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5 Reasons to Visit Colours of OBLU’s Newest Properties

5 Reasons to Visit Colours of OBLU’s Newest Properties
16 July 2022 Samantha Anderson

Explore the reasons why you should visit the newest gems in the COLOURS OF OBLU crown.

Situated just a 15-minute speedboat journey from Male International Airport, nestled amongst white sand, luscious vegetation and azure waters, lie the two newest COLOURS OF OBLU properties, OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi and OBLU SELECT Lobigili.

OBLU SELECT LOBIGILI and OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi are the newest gems in the COLOURS OF OBLU crown, boasting two fresh and unique islands in the Maldives, each with standout experiences that bring new opportunities for guests visiting the once-in-a-lifetime destination.

Each resort offers a plethora of activities, ranging from underwater dining experiences, to wine boutiques and al fresco food trucks. Here are five reasons to travel to the newest COLOURS OF OBLU properties…

Spoilt for choice between the Island of Love and the Family Island

Guests travelling to these new properties can choose between the Island of Love or the Family Island, depending on who they are travelling with.

Larger groups, families and younger travellers may find themselves more drawn to the 4-star OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi, for the spectrum of amenities and excursions available. Newly opened in June 2022, Ailafushi is a new-concept resort that caters to families and larger groups through a fresh, experiential environment that encourages connection – defying what people typically think of when it comes to Maldives resorts.

The Ocean View family rooms are designed around family life, featuring modern amenities, smart storage, comfortable furniture and contemporary décor. The master bedroom is linked to a storybook children’s room, featuring a bunk bed and playfully decorated ambience to delight kids and make them feel at home.

Alternatively, if seeking a romantic getaway, couples may find themselves drawn to OBLU SELECT Lobigili. Designed with couples in mind, Lobigili is an adults only, five-star resort. Dhivehi, ‘Lobi’ means love and ‘Gili’ means island. Lobigili is, in essence, the island of love. Set along a dreamy white beach and over a sparkling turquoise lagoon lie 68 stylishly designed villas to house couples looking for a romantic escape.

This contemporary adults-only exclusive 5-star resort allows for a truly romantic getaway for couples. Guests can experience colourful sunsets, exotic underwater dining at Only Blu, snorkelling at the marine-rich house reef, and incredible treatments at the garden spa.

All guests stay on the LOBI PLAN, a specially designed All-Inclusive offering that provides dining experiences, beverages, excursions, water sports, spa treatments and more.

Whether you’re travelling with a partner, with family, or with a larger group of friends, there’s a resort to suit every taste.

Experience the breezy, picturesque La Promenade

Located on Ailafushi Island, La Promenade offers one of the only wine boutiques and patisseries in the Maldives, providing its guests a truly unique and memorable experience. Ramble along the Promenade and enjoy a chic retail and café scene with an overwater deck where guests can relax whilst socialising with fellow travellers and like-minded souls.

Visitors to La Promenade are also free to purchase premium bottles of wine, champagne and a variety of liquors to be taken and enjoyed either in their villas, at any of the bars and restaurants, or open-air on the sand in dedicated areas of the beach. This is a fantastic option for those wanting to create their own beach picnics and to enjoy a quiet drink under the stars.

The Coffee & Pastry outlet is run by expert baristas, who offer a choice of sumptuous pastries, macaroons, cookies and cakes to assuage sweet cravings or to provide handcrafted, fresh coffee for guests to enjoy whilst overlooking the ocean. Those who’ve travelled to the Maldives for a special celebration can even request handmade celebration cakes to present to their loved ones.

Experience Diverse Culinary Journeys

At both Ailafushi and Lobigili, guests can enjoy unique food-truck dining experiences, where a variety of food trucks serve beachside dinners which can be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking ocean views. One of the standouts is the Gaadiya 17 food truck at OBLU SELECT Lobigili, which serves a varied assortment of exotic, certified game meat grills including venison, wild boar, black chicken, duck, ostrich, rabbit, quail and partridge for guests to feast on. The Copper Pot food truck at OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi further offers a variety of fresh seafood grills and special catches of the day, for guests to enjoy the tastiest local offerings that the island has to offer.

Perhaps the biggest standout of all is the ONLY BLU underwater restaurant. Connecting the two resorts and newly opened in June 2022, ONLY BLU invites guests to descend 6.8 metres below sea level to experience the largest underwater restaurant in the Maldives. ONLY BLU offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a unique, multi-sensory culinary journey, which features gourmet cuisine set against a colourful backdrop of marine life. The unique restaurant also features a live kitchen on the upper floor to further enhance the experience, providing a guaranteed treasured memory from your trip to the Maldives.

Experience vibrant, refreshingly different experiences and events

The new COLOURS OF OBLU properties offer a plethora of unique experiences for guests to enjoy, including The Dome, a futuristic 15-metre dome theatre and entertainment centre located at OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi, which hosts a number of exciting events such as movie screenings for guests wanting to share cosy evenings.

OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi is also home to one of the largest kids clubs in the Maldives, designed to keep little ones occupied for hours with a pool, top level for older children with Playstation, Xbox and a lower deck for younger children. The kids club also has a dedicated food corner, intended to keep energy levels topped up for all-day activity.

For the adults in the group, daily evening entertainment takes place at X 360 Bar on Ailafushi Island, a split-level bar and one of the largest in the Maldives. Within X 360 there can be found a spacious sports bar in the upper deck area, as well as a separate lounge area where guests can relax and mingle. On the lower deck, there’s a bustling and spacious dance area where guests can enjoy performances from DJ’s and live bands each evening.

Immerse yourself in a natural playground

The Maldives by definition offers visitors an active hive of marine life, exotic animals, lush vegetation and natural wonders that mean entertainment and wonder is guaranteed. A Maldivian sunset alone can provide a once-in-a-lifetime sensory experience that you’ll treasure forever.

At both OBLU properties, guests can enjoy guaranteed ocean views whatever their accommodation, whether staying in beach or ocean villas. This means waking up every morning to the vibrant azure tones of the ocean, what could be more incredible?

Guests can also enjoy complimentary snorkelling experiences to explore the rich house coral reef, situated a mere few-minutes swim away from villas. During the snorkelling experience, you can expect to see first-hand the rich and bio-diverse marine life that the Maldives is famed for.

At OBLU SELECT Lobigili, couples visiting the island will experience first-hand the secluded castaway that is stooped in romance. Excursions such as sunset fishing showcase the natural wonders that the island has to offer, and couples visiting the island to celebrate milestone anniversaries can even request vowel-renewal ceremonies that take place on the white sands that hem the island.


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About Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts
Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts is a dynamic and fast-growing international hospitality company. Currently, the company is operating six resorts within the Maldives and is set to further expand in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. AH&R’s distinguished portfolio comprises THE OZEN COLLECTION, COLOURS OF OBLU, and By Atmosphere, with a rich diversity of experiences within each of these brands. Opening soon are two new COLOURS OF OBLU resorts: OBLU SELECT Lobigili opening on 24 March 2022 and OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi opening in late spring 2022.