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Value
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Situated in the southernmost atoll of the Maldives, lies the idyllic Canareef Resort Maldives, a 271 villa resort that presents the best the country has to offer. Our island spans 4.5 kilometres, which is the longest island resort in the country. Indulge in the multitude of activities the resort has for you to enjoy. Go beneath the waves, experience our 25 unique dive locations and spot dolphins all year round. Leave your inhibitions at home and 'Step Out of The Blue' with us. Canareef Resort Maldives welcomes you with 271 spacious rooms for your honeymoon, friends or family. Each villa is refined by nature and designed for guests to enjoy the lush natural vegetation of the Island. Our villas consists of 80 Sunrise Villas, 71 Sunset Beach Villas and 120 Jacuzzi Villas from sizes of 76sqm - 97sqm. The Equator Crossing to the Resort would be one of the key highlights of your trip to our Island with your loved ones or friends, as guests get to view breath-taking aerial view of the Maldives expansive turquoise blue atolls riddle in the Indian Ocean. All guests to the Island via domestic flight will receive a personalised Equator Crossing Certificate from the Captain of the airplane. Just when you thought the fun and thrills was about to stop, hold on to your seats and be blown away by a short 10-minute exhilarating speed boat ride from Gan International Airport.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Diving
Tennis court
Fishing
Table tennis
Kids club
Airport transportation
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Spa
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Concierge
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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JasonZiggy wrote a review Jun 18
London, United Kingdom29 contributions9 helpful votes
We have just returned happy and relaxed from a10 day holiday at Canareef. If you want an immaculate and pristine 5* resort then maybe this is not for you. If you want a good value lovely resort with super friendly staff and good food then it's well worth a visit. From our arrival to our departure the staff were fantastic and more than helpful with any request. The resort was really quiet
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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St1ffler wrote a review May 2022
Kettering, United Kingdom58 contributions40 helpful votes
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Myself and my husband stayed here end of May. Due to covid the island has only been open a few months. We took 3 flights and a speedboat to the island. We arrived late evening and were shown to our jacuzzi room which was amazing. We had sandwiches in the room on arrival. There was a maximum of 8 guests on the island the whole time we was there. We had cycles outside our room but just called a buggy to take us where we wanted to go, it's a long island. We had a couple of massages which were amazing. Due to lack of tourists we had a la carte meals every day. The chef and his team did a fantastic job. We went on the dolphin tour also amazing. My husband did a snorkeling tour which he said was great. Staff - too many people I could mention but im rubbish with names, Hassan our waiter each day was great. On our last day he set the table up on the beach, it was beautiful. The lovely staff at the pool and beach bar hated if we got up to order another drink, they're service was really good. A staff member lent me his phone charger coz mine had stopped working. All in all a fantastic holiday
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Jacuzzi rooms are huge. Take spare phone charger. Beach bar has the best beach and bluest sea
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Gez Gerry wrote a review Apr 2022
19 contributions5 helpful votes
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We recently returned from a week at the Canareef Resort in the Maldives. To say it was paradise is definitely understating the fact. The trip started by being picked up at Gan airport and being whisked away on a speedboat to the island paradise which is Canareef. White sand, clear sparkling sea water and coral reefs are the first things that greet you as you arrive, followed by staff service that was warm and ultra efficient. Nothing is too much trouble and we felt instantly relaxed and welcome. The accommodation was tasteful and very comfortable with ample room and a beautiful view. The food was exquisite, prepared by a professional and passionate chief. A great selection of drinks and cocktails from the bar and plenty to do including pool and table tennis amongst other things. The Olympic size swimming pool was like climbing into a warm bath and with tennis court and gym, you are spoilt for choice. We used the cycles provided to get around the island, but a buggy is on call for the less energetic. We found this very helpful when, after snorkeling from the beach, one of the buggies returned both us and our bikes back to our residence. There are a selection of pursuits on the water on offer, including snorkeling, paddle boards kayaks and a dolphin spotting trip, which we did and saw a large amount of spinner dolphins up close and personal. There is also a well equipped dive centre on the island with a qualified guide. We had the time of our lives, feeling like we were the only on our own private island. We will definitely visit again, and suggest you do too.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Remember your shades,hat and suncream.
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ferriswi wrote a review Mar 2022
Colombo, Sri Lanka3 contributions2 helpful votes
Friendly and accommodating staff, delicious food and the island is large enough to either cycle or ride a bike. We spent our last morning on a snorkelling boat trip. The crew were very helpful. We saw stingrays, black tip sharks, green turtles as well as an abundance of fish thanks to our wonderful snorkelling instructor. We will definitely come again.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Kevin Theseira, General Manager at Canareef Resort Maldives
Responded Mar 29, 2022
Dear Ferriswi, We would like to thank you for your comment on Tripadvisor, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your comments on our food and your snorkeling trip. We look forward to welcoming you back at Canareef again in the near future. Again, Thank you for choosing Canareef.
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Northern_Baggie wrote a review Aug 2021
Bury, United Kingdom958 contributions265 helpful votes
What can I say. Canareef offers welcome value for all of those who want to experience the Maldives but are presented with over-priced resorts. Went early June which going on past weather records was a good time for clear skies. Have to say this was the case with showers only on one afternoon and true rain only once overnight. Place was not busy. Probably 40 to 80 guests compared to 400 in high season. Ramadan falling for much of our stay also likely an issue. No issues getting to Gan. Recommend yoy fly into Sri Lanka and get direct flight run by Sri Lankan. Much cheaper than the rip off choice from Male plus you will get 30kg each as opposed to 20kg from Male - great for dive gear - as well as the chance to see Colombo!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Dolphin hunter wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Having booked a late holiday to the Maldives We arrived at the resort to be welcomed by a lovely lady who set about explaining all we needed to know We arrived at our villa which was a very nice clean and well kept jacuzzi villa The whole experience was a delight with the only problem being we were unable to visit other islands because of the corona scare all staff we fantastic and the spa treatments were second to none !! To cap it off our villa was situated next to royalty We had lady p of Sevenoaks and her butler Graham who both made the holiday into a most memorable trip. We will be returning in the near future
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled
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Kathleen wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions3 helpful votes
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Amazing stay at Canareef I’ve so much to include will try to keep it as simple as I can. From arriving at Male where we were met by a rep from Canareef to the end of the trip I can honestly say all staff have been amazing. Friendly polite very helpful always smiling would go out of their way to help you for example my luggage was lost they went above and beyond to get this back. This was not their problem the luggage was in Heathrow but they dealt with it and sorted it so thank you. Again we went the the local village and came across Abdul from house keeping he showed us around the village again going above and beyond this is not part of his job nor was he even at work he was on his break thank you very much Abdul such a nice gent. Kevin the manager has been so nice and kind to us helping us with lots of things for example giving us a better bug repellent and also a room upgrade to better accommodate our family. Again not his problem but went out of his way to help us thank u Kevin. All staff are so welcoming they have manners and are all so professional and best of all they are genuinely nice people. The south beach at Canareef is beautiful you the sand is pure White the sea is pure turquoise like you would expect to see in the Maldives the buggy’s can bring you to and from there in a matter of minutes and there is a nice little bar for refreshments which beer soft drinks and some mocktails are included in all inclusive. The private beach area outside your bungalow may not be the best for swimming in however you still can do this it’s just not as clear however it is so peaceful absolutely no one around you can just chill and listen to the sound of the waves with a little breeze most relaxing feeling ever! Dolphin cruise was amazing you see hundreds of dolphins even up close when you go to the front of the boat. The spa was amazing! Look out for deals when you arrive it’s a must. All inclusive consisted of breakfast lunch dinner buffet style, different theme every day for lunch and dinner. very big variety for all 3 meals we have been here 18 days and always had different meals. There’s also many stations each day where things are cooked fresh infront of you fried eggs omelettes pancakes and waffles at breakfast many lamb and beef dishes cooked infront of you for you liking. Nan bread and lots of pastas cooked fresh infront of you to to order. The food is really tasty and never disappoints. All inclusive drinks one beer which was nice one of each wines which were decent too about 7 or 8 different cocktails and mocktails that were delicious pina colada daquari blue lagoon mai tai many more and obvs all your spirits waters soft drinks teas and coffees. Dhoni bar also does a small snack plate at certain time as well. Rooms are beautiful and spacious I would recommend jacuzzi room for a family as it’s a good bit bigger also you have a nice back area as well as front so you could go out there and sit while the kids take a little nap or watch some tv if they are too warm. Rooms made up twice a day you will always have fresh towels and sheets. Entertainment very good although We have not been out late but the band are amazing singers and are very outgoing and fun, the crab race was really good my little boy 2 and a half absolutely loved it was so entertaining and funny. The pools are all clean beautiful and good temperature and toilets around the island very clean. All in the place is just beautiful we have had an amazing time and we have a baby and a two year old with us I can only imagine how much more relaxing this place would be if you were on honeymoon or something. I don’t want my review to come across in a way where it’s too good to be true there are a few of things personally I would change which are all really small kids club would have that grass outside cut down to make it look more appealing as the outdoor play area did actually look nice (nicer than pictures and more modern) only the tall grass put us of as like any tropical place there is bugs. A baby changing unit would be good in the toilets. I’d also do away with one of the cleans a day and have house keeping focus on a bit of a deeper clean or checking out stuff that could be better maintained with the time they would save going back and forward to each place twice and being in each place twice. Not that I think the place is unclean because it’s not just I think that extra time would make an even better standard and clear up any of those fussier reviews with pictures of basic ware a tear. I also think it would be good to put a little brush and dust pan in each room so guests could get on top of the sand they tread in. All in brilliant place definitely would come back can see the management have made a lot of changes from reviews from the past so only go on recent reviews! Also I’ve spoke to a number of different people here and no one has had a bad word to say! Thank you Canareef! your staff are a credit to the island Ickleel, Abdul, Robal all the guys in the bar and Jessica from the band thank you for your amazing hospitality and putting up with us and our children hope to come back soon!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled
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anitakurucz wrote a review Mar 2020
Helsingborg, Sweden6 contributions1 helpful vote
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We have 1 more day left on our wonderful vacation at Canareef, will miss this paradise very much. Beutiful beaches, lots of colourful fishes in the ocean & also some small reefsharks, stingrays, turtles & dolphines. The lunch & dinner buffé at Kihli restaurant is very tasteful and with a lot of variation & very nice desserts. Spacious rooms at the sunset side, cleaning of the rooms twice every day & everywhere on the island it is very clean and tidy. Very helpful staff on the whole island. Special thanks to Hassan at Dohni bar & Aslan and Kihli Restaurant & ”Happy Man” at Meeraa bar for your excellent service. Wish the whole staff our best and hope the Corona virus will not hit your wonderful island. Anita Kurucz & Jörgen Göransson(167)
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled
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Kate548 wrote a review Mar 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom36 contributions42 helpful votes
We arrived tired from a long journey, 26 hours in total. As soon as we where on the island we were welcomed by Samatha, who talked us through the layout etc. Initially we were a not sure it was what we expected. However, with a good nights sleep and some food we realised how special this island was. It’s probably the opposite of what you may expect from Maldives, stilted bungalows etc, but this is why we loved it, the (Sunset bungalows)look out to the lagoon, just a few steps and you are paddling in the sea. As reviewers have mentioned there is sea grass, which is just like normal grass, nothing to worry about. The lagoon is tidal so sometimes there is more water to swim in than others. This is the best all inclusive food I have ever eaten. I don’t normally like hotel food, but was really impressed with the choice, quality and freshness. The restaurant staff are all so accommodating and look after you really well. The rooms are cleaned and swept 2 times a day. Our room was a little tired in places, ie it needed a bit of paint in some areas. However, we had nice white sheets, clean towels every day. Great air con and WiFi and a excellent powerful outdoors shower. My husband had a few scuba dives and was lucky enough to see Manta Ray. Overall we had a great trip and thought it great value for money. I would recommend the sunset villas.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled
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Sandwich 1962 wrote a review Mar 2020
14 contributions8 helpful votes
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The 16hr travelling was forgotten the minute you arrive at the jetty via speedboat the view is paradise. Check in was very quick and we were in our villa within 15 minutes. We have a jacuzzi villa on the sunset side of the island which is the better side, the sunrise villas have the rough sea. The villa was huge with a large 4 poster bed, outdoor bathroom with a jacuzzi and 2 sun beds and the back of the villa a big veranda with table and chairs and another 2 sun beds on the sand. We had number 508 which was roughly in the middle of the island which I was glad about The beach by the villas is beautiful and the sea so calm and warm. We went to the far south of the island which had a beach bar and ample of sun beds and did a bit of snorkelling. The food was very good always something that I liked and I am a very fussy eater. Our waiter Ikeel was lovely and very knowledgeable about the island and I liked the idea of having the same waiter and table throughout our stay. We went to the Dhoni bar a few evenings but we liked the Meera bar staff amazing. We got to know them all quite well as we always used the pool there as it was only a minute walk to the villa. We had the pool practically to ourselves the first few days then maybe 6 people towards the end of the week The waiters Shahumeen , Sampack and another waiter from Bangladesh were amazing. As soon as we got to our sun beds we had drinks brought over to us and help with parasols etc. On our last night Shahumeen set up a table on the beach with lights in the trees and a sculpture of a dolphin in the sand with a message hope to see you soon I was gobsmacked did not know what to say. He was amazing a credit to the hotel. Also we only got coffee mate in the room so we asked the bar for proper milk so they delivered a big glass to our villa for us The dolphin trip was amazing best I’ve ever been on and I do a dolphin trip every holiday, there were loads of dolphins jumping out of the water doing turns in the air fabulous. We got that trip free due to being all inclusive maximum of 18 on the boat. This is a must trip to do. Our housekeeper was Rubel and he also was amazing. He came twice a day and always had a chat with us if we were in. All in all a fabulous holiday where all the staff said good morning or just hello and cannot wait to go back. I even learnt to ride a bike whilst I was there but hard work in that heat. Beware the sun is very strong we sat in the shade most of the week.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled
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PRICE RANGE
$135 - $923 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
j resort handhufushi hotel addu atoll, j hotel handhufushi, j hotel addu atoll
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
J Resort Handhufushi
LOCATION
MaldivesAddu CityHerathera Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
271
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Frequently Asked Questions about Canareef Resort Maldives
What are some of the property amenities at Canareef Resort Maldives?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Canareef Resort Maldives?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Canareef Resort Maldives?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Canareef Resort Maldives?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fashala, Dr. Alli’s, and Delifresh.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Canareef Resort Maldives?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Canareef Resort Maldives have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Canareef Resort Maldives offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Canareef Resort Maldives have airport transportation?
Yes, Canareef Resort Maldives offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Canareef Resort Maldives located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Herathera Island.
Are any cleaning services offered at Canareef Resort Maldives?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Canareef Resort Maldives have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.