Seaside Finolhu resort to shut down for renovation; likely to open for guests in July 2020
This keenly anticipated transformation will cover guest villas, restaurants, public areas and a state-of-the-art indoor golf studio
Maldives’ luxury island resort, Seaside Finolhu announced its temporary closure to bring forward its anticipated transformation project starting from March 2020. The resort is set to complete its major upgrade and welcome its guests in July 2020.
This keenly anticipated transformation will cover guest villas, restaurants, public areas and a state-of-the-art indoor golf studio. Aiming to modernise the property and its facilities, Finolhu will be developing a distinctive barefoot chic atmosphere that combines Maldivian-inspired touches with ultra-luxury modernity.
Marc Reader, Seaside Finolhu’s General Manager says: “Our passion and cordiality as hosts is to bring the finest guest experience. We see the importance of offering spaces that make people feel elegant and cherished, along with providing exceptional hospitality. This transformation project is perfectly in line with our vision to be a design-driven resort that appeals to international high-end affluent travellers. We’re excited to see the anticipated innovative developments during the first half of the year.”
Finolhu recently earned it place as the first and only resort in the Maldives to be included in Design Hotels’ prestigious international portfolio. The transformation is a key milestone for the resort as it successfully meets the Design Hotels’ criteria of embodying quality, style, and holistic hospitality concepts. With award-winning London-based design studio Muza Lab in charge of the resort’s redesign, Finolhu’s new look will embody a mesmerising mélange of colours and symmetrical patterns that complement the luxury island resort’s pristine natural beauty in a stunning representation of joy, wonder and a feeling of escaping time.
Muza Lab’s co-founder Nathan Hutchins shared their vision of the resort’s new concept, “Our new design direction focuses on the lens of the “Kaleidoscope”; the changing colours, patterns and textures representing moments of discovery, wonder and delight”. Throughout the resort, vibrant pops of colour are incorporated and distinct areas are assigned to a unique colour spectrum.
Further elaborating the planned improvements, Muza Lab’s co-founder Inge Moore explained: “This playful alternation of patterns, geometry and colours is what guests will now experience when they visit Finolhu. They will be surprised and will marvel at what they see. Artisans from all over the world have created special works for the resort. Artistic tiles from Turkey, chandeliers and wickerwork from South Africa and wooden craftwork from Java transform the villas, bars & restaurants, the fitness room and, last but not least, the Oceaneers kids club into an exotic playground.”
In line with the resort upgrades, Finolhu will also introduce the new names and concepts for its four restaurants and spa. Operated by the German luxury hotel chain, Seaside Collection, the resort’s new developments in design, architecture and branding are set to align with the Seaside Collections’ brand introducing Finolhu as a new market leader in the Maldives.