Sneak Peek: Maalifushi by Como, Thaa Atoll, Maldives

Whale-shark sightings and empty surf breaks are among the draws at Maalifushi by Como, the first resort to open in the Maldives’ remote Thaa Atoll.

Why Go: The white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Maldives are unmatched. Maalifushi is on the smaller side for a Maldivian resort, with just 66 accommodations and three eateries. Scuba diving and water activities are the draw, since the surrounding Thaa Atoll is pristine and undeveloped. Divers regularly spot whale sharks (the world’s largest fish), manta rays, and hammerheads nearby and conditions are prime for fishing, sailing, surfing, and snorkeling.

What to Expect: Like most Maldivian resorts, Maalifushi offers a mix of overwater and beachfront bungalows in a private-island setting. Open-plan indoor-outdoor living spaces by the Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi feature a deliberately neutral palette in order to showcase the natural colors of the surrounding sky and sea. The Como Shambhala Retreat, a highlight of any Como Hotels and Resorts property, has eight overwater treatment rooms.

How to Get There: One of the most remote resorts in the Maldives, Maalifushi occupies one of 66 islands in the Thaa Atoll, which is 50 minutes by seaplane from the international airport in Malé. The highest concentration of resorts in the 1,000-plus-island nation is within a boat ride of Malé, including Maalifushi’s sister resort Cocoa Island that can host travelers as a stopover between plane flights. (+960.664.1818, www.comohotels.com)

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