We would brave 3 flights and a speedboat ride just to eat this cod again! Even though we felt like beached whales after our meal, we went to the lounge area after and tried to burn some of our calories while swaying to the DJ’s tunes. The ambience was just perfect! We had the wind in our hair, smiles on our faces, food in our bellies, and the sound of the waves in our ears. If you can believe, we even tucked into some dessert. We got a ‘Wow Platter’ – which consisted of absolutely gorgeous and delicious mochi ice cream, a rich and creamy strawberry cheesecake, exotic fruit skewers, deep fried pastries stuffed with chocolate on a bed of popcorn, and pineapple skewers with toasted coconut. The highlight of this platter was the ice cream!
The next afternoon, we decided to have light brunch at the Emperor Beach Club. We had the honey chilli marinated chicken skewers, and the grilled prawns. For drinks, we had a passion fruit juice and an almond milk latte. Both refreshing and delicious. The store also sells memorabilia, phone charges, bikinis, sunscreen, daily essentials and beach dresses.
After we completed our shoots and snorkelling at our ocean reef house, we went to Baazaar for dinner. The Baazaar has something for everyone, seafood, Asian food, pizza, or something from the grill. The restaurants face the stunning 1200 sq. m. pool, and the painted orange sky. We were very fortunate to be at Amilla on a night where they were serving traditional Maldivian food. While we can’t recall the names of any of the dishes, we found them to be very similarly seasoned to Indian food. We had several dishes with tuna, which is a staple dish in Maldivian food, and enjoyed some delicately seasoned chicken and a reef fish curry—our favorite. We enjoyed learning about Amilla from the Resort Manager Jean- Noel Sangaraille and were also joined for dinner by the Bodyism Instructor James Burke. The highlight of the night was the traditional Maldivian dance performance- a soulful dance performed by men with percussive music and plaintive yet vibrant vocals. Most guests retire after a long day at the bar and catch up with other guests over a drink but we were too tired so we decided to walk to our rooms instead.
Near the beach, there is a section dedicated to water sports where guests can choose from motorised and non motorised sports. All non motorised water sports are free for residents like stand up paddle, snorkel equipment, kayaks while the non motorised ones come at a cost and need to be booked in advance through your butler (katheeb).
Verdict: The Small Maldives Island Company has a hotel for each kind of traveler. While Finolhu is perfect for guests that want a little entertainment everyday with a cool and retro funky atmosphere, Amilla offers unparalleled modern luxury with impeccable and unobtrusive service. There is also a free shuttle service that takes guests on a daily basis from Finolhu to Amilla, incase you wish to dine at one of the restaurants. There’s plenty to do at Amilla and the resort offers a list of activities and excursions (included in tariff) to guests on a daily basis. Ask your Katheeb for your weekly schedule in your value.
We highly recommend Amilla to young couples, honeymooners, families and wellness enthusiasts that are looking to take their fitness up by a few notches. If you can book early, grab the ocean reef villa for the most breathtaking sunsets and the best views of Baa Atoll. After all, wouldn’t you like to wake up and jump in for a quick snorkel session with the abundant marine life at Amilla. Spend some time exploring the reef and book yourself a session with the turtle discovery programme that is bound to leave you speechless or if you are PADI certified then book yourself a dive or two with #bae to see why #itsbetterinbaa.