Avani Hotels & Resorts, the renowned Asian hotel brand, is thrilled to announce the opening of its inaugural property in the Maldives. Introducing Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort, this new sanctuary is situated on the island of Fares, located on the western edge of the heart-shaped Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011. Embodying the exceptional standards and contemporary design that define all Avani+ properties, this resort offers an exquisite collection of 176 suites, pavilions, beach villas, and luxurious over-water villas, accommodating families, groups of friends, and couples alike. With seven restaurants, including the Maldives’ first exclusive dining venue for children, guests can indulge in a variety of culinary delights. The resort also features a pool, numerous water sports activities, and exclusive spa treatments. Furthermore, guests can take advantage of the specially designed AvaniFit fitness studio and the Avani Kids Club, offering German-speaking supervision. Divers and dolphin enthusiasts will be delighted by the nearby Hanifaru Bay, renowned for its vibrant marine life and one of the Indian Ocean’s most diverse underwater ecosystems. The island of Fares is easily accessible by a scenic 35-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport.
The resort captivates guests with its sunlit spaces, ergonomic lighting, and attentive service, catering to even the most discerning individuals. Culinary offerings include private beachside and in-villa dinners, with a diverse range of regional and international dishes prepared using predominantly seasonal organic ingredients, some of which are sourced from the resort’s own farm. The laid-back atmosphere of the beachfront bars, offering snacks, cocktails, and live music, invites guests to unwind and enjoy late evenings.
The Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort boasts a prime location alongside a 2.6-kilometer-long lagoon and fourteen unique dive sites surrounding the island, making it the perfect destination to explore the beauty of nature both above and below the water’s surface. Guests have access to the resort’s 220-meter house reef, teeming with turtles and dolphins, as well as the nearby Fares Reef, located 600 meters off the coast. One of the highlights is Hanifaru Bay, ideal for snorkeling and observing manta rays and whale sharks. At night, vibrant parrotfish, groupers, lionfish, and numerous crustaceans can be observed in their natural habitat, surrounded by the radiant glow of bioluminescent plankton, creating an unforgettable spectacle. Guests can also experience the beauty of the Maldives coupled with the relaxed Avani lifestyle during the resort’s daily evening program, featuring moonlit beach parties, captivating DJ sets, mesmerizing fire shows, and the rhythmic beats of traditional Bodu Beru drums. The Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort exudes a laid-back atmosphere and cool vibes long after sunset. For daytime activities, the AvaniFit fitness studio offers a wide range of courses designed by a high-performance trainer. The AvaniSpa, with its five treatment rooms, provides a plethora of wellness and rejuvenating beauty treatments.
About Avani Hotels & Resorts
Established in 2011 by the Minor Hotel Group as an addition to its five-star Anantara brand, Avani Hotels & Resorts offers casual comfort and modern design in city hotels and resorts. Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “earth,” Avani signifies the brand’s grounded luxury, understated style, and meticulous attention to detail. Currently, the emerging hotel brand encompasses over 30 properties in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, the Seychelles, Zambia, Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, Portugal, and the United Arab Emirates. Further expansions are planned in South Korea, Mauritius, Tunisia, and Oman.
About Minor Hotels
Minor Hotels (MH) operates as an owner, operator, and investor in currently 530 hotels, resorts, camps, and serviced suites. In addition to its own brands, including Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Tivoli, NH Collection, NH Hotels, nhow, and Elewana, the Thailand-based company develops and operates brands such as Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu, and Minor International. Presently, Minor Hotels has properties in 56 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. With new openings of existing brands and strategic acquisitions, MH continues its expansion.