Patina Maldives was designed by Studio MK27, led by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, with the preservation of nature in mind. The resort—the debut property from Patina Hotels & Resorts—is populated with 90 contemporary beach and over-water villas and 20 Fari Studios, where unassuming elegance and architectural lines align with the sea’s horizon. The structures and their interiors combine neutral tones with natural materials, such as soft woods, stone, and organic textiles, and overlap with verdant gardens shaped by landscape designer Vladimir Djurovic for a network of serene spaces evenly scattered across the island. “In such a unique location, architecture’s role is to enhance the experience of the astonishing surroundings”, Kogan says of this harmony of indoors and outdoors, of sanctuary and stimulation. This is also accomplished through the expert illumination of spaces with custom light pendants; floor-to-ceiling windows that frame stunning views; and the application of lines and texture to reflect and mediate the connection between nature and the human body.
Rather than building purely functional structures, Studio MK27 has developed a series of poetic spaces. This vision fills each of the 110 accommodations, which range from studio rooms and one- and two-bedroom villas to the two-story, three-bedroom Beach House and The Beach Collection, which combines multiple villas to create an expansive private enclave. The peaceful Fari Studios feature balconies offering views of either the island’s social hub, Fari Marina Village, or tropical greenery while the resort’s villas are either located on land or built on platforms directly over the Indian Ocean and are equipped with private pools and oversized outdoor tubs. Suited to larger groups, The Beach Collection is a hideaway woven into Patina Maldives’s tropical terrain and includes the two-story Beach House and six surrounding one-bedroom villas, for a total of nine bedrooms, seven pools, and private beach access.
Beyond living spaces, Studio MK27’s contemporary aesthetic also unites Patina Maldives’s 12 restaurants, lounges, and food trucks. These include the Fari Beach Club, where fine dining and imbibing come together under the guidance of chef Nick Bril, whose previous restaurants have been honored with multiple Michelin stars. This joins Helios, an outdoor Mediterranean restaurant; Roots, with its plant-based experience centered on organic home-grown produce; and Wok Society, a high-energy social club serving Asian fusion dishes. Three roaming food trucks also offer quick bites such as burgers, Asian-inspired street food, and homemade gelato. Across all dining options there is a consistent theme of conscious cuisine, compounded by the employment of a zero-waste approach and proactive carbon footprint reduction practices.
Complementing the diverse array of dining experiences is Patina Maldives’s far-reaching wellness and cultural programming. Each guest’s wellness journey begins on their first night, when they receive a turndown amenity of personalized 3D-printed gummy vitamins designed by the British nutritional company Nourished. The vegan supplements hint toward the idea of recharging one’s mind and body, which can be fully experienced at the resort spa, FLOW. A Watsu pool, saunas, cold showers and sound therapy are among the standout features of this space, which also offers a range of restorative experiences in its four double treatment rooms, salon, floatation tank, yoga pavilion, and hammam. This is further supplemented by both private sessions and workshops, hosted by on-site specialists, on sound healing, sleep therapy, nutrition, and posture, in addition to high- and low-impact workout classes, aqua cycling, and paddle boarding.
An artist-in-residence program further stimulates the mind and is joined by several creative initiatives that include personalized playlists for guests during their stay via the Patina app, as well as an impressive island-wide art collection curated by The Artling. Hypnotically detailed landscape photographs by Cássio Vasconcellos are in every villa, while Filipa Frois Almeida and Hugo Reis of the experimental Portuguese studio FAHR 021.3 conceptualized and built an architectural intervention on the beach. Elsewhere, striking mirrored columns by Chinese artist Hongjie Yang blend reality with fantasy. The cornerstone of Patina Maldives’s art collection is Amarta, a site-specific, immersive “Skyspace” installation by internationally renowned artist James Turrell; inside the autonomous structure, one’s senses are not only heightened but also realigned with the pulse of nature through a renewed perception of the sun and surrounding light.
Each element of the resort is tied together with Patina Maldives’s overarching commitment to transparency and sustainability. QR codes placed at Amarta link to detailed information about the origin of building materials provided by Sourcemap, a supply chain mapping program, and when developing the island over 300,000 plants cleared during construction on surrounding islands were brought to the resort for replanting. Moreover, no single-use plastics can be found on-site, restaurants such as Roots source produce from the hotel’s own organic garden, and solar panels provide the resort’s energy.
Located in the archipelagic paradise that is The Maldives, Patina Maldives occupies the largest of the four Fari Islands in the North Malé Atoll. Two of the neighboring islands are also home to resorts and the third, known as the Fari Campus, hosts staff residences alongside an innovative program for employees focused on community, education, and engagement. Patina Maldives is connected to neighboring resorts via a complimentary dhoni service and luxury boat transfers are provided for the 45-minute ride between Malé International Airport in the Southern Atoll.