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#1 of 1 hotels in Makunudu Island
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4.4
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4.6
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4.4
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Makunudu Island is one of the original and much loved Maldivian island resorts. With only 36 simple and traditionally designed bungalows set amidst lush tropical vegetation each with direct beach access. Superb house reef. Guest rooms are available with queen or twin bedding,sitting area, private garden bathroom with shower,hair dryer, mini-bar, personal safe, IDD Telephone, Writing Desk, tea and coffee making facilities. Restaurant, Bar, PADI diving school, snorkeling, Non-motorised water sports, volleyball, badminton and table tennis and a library with TV are available for our guests.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
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Canoeing
Airport transportation
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Restaurant
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Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Diving
Snorkeling
Windsurfing
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Table tennis
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Massage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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24-hour front desk
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Ocean view
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
Languages Spoken
English, French
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traveldoc65 wrote a review Feb 24
Cockermouth, United Kingdom2205 contributions234 helpful votes
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If you are looking for a traditional style resort that is unpretentious and relaxed but with excellent food then this is the resort for you. This was our third visit to this resort and eighth to the Maldives.Since finding Makunudu we wouldn't consider anywhere else.We enjoyed the cocktail reception for returning guests where we were able to meet and chat to the management .We learnt that 80-90% of the guests were return visitors and the average age of the guests is over 40-45.The 36 bungalows are nestled in shady greenery a few steps to the ocean.The beach and wind direction vary with the season but while we were there 1-17 were on the windy side and 18-36 on the sheltered side. On the sheltered side there were more mosquitos and at times it was too hot to sit out on the beach.The bed was very comfortable and the shower had great water pressure with plenty of hot water.There is both a ceiling fan and air conditioning. There is a kettle with tea and instant coffee with coffeemate.2x500ml water bottles are supplied daily in the rooms .There is a refrigerated drawer in the room which keeps things cool but doesn't work particularly well.I made up some milk powder daily as I don't care for coffeemate and it curdled within 24 hours. The rooms are not perfect - we were unlucky enough to experience a few days of rain and the roof leaked over the desk area.An umbrella is supplied in the room .WiFi is free but is variable in the bungalows but we had no problems in the reception area. We went full board and saved over £1000 on the all inclusive price.We are not big drinkers but had wine and cocktails every day.The food is plentiful and half -board would have been enough however in my opinion the best meals are at lunchtime with a buffet of multiple salads and small tasting plates.There are always curries and poppadoms and fruit salad. There are noticably more vegetarian options than on our previous visit.There are a large variety of buffet breakfast options including an egg station expertly manned by the ever smiling Helal .He also oversees the tremendous Kottu Roshi on Maldivian night. Most evening meals are a set menu with options , except on barbecue night and Maldivian night.The food is beautifully presented and I particularly enjoyed the " in between" course, and the desserts.On occasion the fried fish and meat dishes were overcooked for my taste. We did have some excellent seared tuna and quite rare lamb and steak on other occasions..There are no set tables but you are assigned a waiter and we were well looked after by Ahmed. I consumed a kaleidoscope of colourful cocktails at the sunset bar ,expertly prepared by Habib .The house reef is excellent and close to the shore.The bay by the harbour is very calm and sheltered and ideal for beginners.There was no need to join the excursions as there is plenty to see on the house reef.We saw black tip reef sharks, numerous nurse sharks and turtles everyday and a large variety of reef fish.We also saw an octopus near the jetty. The coral is definitely improving since our last visit here.The dive centre has instituted a reef restoration project where you can adopt a coral or plant a coral.The latter requires a short dive and is open to non-divers. Please be aware that if you have any medical conditions you will need a fitness to dive certificate to undertake this activity.The resort is delightfully quiet most of the time and the evening entertainment is decidedly low key . The perfect place to relax and snorkel in a wonderful marine environment.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dawn M wrote a review Feb 19
