We had the most amazing holiday here. Arriving by sea plane was out of this world - fantastic views over the atolls and other islands and definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
We were warmly welcomed on the jetty and enjoyed the short walk to the island, taking in the lovely warm sunshine and breathtaking views, and even seeing some stingray straight away.
At reception we enjoyed a much needed cold drink and cool towel whilst hearing about the island and excursions and what is on offer, then we were taken to our room (152) and shown around, with our luggage arriving literally minutes later. The water villas are really large and well equipped and we especially liked the underwater panel in the lounge area where you could view all the passing fish - and the fact you could turn the light on at night and see what was lurking beneath! We quickly opened our suitcases, changed and got in the wonderful warm water straight from our balcony to refresh - bliss! - before going for lunch and then falling asleep on the beach afterwards. Later that afternoon we were lucky enough to experience a wedding ceremony on the beach with traditional Maldivian singing and dancing and we got to share in the celebrations and enjoy some of the wedding cake! A great start to the holiday! After sunset drinks in the bar (stunning views) we returned to our water bungalow to get ready for dinner, with our room boy pointing out a massive ray gliding past just as we were about to leave for dinner.
The rest of the holiday passed in a bit of a blur - endless gazing out at the stunning scenery and almost unreal colour turquoise sea (I took several books but hardly made a start on them, preferring to soak up the views instead), walking in the shallow water and discovering tiny islands of sand that would appear one day but be gone the next, snorkelling out the back of the bungalows and on the twice daily snorkelling trips seeing a huge array of fish and even a turtle, several indulgent treatments at the wonderful spa (my boyfriend and I split one of their five treatment packages which was only slightly more than paying for several treatments separately), the dolphin watching trip, swimming around the pier and seeing thousands of fish teem around you, crab racing at the bar, bingo on the first night where I won a bottle of rum which we spent the rest of the holiday drinking, walks round the island discovering new things each time, the tiny crabs and friendly reef sharks and the wonderful staff who greeted you by name from day one and who always said hello when you saw them, the incredible food (so much choice at each meal time, wonderful breads and desserts, super tasty curries and great meat and fish dishes, great cocktails and the fantastic chefs and waiting staff who would always make time to talk to you), oh and the fantastic weather - scorching sunshine and not a single drop of rain the entire 10 days we were there.
To sum it up this was a holiday in absolute paradise, and I would go back again tomorrow if I could. I hope one day soon to return to this gorgeous island and spend another well-deserved holiday there. Thank you to all at Chaaya Lagoon for making it the most wonderful holiday.
- 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:
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