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“Great, as long as you upgrade!” 4 of 5 stars
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Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Goalhi No. 3 Majeedhee Baazaaru   |  
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“Great, as long as you upgrade!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two weeks last year, so much to say as I experienced the standard garden rooms which are basic, with an outside shower/toilet area, the first night I got bit to smithereens, the bed was fairly hard and I was marginally worried as the back door leading out to our shower area had the flimsiest sliding lock, bearing in mind it would be fairly easy to leap the wall and probably give a sharp shove to access the room, although I must say there where not reports of theft etc on the island, the dining area for the garden villas was basically a huge open sand pit with a roof on, food was pretty good with a wide variety, although breakfast was a little odd with streaky bacon that wasn't,a weird bright orange thing, not sure if it had meat in it, plus the constant insect bites in the restaurant didn't help either, evenings are a fairly laid back affair, minimal entertainment, luckily the red wine was actually quite good
After our first day we decided to upgrade to the ocean villas for the remainder of our holiday £3000 extra! However it was our first proper holiday in years and was worth every penny, got collected from our old room by our 'butler' in a golf cart, driven direct to our sumptous 5* room, which had a huge four poster, beautifully designed soft furnishings, a bathroom indoors, which had no see through glass doors overlooking the ocean, with your own outside decking area which was superb to sit and have a latte at the end of the day, as you also get a state of the art coffee machine, free WIFI, mini bar and complementary Cava on arrival, plus your out in the ocean a little way (lagoon side so minimal wave action) so no Bugs biting you! You have steps down into the ocean to swim in, I saw a multitude of sealife including manta rays throughout my stay, a really superb room, in addition you can call your butler to take you over to dinner in the golf cart, where you know have your own restaurant, which is indoors, more intimate and air conditioned, food was stunning! In fact the best food I've had on an all inclusive ever! The do cater towards Chinese and Indian food but also to more European tastes as well. Breakfast you now have near your room on a verandah overlooking the ocean... You now get proper bacon and sausage too.

The people are all extremely pleasant and helpful, after I'd upgraded I did have a fantastic time, the island is beautiful and relaxing and we spent our days snorkelling, walking to the other end of the island to watch the surfer dudes, it has great waves on this island apparently, and altogether relax, if you get bored easily the Maldives isnt for you but if you want to be stranded on a desert island in the lap of luxury (ocean villa) then this is for you, but honestly if u can afford it upgrade! The main island accommodation is 3* at best, bring with you boots own tropical insect repellant 50% Deet, after my first day I didn't get bit at all

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

My fiancee and I stayed here for 2 nights last week (30th march 2013) as i was in the area on a business trip that coincided with her birthday. We stayed in a Beach Villa (Room 203).

OVERALL: The resort as an overall package is lovely and we had a great time - but largely due to the natural beauty of the island and not the hotel itself. The island is truly stunning with some brilliant secluded beaches and great snorkelling. Unfortunately the hotel is tired around the edges, is a bit "basic" and had (for the 2 nights we were there), terrible nighttime entertainment. Most of the clientelle were Russian or German (with a spattering of us Brits, some Americans, Australians and South Africans). As such, the entertainment is extremely "europop".

Depending on what you're used to, this resort might be a little disappointing - although for the price (relative to the area that is!) it is well worth it. We paid approx $500 a night - anywhere else in the world we would have checked out immediately but the Maldives are an incredibly expensive part of the world and to get premium hotels you're looking at $1,500 USD upwards. Ultimately you pay for what you get....As a short break we enjoyed it but if it had been our honeymoon we would have been disappointed with the somewhat package holiday feel of the place.

BOAT TRANSFER: For the area, it is reasonably priced. But for your $105 per person, dont expect a private transfer. You are on a clean (but not fancy) boat along with everyone else on your flight that goes as and when everyone else is there. It is certainly not tailored to you. The journey is about 20 minutes and has some fantastic views. Tip: try to sit at the back as any other row the plastic splash protectors block most of the good views.

