When urban style, retro art & luxury in the Maldives come together, then it’s for sure the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa! It’s not only a young & hip resort but also the most generous All Inclusive Resort in the Maldives. Find out in this hotel review why the Pullman is a great choice for young couples & families and what makes it so special.
THE LOCATION & TRANSFER
Located in the very South of the Maldives, the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa is located in one of the most untouched parts of the Maldives – the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. From the international airport in Male we took a domestic flight to the small Kooddoo airport in the South. It’s only a short 30 minutes flight and we could relax in the airport lounge while waiting for departure. The airport staff of the Pullman took care about the check in process while we got escorted to the lounge and they also brought us to the plane when it was time for our flight.
From Koooddoo we took another 10-minutes speed boat transfer until we arrived at the resort.
THE CONCEPT of the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa
The All Inclusive offer
The Pullman Maldives advertises its All Inclusive concept as the most generous one in the Maldives! And after our stay we can clearly say: It’s true! No matter which restaurant you are craving for and whenever you are in the mood for a cocktail or glass of Champagne, you can order it for free. Even the minibars in the villas are well equipped with different snacks and an exclusive choice of spirits and wines – all of it included in your All Inclusive Package.
A lake in the Maldives
What makes the Pullman so different from other resorts is that it’s very tropical and even has a natural fresh water lake in the middle of the island which can be crossed via a romantic hanging bridge which is a great photo spot on the island!
The Pullman Spa by Phytomer
Located overwater the Pullman Spa invites its guests to enjoy a relaxing treatment while overlooking the endless blue colors of the calm lagoon in a tranquil atmosphere! I especially loved the design of the spa reception which is completely open so you start the wellness experience with a view over the sea and listening to the sound of the waves. During a rainy afternoon we enjoyed one of the best couple massages we ever had in the Pullman Spa and felt completely renewed afterwards!
The Pool & Beach
The main pool of the Pullman is located next to the restaurant Mélange and the bar. It’s a great place to relax in the sun chairs and to enjoy the view over the beach which is sprinkled with huge coconut palm trees. A sculpture can be found in the middle of the pool which is very typical for the resort – pieces of modern art can be found almost everywhere.
On the other side of the island is another pool located which belongs to the Sol Rising bar over the lagoon. This special infinity pool offers an amazing view during sunrise!
What I love about the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa is the beautiful beach stripe which can be found all around the island. From our Beach Villa I enjoyed to step outside the room and to feel the warm sand under my feet while the waves have been tingling my toes.
At the tiniest tip of the island, the biggest stripe of sandy beach can be found and if the tide is low you can even walk to a nearby sand bank! After wading through the warm and turquoise water, we reached this untouched piece of paradise – made out of soft and white sand. You feel so tiny and far away from any of your problems while overlooking nothing but the endless blue ocean.
Beside free water sport activities like kayaking oder stand up paddling the Pullman has a huge focus on fitness in general! No matter if in the well equipped gym, during a sunrise yoga session or while doing in-villa sport activities with the provided sports kit – staying fit while on vacation never was so fun!
As always – our favorite activity in the Maldives is snorkeling! The best spot for it is right in front of the Beach Villas on the sunset side of the island. It’s quite far to reach the reef from the beach since the island is surrounded by a huge lagoon but it’s really worth it. You can not only spot countless colorful fish and lobster but also many young turtles which only hatched at the resort beach in summer 2020! We spotted at least five of them but they have been very fast so it was impossible to photograph them.
Two-Bedroom Beach Pool Villa
Located at the beautiful sunset side of the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa we stayed in a spacious Beach Villa with two bedrooms. You enter the Villa through a huge living area with TV and the All Inclusive minibar which gets refilled two times a day.
