Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi Maldives Spa Resort & Marina

The Island Hideaway, Spa Resort & Marina is a luxury boutique resort situated on the privately owned uninhabited island of Dhonakulhi, North Maldives, Indian Ocean. The resort marina is the first of its kind in the Maldives. The large island has remained almost untouched by man-made development and presents a rare haven of peace, tranquility and serenity.

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The name of the resort, Island Hideaway, is very befitting since it is far removed from the city, crowds, traffic and noise. It has an understated simplicity to it that brings back repeat visitors who have discovered the place and want to keep the secret for themselves.

Open since August 2005, The Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi sits on its own 1.4 kilometre long, white beach, complete with lush green vegetation, and an adjacent house reef. The size of the island and scarcity of villas makes for a great hideaway amongst the screwpine trees that cover the island; under 5% of the island has been developed. A rustic celebration of nature...

The crystal clear turquoise waters of the shallow waist-deep lagoon surrounding the island stretch as far as the eye can see. The Island's uniquely rich and dense tropical vegetation instill a feeling of harmony and being at one with nature.

  • Introduction

    Having a beach length of some 3,200 meters around the Island, Island Hideaway is a haven of peace, tranquility and serenity. The Island is also unique in its reef formation. The reef system it sits on has a natural channel splitting it in two distinct parts, and thereby forming a natural harbour. 95% of the island is in its original state, untouched by the hand of man.

  • Dining

    Whatever takes your fancy and whenever the time of day or night, the resort's resident Chefs remain entirely at your disposal. They can conjure up a myriad of succulent gourmet dishes to tempt your sensations and satisfy any taste at any time. The Chefs can suggest a menu specially designed for you using the freshest of local ingredients or can personalize a menu to excite your palate.. All of the resort's restaurants are located on the beachfront and have been designed to ensure that guests have maximum sights and sounds of the Indian Ocean. There are over water dining areas with glass floors, situated close to the reef edge, ensuring that fish are always your neighbours whilst you indulge in private dining. Alternatively, guests can choose to dine in the privacy of their Villas, 24 hours a day, or on a secluded part of the beach. For the romantics, just imagine strolling out to a nearby sandbank to enjoy an incredibly romantic candle-lit Robinson Crusoe experience or dining out under the stars - it is all possible at Island Hideaway. This is your island get-away and you choose how to enjoy your time here.

    The Matheefaru Restaurant

    The Matheefaru Restaurant is the place to dine for succulent international cuisine, Teppan Yaki grills, and incredible sunrise views if you can get up that early. But hey, you can always have a nap in the afternoon! The dishes served in Island Hideaway are far and wide selections from around the globe. Maldivian cuisine draws heavily on fish and is similar in some ways to Indian. Yet the dishes that are served on Island Hideaway are much more varied and sophisticated than just fish alone. The cool coral sandy-floored Matheefaru restaurant offers international and Maldivian cuisine - An extensive buffer for breakfast and Ala Carte for lunch and dinner.

    Gaafushi Restaurant

    Gaafushi Restaurant features fine dining and Asian specialties. Popular in the evenings for dinner because of it's location for spectacular sunset views. Gaafushi is built over water making it the best place to be sipping champagne as the electric sky dips into the ocean at dusk. Peer down through the balconied viewing hole in the entrance and watch the spotlighted waters with their colourful fish shimmer in the night.

    Meeru Bar

    Those wanting to while away the evening with exotic drinks and snacks in hand will find the Meeru Bar the perfect place for socializing. The Meeru Bar, situated on the beach, has a unique design in that the roof structure is like the inside of a boat's hull and the deck area extends over water giving fantastic sunset views. Comfortable sofas and day beds are scattered around for relaxation in comfort. The weekly Managers cocktail party held here is probably the closest you will get to a crowd on this island.

    Dining Highlights

    ~ Organic Vegetable and Hydroponics garden on island ~ 24-hour in-Villa room service delivered by personal butler ~ Hosts the largest Malt Whisky collection in the Indian Ocean at the Meeru Bar ~ Desert Island Retreats - guests can take a trip to a nearby uninhabited island or have dinner on a sandbank lagoon and spend the day swimming, lazing and feasting on the delights of the picnic barbecue.

