventures; taking guests wherever they want to be, whenever they want it to be. From midnight swims in glowing phosphorescent waters accompanied by a marine biologist, to exploring uninhabited islands on a yacht or floating in a ‘star-filled’ pool under our Milky Way, while the House Captain concocts the perfect drink for the occasion.
Guests in search for a holiday with ultimate relaxation are invited to join daily complimentary yoga, meditation and fitness classes. Watersport activities such as snorkelling, transparent canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up-paddle boarding are all complimentary; guests simply need to pick a date and time to go.
Located in Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Nautilus is surrounded by a colourful wonderland of rich marine life, awaiting its discovery. Trips to the world-famous Hanifaru Bay to swim amongst the gentle giants, the whale sharks and manta rays; diving on coral reefs; exploring secluded sandbanks and picnics on deserted islands in hand or simply cruising the ocean in a custom yacht are among the many adventurous activities guests can look forward to, according to the property.
The Nautilus empowers its guests on their own path to wellness, focusing on an ancient wisdom and modern innovations for a transformative journey in its four treatment rooms located in the heart of the island. The spa specializes in the bespoke, designing wellness programmes and daily rituals that refresh, relax, pamper and protect the guests. Immerse yourself in the island’s energy – a natural haven of wellness surrounded by serene and sparkling seas.

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 and guests are given all the time in the world to reflect and re-calibrate. To learn more about The Nautilus Maldives, please visit