The Nautilus Maldives opened its doors to guests

PUBLISHED February 05, 2019

The Nautilus Maldives welcomed its first guests, ushering in a new world of luxury in Baa atoll on 3rd February 2019, on a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon. The Nautilus is noticeably different from other luxury resorts: here service is truly bespoke and activities follow the lead of the natural rhythms of nature; sunrise, sunset, the tides, the phases of the moon.

The vision of The Nautilus is to join the select group of private islands recognized as the best in the world.  With its modern bohemian style, and a concept of absolute freedom for its guests, who enjoy no rules, no dress codes, no set restaurant hours, no fixed menu choices, its driving philosophy is to make guests feel not only completely at home, but also as if time itself no longer exists.  As a result, a stay at The Nautilus is noticeably different from anywhere else: service is truly bespoke and activities follow the lead of the natural rhythms of nature and desires of the guest.

Uniquely in the Maldives, The Nautilus experience begins on the runway at Velana International Airport, where every guest will be taken straight from the plane to a VIP terminal in the airport for a relaxed customs and immigration clearance. From there its a short hop to The Nautilus own private lounge to await the 35-minute seaplane flight to Baa Atoll. 

 A Quick Overview of Nautilus Maldives


Accommodation at The Nautilus is called houses and residences because guests should feel the same levels of comfort and ease as when at home, along with the most spectacular features the Maldives has to offer. Those features include private pools, ocean views from every house, soft sandy beaches encircling dense tropical greenery, and a rich coral reef just meters from the islands shores. Originally a deserted islandtoo small at 250m diameter for inhabitationthe tiny island retains many of its original native plants and trees.

Each of the 26 houses is a suite, with separate living room and bedroom. Just 15 one-and two-bedroom houses line the islands beaches, hidden away among coconut trees, palms, and tropical greenery. Eleven one-and two-bedroom houses stand on stilts over the lagoon. Natural daylight fills the rooms and interior design is tropical with a touch of boho chic whimsy. The island style is relaxed, with the guideline given to the interior designers to "make it look like it could be someones home, and better". Most of the furnishings have been custom-built for The Nautilus.

Dining at The Nautilus Maldives

At the three restaurants and poolside bar, guests can explore unscripted dining, meaning the freedom to order off the menu if thats how they feel. The Nautilus is a world where a menu is just a place to gather inspiration and meals are designed for the guest, whenever they want to eat. Dining, for those wishing to follow chefs suggestions, includes intriguing infusions of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine at the over-water signature restaurant; elegant simplicity with Japanese and Latin-American creations at the grill; and global delicacies at the all-day dining restaurant. No opening or closing times, no breakfast hours, no shoes, no dress codes. Guests come as they are, enjoy great company and indulge in a shared passion for extraordinary cuisine.

Spirit of Discovery

The Nautilus doesnt judge, doesnt impose and doesnt inhibit its guests. Instead, it removes barriers and creates incredible excursions and adventures, taking guests where they want to be when they want to be there, from midnight swims in glowing phosphorescent waters alongside a marine biologist, to exploring deserted islands on a yacht or floating in a star-filled pool under the milky way while the House Captain whisks up another perfect cocktail. Guests looking for a mindful holiday are invited to join daily complimentary yoga, meditation, and fitness classes. Watersports activities such as snorkeling, kayaking in a transparent canoe, or stand-up-paddle boarding are free: guests simply decide when they want to go.

Located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, a kaleidoscopic wonderland of incredible marine life awaits discovery. Trips to world-renowned Hanifaru Bay to swim amongst whale sharks and manta rays; diving on iridescent coral reefs; exploring remote sandbanks and deserted islands picnic in hand or just cruising the ocean in a custom yacht are among the many adventures guests can look forward to.


The Nautilus sets guests on their own path to wellness, drawing on ancient wisdom and modern innovations for a transformative journey in its four treatment rooms in the heart of the island. The spa specializes in the bespoke, designing wellness programmes and daily rituals that refresh and relax, pamper and protect. Guests can salute the sun at dawn, discover alternative healing, join complimentary wellness classes or craft their own path to restoration. On the quiet, unrushed shores of The Nautilus, life moves at a different pace and guests are given all the time in the world to reflect and recalibrate.



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