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Nova Maldives

South Ari Atoll

25 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport

Resort Description

Welcome to a contemporary 5 star resort like no other - Nova Maldives. Situated on a pristine natural island, we invite you to indulge in an all-inclusive resort experience with an immersive community concept, designed to spark joy and genuine connection.

Nestled in the South Ari Atoll, renowned for year-round sightings of whale shark and manta, Nova is accessible via a short, scenic seaplane ride. Step into a world that uniquely harmonises the tranquil essence of traditional Maldivian serenity with a modern flair, where 76 land and over water villas await, each a sanctuary for the soul.

Embrace the moment, whether exploring the vibrant house reef, indulging in a spa treatment amidst the azure waters, or simply basking under the swaying palm trees. Here, happiness blooms effortlessly - a feeling of being truly cared for and at home, in paradise.

                           ROOM TYPE                                                                        UNIT                                     MAX OCCUPANCY                                   SIZE sqm

                            Beach Villa                                                                             17                                             2A1C or 3A                                               80    

             Family Beach Villa (interconnecting)                                                   3                                             4A1C or 5A                                              160   

                      Sunset Beach Villa                                                                        6                                             2A1C or 3A                                               80

Sunset Family Beach Villa w. Jacuzzi  (interconnecting)                                4                                             4A1C or 5A                                 ​​​​​​​            160

        Sunset Beach Villa with Private Jacuzzi                                                 12                                             2A1C or 3A                                 ​​​​​​​              80

              Beach Villa with Private Pool                                                               1                                             2A1C or 3A                                 ​​​​​​​            160

                            Water Villa                                                                               8                                             2A1C or 3A                                              125

                   Water Villa w. Jacuzzi                                                                    13                                            2A1C or 3A                                     ​​​​​​​          125                             ​​​​​​​              

                   Water Villa with Pool                                                                       4                                             2A1C or 3A                                 ​​​​​​​             160

        02 BR Beach Residence with Pool                                                           1                                             4A1C or 5A                                       ​​​​​​​       250           


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Soul Kitchen 

Main Restaurant

Savour the freshest flavours from around the world in a light, bright, relaxed all-day dining setting. Select the dishes you want from the mouthwatering buffet, take a seat and feast on the cuisine and breathtaking views across the Indian Ocean.



Grill House

This stylish fine dining restuarant is the go-to for the most delicious grilled local fish, seafood and meat dishes.



Overwater Teppanyaki Restaurant

Perched on stilts over the water, Mizu offers a unique Teppanyakli experience. With a signature menu and live cooking stations, you'll be treated to fresh tropical flavours and seared ocean delights whilst taking in incredible views of the endless shades of blue of the horizon and beyond.



Main Bar

Stop by Wink for a selection of fine beer, wine, handcrafted cocktails and the most delicious crispy pizza and fresh snacks. Enjoy the live music and tropical tunes as you laze the afternoon away, or step it up on the dance floor in the evening to the funky beats of the DJ.



Pool Bar

Treat yourself to some freshly squeezed juices, exhilarating cocktails and detox drinks, or simply relax and unwind at this laid-back tropical spot.



Eskape Spa

Feel pampered and nourish your spirit with their special holistic spa rituals using luxurious organic products. You’re in good hands with the Eskape Spa team, who enhances the body and soul’s wellbeing, restoring moments of mindfulness.

Rejuvenate, reset and restore at the Eskape Spa as you are gently whisked away on a journey like no other. Perched overwater, against the dream-like backdrop of azure blue of Nova’s lagoon, immerse yourself in a refined wellness experience stimulating your body, mind, and soul at one of the best spa resorts in Maldives.

Featuring three blissful treatment rooms, a Thai Sala, relaxation room and a yoga pavilion, Eskape will take you on a journey through a world of wellness experiences designed to re-connect and awaken your senses.





The state-of-the-art fitness facilities in and outdoor are open 24/7 and will help you to push the limits during group classes ot individual workouts.


Discover the richness of Maldivian culture at Nova’s weekly Holhuashi event, where storytelling will captivate your spirit as you learn about the local traditions and lifestyle. ‘Holhuashi’ refers to a communal place to rest. As evening falls after a long day of work, Maldivians would make their way to the holhuashi to relax and have a chat while enjoying the cool ocean breeze.

Gathered together under the shade of the banyan tree, join them as they reveal ancient tales of wonder and mystique. Explore the bits and pieces of the local language Dhivehi, dive into the flavours of authentic Maldivian cuisine, and unlock the secrets, rituals and beliefs that have withstood the test of time.






Head to the incredible Nova house reef and see why South Ari Atoll is a renowned location for diving with countless whale sharks, mantas, shark points and shipwrecks all near the island home.


South Ari Atoll is the only spot where whale sharks can be found throughout the year and is home to renowned dive sites such as Kuda Rah Thila, Broken Rock, Manta Point and Maamigili Beru. Explore 30+ dive sites that are within 40-minute drive and enjoy the chance to see whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, eagle rays, nurse sharks, soft corals and large schools of colourful reef fish with the experienced diving and marine team at Aquaholics.

Activities available are: 

  • Snorkelling Lesson
  • Whale Shark Snorkelling
  • Manta Snorkelling
  • House Reef Snorkelling
  • House Reef Night Snorkelling
  • House Reef UV Night Snorkelling
  • Turtle Quest

Water Sports

Set your spirit free on an adrenaline-fuelled outing with a variety of higher-octane motorised water activities to punctuate your days with a bit of extra excitement.

  • Jet ski
  • Water ski / Wakeboard
  • Parasailing
  • Fun ride
  • Kayak
  • Standup paddleboarding
  • Kite surfing
  • Windsurfing / Top cat sailing


Discover what lies beyond the breathtaking Maldivian beaches. Let your soul be amazed by the island’s picturesque settings as you set sail, or spend a day brushing up on your fishing skills and catching your triumphant fish.

  • Dolphin quest
  • Sunset cruise
  • Big game fishing
  • Sunset fishing
  • Private boat charter


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