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Maafushivaru
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“Out of this world!!!”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

We visited Maafushivaru on the second week of our honeymoon. As you are, I spent many days reviewing trip advisor and peoples pictures- and we were not disappointed at all!
When we got to Male, we were met by a Kuoni rep who welcomed us to an air-conditioned room, which was very handy as our flight was delayed by a couple of hours.
On the seaplane it was amazing to see all the islands as you fly over them, and how beautifully blue some areas of the sea can be- it really is like the pictures, but even better in real life! The flight was only about 25 minutes, and very entertaining to see the pilots fly in their shorts and take their flip flops off in the tiny cock pit!
As we landed we saw the island and also Lanobu, the sister island. We were greeted by the rep on the boat by the jetty and a couple of minutes later we were seated in the reception area with our welcome cocktails. Check in only took about 10 minutes, and our bags were taken to our room for us- already we had taken our shoes off which we didn’t put back on until we left!
I’ve read on a few of the reviews about what rooms are best to stay in, but to be honest i really dont think it mattered! We stayed in a beach villa room 109 which was round the back of the island, which did have beautiful sunsets, but there wasnt any breeze at all as this was blocked by the rooms so could become a bit too hot at times- but we would then take a walk and have a drink by the pool.( The whole island only takes about 10 minutes to walk around)
The staff were all really friendly, and we were allocated our own waiter for the week, although a few times he didnt seem to be around so we were allocated someone else which wasnt a problem at all. But the food was really nice, a good variety each day and also an omelette bar in the morning which became the pasta bar in the evening.
You also got to know the bar staff well, who also eventually got to know how you liked your drinks- they do tend to give you extremely strong cocktails, which would normally be welcomed but when its a nice relaxed atmosphere you dont feel the need to get drunk each night. In the bar area there were many board games which were available all day and night which was a nice touch.
The evening entertaining was very relaxed, with cocktails nights, a disco night, maldivian night which was a bit more lively, and a marine biology night which was in front out a projector screen on bean bags- very interesting to learn about how the islands are created/ wildlife you are snorkelling with.
Each day there was an excursion- we went to see the whale shark and also turtles, which we would definitely recommend doing, and also a sunset cruise which was free to all inclusive guests where we saw dolphins and had a glass of sparkling wine, again very nice. The island also provide free snorkels, goggles and flippers to all inclusive guests.
We also had dinner on the beach on our last night- this was a wonderful experience under the stars- again we had our own waiter who was a young lad who was very sweet and polite and provided very good service.
Around the island were floating beanbags for each room- we totally loved these and thought they were amazing! We also loved the random fatboy hammocks around the island which was lovely when you wanted to relax together.
We had a massage in the spa together, this was lovely as the sunset and you could hear the waves underneath the spa's stilts, although this is the only treatment we had.
The rooms were cleaned each day by the same cleaner, and they refilled your mini bar of soft drinks each day. On your decking you had a variance of 6 chairs/ loungers which was nice, and a tap at the front and back of your villa to clean our feet.
There is so much more I can say about the holiday and information, but it was so amazing and I would love to go there again- I would without a doubt recommend Maafushivaru to all my friends and family so please book it as you wont be disappointed!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chelmsford, Essex
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at this beatiful tiny island. It was our third time in the Maldives and our favourite island so far. We had a BV (no 110) and it was in a perfect position of us, away from the bar and the pool which was on the busier side of the island. The rooms were spacious, modern and had a huge bed. We had two showers, one outside and one inside but no bath which I did miss but it wasn't a huge problem.

The staff are ALL fabulous and looked after us so well - we couldn't have wished for friendlier or more helpful people.

We went on the Whale Shark excursion and were lucky enough to snorkel with these beautiful creatures. Neeve, our Marine Biologist who led the trip was amazing. The memory will last for ever - we love you Neeve!

The island is tiny and you can walk around it in 10 minutes but it is perfectly formed. The island is surrounded by a fantastic reef with some of the best coral we have ever seen and plenty of sea life from black tip and lemon sharks to sting rays and parrot fish to mention a few. The reef was just teeming with colour.

