The Nautilus Maldives
The Nautilus Maldives
Thiladhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Pulse Hotels & Resorts
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
It ticks relentless, marching us forever forward with its unyielding beat. A tantalising slice of freedom in the Maldives’ stunning Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, The Nautilus Maldives 5 star ultra luxury resort offers life unbound. Every visitor to our shores discovers life’s rarest treasures. Gifts that money cannot buy – time, freedom, refuge.
This collection of 26 immensely private beach and ocean houses exists beyond the bounds of time. Our private Villas in the Maldives is a place where nothing is fixed, and anything is possible. Where you are free to set your own beat. Free to do – and to be – as you please. All the restrictions usually associated with a luxury resort in the Maldives, such as set times, rigid menus and services assigned to specific areas, are not applicable at The Nautilus.
The Nautilus Maldives
History & Story
Conceptualized by a Maldivian hospitality icon and visionary entrepreneur who was instrumental in creating many award-winning resorts, The Nautilus is the result of his lifetime’s worth of expertise and represents what ultra-luxury should be – not just in the Maldives, but worldwide. The legacy of this visionary entrepreneurship is now carried forward by the next generation of the family. A celebration of the individual spirit, The Nautilus offers liberation and freedom unconditional. Space to share, to meet, where guests are encouraged to be themselves and shape their own personal journey. Above all, The Nautilus champions its guests to reflect and celebrate with the people they’re with, in any way they choose. Because in the end, it’s these simple, elemental pleasures – that ability to simply be – that form the greatest luxury of all.
The Nautilus has gained phenomenal international recognition within just one year, most notably within Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 as the ‘Best Resort in the Indian Ocean’ and being recognised among the top 3 ‘Best Resorts in the World’. The Nautilus is also within Condé Nast Traveller’s highly prestigious ‘The Gold List’ 2021 as well as Tatler’s renowned Travel Awards 2021 as ‘Best Private Island Retreat’. Most recently, The Nautilus has been recognised within Condé Nast Traveller Middle East’s ‘The Gold List 2021’ and Condé Nast Traveler US’ Readers’ Choice Awards 2021 ‘Top Indian Ocean Resorts’.
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Main Strengths, Special Touch
At The Nautilus, you can eat when you’re hungry, have breakfast for dinner, drink champagne in bed. Here, time stops. There are no clocks, no fixed opening hours, no fixed restaurant hours. Every moment is fluid, every experience is not yet written.
Each house and residence is served by a professionally-trained private butler, the House Master, who ensures that every aspect of a guest’s stay are tailored to their every preference and whim – whenever, wherever, and however they please.
Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Key sites/activities in the area
• Over 30 dive sites around the resort
• Hanifaru Bay, the jewel of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where the world’s largest concentration of manta rays may be seen from June to November. Whale sharks can be spotted here, too.
• Home to the largest living wall in the Indian Ocean
Planted with over 20,000 dhun’gethi bushes [Clerodendron inerme], this natural wall is a sustainable way to provide shade, privacy, and a cooling green backdrop to the landscape. The surrounding trees in the landscape mature and cast a shady canopy over sections of the walls other plant species such as ferns will be introduced. The wall is watered either by natural rainfall or, in dryer weather, by reclaimed ‘grey water’ from the water treatment plant. At 330 meters long, it runs around the middle of the island, separating guest areas from the team member village, and varies from three to six meters in height, covering a total area of 1,700m².
• All our pools are equipped with a temperature control system
Boasting some of the Maldives’ best childcare facilities, Young Wonderers is a playful hub within the center of the island, signifying the base for the extraordinary education program The Nautilus offers. Young Wonderers caters to children 3 years and above.
At The Nautilus, only 26 villas line our shores. Each beach or ocean house is a personal sanctum, with its own separate living room and private infinity pool. Each abode is individually fashioned to our guests’ preferences and tastes.
Eight Ocean Houses (1 Bedroom)
These secluded ocean houses for two embrace overwater life in exceptional style. Perched in the middle of a turquoise lagoon, a poolside sun deck stretches out to the horizon, with steps spiralling down to the seawaters below.
Nine Beach Houses (1 Bedroom)
Nine elegant beach houses line our silvery shores, each just a few steps from the sea. Each bedroom adjoins a living room that opens up to a wide, private Maldivian-style sun deck, sheltered by manicured gardens, overlooking the beach. Indoor and outdoor showers invite sensuous tropical restoration.
Three Beach Residences (1 Bedroom)
Elegant mansions by the sea, our two-storey beach residences are sanctuaries of effortless chic, with hand-picked décor infusing each space with free-spirited charm. Ground-floor living spaces open out onto an expansive deck and sparkling pool, while a spiral staircase winds up to a sun-drenched king bedroom with breath-taking ocean views.
Two Ocean Residences (1 Bedroom)
These generous residences epitomise bohemian bliss, spanning our lagoon with stilts and a glass-floor panel. A refined, spacious living room and separate bedroom are both thoughtfully furnished and decorated to create a welcoming cocoon of comfort. An additional dining room, with adjoining powder room and wet bar, open onto a vast sun deck and infinity pool, literally steps from the ocean below.
Two Family Beach Residences (2 Bedrooms)
The Nautilus features two exquisite two-bedroom beach residences, perfect for families or groups of friends. Panoramic ocean views stream into every room, with one bedroom downstairs – coupled with living and dining spaces and powder room – and a spacious master bedroom upstairs. A private sun deck and azure pool stretch out from each abode to meet the whitest, powder-fine sands.
The Nautilus Retreat (2 Bedrooms)
Sprawled on stilts over the lagoon, boasting extraordinary sunset views and a wide, curved poolside sun deck, The Nautilus Retreat invites guests to live the quintessential Maldivian dream. With two bedrooms fanning out from the central living and dining rooms, each boasting a brilliant sea view and en-suite bathroom, this is a space for fostering family reconnection and long-lingering memories.
The Nautilus Mansion (3 Bedrooms)
Our island’s signature house, this three-bedroom mansion was designed as the ultimate beach villa. It’s our castle on the sand, nestled in a spectacular spot on the beach, with custom-made furnishings created with hand-selected materials. Objets d’art and décor capture the pure bohemian spirit of the island, while the mansion’s sunlit, breezecooled spaces promise serenity, privacy and exquisite comfo
Restaurants & Bars
• Thyme – All-day dining
• Ocaso – Al fresco Japanese and Latin American grill
• Zeytoun Lounge & Restaurant – Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fine dining
• Naiboli Poolside Bar – Poolside lounge
• Solasta Spa
• The Arena
• Swimming pools
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Island buy-outs, up to 60 persons
• 4 restaurants, bars, and lounges
• Private beaches
Extra Notable Features
• Diving and snorkelling
• Water sports
• Manta ray excursions at Hanifaru Bay from May-November
• Explorations by private seaplane
• Luxury cruises
• Big game fishing
• Beach and sandbank dining
• Cinema under the stars
• Activities and adventures for children
• Local Maldivian experiences
• Yoga and meditation
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘The Gold List’ 2021
• Tatler’s Travel Awards 2021 – ‘Best Private Island Retreat’
• Condé Nast Traveller Middle East’s ‘The Gold List 2021’
• Condé Nast Traveler US’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2021 – ‘Top Resorts in the Indian Ocean’
• Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 – ‘Best Resort in the Indian Ocean’ and Top 3 ‘Best Resorts in the World’
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