At a glance

  • You'll love

    Mod Maldivian style

    On-the-ball butlers

    Elegant evening meals

  • Kids will love

    Kids club and teen zone

    Sociable swimming spots

    Free babysitting

  • Don’t expect

    Easy pram pushing

    Low-cost dining

    Jungly surrounds


Luxury resort Amilla Fushi, in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll, syncs with your family-holiday dynamic. Spend quality time in your ultra-modern house or residence, splashing in its private pool and calling on your katheeb or katheebaa (butler) when needed. Guests congregate by the huge main pool, where a modern Baazaar serves up all-manner of cuisines. A kids club and teen games area let parents revel in cocktails, wine tastings and East-West cuisine, and family diving and snorkelling excursions reveal the Unesco Biosphere’s submerged wonders. 

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Amilla Fushi with us:

A cookery lesson with one of the resort's talented chefs. GoldSmiths get an additional US$100 resort credit per room


‘'it’s easy to be one of those laid-back parents when you have a butler on call to babysit, feed and entertain your kids, and a fabulous free kids club. The chefs are a dab hand at getting kids to try new things too'’

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Need To Know


67, including five Treehouses, six Four-Bedroom Beach Residences, one Six Bedroom Beach Residence and one Eight-Bed Beach Residence.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can store their luggage and explore the resort.


Double rooms from £1142.97 ($1,600), excluding tax at 23.2 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include à la carte breakfast (US$45 a person). Children Cots and extra beds can be added to all rooms. 


Therapists can be dispatched to your villa for in-room treatments. Sandy surrounds are difficult to negotiate with a pram; pack a sling or carrier for easy baby toting.

At the hotel

Spa, private beaches, diving and watersports centre, tennis court, marina, Emperor General Store, kids club, teen games area, DVD library, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

42” flatscreen TV with satellite channels, a Bose surround-sound system, Blu-ray and DVD player, iPads, an iPod dock, free high-speed WiFi, private bar, minibar and air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Small families should play house in a secluded Beach Residence, where a cot or extra bed fits neatly into the open-plan living room. Adventure-seekers should bunk up in the two-bedroom Treehouses, which sleep up to six. The Six-Bedroom Beach Residence is jaw-droppingly decadent (with private spa treatment rooms, a sauna and gym), with two storeys to spread out over, or extended families will fit snugly into an Eight-Bedroom Beach Residence (two interconnecting Four-Bedroom Residences). All houses and residences have a pool; netting is available on request, but parents will have to keep a watchful eye on very small Smiths.


The aquamarine freeform pool (open from 7am–8pm) sits close to Baazaar. It’s lifeguard-surveyed, and there are gentle steps and a shallow shelved area where little ones can play safely. Surrounded by palm trees and a smattering of beanbags and sunloungers, it’s a pretty and sociable spot; and attendants hand out fruit skewers, towels, drinks and suntan lotion. Each House and Residence has a private pool (netting can be arranged on request), and the kids club has a supervised shallow pool with floats and armbands.


Javvu spa offers serenity-seekers the choice between having their treatment in the communal lounge, where a drinks trolley tinkles by with champagne, herbal teas and flavoured waters, or in one of 10 tricked-out wooden pods (with a private sauna or steam room and tea lounge), hidden in the jungle canopy. The spa’s open from 9am–8pm, and treatments, served up as 50-minute ‘mains’, add-on ‘sides’ and ‘à la carte’ signature treats, come courtesy of six hand-picked brands: pummeling from Pure Massage, Ila body treatments, facials by !QMS, mani-pedis by Margaret Dobbs, hair styling by Louise Galvin and barber services by Gentleman’s Tonic. There’s a drop-in sauna and steam room, and free classes are held on the ocean-gazing yoga and meditation platform.


The island operates on a cash-free basis, so you can dine, drink and snack without tucking a wallet into your beach bag.

Book ahead

Pre-booking is allowed, but staff are happy to arrange activities and spa treatments around your family once you’ve settled into your beachy home from home. 