I only have one negative and that is the food - it was often overcooked and lacked variety. It would be great if the island had another restaurant to choose from. Fix this problem Maff and you will be cooking on gas!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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gt yarmouth
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

An incredible time spent on this Island in Nov/Dec this year.A real kick off our shoes and relax experiance.Water bungalows were incredible and are worth spending a little bit extra on.
To have crystal clear water and fish/rays swimming by your feet is a true wonder.A small intimate island,where you can have breakfast/dinner etc all with no shoes on in the sand.
A relaxed yet proffessional atmosphere, with kind courteous ,polite staff members.
Our kuoni rep julie was oustanding ,as was the Manager of the resort Manu.A beautiful island with soft white sand and clear blue water"does exactly what it says on the tin"Stayed in water bungalow 218 (sunset side ,right at the end)Incredible sunsets.!!

Room Tip: If you can go the xtra....get a water bungalow.(sun set side)
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

It was our first time in the Maldives and as it was our honeymoon we took our time researching hotels and decided Maafushivaru had everything we wanted and the reviews were excellent. Well we can see why, it is just like the photos and more! We went for the last week of September and the first week of October and stayed in a beach villa. The beach villa was huge and we just loved the outside shower! We did have a look around a water villa whilst there and they are lovely too but slightly smaller inside so as we were there for 2 weeks we were pleased with the choice we made. The weather was perfect only two small showers at night in the whole time we where there. We loved the no news no shoes concept and when we arrived off the seaplane we took off our shoes and only put them back on to go home (it felt weird wearing them again). The Island is small which definately gives it an intamite feel and the staff certainly made or honeymoon perfect! Mark the Kuoni rep and Manu the duty manager were superb they couldn't do enough for us! You get allocated a waiter ours was called Rilwan and he was brilliant, couldn't fault a thing with the service or the food both were out of this world! Every evenings food had a different theme e.g. French, Maldivian, American, Italian. Plenty of choice and at every meal they also had a chef cooking for you in the mornings it was eggs however you wanted them (we normally had an omellete) and at lunch and dinner pasta with what you wanted and fish or beef. Our room attendant was called Ibrahim and he looked after us for our whole stay topping up our mini bar (included on the all-inclusive option) and he did an amazing display on our bed one day as we were there for our honeymoon. Bar staff were brilliant too nothing being too much trouble with the best choice of all inclusive cocktails we have ever seen at a hotel. Aminal and his team helped us work our way through them but we didn't manage them all. The house red,white and rose wine also on the all inclusive were really good too. The Friday night was a traditional Maldivan night and the Maldivian staff did dancing, drumming and singing in the bar it really is a must see and it was great because they got all us guests to join in. Snorkelling was great, one day a family of eagle rays came in and it was just amazing to see. We had a very memorable two weeks and we hope that we will return to the Maldives but it will have to be to Maafushivaru because if we went elsewhere we might be dissapointed as this place would be hard to beat!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Clayton le Dale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

For anyone wanting a relaxing holiday on a tiny Maldivian island then Maaf definitely requires consideration. The island, the staff, the rooms and the trips on offer are all fantastic and have been described time and again in earlier reviews so I can’t really add any more that hasn’t already been said.

Rooms - In our opinion WV's are not worth the extra money. If you're staying in a BV don’t get too hung up about which one you’re going to be in. There aren’t any in a bad position. Any minor gripes can also change from one day to the next. For example, if the breeze chooses not to blow against your side of the island that particular day, the heat and intensity of the sun can be unbearable if you plan to sunbathe outside your room for any period of time. The island has so few people on it you will always be able to wander off and find a nice quiet corner for yourself if you feel the need to move.

Shoes - don't bring them. You don't need any whilst you're on the island.

All Inclusive - an absolute must. You will spend a fortune if you don’t as nothing comes cheap here. Everything you do pay for also has a 10% service charge and 3.5% tax applied, including items purchased from the boutique.
Note the All Inc does not cover any watersports equipment. You will need to pay for kayaks, etc. Expect to pay around £25(inc tax) for a pedalo for 1 hour.

The house reef and the reef around Lonubo are fantastic with a plethora of marine life present. Stingrays, eagle rays, sharks, the odd turtle and thousands of other fish. If you like to snorkel don't forget to bring your waterproof camera.

The only disappointment in our opinion was the quality of the food hence this 4 star review. It just wasn’t good enough for a resort of this standard. Yes there is variety in the buffet and differing theme nights but comparing the food with other restaurants at home and abroad the quality is distinctly average.
If the hotel can address the food quality this island will be an absolutely wonderful place to take a holiday/honeymoon. We would certainly recommend going to Maaf. Just don't expect any gastronomic delights and you'll love it.

