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“One of the best Maldives resort” 5 of 5 stars
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Island Hideaway Spa, Resort & Marina
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Moscow, Russia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“One of the best Maldives resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

We spent wonderful vacation here. Being on Maldives several times at different luxury resorts we found this island unique. Comparing to others it has big territory, large private garden to every villa and exelent ocean around so it from one side deep enough and calm for swiming and from the other side of island - for best snorkeling along house reef.

Snorkeling along the house reef we saw turtles, eagles rays, boxfishes and many others. It is also good for diving - all dive sites are close to the resorts and we saw mantas, sleeperlobsters etc. Dive team very professional and friendly.

Fishing also good inspite of little biger price. We have got our best reef fishing there (see photos).

Besides that the resort is very children friendly. Villas are big enouhg and buttlers are very good with chilldren.

We hope next time we will come with our children as well.

Many thanks to all staff and management.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

We have travelled many places but to be quite honest none will ever compare to this wondrous dream vacation. We thought it would be good but never this like this. The place was amazing and the service incomparable everyone welcomed us with such friendly smiles and happy attitudes. We had a list of requirements that might have sounded a bit too much to other hotels but Island Hideaway met them. We defiantly plan on going there again in the near future. The beautiful clear water, the amazing water villa, the spectacular view and the awesome staff really made it our best vacation yet. We would recommend it to honeymooners and to couples celebrating their anniversary- like us. Our only disappointment was that our two young sons didn’t join us. We thought it wasn’t child-friendly but discovered that they had a special kid’s center and many activities for children. We still believe that it was a dream because the beauty of the place is so surreal!!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seoul, South Korea
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

It was really great place for honeymooners. Perfect private space just two of us.
The island makes everything romantic.
Nice spa, crystal like water, friendly staffs, great food..everything was wonderful..
The island is pretty big so there are lots of secreat place you can find.
It was the best trip ever in my life~~

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Ticino, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

We spent one week in the Island Hideaway (dhonakulhi residence) and it was one of our best holidays ever.
The villa is welcoming, beautiful, spacious, cosy and it feels like home. Besides, if you're looking for true privacy, this is the right place.
The food is excellent in both Matheefaru and Gaafushi restaurants, and the Meeru Bar serves appetizing lunches or snacks. We also had a perfectly organized and prepared dinner on the beach during a "mediterranean night" in an astounding atmosphere.
Our butler was Rameez (thank you for everything!), a concentrate of kindness, discretion and efficiency. All services throughout the island (housekeeping, reception, sports, diving, buggy service, etc.) are really outstanding.
The spa deserves a special mention: an amazing location and an incredible service.
In conclusion, attention to details, location and service make this resort the best we ever visited yet. We enjoyed every second there and we will definitely come back.
See you soon Hideaway!!

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2010

This is a really beautiful place to stay. It's absolutely stunning and unlike many hotels in the maldives it isn't too 'manufactured'.
The villas (which are comparativley simple) - are delightfully spaced out over the island which still has a lot of vegetation, and you genuinely feel as though you are on a desert island. Beaches are glorious - and virtually deserted.
The butler service, which sounds a touch intimidating, is fabulous - especially, if like us ,you have young children. Your bulter will take kids swimming, searching for crabs, off to the water sports centre or whatever you want - and of course you can use them as much or little as you want. The kids club is good - but probably best for 2 -7 year olds.

There are three slgiht downsides -
1. It's a long way to get here - but worth it!!
2.there are a lot of mosquitoes on the island. The hotel sprays daily, but still there are loads, Take lots of repellent and anti-mosquito stuff. The hotel needs to do a bit more to reduce this problem, but it's a small price to pay for the genuine beauty of the place!
3. the food. They have the common issue of making the food too complex - menus can be over-dominated with foie gras and similar stuff. You can of course ask for grilled fish - which we did. It's a shame that more local style foods do not get a greater presence.

BUT these three issues are minor. I am pretty critical of hotels, but thought this was absoltuely wonderful. This is not a prim hotel, more of a stylish, relaxed place, at one with nature. It also has an interesting mix of clients - and not too many brits.
ps...alcohol is very, very expensive, but the sommelier, Oscar, is a top guy and will help you max your budget.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kreuzlingen Siwtzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2010

water clean and warm, beautiful sandy beach, staff very friendly and serviceminded, food and drinks excellent, villa spacious and clean,
we were here for the second time and certainly not for the last time

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

very nice place. perfect combination with casual atmosphere and very nice bungalows, excellent food and exceptional service. good for families thanks to a well organized kids club and also thanks to the individual butler service.
nice housreef and manta spots just around the corner. best time to see them is dec-march. we were lucky and saw them mid april.
overall one of our favorite resorts. its definitely worth to go and have a look. ENJOY !

Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Also Known As:
Island Hideaway Spa, Resort & Marina Hotel
Island Hideaway Spa, Resort & Marina Hotel Haa Aliff Atoll
Island Hideaway Spa, Resort And Marina
Island Hideaway Hotel Marina
Island Hideaway Resort Marina
Island Hideaway Spa, Resort & Marina Maldives/Haa Aliff Atoll
Address: Dhonakulhi Island
Location: Maldives > Haa Aliff Atoll
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Haa Aliff Atoll
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Island Hideaway Spa, Resort & Marina 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi Maldives, Spa Resort & Marina is a new luxury boutique resort situated on the privately-owned uninhabited virgin island of Dhonakulhi, North Maldives, Indian Ocean. The resort was opened on 1st August 2005 as a 5 Star resort with 8 types of spectacular guest villas. Our marina is the first of its kind in the Maldives. The Island is a haven of peace, tranquillity and serenity. The Island Hideaway is the only resort in the entire Haa Alif and Haa Dhaalu Atolls of the North Maldives. ... more   less 
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