ARRIVAL/ROOM ALLOCATION: You get given a cold towel and a rather sickly-sweet drink. They bring the paperwork to you to sign. Took about 20 minutes. You then walk to your room whilst they bring your bags in a truck - which is a nice thought/touch in the heat. We were in room 203 on the northeast of the island, near the ocean villas. If you can, get a room as near to the ocean villas as possibly. Avoid rooms anywhere near the bar/pool area and especially the southeast of the island - which are near a loud and constantly humming generator!

ROOMS: Clean, tidy, if a little basic. The bathroom/toilet/shower is out the back and is "outdoor". I can see what they were going for but it is a little frustrating getting out the shower and being hot and sticky almost instantly. Not to mention the mozzies biting you if you need a pee in the night. But its a nice change and certainly tolerable! The great thing about beach villas is that it is literally 10 metres to the beach. Although it might be worth going somewhere else on the island to sunbathe. As others have mentioned, this is one of the few hotels that allows under 18's and as such the areas outside the villas can get a bit crowded/noisy from kids playing.

RESTAURANT/BAR: The main restaurant is one of the biggest let downs of the hotel. It is simply too large and gives a very "industrial" feeling to what is otherwise quite a secluded feeling to the island. The food is indeed varied with plenty of choice but like the free drinks, is of pretty poor quality.

ENTERTAINMENT: There are quite a few excursions that you can do, just like on any other resort; snorkelling/diving trips etc. The hotel puts on evening entertainment - which was cringe worthy the 2 nights that we were there. Everything shuts down at midnight - which is no bad thing but plan around that as you wont be having a late night otherwise.

STAFF: Generally pretty friendly and efficient. We did see (on both days we were there), different people in reception clearly upset about something. We dont know what it was but it was on at least 2 occasions with different guests.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Stay away from the generator part of the island. Find clean sunloungers (would it really cost a huge deal to get new ones?) as some are indeed a bit old/tired. Bring stuff to do in the evening as the entertainment isnt great. If you dont like your wine out of a box, bring your own.

Room Tip: Stay away from the generator part of the island on the southeast side. Rooms nearer the ocean villa...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kathmandu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The resort is definitely not a super luxury hide out, but it makes up for being a family fun place that is geared towards small kids. There is a lovely large pool with a little kiddy pool adjacent to it. The play ground is also there just in case children get bored with the beach. The beaches, along the lagoon, are shallow, perfect for kids to wade in. The beach cottages are large and bright that are filled with simple but tastefully designed furniture. The open air bathrooms are clean and a joy to use. The island is large enough to offer long walks along the paths that are shaded by coconut trees and other tropical flora, creating a beautiful canopy over-head. The paths also cut across through some nicely manicured gardens and the tennis court set in the middle of the resort island compound. The Lohi's corner, from where we watched surfers surf, was a fun place to hang out with the kids. The staff continuously keep the grounds clean, raking the dead leaves and picking up towels. The Coconut Spa offers some magical massage options that are simply luxurious. The only bummer was the food -- reminiscent of mass produced institutional food – lacking in imagination, both in taste and in presentation.

Room Tip: The beach cottages close to the pool gets a lot of noise from the loud music played during disco nig...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

travelled in october 2012. stayed in beach villa hut. on arrival given a refreshing drink checked in promptly and bags taken to the room. Rooms very spacious and loved the outdoor shower. unbelievable view from the decking area of the hut, snorkelling was amazing. the rooms were cleaned daily and decking brushed. The walkways were cleared daily of leaves. In the restaurant you are allocated your table and waiter for your whole stay. The food was mainly fish but pasta and some meat dishes are on offer. We never went hungry in fact we ate plenty throughout our stay. In the evening entertainment was provided and waiters were constantly coming around and asking if you wanted a refill. you never had to go to the bar in the evening in the main lobby area. Advice to holidayer's is to take some aqua shoes for the snorkelling and no need for high heels or shoes, Sandles and flip flops are all that is required. Very warm even in the evening. Some rain storms this time of year but does not spoil the holiday. Highly recommend going this place we nearly went to Kuredu as it had better reviews but cannot imagine how it could be much better. Absolutely enjoyed this holiday and would go back again in a heart beat.