Room Tip: Our preference would be beach villas 108 to 113.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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St Helens
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

There are plenty of reviews on here that a comprehensive in their content - so my review of Maaf is to be simple and brief. It is an outstanding place with staff to match and was indeed a holiday of a lifetime in paradise.

Some stuff that may not have been mentioned before...
- 130 staff look after a maximum of 100 guests, no wonder you feel yourself unwind the moment you set foot on the sandy beaches.
- All guests that we met / holidayed with were all similar people, all can afford to come here so the likelihood of scally's or chav's ruining your holiday is minimal - i'm not being a snob with that statement but I have had holidays in the past ruined by rowdy (usually British) holidaymakers and it was so pleasant that the environment and mood of the island matched the type of people there!
- the photographs cannot do this place justice, the ambiance, smell and aura cannot fully be appreciated by photographs alone. No car noise, sirens, loud music, local touts on the beaches....you must be there to appreciate first hand the excellence of this island in particular and the bigger picture of the Maldives themselves. Seeing the region from the sea plane window is amazing.

We found the whole experience amazing, the only aspect that I couldn't mark as a full 5 out of 5 is the food, not because we didn't enjoy it every mealtime because we did, it's because we have eaten better food elsewhere in the past. The food here for me is a very good 4.5 out of 5, but because of one past experience of having outstanding food I cannot give it 5 on this occasion however, don't forget where we are, a tiny island in the middle of the Indian ocean that imports every foodstuff consumed, bearing this in mind I think they do a wonderful job!

I travel well, but have never been anywhere like this before, I am now hooked on this part of the world and cannot wait to come back - it really is a paradise island!

Room Tip: we stayed in 120 - a beach villa. this and 121 shared a small section of beach with unobstructed vie...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bucks
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

This was our third visit and fourth island in the Maldives. Absolutely beautiful, paradise, everything we were hoping for. Soft white sand, everything close to hand, great, friendly service, very large and well equipped rooms (we had a beach villa). We stayed on this Island for the second week of our holiday, the first week we stayed on Kuramathi ( separate review ) and definately preferred the smaller Island, much more personal. Being small, just the one buffet restaurant, it could perhaps get a little boring if there for two weeks but then possibly there is a different menu. The staff can't do enough for you and the exellent service was maintained until the very end (see photo of decorated table on our last night). I could have stayed longer as just soooooo very relaxing, generally after two weeks I'm ready to come home, but not this time. Only slight negative is the house wine if you like Red, the White and Rose were OK but the Red grabbed you by the throat. Overall, no hesitation in recommending this venue, enjoy!

Room Tip: Ask for the 'beach' side, whilst obviously surround by beach, some is very stony and can'...
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Property: Maafushivaru
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Location: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#6 Top resorts Hotel in Southern Ari Atoll
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Southern Ari Atoll
#9 Luxury Hotel in Southern Ari Atoll
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Maafushivaru 5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reached by a picturesque flight over the mysterious atolls of the Maldives, Maafushivaru is a quiet island knitted with lush flora surrounded by pure white sandy beaches and incredible turquoise lagoon. Next to the resort is the tiny desert island of Lonubo, exclusive to Maafushivaru guests. A visit to this beautiful island is a must. You can choose from daily visits for basking in the sun and snorkeling the beautiful reef, or ultimately book to stay overnight, an island just for you and your beloved, even if only for a night. Slumber at your choice of three distinct villas. Beach Villas are sited on postcard perfect beaches whilst the Water Villas are built on stilts over the Indian Ocean providing sunset and sunrise vistas that will be forever etched in your memory. For a fun filled holiday, the Pool Villa is the right pick for families or friends travelling together, featuring two separate villas with a shared pool. Summon the bon vivant inside of you with the delectable fare. Cuisine Gallery showcases a potpourri of dishes from all over the world. While 135° East is your key for an authentic Japanese cuisine displaying the art of teppanyaki and the hibachi steakhouse. Sip favourite sunset cocktails at Water Bar with eclectic evening entertainment ranging from Maldivian evenings, to laser shows and disco nights under the starlit sky. Located on the water’s edge, instill a sense of calm and quietude at the Spa with signature product line Voya focusing on healing therapies and rituals. Explore rich underwater life on the house reefs of Maafushivaru and Lonubo, where fish teem and corals bloom colourfully. Dive with whale sharks and mantas in famed spots down south. Discover the epitome of Maldives – Maafushivaru. ... more   less 
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