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Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives
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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2009

May 3rd - May 17th 2009

So - where to begin.....! This was our second visit to the the maldives, and the Second to Hakuraa Hurra. We spent several weeks considering that if we went back to the maldives, which island should we go to, and we bought all the books to try to find another island just like HH which we fell in love with first time around (april 2006) In the end - we just couldn't find anywhere that we thought we'd get for similar value for money, and so back to HH we went! I don't know if this was playing it safe, or taking a big risk it wouldn't be as good second time around but we needn't have worried - it was fabulous! and exceeded all expectations once again!

The flight from Heathrow (Sri Lankan) went witout a hitch, and we duly arrived in the Maldives on schedule, although we'd completed the landing card on the plane, we had another form to complete in the arrivals hall - to promise we didn't arrive with Swine Flu! so if you're going sometime soon it's worth knowing you need a pen and something to lean on immedeately you arrive in the terminal building else you risk fighting for space on the few small tables they've put about the place for this purpose! and as it says elsewhere on the forum getting off the plane and through immigration asap is a good thing in terms of Sea Plane departures!

After coming through Security we made our own way to the Sea Plane Desk and were checked in (no sight nor sound of a Virgin Rep! which is just about typical i suppose given my recent experiences with them!) We landed at 10.30 am, and the sea plane departure time when we asked was, 12.45 - perfect we thought! but when we asked at 12.45 it was now 1.45! we actually departed at 2.15! which was no great drama, we had a drink and a lounge around in the comfy chairs and tried to stay awake! (please note - reasonably nice toilets here - y if you want to get changed into something cooler for the sea plane journey! it is VERY hot on the plane, no real ventilation as you'd expect and the air conditioning consists of two small fans attached to the front of the cabin (one either side) if like me you take a while to acclimatise wear light clothing and carry water - and get on the plane quick so you can get a seat up front near the fans! they have little impact if your sitting 4 or more rows back!

The flight to HH took 45 minutes and we stopped on route to drop a couple of people off at another resort (not sure which but could tell from the plane it didn't look as good as HH!) We then arrived at HH - glorious sunshine, the 5 minute boat ride from the plane jetty to the pier, and then the walk down the jetty to the reception (just in this short walk we saw two sharks, a giant trigger fish, and lots of cornet fish!) we were met with cold towels and Ice tea - given an information booklet about the island, made to fill in a raft of info about ourselves, and allocated our room. We were given 118 - but asked for a high number water bungalow - and they kindly arranged for us to get 161 the next day (reason for higher bungalow - all day sun on the balcony! not what everyone wanted but i wanted to work my tan!).

Room 118 was lovely - and we saw sharks and puffer fish in the coral below the bungalow as well as a variety of bright little fishes in the 24 hours we were there! We were told we could move after breakfast the next day - so we went to reception after breakfast to ask how it would work and they said we could move after 11! maldive time clearly! ) still no problem! we packed up what little we'd unpacked and gave reception the key at 11am - they ed us the one to 161 and within 10 minutes one of the porters had brought our luggage to our new home!

It really was a fabulous room! more sun in the afternoon than 118 - in fact we could get both sunbeds in sun or shade ALL day long! it required some moving around of the beds! but was no problem and the perfect amount of both! 161 also had a lot of coral underneath! I'll tell you what I saw in a moment!
Next - the bathrooms! yes - they are tired - very tired! but Clean! and perfectly adequate - for example many marks on the bath that wont come out, and it was clear some [--] had previously stubbed out cigarettes on the tiles beside the bath staining them - but it was spotless clean and i for one do not go on holiday to spend time in the bathroom!
Good news is during the referb next year they are being replaced and shower cubicles being put in which will be lovely for our next visit (!!!) But it really wasn't a problem.

