Seaside Finolhu on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of the resort from March 25 till July 2020 for its "transformation project".
Aiming to modernise the property and its facilities, Finolhu will develop a "distinctive barefoot chic atmosphere" and will cover guest villas, restaurants, public areas and the development of an indoor golf studio.
“Our passion and cordiality as hosts is to bring the finest guest experience", said Finolhu's General Manager Marc Reader.
"We see the importance of offering spaces that make people feel elegant and cherished, along with providing exceptional hospitality".
Finolhu will also introduce revamped names and concepts for its four restaurants and spa.
Operated by German Hotel Company 'Seaside Collection', Finolhu became the first Maldivian resort to join the prestigious Design Hotels Group, the globally-recognized resource for curated design-led hotels.
Owner and Managing Partner of Seaside Collection, Gregor Gerlach said, "Our vision for Seaside Finolhu is to bring a modern, bright, open sense of feeling where travellers can experience special moments and enjoy themselves".
Award-winning London-based design studio 'Muza Lab' is charged with overseeing the resort’s redesign, to be completed by the second quarter of 2020.
“Our new design direction focuses on the lens of the “Kaleidoscope”, the changing colours, patterns and textures representing moments of discovery, wonder and delight”, explained Mizu Lab's co-founder Nathan Hutchins.
“Throughout the resort, we have woven special features; woven textiles, basketwork coloured glass, lanterns and origami, through distinct areas each assigned to a unique colour spectrum".
Finolhu is located in the UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll. The area is frequented by megafauna including turtles, whale sharks and manta rays.