Enjoyed a week here on Honeymoon in October 2012.
Chose to come to the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa after much studying of prices against reviews on Tripadvisor and I can say that I was not disappointed. Booked our holiday through Thomson and the flight from Gatwick to the Maldives and the connection to the Seaplane out to the island was all handled very smoothly. Have your camera on hand for the seaplane ride as the views are stunning.
On arrival at the island we were greeted at the end of the jetty with iced towels which was a very welcome, we were then taken to the reception were a drink was provided and the manager gave a quick debrief of what was on the island, contacts, policies etc. This was all very informal and informative. Only problem that we and a few other couples had was that our rooms were not immediately ready and our bags were delayed arriving as they had to come on a different seaplane. We were able to have lunch and wait in the bar for a couple of hours until this was all sorted, and although there was probably not much that could be done due to the turnaround of rooms and the timing of planes arriving, it wasn't ideal after a 10hour flight and all we wanted to do was get washed and have a couple of hours sleep.
For us this was the only problem that we had all week.
The food in the restaurant we found to be excellent and we never had a problem getting something to eat, and we can both be picky eaters at times.
The drinks in the bar were, in our experience, the standard AI selection of weak local brew you could drink all night, for the good stuff you had to pay extra, this is no different to any other AI package holiday I've been on.
The dolphin safari is well worth the trip, my wife highly recommends the spa, and for me I had my first go at scuba diving and it was absolutely fantastic!
The staff on the island were all fantastic, and the water bungalow was an absolute dream come true, waking up each morning with that view and standing on the balcony looking at the milky way in the night sky will stay with me forever. The complimentary snorkel equipment was a nice touch too and something I used everyday.
I agree with other reviews that the extra money charged for the bar entertainment is a bit of a rip off after you've already paid so much for the holiday and I think the resort should drop these charges, but it's up to you whether you pay and join in or not, we did a couple of times and it was good fun in the bar of an evening either way.
On a purely selfish note also enjoyed that there were no children on the island, for our honeymoon it certainly made a difference, aftre all if we weren't going to bring our own kids we didn't want to listen to anyone else's.
On our last night we had a steak dinner in Crabs restaurant and I can highly recommend this, it's the nicest piece of steak I have had in many years. Fantastic way to end our honeymoon.
Our journey home went as smoothly as the journey there and full marks to Thomson as the economy cabin has plenty of legroom for such a long haul flight.
The best review I can give for this resort is that 3 months later my wife and I still say we wish we were back there at least once a week. Hopefully someday we will be.
- 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