Luxury hotel chain, Seaside Hotels, which now operates as Seaside Collection, has acquired Finolhu, a luxury island resort in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Modern and fun, Finolhu is the hotel chain’s eleventh boutique property and it’s first in the Maldives.

Gregor Gerlach, CEO and managing partner of Seaside Collection said: “Whilst the long stretches of beach, crystal clear waters and the abundance of marine life were almost enough to seal to the deal, it was also important that the resort aligned with the Seaside Collections’ brand values. Environmental protection is an important theme for us. The property is largely self-sufficient and works closely with marine biologists and environmental experts, so it was a good fit for us.”

Finolhu, meaning sandbank, is considered one of the finest resorts on Baa Atoll, a biosphere reserve protected by UNESCO. “Another key focus for the brand is gastronomy. We pride ourselves on providing high quality dining experiences for our guests and look forward to putting the Seaside gastronomy stamp on Finolhu.” Gerlach added.

Seaside Hotel, Grand Hotel Residencia will be Finolhu’s partner hotel. The luxury hotel is located on Gran Canaria and belongs to the Leading Hotels of the World. Moving forward, both hotel management teams will meet regularly to share both knowledge and experience, to ensure guests continue to receive high levels of service and hospitality.