We stayed here for 5 nights in August 2013. Upon arrival at the airport we were taken via speedboat to the hotel (note that we were offered the opportunity to pay extra for a seaplane from Virgin Holidays but the only way to arrive is by speedboat - naughty Virgin!!!)
Once at the resort we were greeted by the friendliest and most professional reception staff, and shown to our room. We had room 111 - in our opinion, the best room in the resort! We were right on the beach, and had a large stretch in front of us to sunbathe. Our bed faced the patio doors so in the mornings we could pull the curtains open and take in the beautiful view. (I am writing this as in some rooms the beds faced the opposite way!)
We were not far from the small watersports centre, and a 1 minute walk to the pool, bar and restaurants. We felt this was perfect as although it is a small resort we didn't want to be right next to the hustle and bustle of everyone around the pool whilst we were relaxing during the day. Whilst on the island we had a look at the water bungalows - these are nice and of course down to personal preference, however we loved the fact that we were right on the beach and felt that the water bungalows were quite 'far out'. Several other guests we spoke to said they actually wished they were in a beach bungalow instead. If you get a room right at the end of the jetty it's a 1km walk there and back from the island itself! Maybe we are just lazy...!
The restaurants were nice, the pool was lovely although to be honest we only used it a few times as the sea is so beautifully clear, calm and warm. The Viu bar is simply stunning for a pre-dinner drink.
The rubbish island is visible however the resort is centred around the opposite side so I wouldn't let it put you off. It has to be somewhere I guess! The island is very small - we used a pedalo to go around it in about half an hour - but as we were there for a short break to finish off our holiday it really didn't matter. If you were there for more than 7 nights you might want to go somewhere else where there is a bit more going on.
We would definitely return to the Maldives and would probably try another island to get a different experience, but I would recommend this hotel to couples without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Found within 20 minutes from Velana International Airport by speedboat, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is an adults-only retreat set on a pristine island in North Malé Atoll. Retreat in comfort, whether in a tastefully designed ocean-side villa, perfect for barefoot living with the beach at your doorstep, or in an overwater villa with steps down to the shimmering lagoon. All 140 villas (42-45 square metres) provide sensational views of the Indian Ocean and blend in with the island’s green interior; some have an outdoor bathtub or Jacuzzi. Besides a variety of dining options that include Thai, Italian, and Arabian restaurants, the resort offers Half Board, Full Board and All-Inclusive meal plans to suit every need. This enchanting island has endless opportunities to relax and enjoy the beautiful Maldives setting. Pure white sand and a sparkling blue lagoon make this a perfect playground for snorkelling and water sports such as kite surfing, windsurfing, water skiing and catamaran sailing, while the magical underwater world of some of the top dive sites in the Maldives are reached within less than half an hour by dhoni. There’s also a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a beautiful spa, Yoga, an E-Zone games room, and one of the Maldives’ most renowned PADI dive centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives Male