So - what did we see! (i am a fish freak and we bought a comprehensive spotting book (bought off amazon) and added significantly to our enjoyment to be able to read up, identify and learn more about what we were seeing!
From our viewing pane in the water bungalow alone we saw: Sharks, octopus, Painted Spiny Lobster, Yellow Puffer fish, Spotted puffer fish, Painted Moray Eel, plenty of rays of every variety and size, some funny polkadot fish which we still can't identify!) and sooo much more - every time of the day there was something new to see - a tip leave your light on under the glass pane (switch near the dressing table) when you go to dinner - when you come back it will have attracted the fish like moth to a flame so to speak!

The snorkeling was fantastic! big tip - and one we only discovered this visit! If you are not a strong swimmer and the daily snorkel boat is not your thing (drops you 20 metres out in deep water! and then you have to swim to the reef and the current is quite strong) then go to the great reef you can walk to! when you stand on the deck in front of the restaurant there is the long deck and pier to your right, to your left there's a dis-used platform which (bizzarly!) has bits of dead tree tied to the corners! - walk out there to the platform at low tide (wear lots of Sun Cream!) - the reef and living coral is fab and the fish amazing - and for a frightened Fruitbat like me is perfect as you can snorkel within or out out of your depth at your leisure! and the fish were really out of this world!

As for the food - fantastic - better this time than in 2006 - lots of choice. Mr Fruitbat is a curry fiend and loved the daily lunch and dinner curries. I'm less of a curry freak and loved the bread (made fresh on the island every day) and salads and grilled fish and meat. The fresh made naan's in the Tandoor every night were AMAZING!

As already noted the evening entertainment was a little hit and miss! but also hilarious! even now the random Bingo callers 'numberrrrrr.... numberrrrr........' is mentioned by either of us has the other one in fits of giggles - it's has to be seen to be believed! It's all harmless entertainment and if you don't want to particpate there's plenty of tables out of the limelight where you can observe rather than participate! but all good fun.

We didn't bother with excursions having done most of them on our last visit - but those that we met that did them this time enjoyed them. We instead decided to experience the Spa - fantastic - We had massages and foot spa's/ pedicures. Everything was wonderful - the ladies great, excellent value for money (no more than what i'd pay at home) fabulous setting and so relaxing a real treat! highly recommended!

The staff on the whole were wonderful, our room boy fantastic - the place was spotless twice a day (Mr fruitbat and i seemed to make more mess than i imagined as we spread out stuff over the huge room!) our waiter at dinner was also fantastic - and by holiday end no longer needed to ask us what we wanted to drink at every meal; automatically bringing Mr Fruitbats extra beers unasked!
All the staff across the island were fantastic; always polite and friendly! there was only one small complaint to note - a rather surly man who takes every opportunity to push the dinners on the beach - his sales pitch certainly needs some work! The food being so fabulous we didn't want dinner on the beach this time around - only one meal i fancied was the lobster but at 90 USD per person i wasn't that tempted! (this is clearly where the island makes a good margin!) but he repeatedly asked if we did - and rather than providing us info and letting us come to him if we wanted to book - he kept asking - and i felt guilty in the end for repeatedly saying no!!! he's just a bit too pushy! and as a strong willed FB I can't bear to be given the hard sell but can happily make my own mind up!

Towards the end of our second week they suddenly seemed to realise we were repeat visitors & forum members (there's a fantastic Chaaya Resorts Forum which gives great info for planning (and getting excited about) your trip), and we were given a blue ribbon round our vase on the dining table to note our repeat status to the staff, and as part of our improved status (!) invited to a fabulous cocktail party on the beach with the management! fantastic - superb cocktails and after speaking to the management team you really do get a great feel for the passion and love they have of the island and the service they provide! The cocktails were sooooooo good i had to go and have a little lie down after dinner! (Mr Fruitbat had to cling on to me to prevent me toppling into the lagoon! he say's i was hammered! as a lovely lady Fruitbat I like to think of myself as just a little tipsy! getting my wings in a flap!) as repeat guests we were also given a wonderful fruit basket in our room! wonderful - but given it arrived on our last night didn't give us much time to enjoy! a nice touch - just too late!