Sliding doors on both sites are leading to the modern bedrooms which are both identically designer with retro art elements. Behind the Queensize bed, which is facing the private terrace, is the huge closet and changing room which leads to one of my favorite parts: The semi-outdoor bathroom! Most parts of the sanitary facilities are roofed but one of the two showers is located in the open air. I’m a huge fan of outdoor bathrooms and this one gave me a lot of inspiration for my future dream house 😉
Outside we had a huge private pool, a roofed lounge and of course our private beach access with sun beds! Thats one of the things I prefer about Beach Villas compared to Overwater Villas: After waking up in the morning you can step outside to the beach, with a tea or coffee in your hand and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with the sand under your feet.
Other Room Categories:
The Royal Suite
The Pullman calls this villa “the resort in the resort” and as soon as we set foot in the Royal Suite we knew why! Four bedrooms – two of them in separate villas – two living spaces, a kitchen, a gym and most of all the giant outdoor area, make it unnecessary for you to leave this next level suite during your stay. You find everything you need inside or it will be delivered by your private butler. It’s the ideal accommodation to enjoy the highest level of privacy together with your family or as a group of friends.
The Aqua Villa
Let’s talk about the incredible villa category of the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa which went viral on my instagram page. We had the opportunity to spend one night in this special villa which is located half overwater and half – you guessed it – underwater! Upstairs the interior is similar to the Water Villas: It has a bedroom, living room, huge bathroom & terrace with private pool.
But in the Aqua Villa a staircase leads down to the second bedroom. Through a huge floor-to-ceiling window, on the opposite side of your bed, you can take a look underwater without getting wet! Right in front of the window is an installation with corals which attracts colorful fish swarms not only during the day but most of all at night when the corals get illuminated. We even spotted a sting ray and reef shark swimming by the window! But no worries – in case you don’t feel comfortable at night it’s possible to close the blackout curtains or to change to the other bedroom upstairs.
In case you only want to experience the Aqua Villa for a few hours without sleeping here, the Pullman offers the possibility to book some private underwater “Canapés & Champagne” too. 🙂
Breakfast & Restaurants
The Breakfast gets served at the main restaurant Mélange with countless choices from the special buffet. It is divided in different cooking stations where your dishes get freshly prepared. For example you can find is one station for the sweets, with fresh pancakes or fruit platters, one for eggs, where we had the best eggs Benedict, or another one with homemade juices and kombucha! Everything was really fresh and delicious.
The main restaurant Mélange is not only open for breakfast but also for lunch or dinner. The cooking stations from the breakfast will change to something new then: European specialities, Asia Wok & Dumplings, Maldivian Cuisine, Pasta, … every station is representing another international cuisine so you can easily find something for every kind of taste. Additionally the dishes differ daily so it will never get boring!
There are two more restaurants open in the evening which are all included in your all inclusive package: The Phat Chameleon is an ideal choice to enjoy fresh vegetarian & vegan dishes with products from the own garden which is literally located around the restaurant. Even my non-vegetarian husband enjoyed the dinner a lot since the dishes are a unique composition of many amazing tastes.
Over the water, beside the Sol Rising Bar, is the restaurant Souq Oven located. For lunch it’s an Italian Restaurant and for dinner it changes to Mediterranean delights light Mezze, Tagines and other specialities. When you step into the restaurant you first pass the wine room with 80 different types of wine and champagne. Some of them are rarities from all around the globe! What a paradise for wine lovers 🙂
My favorite place to enjoy the sunset is the Saffron Affair. In a relaxed atmosphere you can enjoy a nice glass of wine or cocktail in the overwater hammocks or have a chat with other guests. Combined with the incredible sunset views over the lagoon it’s been the perfect way to end a beautiful day at the resort.
With it’s generous all inclusive package and the young & artsy design the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa is the perfect choice for couples and young families. Beside other resorts where guests usually prefer to stay on their own, the atmosphere of the Pullman is very relaxed which makes it easy to chat with other guests while enjoying a cocktail at the bar. No matter if you’re planning a lazy beach vacation with a few drinks in paradise or plan to stay active during your trip and enjoy healthy food – the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa will cover the right vacation for every guest 🙂
We had a sponsored stay at the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa