We traveled to Huvafen for our honeymoon on 1st April this year, and its fair to say that you could not wipe the smile from our faces from the moment we arrived. We felt like 2 kids in a candy store. We were greeted with lovely refreshing drinks and given a personal tour around the resort by our thakuru, Didi. The whole place seemed really really quiet and peaceful, even though it was apparently at 80-90% capacity.
We had a lagoon bungalow, and it was absolutely incredible. We loved the stylish decor and open layout, especially the bathroom, and the view from the balcony was almost too good to be true. We spent much of the first day lazing around our private plunge pool, soaking up the sun, drinking champagne (they gave us a free bottle for our honeymoon, then we made use of the mini bar and room service!), it was truly wonderful.
During our stay we made the most of the luxurious infinity pool, which seemed to be empty most of the time, and the lovely 'relaxation areas' scattered around the island – especially loved the swing bed, I now want one in my back yard. We did heaps of snorkeling, the house reef was exceptional especially in front of the ocean bungalows, the visibility superb and marine life plentiful. I remember my husband saying to me 'does it get any better than this?!', seconds later 3 eagle rays swam right in front of us – it was really incredible! We loved the reef shark feeding frenzies that seemed to occur every morning at breakfast – so rare to experience this kind of thing so close up.
The scuba diving was also great - we only just got our tickets before we left home and the Maldives was my husbands first ocean dive - so we were smiling from ear to ear. It was fantastic to go diving off the luxury dhonis and the dive equipment was all in excellent condition. Definitely a highlight for us.
The sunset cruise was also very romantic, it is a pity the American couple that shared it with us couldn't even manage a hello... but not too worry.
The day spa is amazing, and we enjoyed a couples massage in the over water rooms. The underwater spa costs an additional $100 per person on top of the treatment price, which we thought was a bit over the top – and I think the overwater rooms are better for massage as you have your face down and there is a glass floor so you can see the ocean beneath. Really lovely day spa, I wish we had more time (and money) to spend there.
The food overall was excellent. Probably too good - we ate far too much! We found generally the pricing for food was quite reasonable, no more than we would pay in a restaurant at home. In saying this they did have special dinners arranged every night that were quite pricey - but sounded heavenly. We did the Maldivian Seafood bbq the night we arrived and although $90 pp it was the most incredible, fresh seafood buffet I have ever seen. The hours they put into the presentation was truly amazing – and the array of seafood was like nothing we'd ever seen. Some of the other diners also sounded great, however cost between $150 - $240 per person.
I was very glad we decided not to go half or full board, it would not be worth your while as you can only eat at Celcius (or get a small discount at the other restaurants), and it is very reasonably priced. Our bill for dinner never got to $100 for both our meals including drinks.
Wine is very expensive, however beers, cocktails and spirits were very reasonably priced, which suited us fine as this is what we felt like drinking on the hot days, lazying by the pool. Conrad the bartender made sure we were never thirsty and we made a ritual of attending the cocktail hour almost every afternoon, the bar and deck area were perfect for watching the sunset and all the beautiful lighting come on – the place was transformed every night. There has been a lot of thought go into the design and layout of this place and we certainly appreciated it!
What more to say? I'm sure everyone has a slightly different experience. We had magnificent weather which I think makes a big difference, I wouldn't want to be stuck out in an over water bungalow when the weather is wet and windy. Its definitely a place for couples seeking quiet relaxation in pure luxury. Not a place for kids, they would get bored easily. The staff were all very friendly to us and the service was excellent. Anyone that thinks otherwise must have a chip on their shoulder.
We stayed 6 days/5 nights which we felt was long enough, its not a huge island... although maybe just one more day beside the infinity pool with a good book and a pina colada...
Definitely worth spending a bit more to stay here, we have no regrets and hope we can one day return!
Holly & Damien