  • Recreation & Activities

    Island Hideaway is the most relaxing place imaginable but it doesn't have to be motionless if you seek a little adventure. The waters are especially good for Big Game Fishing due to the excellent conditions in the surrounding area for this type of activity. This Atoll is famous in and out of the Maldives for its rich stock of fish and for producing huge catches.

    Scuba Diving

    If the setting above sea level has all the ingredients for holiday heaven, the spectacle awaiting you below the water's surface is even more spectacular. The Maldives is famed for its rare underwater beauty. The profusion of psychedelic colours and the abundance and variety of life underwater have fascinated divers and snorkellers since Maldives was first discovered as a diving destination. Island Hideaway is situated in an Atoll that is at the moment untapped and unexplored by the diving world. This gives an excellent opportunity for new divers and old alike to genuinely be able to dive where no person has ever dived before.

    The Diving centre is operated by the Meridis Dive, which also offers a safe and enjoyable diving experience for children over 10 years of age, and has special "kids diving equipment" for this. Children can carry out the PADI Open Water Junior course.

    For those that want to enjoy the view without getting wet, the resort has put an underwater camera in the nearby lagoon giving live views of life by the coral reef. From whale sharks to manta rays, moray eels to white tip sharks, a whole new world of magnificent marine creatures awaits you.

    Meridis Dive Boutique - this is a dive specialist boutique where guests can purchase snorkelling and diving equipment.

    Water Sports

    The resort offers a superb 750 cubic meter infinity swimming pool facing the Indian Ocean, 32 meters in length and 22 meters in width with attached Jacuzzi and poolside service.

    Island Hideaway has also made sure that all other forms of water sports are catered for - from speedboat trips to catamaran sailing to water skiing, snorkelling, windsurfing, canoeing, and wakeboarding. In addition, those wanting to experience a bit of local colour can sail out on a traditional Maldivian dhoni (boat) or their own yacht to one of the nearby-inhabited islands.

    Fishing Excursions

    Fishing is one of the mainstays of subsistence for the Maldivian people, who have mastered it to an art. The guests are able to participate in sunset or night fishing on a traditional Maldivian dhoni fishing boat, big game fishing and also go on fishing expeditions with fishermen from the local islands and experience for themselves first-hand as to what proper eco-friendly fishing entails. The resort's expert chefs will thereafter prepare the catches made by the guests in whatever manner they desire, including beach barbecues.

    Cultural Excursions

    The resort arranges excursions for guests to significant sites of Maldivian heritage and culture on nearby islands. One of the most important sites is the Utheemu Palace situated on Utheemu Island, home of the Maldivian national hero Muhammad Thakurufaanu (also: 'Bodu Thakurufaanu') and his two brothers who saved the Maldives from the Portuguese in 1573 AD.

    Land Sports

    The more land-based sports enthusiast can enjoy a game of tennis, volleyball on the sand, jog along the beach, bicycle along the hidden trails, or work-out at Hideaway's Fitness Suite. For the early birds, a refreshing session of silat is "just what the doctor ordered".

    ~ 2 Tennis Courts: Two floodlit tennis courts are open around the clock at your discretion
    ~ Beach Volleyball
    ~ Jogging
    ~ Bicycling
    ~ Fitness Center: With all the latest fitness equipments, such as sky walker, treadmills, cycles, dumbbells, exercise equipment, and more
    ~ Table tennis
    ~ Fussball
    ~ Pool table/Billiard table

  • The Hideaway Spa

    If pampering your body and soul and achieving total peace and tranquility is your idea of heaven, the Hideaway Spa by Mandara has it all. Created with sensitivity to the guest experience, the design emphasis of the Hideaway Spa is on space, privacy and luxury. The spa design is supported by a service style that considers the guest's need for escape, unobtrusive delivery, and extraordinary attention to detail. Like other Maldivian spas before it, the Hideaway Spa capitalizes on the dramatic Indian Ocean location. The difference here is that the sun, sand and sea theme continues throughout with internal waterways and waterfall walls, open areas and feature sand floors. The Hideaway Spa finishes have been carefully selected and the combination of coconut and teak timber furnishing, sukabumi stone, java rosso tumble stone, sandstone, pink slate, onyx, and silk fabrics culminate to overwhelm all of one's senses.

    The spa offers a wide range of services to indulge you such as massage, face and body "rituals". Also, wraps, salt scrubs and beauty treatments to leave your beach body glowing and you feeling like the gorgeous creation that you are.


    ~ Unique, intimate, and romantic, the Hideaway Spa encompasses 4 Spa Land Villas and 2 private Spa Water Villa's with treatment rooms over the lagoon
    ~ Managed by Mandara Spa, well-known for their quality and sophistication
    ~ Hand-picked well trained masseurs to blend in well with the resort philosophy and pay attention to all your details
    ~ Mandara Spa Shop - the Spa Shop stocks a range of products for skin health (such as exfoliating creams, masks, cleanses, and washes), anti-ageing boosters, body wellbeing enhancements, aromatherapy, and gifts from the much-admired Elemis and La The'rapie range.


    ~ For A Breath of Fresh Air - book an outdoor massage under the shade of a beachside pavilion, or Maldivian style - next to waves lapping on the sand.
    ~ Try the popular Bali full body massage
    ~ To give yourself an extra treat, indulge in the spa's signature treatment involving two therapists who use 5 separate techniques from different traditions and cultures to completely unwind you.

  • Hideaway Marina

    Island Hideaway is delighted to feature the first Marina in the Maldives. A fully-equipped, state-of-the-art Marina, built by Walcon Marine.

    ~ 15-20 berths 20 yachts
    ~ 30m+ berths 2 yachts
    ~ Max length 80m
    ~ Max beam 20m 25-30 berths 3 yachts
    ~ Berthing alongside available
    ~ Max draught no limit

    Electricity, Freshwater, Fuel (Petrol/Diesel), Fishing Supplies, Doctor, Cable Television, Restaurants, Bar, Hotel, Telephone, Internet


    Wedding & Honeymoon

    Island Hideaway will make your special day a truly unforgettable celebration of your love for each other. Make life-long promises against the backdrop of Maldives' most beautiful islands with spectacular beaches. While you exchange your vows in the privacy of your specially decorated villa, a marriage celebrant offers his symbolic blessings. Following the celebratory champagne and cutting of the wedding cake, a private and romantic in-villa barbecue dinner is been served by your personal butler. Luxuriate in the intimacy of spa treatment together with your partner. You will surely bring home many wonderful memories to reminisce this glorious occasion as the years go by.


    Spa Enthusiasts

    If you come on vacation to relax and release your mind, body and spirit than a visit to the excellent spa is a must. And Spa lovers will be thrilled to incorporate the spa into their vacation at a whole new level. Stay at one of two private Water Suites and bring the spa to your abode. Villas are custom made to include a private treatment room, sauna, steam room, outdoor round bathtub overlooking the tranquil lagoon for a completely new and extremely private spa experience.



    This island getaway comes highly recommended for families. Offering organised child centered activities by a professional staff at the Tender Hearts Club. Parents can rest assured that children will be entertained and delighted by the trained caregivers. Children have a good opportunity to meet and play with other holidaying children while parents take a break from it all. Babysitting services are also available if you prefer. The resort has even produced a Kid's Food menu to cater to the likes of little ones.


    Tender Hearts Kids Club

    Hideaway Kid's Club will be supervised at all times, so as to enable guest to leave their children with them without any thoughts or worries.



    Because of the spaciousness of Island Hideaway, couples can do just that! Hideaway from the world and enjoy the privacy of each other in your concealed villa. And what better place than a secluded beach destination to perform a symbolic ceremony of your love for one another? Wedding/Renewal of Vows ceremonies can take place at the special chapel of love or another location of your choice. In fact, any romantic occasion from anniversaries to engagements can be designed with the help of your Blu Maldives Travel Consultant.


