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Simply Island Life.

... where the traditions are embraced and tranquility absorbed. Experience the raw beauty of nature, befriend the captivating people and feel their vibrant culture. Embark on a journey of discovery, of yourself and local island-life.

The Liyela Retreat Story.

A boutique hotel on the vibrant island of Maafushi inspired by the rustic charm and raw beauty of the Maldivian island, comes to life inviting you to share our passionate appreciation of the eloquent art and culture of the Maldives.

Named after the intricate and beautiful, flowing patterns of Liyelaa Jehun and depicting Thundu Kunaa art, Liyela Retreat embodies the tranquil essence of life in the islands.


Just 27 km south of the capital city of Male’ in the South Male atoll, Maafushi is one of the most progressive and popular islands for holiday-goers amongst locals and tourists in the Maldives. Among the biggest draws to Maafushi is being within easy reach of beautiful sandbanks and reefs teeming with marine life; one of the most renowned areas to spot whale-sharks and manta rays; as well as some popular surf breaks.


Inspired by the island nation's cultural heritage, and driven by our firm commitment to provide the best ambience for our guests, the interior of Liyela Retreat's 14 suites and rooms are of soothing, contemporary design to rejuvenate your senses.


Taste exotic flavors and Mediterranean cuisine of our candlelit Raha restaurant (dhivehi for “taste”), mere steps away from the ocean under the starry skies, where the breeze reminds you of nature all around.