The Huvafen Fushi resort in North Male' Atoll is once again open for business following a ten week renovation aimed at introducing a diverse array of design styles said to combine the suave aesthetic of a James Bond adventure with the vision of famed Philippines-based artist Kenneth Cobonpue.
According to resort operator Per AQUUM, the revamp of the eight year old property has targeted not just remodelling Huvafen's Fushi's existing designs, but also to offer new menus and guest experiences to try and maintain a “competitive edge” against high-end rivals across the country.
Taking its restaurants as an example, the resort claims to have focused on more unique offerings such as through providing individual cooking stations to compliment the new menus, which have been relaunched to offer international cuisines with an emphasis on more seasonal ingredients.
Along with specialised foods such as the home made pastas on offer at the Sicilian-style Fogliani's restaurant, the property has also worked on overhauling its bar food, promising pairing so-called light bites with shots of champagne, sake, wine, beer or whiskey, depending on taste.
Another key focus of the resort's renovation is seen in attempts to differentiate accommodation from a growing number of exclusive, over the water-style villas that have become synonymous with the Maldives' most luxurious properties.
In attempts at channelling a touch of James Bond-like chic, Huvafen Fushi has promised a “hedonistic lover's paradise” with new designs such as those on offer at its Ocean Pavilion Property, which includes a glass-walled infinity pool and an outdoor whirlpool with which to take in the natural views of the surrounding sea.
The accommodation’s living room area has also been fitted with a cocktail bar worthy of the most suave, hard-drinking fictional super-spy, alongside an installation by industrial artist Kenneth Cobonpue in an attempt to add to the home-from-home feel – albeit with a stylised, top of the range Indian Ocean vibe.
Per AQUUM has also added a second plunge pool to its Deluxe Beach Bungalows that are lit with fibre optics for more relaxed sunbathing or star gazing whatever the time of day.
A chill out area known as “the Lair” – perhaps in keeping with the James bond-theme – has also been fitted out by the operator with DVDs and hardbacks straight off the News York Times' best-seller list. The chill out area is also said to have been equipped with two Mac computers and a theatre area for the most culturally-astute or geeky holiday maker looking for a break from the Maldives' more traditional sun and sea-based appeal.