All in all we had an amazing two weeks! The weather was wonderful (we had 2 overcast days - which were actually a welcome break from the intense heat and respite from our sunburn! (despite being covered in factor 30 the FB still looked like a small tomato coloured FB!) We had a fantastic time, it was everything we hoped and more and the next time we want a holiday where we want to just check in and chill out Hakuraa Huraa is where we'll do it! We love it there! and we will be back!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2009

This was our first visit to the Maldives and what a magic place it is. From the moment we landed to the time we left we didn’t see one unhappy person. It certainly helps the holiday go well.
We flew with Sri Lankan Airways who were very good; ample leg room, efficient service and good meals. There was a three hour wait for the sea plane but time flies with all the planes coming and going. The flight itself was hot and noisy but the views of the tiny islands are spectacular.
Once landed, we were warmly greeted, given a refreshing face towel and a cooling drink. The staff explained the various procedures and escorted us to our water bungalow which was a lot bigger than we expected. The bed was huge and actually very comfortable to sleep in. Yes, the bathrooms are a bit tired but everything is clean and you could do everything you needed to do in them. Our cleaner, Habib, tidied up whilst we had breakfast and then again in the evening, with a turn down service.
It doesn’t take very long to get orientated and, despite the hotel being full, there was plenty of space, and sun loungers, for everyone. The only time we saw larger numbers of guests was in the restaurant and bar. We are fairly well traveled, including cruising, but have to say the quality and choice of food was as good as anything we have experienced. It is a buffet so it was great to have ‘small’ portions of many dishes. Special mention must be made of the choice of home baked breads at breakfast, the cooler with a vast arrange of desserts and the light, scrumptious sponge puddings served with custard. No wonder we put on a ‘few’ pounds. The head chef, Gemini, and Restaurant/Bar manager, Manesh, were always on hand to say ‘Hi’, explain dishes or just answer any questions you may have. Our waiter, Majeed, served drinks and cleared dishes in an efficient, non-intrusive and extremely pleasant manner.
The bar staff quickly got to know you and would have drinks ready as you approached the bar, useful as long as you don’t change your choice. The beers, A/I cocktails and the wine were all reasonable and plentiful. Cheers to VJ and Lalit. The only problem was that, when it rained the covered area was limited, the outside chairs had cushions that retained water and you could end up with a wet backside if you weren’t aware (I got caught once!).
We were given a tour of the gardens and kitchen. You have to remember the island is totally self-sufficient so you have generators, water purifiers, waste disposal, organic garden, huge food storage rooms etc etc. The kitchen was spotless even though at the time they had just finished preparations and were about to serve dinner. The gardens are immaculate, the sandy paths are cleaned daily of all the dead leaves that have fallen. All the staff seem proud of the environment and rightly so. The Manager, Raj, and his assistant, Marlon, do a great job.
Finally the ‘wildlife’. We went snorkeling which was good fun but you could see everything off the pier or from your bungalow if you just sat and watched. This included sharks, rays, eels, Picasso fish, parrotfish, puffer fish, turtles, herons and fruitbats to just name a few.
We chose the Maldives and Hakuraa Huraa for a change and it was absolutely brilliant.
The guests are usually couples, many young but I would certainly recommend it to the older brigade although I wouldn’t take younger children.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2009

We have just returned from paradise and was so sad to come home. From the moment we arrived to departing we were treated like royalty the staff there are second to none.
Their aim is to please everyone they and they are so helpfull.
Raj the manager meets everyone on arrival with a huge smile Marlon always there for you checking your having a great time .
Head chef and resturant manager always around at meal times to answer any quesions
about the fab display of foods on offer.
And about the bar staff VJ ,Aravinda always a welcoming smile and an empty glass to pour you your favorite tipple.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2009

Well the wife and myself returned on Sunday (17th May) after two weeks at Chaaya Lagoon. We had read all the other reports on trip advisor about this place and were fairly confident we were going to be going to a good location and have a fairly decent time. WRONG! We had had a fantastic time and the location is amazing.