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We were disappointed initially with our room due to the lack of privacy. We spent 3 nights of a 7 night holiday living out a suitcase until we were moved to a much better room. It was our 7th visit to the Maldives and had expected a detached bungalow but they are all semi detached. And definitely not as private as other islands as they are closer together. However that is the only negative so on to the positive! The food choice is excellent and the quality is incredible. Absolutely delicious and faultless. The staff are definitely the friendliest than any other resort we have been to. Lovely lovely people. You can kick off your shoes when you arrive and forget about them till you leave. Bliss.. The rooms are large and adequate, bathrooms are a bit dated but who cares? The dive centre was very quiet so my husband had several one to one dives which he was very pleased with. The beaches vary around the island due to wind and sea conditions but take some jelly or neoprene shoes as there is a lot of coral. There were lots of French and Italians on the island who are lovely people but despite topless sunbathing being illegal in the Maldives, they still seemed to think it was ok to do so. They do like their thongs as well. Not terribly appealing and a bit disrespectful to the local culture but thats common nowadays unfortunately. We both had a couple of massages at the spa and they were marvellous. Highly recommended is the Balinese massage. So overall a fabulous holiday and we would definitely go again. Hopefully next year!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Matthew F wrote a review Feb 19
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This was my 7th visit to Makunudu which might tell you how much we love this little island. The rooms are getting a bit tired and ours had a leaking roof but it doesn't spoil the charm. It's a far cry from the upper class 5 star islands which seem to be the fashion now, just a rustic little gem, no shoes, no news. I take my shoes off on arrival and they don't go back on until I leave. It's a friendly laid back slice of heaven. All of the staff, gardeners, room boys, bar staff, waiters are all lovely and I believe they care about you enjoying yourself and will do whatever they can to make you happy. Unfortunately the management don't seem to care quite as much! I have emailed the island 3 times without a reply which I think is pretty bad as they always go on about how important their returners are! The previous managers were always visible and were always making sure you were happy and checking if there was anything they could do to make the stay even better. Unfortunately the present manager seems less interested..... The only downside this time was that the island had accepted a large Italian group booking which really changed the dynamic of the island. What is usually a quiet and tranquil holiday was suddenly disrupted by the group's constant noise. The other downside was that the normal table service evening meal, which is a particularly important thing for us, was cancelled because of the group on a couple of the nights and replaced by a buffet because the staff couldn't cope. Not acceptable as part of the normal experience. I have nothing against the group, they were just having a good time, BUT most people come to Makunudu for a quiet couples holiday, not noisy groups. I have heard that the island is taking bigger bookings now which will change the whole feel of the island. I did email the management even while still on the island but no reply and no one addressed my concern, even after I spoke to the reception about it. Such a shame if it is going to happen regularly as the returners will stop returning. I know that Mr. Shaugy reads these reviews and wonder if he might respond to this one? I would hope he might reassure the loyal Makunudu lovers that their next visit will be more peaceful, even if he won't reply to emails!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Clare M wrote a review Feb 11
Saltash, United Kingdom2 contributions5 helpful votes
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We have recently enjoyed a wonderful 2 weeks on this island. It was our 12 th visit to the Maldives and 3rd visit to Makunudu, returning for the rustic, natural charm of this beautiful place. For us it is the perfect size . Transfer from Male was a very bumpy speedboat ride then warmly greeted with refreshing drinks and cool towels . We were swiftly settled into our bungalow which was in a perfect position . A bottle of wine and bowl of fruit left for us in the room was a much appreciated touch . Abu Talib took care of the room and did a great job each day . Meal times were a highlight, always many tasty options on offer , we thoroughly enjoyed all the food choices especially the spicy curries. Our Waiter Lasanthta was superb, very attentive and informed us about the island and its wildlife . Our first few days were very peaceful and relaxing as we started to unwind …..then a group of 18 Italians arrived and the peace was shattered! Although a friendly , fun group it felt quite intrusive with the constant shouting to each other and non stop chatter . Not ideally what we wanted on a remote tranquil island break …. We were very grateful to the Manager , a lovely gentleman, who dealt with an issue that arose for us in a discreet and efficient manner . He was very helpful . All staff are friendly and helpful , it was great to see some familiar faces ( Habib) from previous trips . A special mention and thanks to KD at the Dive Centre . We enjoyed a couple of boat trips and 2 snorkelling excursions with him . Mike and I are competent swimmers and KD suggested an extra long guided snorkel around part of the reef. I think it was the furthest I’d ever swum ! It was brilliant , we saw so much . He is a fantastic guide , very calm , chilled and knowledgeable. Also has an amazing singing voice , hopefully he will be offered a recording contract someday , his voice is that good ! Swimming with the Nurse sharks at dusk was a great experience. I was concerned about doing it and needed some convincing and reassurance beforehand. So glad I did it though . I visited the Spa twice , both massages were 10 /10 . Bar guys were always cheerful and friendly and quick to replace the “ evaporated glasses” . There is a small gift shop run by Imilie who was a joy to chat with each day . A sweet soul who always made me smile 😊. Our trip was booked through Angelfish travel who have been excellent for all our visits to the Maldives . We would return to Makunudu in a heartbeat. Fantastic island , well run with delightful staff . Hope to see you all again soon 💕 Clare and Mike
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Sara G wrote a review Feb 10
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I requested to have a birthday cake 🎂 and to have a nice location for the photos, Imeli spontaneously proposed to take pictures and also gave me part of her break. Beautiful experience on this wonderful island, attentive and friendly staff; especially Imeli and Abin helped me to make an unforgettable birthday
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Craig S wrote a review Jan 2024
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We stayed in January 2024 just after new year. Speed boat transfer was efficient and we received a warm welcome on arriving. Staff and food exceptional. Very friendly team. The snorkelling off the main jetty area is incredible. Turtles and sharks and many many colourful fish. Shark feeding every night is worth watching. My wife was unwell during our stay and the hotel staff were brilliant at arranging a visit to the doctors on the neighbouring Summer Island. The rooms are due an upgrade but that doesn’t detract from this magical place. Don’t hesitate.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Abdulla Shaugy, General Manager at Makunudu Island
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Craig I am glad to see your very positive feedback about your last holiday with us on Makunudu Isand. Happy to note you had a lovely holiday. Thank you for your compliments to our team members for looking after you. I also noted your comments about our rooms. We have already planned a major renovation program due to happen during upcoming low season. Once again thank you so much. Sincere regards - Abdulla Shaugy / General Manager - Makunudu Island
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Sourav Das wrote a review Nov 2023
Hyderabad, India59 contributions1 helpful vote
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Great property..!! Excellent staff..!! Had an unforgettable 1st wedding anniversary..the resort and the staff really went extra mile to make it all the more special for me and my wife...!! Special Shout out to Bhaskar, Ravini, mahadev, talib(from house keeping..made my room..not sure if I got name right), subra , though everyone were nice, met and greeted us... Being a flight crew with AirIndia we put up at the best hotels round the globe on a regular basis.. I highly recommend this place... If I really had to find a fault I would say the resort being far from the mainland the tranfer cost is exponentially high..I wish it was a little less...!! Over all loved it... Kudus team Makanudu..!!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Petra S wrote a review Nov 2023
Gyor, Hungary1 contribution
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Most delicious dinners we ever had in any kind if hotels/resorts. The waiters were amazing and made the experience even better. Super clean environment and comfortable, private bungalows. We were on half-board which was perfectly enough for us with having a snack during the day. The food prices were more than okay, the drinks are a bit pricy if you are not on all-inclusive.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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thevornz wrote a review Nov 2023
cardiff wales58 contributions51 helpful votes
This is a wonderful, small and intimate island. The food is outstanding. The sea is beautiful and the array of fish is incredible. We have been many times to the Maldives but we are here now and loving this gem.One point to make is that we are glad we brought jelly shoes as some of the island has very corally sand rather than the soft white powder in other islands we have visited.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: No over water bungalows which really suits us. More rustic rooms than some glamorous islands but...
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David K wrote a review Nov 2023
Munich, Germany1 contribution1 helpful vote
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What a beautiful remote island with no water villas to compromise your see view. The staff and the management were kind and professional at all times. The food was delicious during our entire stay. A big pluspoint is the PADI diving station on the island with its experienced dive instructor Claudia and her dive team and boat crew. They were simply amazing and we felt safe with them at all times under water. We definitely will be back for more time in paradise.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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What are some of the property amenities at Makunudu Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Makunudu Island?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Makunudu Island?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Makunudu Island?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kaage at VARU by Atmosphere, Latitude, and One & Only Reethi Restaurant.
Does Makunudu Island have airport transportation?
Yes, Makunudu Island offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Makunudu Island located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.01 miles away from the center of Makunudu Island.
Are any cleaning services offered at Makunudu Island?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Makunudu Island?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does Makunudu Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.