Food and drink

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Overwater restaurant Feeling Koi brings informal, izakaya-style dining to the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean archipelago. Unmistakably Japanese in style, this minimalist, wood-clad eatery has an open kitchen in which the chefs make a show of their slicing and dicing. Served in tapas-style portions, the food shows a playful Latin influence too, which also shows its face in the friendliness of the service. Baazaar offers top-drawer casual fare: fish and chips, gourmet pizzas (with toppings such as lamb, provolone, beetroot and harissa yoghurt), curries and fragrant stir-fries. The pool menu tempts too, starting with a humble club sandwich and running up to oysters, caviar and wagyu burgers.

Family fare

Baazaar’s diverse dishes and laid-back nature make it the best choice for family dining; there’s plenty to feed fussy eaters and you can sit and eat wherever you like, so there’s no squabbling. At breakfast, try Fresh, which occupies a particularly sunny spot. For lunch and dinner, there's Asian-inspired Wok, Joe’s Pizza, the Fish and Chip Shop and Italian eatery Barolo Grill, which regularly hosts a pop up from Gordon Ramsey’s London-based restaurant, Bread Street Kitchen. Kids are welcome at Baazaar any time, but they must dine with an adult. Highchairs, beakers, weaning spoons and bottles are available on request. Need milk or baby food heated up? Staff will swiftly oblige.

Hotel Bar

There’s a very relaxed bar in Baazaar where parents can order wines by the glass and kids can request fruity smoothies, imaginative mocktails, frappés and milkshakes. Feeling Koi's lounge bar is a more sophisticated place for an apéritif or digestif while watching the sunset into many colours.

Last orders

Baazaar serves up breakfast from 7am–11am, lunch from 12 noon–3pm, and dinner from 7pm–10pm. Feeling Koi's artful meals run from 7.30pm – 11pm. Picnic goodies and gourmet snacks are available in the Emperor General Store from 10am–7pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    En famille, parents should pick a poolside table so kids can swim and splash between courses. Come evening, Feeling Koi's overwater terrace is low-lit (with little visibility out to the ocean), but it’s still incredibly romantic.

  • Room service

    Your butler can arrange for light meals, and poolside snacks and drinks, or a more elaborate evening meal to meet your specifications.


    A family barbecue with sushi platters, salads, fresh meats and fish, sides and desserts can be set up on your private terrace on request.


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Parent approved

‘'it’s easy to be one of those laid-back parents when you have a butler on call to babysit, feed and entertain your kids, and a fabulous free kids club. The chefs are a dab hand at getting kids to try new things too'’

Smith & Family

Kids Club

The bright, light and colourful – and free – Kids Zone, near the Baazaar, is a sweet play space for little Smiths aged 4–11 (parents must acquire a babysitter to leave under-4s at the club). Open from 9am–6pm each day, the club has fully certified team of staff supervising activities that are active, creative and educational by turns: exercise sessions; arts and crafts (origami, coconut-leaf weaving, making friendship bracelets, sand sculptures); football, face-painting; Dihevi language lessons; star-gazing; water-balloon fights, and movie screenings held at the end of each day. Kids can play at being mini marine biologists and pirates, take a star turn in a talent show, and island-themed team games encourage socialising. Meals aren’t included, but the Baazaar is just a few steps away. There’s a stash of Lego, books and board games, a jungly play area and a shallow supervised pool with inflatables, armbands and floats if the activities don’t hold focus. Under-14s can play billiards, ping-pong, darts and volleyball in the Teen Games Area then mingle at its juice bar. 


Babysitters can be booked for free; must be booked two hours in advance.


The hotel have a range of baby monitors to use in your house or residence. However, the signal won’t stretch from your house or residence to Lonu, Baazaar and the pool area.

Other Services

Your personal katheeb or katheebaa (butler) will happily turn party planner. 

What's there already?

