Finolhu offers laid-back yet elegant dining options, with the chilled-out Baa Baa Beach Club at its heart. Made for lounging away afternoons, sipping and nibbling from a daybed, Baa Baa is the place to be, day or night.
Like a mirage made real, the Fish & Crab Shack is an oasis of rustic chic deliciousness halfway along Finolhu’s stunning one-kilometre sandbar. Swim, stroll out across the sands, or take a Dhoni ride across the lagoon to while away a perfect afternoon: a long lunch under the coconut trees, swimming in the crystal blue lagoon and playing on the pristine white sand.
Cool off with crisp glasses of rosé or crafted cocktails from the beach bar, savour lip-smacking buckets of prawns, and share stunning platters of fresh crab, vegetables and local seafood – a quintessentially Maldivian “must do” experience for couples, friends or families that is simplicity perfected.
Located on tip of the island with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, Finolhu’s premium dining venue spans two dining areas: a relaxed indoor dining space, and an open lower deck which encapsulates the archetypal Maldivian experience of being surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sea. Centred around a stunning duck oven, Kanusan’s open kitchen puts its cuisine centre stage, embracing the theatricality of its Asian spirit. Classic favourites such as Mandarin roasted duck and Larb Gai are given a refreshing Kanusan twist, while newly created unique signature dishes include steamed snapper and lobster, Black truffle roast duck and sliced blue abalone in Kanusan sauce. Seating up to 60 guests, Kanusan also features a vibrant overwater bar area.
Bringing magical Maghreb flavours to the Maldives, the boutique-style Baahaa Grill restaurant will celebrate the legendary spice blends of pre-Moorish North Africa, where a town’s finest spice sellers were as famous as its rulers. Starting with mezze, this is a spice odyssey of mixes, rubs and marinades from Ras el Hanout to Baharat and Adwiya, where select cuts are spiced and grilled to perfection.
Finolhu’s old-school tuck shop, tantalisingly located on the corner where The Cove, THUNDERBALL on Palm Beach and the tennis courts meet. Milk Bar’s treats range from guilt-free to carefree, drawing a mix of peckish racketeers, gym bunnies, spa junkies and roaming guests to its shaded and indoor seating. Healthy drinks include amazing smoothies, juices, and Bodyism Shakes, while recharging snacks include fresh wraps and smashed avocado and acai bowls. ‘Naughty’ treats include ice creams and chocolates, amazing coffees, cool beers and wine by the glass.
Milk Bar is also a godsend for holiday ‘essentials’, stocking a seemingly telepathic variety of bathroom amenities, nick nacks and reading material.