This was our 7th visit to the Maldives and can say without hesitation that Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa was up there with the best resorts we have stayed at. True it is a long way to travel to the Maldives but once you arrive there all cares evaporate when you see the resort and the smiling faces that greet you. The registration procedure is short so you can get to your room as soon as you can. We had visited a Chaaya resort a couple of years before (Ellaidhoo) and were not surprised to see the warm welcome we were given again. Once registered we were shown to our recently redecorated Water Villa were our luggage was delivered within minutes so we could now relax. As we had arrived during lunch we were given the opportunity of seeing the excellent array of food on offer. One of the first people we met was the Head Chef, Nissanka, who was very polite and engaging in conversation about the food on display. He also introduced us to his other chefs. Suitably refreshed we returned to our room to truly relax on the more than adequate balcony.
The Water Villa was very spacious and kept clean by our room boy who came round twice a day. Everything, bed linen/towels were changed on a regular basis, daily if needed.
During the stay it was my birthday and whilst I like to keep a low profile, I left the restaurant before they could sing Happy Birthday, our waiter tracked me down to the bar and got everyone, including the entertainment duo, Sheryl and Dexter, to sing. Also, when we got back to the villa the bed was very attractively decorated.
The bar area was excellent and the bar staff very attentive. Once the bar staff knew what you normally ordered, your drink would be ready as soon as you walked into the bar. The entertainment by the resident duo was excellent, they also came into the restaurant earlier in the evening which we thought was a nice touch.
The food was superb. There was a good selection, especially the themed dishes. One chef that stood out was Rubel. From early morning omelettes to evening meal salads, both freshly prepared while you watched, were to die for. Don't miss the freshly made bread of an evening. We were offered a meal on the beach and were glad we accepted. A four course meal that showed off all the chef’s talents.
Even though we went to relax we do enjoy snorkelling. Other reviews say that there are no fish in the lagoon. Let me dispel this myth. There are many fish, you just have to be patient and quiet as you snorkel. In one instance my wife found herself swimming alongside a ray. Other fish spied were Lion Fish, Tangs, Trigger fish and even a Sole which took me nearly 15 minutes to photograph as it was very well camouflaged every time it moved.
To sum up, thank you to Raj and his close knit family of staff. Special mention to Ali, for helping a novice Android user sort out the internet connection; Rubel for the superb meals and Nissanka, even though he left the day after us to be closer to his family at another Chaaya resort, for being especially friendly.
Would we stay there again and recommend to others?
A big resounding......YES.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first glimpse of Chaaya Lagoon Hakura Huraa from the air leaves visitors speechless. Pure white-capped roofs of the resort's 70 Water Bungalows, set in knee deep crystal waters of the lagoon, can be a rare sight. A walk around this strip of island covered with green-topped palm trees will reveal 10 charming Beach Bungalows strategically placed with the lagoon as the front yard. Hakura Huraa means "Reef above water". What makes this reef even more special is the spectacular island resort that has been designed to complements the splendor of the island. It's called Chaaya Lagoon Hakura Huraa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa Hotel Meemu Atoll