My husband and I have just returned from 2 weeks at Huvafen Fushi and before we even left we were planning our return trip next year!
This resort is simply stunning.......not in a "over the top" "gold tap", "bells and whistles" kind of way but in a natural bare foot luxury, utterly relaxing kind of way.
On arrival we were met by the residential manager Shaun and our thakaru Ayshath with a cold fruit cocktail, cold towel infused with lemon grass, we stepped off the speed boat and were addressed by our first names ....instantly we felt like we had come home....Shaun has a warmth which makes you feel at ease and relaxed, safe in the knowledge that he has everything undercontrol.....all that is left for
you to do is to enjoy every second of your holiday.....and we did!
The staff are, without exception, wonderful....so friendly and helpfull with a real "can-do" attitude, nothing is too much trouble and like most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out. Our thakaru Ayshath was wonderful, and at one point we wondered if she had secretly tagged us when we arrived as she seemed to appear every time we got lost or needed something as if by magic! The bar staff in the UmBar were also fabulous...they remembered our names from day one and Abbu (Ali) kept my husband up to date with the football scores....and the pair of them enjoyed daily discussions about the merrits of Liverpool over Spurs!
The accommodation (we were in a lagoon bungalow) was perfect, lacking nothing and needing nothing.....huge 7ft bed, ipod, tv with dvd player
and surround sound, posh coffee machine,state of the art lighting systems in every room (which took me a couple of days to get to grips with.....due to the fact that I had checked my brain in when I arrived
....as it simply wasnt needed for the 2 weeks we were there!) and speakers on the deck and in the bathroom so the music could follow you
where-ever you went.....lovely! The bathroom was huge with a wonderful
monsoon shower and designer bath which is probably the most comfortable bath I have ever sat in!
Outside there was a huge plunge pool (12ft square) which although was
"refreshing" in its temperature....was essential to cool you down when
the sun got too hot.
The island is surrounded by its own reef and because of this we saw more fish, sharks (only babies!) and stingray than we have ever seen in our lives....the resident Marine Biologist took us snorkling (my first time as I have a fear of what lurks beneath!) and I was captivated...she is so passionate and knowledgable and made me feel completely safe.
And then there was the food.....in a word.... "delicious". We went on a bed and breakfast basis because we wanted to feel like we could eat when we were hungry as apposed to eating because we had already paid for it. The menu in Celcius was interesting and varied from fish and chips (posh....no newpaper here!) to butter chicken curry with the most delicious flat breads, in addition, on most occasions they would have a themed buffet with hot and cold dishes. As if this wasnt enough, they have a beach pizzeria which serves the most delicious pizzas from its own wood burning kiln, Salt which is their luxury dining restaurant and Raw which produces a healthier menu option. Then
there are an array of dining experiences from a lobster bbq to dinner in the vinum which are incredible and we would recommend them particularly the vinum dinner which is held in their underground wine cellar .... 6 courses of divine food plus 8 wines during the evening for you to taste and enjoy.....and you can't not enjoy it as the resident somellier Sonny is there to educate you and enthuse about the
merits of each of the wines....he is hilarious his passion for wine is
Finally the spa....I had been really looking forward to the underwater spa and I was not disappointed. The treatment options were endless and the little relaxation room a perfect way to "come to" after whatever you have just had done! I have to admit to never having heard of many of the treatments that they have on offer and have plently more to try on subsequent visits!
I have read some of the other review on Huvafen Fushi and some of them make interesting reading.....well at the end of the day you cannot please all of the people all of the time....but if you want understated luxury, total relaxation, excellent food and peace and quiet....this is for you! If however you need constant entertainment, over the top luxury, and dress up dining for dinner then perhaps you should choose somewhere else.
I have never left a hotel holding back the tears feeling that we were leaving old friends before......but i did this time....as my husbands sunglasses were clamped over his eyes, I suspect he may have experienced a similar sensation....but he'd never admit it of course..
P.S. I have written a review on Anantara ....so if you are reading this and thinking that I am someone who is easy to please or never has a bad word to say.....think again and read the other review.....I am fussy and difficult to please and I make no apology for it.... :-)
- 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. PER AQUUM 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
- PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi Huvafen Fushi Island, Maldives