From reading the mixed reviews I had high expectations but was also worried with some of the negative comments however, once we arrived from the moment we was greated at MALE airport I knew this was going to be a great trip.
You are greated by Huvafen Fushi staff at the airport and they will guide you to the speedboat (2min walk). The Speedboat transfer is 30mins and you will be give cold towels and a drink on the way. Once you arrive at the island the resort manager and the thakur that is associated to you will be waiting for you. They will welcome you to the resort then give you a cold towel and a drink and then your associated Thakur (Nashi) will take you straight to your room. The great thing is there is no so called checkin checkout desk its all done in the comfort of your own room.
We opted to stay in a beach bungalow for 6 nights and paid for a night in the lagoon villa on our final night. We went on a halfboard basis and we were advised we can get 25% off the other restaurants if we chose to dine in the other places like SALT,, RAW, UMBAR etc
Room number 1 was our first room for 6 nights, It was the beach bungalow with an amazing two pools. You had a fairly large bedroom with a 40inch tv and bose sound system inside and outside of your room. The bathroom was an open plan outside room/backyard where we had a huge bath and a shower with the his and hers wash basin. Then you can walk outside the shelter and you have a small pool and day bed with an outside shower which was amazing. Room number 1 was one of the recently renovated rooms which had a pool at the front of the room also which was right in front of the beach.
They provide complimentary water/tea/coffe in room and during turn down service you get water and some biscuits each night.
During our whole stay we did not see many people unless we went to dinner / breakfast. You feel like you have your own private part of the beach and this was great.
Our nominated thakur (Nashi) was great. During your whole stay if you have any problems you can call your thakur 24*7 and he will do all he can for anything you need.
We needed the DR while there on our second day and within minutes the dr was in our room solving the issue. It is great to know that you have a resort DR onsite and do not have to travel back to MALE to see a DR.
Breakfast and Dinner was at Celcius each day. As we went halfboard we were limited to celcius but they do inform you that you can go to other restaurants for 25% discount. For Breakfast i found the variety was good and so we were not ever bored with food choice. For Dinner , Monday nights is a maldivian night so this is included in halfboard option so we had non alacarte menu which was night, wednesday night was BBQ and friday was the Fish market, Sunday nights there is a lobster & champagne grill but this is not included for halfboard. On the nights we picked from the alacarte menu we found that 4 night of alacarte got a little boring and i would think the hotel could add a few new dishes for starters and mains that are a little more western. Aside from this the quality of the food and service was perfect. The staff really do care and pay attention to the customers and they made our stay speacial. thank you to Nashi, Sohail, Shiyaz who made dinner and breakfast fun daily.
The resort has a number of events you can particapate in like daily yoga morning/evening and daily soccer next to beach which all the staff participate in and helps you feel like a family and get to know the other guests. There is a daily sting ray feeding session in the evening where you get to see about 6-8 sting rays.
We did snorkelling (equipment provided by resort with NO hire charge) and this was great you haev dedicated snorkelling coral areas which was nice and we got to see reef sharks in the morning when walking around at 7:30am on the beach.
We did go to the spa and had a facial overall the service was great but i found the spa very overpriced but this was expected given your location.
For our last day we were due to move to the lagoon bungalow we booked and as it was our anniversary the resort upgraded us to the ocean bungalow which was amazing. Own coral to snorkel, own pool, a huge room with bedroom, living space and a jaccuzi made this last day/night very special. When we returned from dinner we were greated by rose petals over the bed a cake and a bunch of flowers which was very nice.
we had a great time and we got what we came for and that was to wind down and relax. The resort is a bare foot resort so dont waste luggage space with shoes you really dont need it at all. A pair of flip flops if you really want to but that is all.
Going to this resort everyone should know this is a luxury resort and the prices will be high for activiites and drinks. We only had soft drinks and on average a coke was $3.50 and a bottle of still water was about $10 for large and sparkling we paid on average $8 dollars.
Definetly will go again as the hospitality you receive here is pure perfection
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Float at infinity's edge. Descend stairs for underground wine. Come out of your shell in the depths of an underwater spa room - the first and only in the world - where colour fish glide past the floor-to-ceiling-windows that reveal the beauty of the reef. Huvafen Fushi, a multi-award winning island resort located only 35 minutes by speedboat from Male, offers 44 naturally modern bungalows and the luxury of 'suites at sea,' traditional Maldivian sailboats fitted out with modern indulgences and the chance to escape and relax in a secluded island paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Huvafen Fushi Hotel Huvafen Fushi Island
- Huvafen Fushi Male
- Huvafen Fushi Hotel Male
- Huvafen Fushi Huvafen Fushi Island, Maldives