Room Tip: we stayed in room 215 great view short amble to the bar and restaurant.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

September 2012 we returned to Hudhuranfushi for the fifth time since our first trip in 2006!
We have seen a few changes over the years, water bungalows, change in management, refurbished rooms, but come Xmas every year when we plan our next holiday, one place always stands out as a great location for tropical luxury and great surf! Now that Thomson no longer feature this hotel, the price has rocketed and I guess will continue to do so and it's not 4*, more like 3.5* with the beautiful Indian ocean, great surf and peaceful beaches rated 10*!
The surf is perfect for the mature surfer (52) and son (14) to enjoy relatively safe and fun world class waves, without being dragged over fire coral reefs and delaing with violent locals!
Our waiter, Abdullah has been looking after us each year for 4 years, as indeed have Rich and Amy, the surf guides! Rich has a passing resemblance to Kelly Slater and probably would give him a run for his money in those waves!
Ignore the negative reviews on here, chill out in paradise, enjoy the relaxed vibe, tip the guys working in the bar area and don't go taking photos of the grouting and plumbing!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We had a lovely honeymoon at the Hudhuranfushi resort. We loved the welcome we received ( a cold towel and drink), and always felt welcome and treated excellently whilst there. Our waitor (Wisam or 'Sam') was brilliant, treated us brilliantly and led us to really enjoy our mealtimes. The resort was well kept, well looked after, we felt comfortable in our room, and all the room staff/maintenance staff worked very well and very hard.
Our villa (number 200) was on the 'nicer' side of the island, where the water is calm, and is close to the nice beach and sea. Any of the villas from 175-220 are in this great position. The bars are nice, a good amount of food options in the restaurant (although after 2 weeks did get a little repetitive!). We did a whole load of the watersports (including jet skiing, snorkel excursion, crazy shark, canoeing) and we loved every minute of them. The staff were wonderful here too. We also went on the Dolphin Search Cruise, but alas, no dolphins were found! Only go on that excursion if you know you can cope with not seeing it! We also went on the excursion to 'Kuda Bandos' which is advertised as an 'uninhabited' island, and it's not quite what we thought. It seems to be an old holiday resort that is no longer used (still a beautiful island though!), so don't think it is a fully deserted island! Scuba diving was also very fun (if not a tad expensive!), and it's definitely worth a visit to the Coconut Spa for some treatments there too, to aid the relaxation!
It's not the most expensive, or most upmarket island in the Maldives (from what I gathered through chatting with others), but still paradise for us, and a great way to spend 2 weeks,

Room Tip: We were in Number 200, the quieter side of the island with a nice piece of beach!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We spent our honeymoon in hudhuranfushi and stayed for a week in March 2013. Here are the some important hints;

Ocean Villa:
We stayed in ocean villa 836. It was amazing! Our villa was facing to sunrise which I will strongly recommend because sunrise villas has cleaner, turquoise sea.

Food
I am afraid there are very limited food. Breeze restaurant breakfast was marvellous which is avaible for ocean villa visitors. Chargable seafoods were also good.

Pool.
Horrible!

Insects:
I know we were in a tropic island but when I call reception and say "Emergency!" I would wait for a staff came to our room as soon as possible. An enormously big, black insect was on my wall! The staff came after an hour and told me not to be afraid because it is not harmful. And then he left! There are no disinfection of any bugs or flies. They bite you all the time.

It was our honeymoon, nothing could make us down. It was a great trip but there are things that should be upgraded immediately.

Room Tip: Ocean Villa 836 was amazing!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Goalhi No. 3 Majeedhee Baazaaru
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > Lhohifushi Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:4 star — Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi 4*
Number of rooms: 137
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