Island Hide Away At Dhonakulhi Maldives Spa Resort & Marina

Nature and luxury blend harmoniously together at The Island Hideaway. Our entire Island and lagoon is the exclusive and private domain of our guests. Our guest villa complexes are some of the largest of any resort in the Maldives. These majestic chalets are tucked into the lush greenery and scattered along the beach-line some 30 metres apart from one another, providing the ultimate in privacy. All of the Island's villas boast breathtaking panoramic views over the beautiful turquoise lagoon and Indian Ocean. The designs of our furniture, fixtures and fittings are a rustic celebration of nature, and we have used custom-made hand-finished natural materials throughout. At the same time, however, guests can indulge all their senses in the magic of this Maldivian Island and enjoy every exclusive luxury which sophisticated globetrotters have come to expect.
Despite the extensive facilities and services at The Island Hideaway, we have utilised barely 5% of the Island and lagoon, thereby leaving 95% in its original state, untouched by the hand of man.


Guest Villas

Hideaway Palace

In the world of high class resorts, our Resort's two Hideaway Palaces remain un-paralleled and represent the epitome of exclusivity, privacy and refinement. Each Hideaway Palace is sprawled over an expansive 1,420 square metres of land, located on a golden natural sandbank and erected one facing sunrise, and the other facing sunset. The Hideaway Palace comprises of five exclusive individual Villas which sit on top of a beautiful timber deck and are surrounded by a number of private Infinity Swimming Pools, giving an impression that they are floating on water.

Hideaway Water suite

Our guest accommodation Hideaway Water Suites are a first of their kind in the Maldives, if not the world, and are truly in a class of their own. Erected on wooden stilts in Dhonakulhi Island's shallow turquoise-blue lagoon and spread over 235 square metres of timber deck, our two stand-alone Hideaway Water Suites have their own exclusive ocean-view treatment room, sauna, steam room, outdoor round bathtub overlooking the tranquil lagoon, sundeck, lagoon access, and complete in-villa spa treatment facilities in which guests can look forward to being pampered by a team of dedicated spa specialists from Mandara Spa. A stay in these havens of peace and serenity will leave our guests fresh, revitalised and rejuvenated. A honeymooner's delight!

Jasmine Garden Villa

The exotic Jasmine Garden Villas are a spectacular expanse of 705 square metres of land that you can call entirely your own. Each of the 5 Jasmine Garden Villas sits on the beach front and has its own exclusive 9.5 metre by 4 metre private Infinity Swimming Pool and garden area. Entrance to the Jasmine Garden Villas is through a Maldivian-style courtyard garden, leading to a spacious lounge overlooking the swimming pool. The Bedroom has a walk-in closet area and en-suite Bathroom with indoor and outdoor bathing facilities and a 'two-person' hand-crafted bath. There is also a separate guest toilet and shower room across the Lounge. Guests may intimately dine in their Open-air Alfresco 'Floating' Dining Pavilion situated on a 'mini-island' that floats on top of the pool or, alternatively, on the romantic Roof Terrace. The Maldivian Swing (Undholi) Pavilion completes the perfect setting for your hideaway from the world.

Dhonakulhi Residence

Lapped by the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, our Dhonakulhi Residences are scattered along the white sandy beach-front of the Island Hideaway. Each Residence, in a compound of over 550 square metres, has an open-plan living area with a timber deck outdoor seating. The French-windowed spacious bedroom overlooks the generously proportioned outdoor Jacuzzi Splash Pool. In addition to the indoor and outdoor Bathroom with its 'two-person' hand-crafted bath, there is also an Open-air Alfresco Garden Dining Pavilion and Roof Terrace. The mandatory Maldivian Swing (Undholi) Pavilion completes the majestic Dhonakulhi Residence.

Raamba Retreat

Spread over 385 square metres, our elegantly rustic Raamba Retreats with their open floor-level outdoor terraces and landscaped gardens offer the perfect seclusion for a peaceful retreat. The 7 Raamba Retreats are dotted across the coastline on the beach-front. The Lounge and the Bedroom in the Raamba Retreats are generously spaced. The Bedroom has a walk-in closet area and en-suite Bathroom with indoor and outdoor bathing facilities and a 'two-person' hand-crafted bath.

Funa Pavilion

The 7 Funa Pavilions on the beach front with their chalk-white walls promise peace and privacy in a living area covering 176 square metres. 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 luxury over and above the call of duty. Their design is a declaration of love for nature with an eye for detail. If their architecture leans heavily on nature, so, too, does the colour scheme of the villas with its earthy shades of brown, beige and green. A round table with a two-seater sofa and two cocktail chairs forms the communicative centre of the living area with its integrated day bed and wine-red upholstery. The satellite TV with DVD and surround-sound system and multi-format CD player has been accommodated in a separate cupboard. The bedroom has a super-king-size bed, walk-in wardrobe and a writing table. The bathrooms have a bath and shower and have been tastefully decorated with granite, slate and onyx finishes.


