... well okay from arrival on Makunudu ....WOW!!!. this was our 6th visit to the Maldives and Makunudu is definately the best island we have been to. They are all good and are all pretty much the same although saying that Makunudu was the smallest being only 36 rooms, which were very authentic, comfortable and felt great.On approach from our speedboat journey the view was as expected a beautiful island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. We were welcomed with a cool cloth and a non-alcoholic cocktail which is all you need after a long flight. After going through the normal forms etc we were shown to our room which was beautiful, very authentic and clean. Our room boy was excellent, clean towels were provided daily, bed linen regularly, decorated bed a few times during our stay. We were extremely pleased. We loved the little road runners (water hens) round our room (we had our own little visitor daily) and on the island they were funny.
Once you leave your room to visit the beach it was wonderful walking through a little greenery and onto the beach which was cleaned early mornings, the ocean was as expected, snorkeld and swam. Beach should are needed for swimming in parts of the ocean as it cna be slightly corally although there are parts you can walk/swim without shoes.
The resturant was great real rustic, dark lighting made it feel real there were also wooden tables and chairs with candels and laid up nice, the service was excellent I called out table waiter Sugar, he was so helpful and very expert. The food was wonderful with buffet style breakfast and lunch, great choice even for the most fussiest eater. Different choices of eggs was available to go with a cooked breakfast, cereals were available along with fruit etc. The Al e carte meals five nights a week was excellent. the food menue was well thought out well done to everyone. On the tuesday night there was a beach bbq (weather depending), this was also excellent and on Friday nights it is Maldivian night which goes without saying was brilliant.
The bar was open from 10am until late althoguh AI finished around midnight. There is an excellent choice of drinks both soft and alcoholic, the white wine was the best i've tasted in the Maldives. All drinks were wonderful a great service too the staff were brilliant thansk Bala, Shah and Habib, hope the decking is finished (was being renewed at a fantastric pace and working all hours to get it finished to their guests, although we were never stopped going outside on the decking). Great service with smiles all round.
The reception staff were fabulous can't thank them enough especially Akrim, Jason (Ahmed) and
Jalil, thanks guys you made us smile every time we passed reception or needed anything. Was lovely to see your smiling faces first thing in morning until last thing at night and special thanks for coming up the jetty to see us off on our way home a wonderful touch..... we will definately be back.
To the new manager of the island please don;t change anything on Makunudu it is so real. I understand sometimes things need a little updating but it was the BEST island we have been to and a massive thank you to all the staff. Well Done....Caroline & Steve
- Also Known As:
- Makunudu Island Maldives/Male
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique Bungalows set in the lush tropical vegetation and right on the sea front are built and furnished in a traditional style. The resort reflects the local character and vibrancy of the island environment. A bedroom with twin or queen-size bed and private sitting area. Open air private garden bathroom with shower and fresh hot & cold water, hair dryer, mini-bar, personal safe, IDD Telephone, Writing Desk, Wardrobe and Dressing Area, WC and Shower. ... more less
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