For babies

• Steriliser • Bottles • Weaning spoons • Bibs • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Baby monitors • Changing mat • Baby bath • Pushchair • Soft toys • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Cutlery • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Toddler toilet seat • Changing mat • Stair gates (on request) • Socket covers • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys • Crayons/pens • Picture books

For older children

• DVD library • Lego • Ping-pong table • Wii consoles • XBox • PlayStation • Surfboards • Tennis coach


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Things to do

Kick back and watch your little ones build sandcastles on the soft white-sand beaches (your butler can rustle up buckets and spades on request). The huge main pool beckons for water babies, or you can splash, snorkel and dive in the reef and lagoon. Leave little darlings in the Kids Zone, or not-so-little darlings in the Teens Games Area, while you slip off to be pampered in serene Javvu Spa or sample the wares in the Wine Shop & Cellar Door. The whole family can play a game of doubles on the tennis courts, or investigate the aquatic goings-on at the Dive Centre

Hotel activities

Take a lengthy time out poolside – we’re particularly fond of the giant, ridable flamingo inflatables – or play on the beach. Strap on a snorkel and get acquainted with the residents of the Baa Atoll; turtles, coral and shoals of fish are among the memory-making sights. The dive centre offers activities for all family members, kids can try a Bubblemaker or SASY (Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth) controlled dive, or head out on a marine-biologist-guided snorkelling session. More dedicated divers can take a beginner or top-up Padi course. Non-motorised watersports are free, so hop on a hobie cat, wind-surfing board, kayak, tubing ring or stand-up paddle-board. Charged, adrenalin-pumping options include sea bobs, jet-skis (included mini skis for kids), banana-boat rides, catamaran sailing and parasailing. A stash of DVDs and board games cater for low-key days.

And there's more…

Beach picnics, with gourmet goodies to suit the whole family’s tastes, can be assembled by your butler. All you need to do is find the prettiest patch of beach.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Felt a tug on your line while fishing? Any fish you catch can be stir-fried, chopped up and added to a yellow curry or battered and slathered in chipotle mayonnaise.

Don't miss…

If you tire of paddling through the reef surrounding your villa ask your butler to arrange a boat to a different snorkelling spot.

The Baa Atoll – a Unesco-protected biosphere – has a Finding Nemo’s cast of critters inhabiting its crystal-clear reef. Turtles, whale sharks and shoals of neon-tinted fish can be seen on scuba-diving and snorkelling excursions. Dive Butler offers private, group and night dives with equipment rental (including GoPros). Go angling in the Indian Ocean on a fishing excursion, or head out to the Blue Hole – a world-renowned spot for underwater explorations. Hanifaru Bay has photogenic critters; from May to November manta rays and whale sharks arrive to feast heartily on plankton. and divers descend with GoPros in hand. Of course, you could always just dig your toes into the beaches soft sands and watch the little ones splash about.

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Hotel setting

Turtle-tootled Baa Atoll

Getting There

Amilla Fushi is spread out over Finolhas, one of many private islands scattered through the Baa Atoll, a tranquil, turquoise Unesco Biosphere Reserve.


You’ll need to hop on a seaplane from international hub Malé’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport ( It’s roughly a 30-minute flight to the resort, and flights run from 6am–2pm, subject to weather conditions. Alternatively, book a connecting flight to Dharavandoo Domestic (from 4pm–6am) where you can get picked up by speedboat (a 10-minute ride). Guests must send their arrival information to the hotel five days ahead of arrival.

Parent travel tip

Make sure you arrive with plenty of time to catch your transfer from Malé to the hotel, as the seaplanes won’t wait. Hopping on a speedboat from Dharavandoo is a thrilling experience for kids, but parents should put sunhats, seasickness wristbands and sun-cream somewhere easily accessible for the ride.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Amilla Fushi – has been selected and approved by parents.

Maldivian islands are typically the reserve of just-marrieds looking to do little more than hole up in their overwater villa and sunset watch, if that. While Amilla Fushi has plenty of ridiculously romantic spots, and villas that double up as homes you’ll have to be pried from come check-out, its layout encourages groups and families to mingle and socialise. The pool and Baazaar offer a lively hub where adults and kids can hang out without getting under each others flip-flopped feet (too much). Of course, it’s much easier to be one of those laid-back types of parent when you have a butler on call to babysit, feed and entertain your kids, and a fabulous free kids club. The chefs are a dab hand at getting kids to try new things too; in fact, despite glimpsing gold-and-pink sunsets, going eye to eye with turtles and seeing the island come up close from your seaplane transfer on arrival, it’s the sight of the super staff waving goodbye that’ll make you misty eyed.  

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