Whatever takes your fancy and whatever the time of day or night, our 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..

  • Romantic Dining experiences in Mesmeric settings
  • Unique Butler service concept for the entire resort
  • Succulent International Cuisine and grills at the Matheefaru restaurant with stunning sunrise views
  • Fine dining at its best with a focus on Asian Speciality at the Gaafushi - built over water
  • Hosts the largest Malt Whisky collection in the Indian Ocean at the Meeru Bar
  • 24 hour in-villa dining with a variety of international cuisine to choose from

Hideaway Marina

We are delighted to introduce the FIRST Marina in the Maldives. A fully-equipped, state-of-the-art Marina, built by Walcon Marine - a well-known Marina Builder.

  • Factilities: 15-20 berths 20 yachts
  • 30m+ berths 2 yachts
  • Max length 80m
  • Max beam 20m 25-30 berths 3 yachts
  • Berthing algonside available
  • Max draught no limit
  • Services:
    Electricity, Freshwater, Fuel (Petrol/Diesel), Fishing Supplies, Doctor, Cable Television, Restaurants, Bar, Hotel, Telephone, Internet

Hideaway Spa

If pampering your body and soul is your idea of heaven, the Hideaway Spa by Mandara has it all. Created with sensitivity to the guest experience, the design emphasis is on space, privacy and luxury...

  • Carefully selected finishes to overwhelm all of one's senses
  • A combination of coconut & teak timber furnishing,
  • Sukayambi stone, java rosso tumble stone, pink slate, onyx and silk fabrics with internal waterways, waterfall walls, sand floors makes the entire Spa a "Sanctuary for the body and mind"
  • 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 attention to detail
  • 4 Spa land villas, 2 Lagoon Spa Villas which offer an intimate and romantic experience



If the settings above sea level has all the ingredients of a "holiday heaven", the experience awaiting you below the water's surface is even more spectacular...

  • Dhonakulhi has its own house reef 10-30 metres away
  • No commercial diving activity in this Virgin Atoll - Haa Alifu
  • Over 20 fabulous untouched dive sites within a 5-60 minute range
  • Fully-equipped diving school managed by Meridis Dive, with the latest diving technology and branded equipment
  • For Nitrox certified divers, you will dive "NITROX for free"
Leisure Recreation & Entertainment

The Island Hideaway offers a whole host of entertainment and leisure activities for those that want to do a little more than nothing! The following is a snapshot summary of some of the recreational activities we offer:

  • The Hideaway Library
  • Hideaway Water Sports
  • Sunset, Sunrise, Night and Big-game fishing
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Mandara Spa Shop
  • Meridis Dive Boutique
  • Desert Island Retreats
  • Aerial Photo Flights
Sports Complex

The Island Hideaway Sports Complex comes with a variety of sports and modern sports equipment which includes:

  • 2 Tennis Courts; Our two floodlit tennis courts are open around the clock at your discretion.
  • Gymnasium - with all the latest fitness equipments, such as sky walker, treadmills, cycles, dumbbells, exercise equipment, etc
  • Table tennis
  • Fussball
  • Pool table/Billiard table
  • Bar with a wide variety of healthy drinks, soft drinks, energy drinks, fresh juices, etc
  • Small kiosk
  • Toilets and shower facilities
Tender Hearts Kids Club

Our "Tender Hearts" at Dhonakulhi is open to all kids. The 75.7 m2 Kid's Club has a playground area of 50.5 m2 and offers a variety of games and activities for kids. Apart from the activities we also have a small library, board games and bicycles to ride. Some of the activities provide are:

  • Junior Certification Program
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Crab Race
  • Movies
  • Sandcastle making
  • Dance Party
  • Running Race
  • Balloon Race
  • Make your own Sandwich
  • Musical Chairs
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Tour of the Resort
Sifani London Jewellery Boutique

Sifani London ( is a manufacturer and retailer of high quality jewellery and precious gems products. Our partnership with Sifani allows our guests to design custom-made jewellery for any occasion, whether it be for weddings or honeymoons or just that romantic special occasion.

Hideaway Bazaar

At our Hideaway Bazaar you are guaranteed to find that ideal present for friends and family. Exhibited and retailed in our lifestyle boutique are finely crafted items such as Maldivian arts and crafts, jewellery and hand-made fabrics using traditional weaving methods. In keeping with the commitment to caring for the environment, recycled items are also available for you to take home as souvenirs to relive pleasant memories of your stay. You will also find at the Bazaar those last minute essential things you forgot to bring on your holiday, including sun protection lotions and other toiletries.