Rooms & Suites

The guest villa complexes are some of the largest in any resort in the Maldives.
These majestic villas are scattered along the beach-line some 30 metres (approximately 100 feet) apart from one another and set far apart with thick foliage in between to conceal guests, providing the ultimate in privacy and comfort.

Many of the Island's villas boast breathtaking panoramic views over the beautiful turquoise lagoon and the Indian Ocean from their elevated terrace. The villas each have their private stretch of beach on the doorstep, with the softest of sand.

With a flair for service, each villa comes with your own personal butler for your entire stay. You will find a button labeled "BUTLER" on your villas telephone, simply press it any time and your personal butler will attend all your requests. Butlers are there to help you have an amazing worry-free stay. No request is too big or too small, from tracking down an exotic fruit such as rambutans to organizing for your children to be looked after while mom and dad have a well deserved, romantic rest.

The designs of the furniture, fixtures and fittings are a rustic celebration of nature, and custom-made hand-finished natural materials have been used throughout. The unevenness of walls, earthy coloured cotton fabrics and wooden floors all lend to an organic feel in the villas. At the same time, however, you can indulge all your senses in the magic of this Maldivian Island and enjoy every exclusive luxury which sophisticated globetrotters have come to expect.

For your arrival each villa offers pillow menu, soap menu and several other little details to make your stay perfect. This is home away from home!

Hideaway Palace

The two Hideaway Palaces remain unparalleled and represents the epitome of exclusivity, privacy and refinement. Each Hideaway Palace is sprawled over an expansive 1,420 sq.m (15,285 sq.ft) of land, located on a golden natural sand bank, and erected one facing sunrise, and the other facing sunset. The Hideaway Palace comprises of five exclusive

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Deluxe Jasmine Garden Family Villa

Each of the 3 Deluxe Jasmine Garden Family Villas sits on the beach front on the lagoon side of the Island and has its own exclusive 53 square meters private Infinity Swimming Pool close to your own private beach. It is a two bedroom villa with a separate living room with a separate guest toilet and shower room across the Lounge. Extra

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Jasmine Garden Villa

The exotic Jasmine Garden Villas are a spectacular expanse of 705 sq.m (7,589 sq.ft) of land that can call entirely your own. Each of the 5 Jasmine Garden Villas sits on the beach front and has its own exclusive 9.5 m x 4m private infinity swimming pool and garden area. Entrance to the Jasmine Garden Villa is through a Maldivian-style courtyard

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Hideaway Water Suite

Hideaway Water Suites are a first of their kind in Maldives, if not the world, and are truly in a class of their own. Villas are erected on wooden stilts in the shallow turquoise-blue lagoon. Spread over 235 sq.m (2,530 sq.ft) of timber deck, the two stand-alone Water Suites have their own exclusive ocean-view spa treatment room, sauna, steam

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Dhonakulhi Residence

Lapped by the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, the Dhonakulhi Residences are scattered along the white sandy beachfront of the Island Hideaway. Each Residence, in compound of over 550 sq.m (5,436 sq.ft), has an open-plan living area with a timber deck outdoor seating. The French-windowed spacious bedroom overlooks the generously proportioned

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Raamba Retreat

Spread over 385 sq.m (4,144 sq.ft), this elegantly rustic Rambaa Retreat with open floor-level outdoor terraces and landscaped gardens offer the perfect seclusion for a peaceful retreat. The 7 Rambaa Retreats do not have pools but they are dotted across the coastline on the beachfront providing plenty of swimming opportunities in the ocean.

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Funa Pavilion

The 7 Funa Pavilion Villas with their chalk-white walls promise peace and privacy in a living area covering 176 sq.m (1,894 sq.ft). Characterised by their own garden, a separate sleeping and living area with teak flooring, open-air bathroom and a wooden patio area facing the beach with two thickly cushioned teak sun-beds, these Villas offer

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