Where did YOU spend your summer? One pit stop of Shoestova’s 5 summer destinations was Maldives (jealous much?). Introducing to you Finolhu – a one of-a-kind retro-inspired resort in Baa Atoll filled with fun, entertainment and relaxation. Located in a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, it brings you the ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving sand-in-toes families and friends with the most Instagram-worthy views. 

Finolhu’s stylish villas (all 125 of them) come with several options: on the ocean/the lagoon/ by the beach, with or without pool, and in either one or two bedrooms. Its an eclectic retreat with a buzzy bon-vivant vibe, bringing absolute relaxation while also offering the best of nightlife entertainment.

The Shoestova suite was the Ocean Pool Villa (yes with a private pool and direct access to ocean) with breathtaking views, vintage-inspired interior and lavish bathroom facilities (think organic toiletries). It was a dreamy villa – rich with vibrant colors, a cozy terrace with the perfect sunset views, and even an outdoor rain shower.  

Now to the best part of the vacation: 1Oak’s Summer Lovin’ beach extravaganza. With the opening of the famous 1Oak at Maldives, for three days Finolhu was transferred into a 1 Oak Island with world class entertainment, ocean dinners, and A-list performances.

1Oak has famed all over the world from New York and Las Vegas all the way to Abu Dhabi and Tokyo. It has become the favorite hotspot of VIPs, socialites and Hollywood’s biggest celebrities such as Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kanye West. Now imagine it at a luxury resort in Maldives! Things do not get better than this. 

Here’s what we were up to during our 3 days stay: 

Day 1 started off with #barefootandbeautiful day with Island Treasure Hunt filled with retro games, challenges and amazing prizes followed by a Retro Pool Party and a Bruce Lee inspired dinner at 1Oak Beach Club. At night, everyone danced and enjoyed the fire show to the retro tunes of Resident DJ Jaffa and Nastey. 

Day 2 continued with volleyball on the beach, games and water rides, cocktails under the palms trees and delicious bites at the Fish & Crab Shack. Dinner was rather unconventional with live food trucks serving exquisite food. 

Day 3 & 4 wrapped up with tarot card readings and poolside spa treatments along with classic sounds of legendary 60’s and 70’s female artists. Each one-of-a-kind night kicked in with legendary DJ performances such as Guy Gerber who has worked with hip hop artists Puff Daddy and MC DJ Cassidy who performed at Inauguration of President Obama.

One of the highlights was the 1Oak Beach Club night with DJ set by Paris Hilton herself, who wrapped up the Summer Lovin’ beach festivities. Another major highlight was that the entire time we were partying next to Leonardo DiCaprio (insane, right!). He was casually enjoying his time with friends and simply relaxing by the beach. The island is popular amongst A-list celebrities and artists, so we could’t help but feel very lucky for partying with Leo himself. 

Finolhu Maldives is the ultimate get-away/glamorous vintage-inspired destination where you can indulge in fun beach activities,  crazy A-list celebrity parties, and spectacular views. 

Kanufushi Island, Baa Atoll
P.O. Box 2123, Male
Republic of Maldives              
Tel: +00 960 660 8800

Instagram: @1oakfinolhumaldives