Experience The Island Lifestyle
Amilla guests have a seemingly limitless choice of water sports at their fingertips. Skim the lagoon surface on a windsurfer, wakeboard or monoski. Jetski to a deserted sandbank and parasail towards the sky. Hold tight on a ‘ ‘high roller’, and snorkel behind a Seabob. Trim the sails of a catamaran or dip the oar in a kayak. Or just charter a captained speedboat or traditional dhoni for a private tour of the atoll isles. Enjoy such water sports solo, with friends, or in the company of one of the recreational team who are also happy to share their passion with enthusiasts.
H.U.B. (Home of the Underwater Biossphere) runs a busy programme of weekly excursions designed to stimulate interest in this unique marine environment. Sunrise fishing, dolphin watching, sandbank visits, turtle safari, manta snorkelling, full moon cruise, speedboat stargazing – there’s an excursion to engage every age, day and night.
Perched on the end of the jetty is HUB – Home of the Underwater Biosphere, created in partnership with luxury dive pioneers Dive Butler International. Amilla’s dive epicentre is home to a 15-strong international team of marine conservationists and dive professionals (who speak a dozen languages between them). The warm crystal-clear waters of the Baa Atoll biosphere offers exceptional diving that will appeal to novices as well as experienced divers. Here you can book a private personal scuba guide or join a group to dive one of 30 sites in the atoll. A wide range of SSI-certified courses is on offer, including specialty courses taught by seasoned professionals in partnership with Dive Butler.
Another on-the-map Baa Atoll site is the Blue Hole. This natural phenomenon – aerial photos show how accurately it is named –is part of Amilla’s house reef, and is within swimming distance of the shore. The coral-lined underwater chimney that narrows from 22 metres to seven metres provides a spectacular experience for divers and snorkellers alike, who may spot myriad marine life including Hawksbill turtles, triggerfish and perhaps the resident Guitar shark.
One of the Maldives’ most famous marine sites, Hanifaru Bay is renowned worldwide for harbouring one of the largest seasonal gatherings of manta rays. It’s also believed to be the only place in the world to see their spectacular cyclone feeding; during the west monsoons (from May until November), large amounts of plankton wash into this funnel-like lagoon, attracting as many as 200 manta rays as well as whale sharks spiralling in a free-for-all feeding frenzy. Amilla Beach Villa Residence guests may have the chance to witness this in the company of the knowledgeable resident marine biologist.
Enter this gourmet café and deli, and you’ll be hard-pressed to leave without an armful of fresh fruit, bakery items, preserves and artisanal treats. You can order from the comfort of your villa or send your katheeb to meet a sudden craving. But far better to pop in for a just-as-you-like-it freshly brewed coffee or cooling ice cream cone, take a seat for a casual sandwich or salad-bar lunch (in air-conditioned comfort or alfresco on the sand).
It might be difficult to tear kids away from the Sultan’s Village Kids Club. This delightful space has a playground and shallow wading pool in its own fenced sand garden, as well as a clubhouse overflowing with toys, books and games. The cheery team deserves accolades for their inventive schedule of activities, from round-the-island pirate treasure hunts to make-your-own-pizza to snorkelling trips in the company of our marine biologist sporting shimmering mermaid fishtail.
Childcare is complimentary, whether at the Kids Club or for in-villa babysitting. There’s no age limit here – though tweens and teens, while always welcome, may prefer the sports and recreational facilities of the Empire Beach Club.
Tennis With Jim Courier Tennis Pro
Take advantage of Amilla’s two floodlit hard tennis courts and enjoy a game with family and friends in this idyllic island setting. It’s the ideal time to invest in private or group lessons as well as sparring-partner session with our highly qualified Jim Courier tennis pro. He will apply his considerable experience as a Davis Cup team player and coach to help improve your game; even a short amount of time with him will make a difference.
Shutterfish Photography Studio
We encourage you to be present for every magical moment at Amilla Fushi – and we’ll help you capture those precious memories too. Come to a complimentary hour-long portrait session and we’ll send you home with a 5” x 7” framed print of your favourite image as a souvenir of your island home. After advising guests what to wear, the resident Shutterfish photographer will take you to some of the island’s most scenic spots and shoot away against the stunning tropical scenery. A day later you’re invited to the studio for a viewing and to make your selection. And if you love them all, you can acquire a digital and print package and pack them all!