Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi Maldives, Spa Resort & Marina

While it’s one of the more remote resorts in the region, the Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi Maldives is also one of the finest, featuring only two water villas in addition to 45 other beach villas and suites. The island is relatively large so each guest feels like they are nearly alone, yet there is a large number of activities from which to choose as well.

The spa as well as the restaurants and bars are all 5-star deluxe quality, so those who can afford it are treated to excellent service and surroundings. Each villa also comes with a personal butler, so you’ll always have someone to help when you need them, yet the intimacy of the resort also makes it perfect for a honeymoon or other romantic holiday.


The Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi is located on a small private island in the Haa Aliff Atoll, approximately 400 kilometers north of the main island of Malé in the Maldives.


2 Hideaway Water Suites

  • Beds: Super-king-size bed
  • Area: 2,530 sq ft (235 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Entertainment system: TV with DVD and surround sound system
  • Room service: 24 hours

45 Beach villas and suites

Special room features

  • Personal butler
  • Day beds
  • Sun loungers
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling fans
  • Dual vanities
  • IDD telephone
  • Coffee/espresso makers
  • Generously stocked mini bar
  • Personal safes
  • Hairdryers
  • Golfing umbrellas
  • Torches
  • Mosquito repellents
  • Bath-robes
  • Slippers
  • Complimentary toiletries


  • Low season online specials from US$1,080
  • High season online specials from US$1,564

US$738 to US$3,000 per night; discounts are available

*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$750 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • Matheefaru Restaurant
  • Gaafushi Restaurant
  • Meeru Bar

Resort features

  • Infinity Swimming Pool facing the Indian Ocean
  • Meridis Dive – PADI certified scuba diving in uncharted waters
  • Speedboat trips
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Water skiing
  • Snorkelling
  • Windsurfing
  • Canoeing
  • Wakeboarding
  • 2 Tennis Courts
  • Gym
  • Table Tennis
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Bicycle Riding and Silat
  • Pool Table/Billiard Table
  • The Hideaway Library
  • “Tender Hearts” Kids’ Club
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer
  • Cncierge
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
  • Bicycle rental


The Hideaway Spa by Mandara features 4 Spa Land Villas, 2 Lagoon Spa Pavilions and 2 private treatment rooms in the Hideaway Water Suites.

Nearby activities

  • Sunset, Sunrise, Night Cruises
  • Big-game fishing
  • Excursions to significant sites of Maldivian heritage and culture
  • on nearby islands
  • Desert island retreats
  • Aerial photo flights

What the reviews say

The Island Hideaway gets nearly universally excellent reviews, as you might expect for such an expensive and exclusive resort. Most guests especially appreciate the modest number of suites and villas on the property, giving it a private feeling that isn’t possible at one of the larger resorts in the Maldives.

The personal butler service that comes with each villa also gets very high marks, as does the setting, the facilities, and the food. Those seeking a private and romantic holiday should be very happy at the Island Hideaway, particularly in the water villas.

Getting there

To reach the Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll board a smaller aircraft for a 55-minute flight to Hanimadhoo Airport. Once there you’ll be met by hotel staff and taken on a 20-minute speedboat ride to the resort itself.

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Video tour of a water villa at Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi

Photo Gallery of the Island Hideaway Resort at Dhonakulhi