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Destination|Experience, 19.Dec.2021

5 reasons to celebrate the festive season at our Maldives 5-star resort

The Nautilus is the picture of paradise – whether you’re gazing out at the turquoise waters, marvelling at the underwater natural treasures or wandering the pristine sands of the beach. But did you know that The Nautilus is also a paradise for foodies? 

We’ve put together a veritable feast of epicurean experiences, created by our expert chefs, served in the style of our bohemian hideaway: laid-back, unscripted, ultra-luxurious.

Here are our top five reasons why our particular piece of paradise is an exceptional foodie destination.

Our Maldives 5-star resort is designed for celebration and family festivities – so it’s little wonder that it offers the perfect location to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. With the spirit of our island centred on treasuring life’s simple luxuries, and our House Masters tuned in to your every holiday wish and whim, there are countless reasons why The Nautilus promises guests the most magical and memorable of festive seasons. Here are our top five.

1. A paradise retreat for remembering what really matters

These last couple of years have seen challenging times for all of us, but they have also reminded us of what truly matters: quality time, togetherness and creating precious and meaningful memories. Without clocks, deadlines, opening or closing times or crowds, The Nautilus offers a tropical dreamscape of refuge, relaxation and reconnecting with loved ones – our ultra-luxe bohemian style of hospitality, leisure and celebration inviting you to forget the stresses and hurry of modern life and to step into the barefoot life.

2. Specially concocted festive events and bespoke magical moments

The Nautilus team has curated a wonderful array of holiday events, every detail considered to create unique, imaginative and fun-filled occasions – as well as holistic, restorative experiences – for you to choose from. You can look forward to something special on each celebratory day, from our Christmas Eve Extravaganza to Santa’s arrival on Christmas Day, from our Beachside New Year’s Eve Gala (with fireworks) to our Russian Orthodox Christmas Eve Dinner.

Of course, the festive season is much more than all the big events; it is made up of moments in between, days of anticipation and preparation, and the aftertastes that linger on as memories to treasure. From the minute we light up our spectacular island, the magic begins, and the stage is set.

Beyond the pages of the festive programme are infinite possibilities for bespoke holiday experiences – adventurous activities and island-style experiences that we delight in tailoring to your desires. Your dedicated House Master is always at hand, waiting to exceed your expectations.


Experiences that transcend generations

Christmastime is family time, and whether you’re a huge clan of multiple generations, or whether your group of friends is your family, you’ll discover a wide assortment of diversions and excursions specifically suited to children, teens or adults.

Children are spoilt for choice, with our Young Wonderers programme jam-packed with fun activities and games. Think themed arts and crafts, face painting, scavenger hunts, beachside crab racing and even an Elf Zumba Dance Party! Our more mature guests can look forward to masterclasses in tropical cocktail mixology, specialised treatments in our overwater spa and seabob safaris in the mesmerising deep blue of the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Then there are the occasions that transcend generations, that gather the family for Christmas movies on the moonlit beach, sandcastle building and tasty visits to our Chocola

4. Festive feasting

Eating and drinking are at the heart of merrymaking during the festive season, and our award-winning culinary team has prepared menus, meals and gourmet events that you are sure to savour long after dining is over.

The selection of foodie delights has something for every type of food lover: the Spice Soirée takes guests on a gastronomic around-the-world journey of flavours and aromas; and our signature fine dining restaurant, Zeytoun, is hosting a Mediterranean-style function paired with a blind wine tasting. You can also take your pick of culinary classes – from Maldivian cooking to gelato making to gin and whisky tastings. Or imagine a customised private dining experience tailored to your tastes – a feast on a secluded sandbank, aboard a luxury yacht, or simply in the exquisite comfort of your island home.



5. Once-in-a-lifetime gift ideas

For a matchless Christmas present destined to be a memory in the making, we’ve got you covered. The Nautilus’s signature experiences offer the perfect island holiday souvenir: once-in-a-lifetime free-spirited experiences for your one-in-a-million special someone – the kinds of gifts that truly keep on giving. Spoil your loved ones with a Nautilus Gift Card, available for experiences like a Solasta Spa journey, snorkelling with manta rays in Hanifaru Bay, or sunset fishing on a private yacht, among others. They are available to purchase easily and safely via our gifting platform.

These are just five of the many wonderful reasons to celebrate togetherness at The Nautilus, and it’s a list sure to grow as you add your own, personal anecdotes and favourite moments while enjoying your stay with us.

Do explore The Nautilus festive brochure to learn more, or get in touch with us at