Three water villas at the Adaaran Hudhuranfushi resort in Malé atoll were destroyed in a fire in the early hours of Monday.
The rooms were vacant and no one was harmed.
The fire and rescue service of the Maldives National Defence Force dispatched a team to the island shortly after the fire was reported around 2:00am.
Firefighters working with the resort’s fire squad staff extinguished the flames around 4:30am, according to the MNDF.
The MNDF said three water villas were destroyed in the fire, which also caused damages to an adjacent room.
The cause of the fire is unclear. A police investigation is underway.
A resort employee told Mihaaru that two of the water villas had been combined to make a restaurant at a cost of US$8 million. The roof of an adjacent water villa was also burnt down.
Photos from MNDF.