From the moment you set foot off the seaplane, the staff are looking after you. In reception we were handed cold towels and an ice cold drink after our long 20 hour journey (more on that later). After a very short talk my Mr Robert the assistant manager on the place, we were taken to our water bungalow - number 121. The water bungalows are actually much larger than they appear in the photos. As you walk through the front door for the first time you're greeted with a cool refreshing blast of air-conditioned air; perfect after a long-haul journey. On the left there is the entrance to the bathroom which are in need of a re-fresh but are perfectly clean and adequate. Lets just say - you don't need to spend much time in the bathroom unlike say Egypt! Entering the main living area is an extremely living area which contains and extremely comfortable bed and TV, fully stocked fridge and DVD/CD player. Going towards the patio doors is a window in the floor which allows you to view the fishes below. Beyond the patio doors is decking with two sun beds and a beautiful view of the reef. Want to go for a dip in the sea...steps lead down to the crystal clear waters. The room is cleaned twice - yes that right - twice a day! Our patio area got the sun from 06:00 to around noon. However you can still get a tan from the suns rays reflecting off the water! Take lots of quality sun tan lotion! The sun is strong here.

Food: Simply outstanding. We've stayed in a number of AI resorts and none of them have come close to the range and quality of Chaaya Lagoon. The basics are repeated day in day out, but in two weeks, neither my wife or myself had the same dish twice! The food is freshly prepared. We were given a tour of the kitchens and I have to say that I was amazed with the cleanliness and discipline of the kitchen. I've been in Michelin star kitchens that aren't as clean or well organised as the kitchen at Chaaya Lagoon. All the staff take pride in their various sections and this really comes across in the food. I know of no guests during our stay who suffered from dodgy stomachs!

Beach - white sands, palm trees, enough deck chairs. Idyllic! One thing that we did notice in our stay is the lack of guests. Despite the hotel being full during our stay, there are only around 160 guests on the island with 134 staff. This means that during the day you don't see many people giving you the impression that you have this 6 acre island pretty much all to yourself.
Snorkeling - simply amazing. The equipment on loan FOC is of a decent quality; you really don't need to bring your own snorkeling equipment here. If you enjoy your snorkeling I can't recommend strongly having a decent digital underwater camera. Do not bother with one of the cheap 35mm single use waterproof cameras; I took over 400 photos whilst in the sea. You can also see everything you want out the back of the bungalows without venturing away from the island. Eagle ray, manta rays, 4ft black tipped reef shark, turtles, butterfly fish, surgeon fish, pepper moray eels, titan trigger fish, all can be viewed with 50m swimming of the water bungalows! The most friendly fish seems to be the picasso trigger fish. Soon as you're in the water with a camera, this fish wants to be in the photo! I'd also recommend buying a book on the fish - at the beginning of the 1st week we were going "Pretty fish" and after buying a couple of books from the extortionately expensive shop we were going "Oooo, did you see the brassy rudderfish?" or "Was that a reef bannerfish or a moorish idol?"

Speaking of books - if sitting in the sun with a good book is your thing, then the hotel contains a fairly extensive library of holiday books that people have left or donated to the hotel.

Evening entertainment and bar; the hotel puts on fairly decent entertainment in the evening. However the highlight of the week has to be the bingo. Never have a cried with laughter so much - and we weren't even playing! The bar is pretty good with AI cocktails being fairly non-descript. If you want a decent cocktail expect to pay between $6 and $10 for a good cocktail. Only exception is the long island iced tea - do not buy this drink - they put way too much lime in!

Value for money: The hotel and amenities that come all inclusive are definitely worth the money. However the spa, shop and scuba diving are all very expensive compared with back home. My wife was rather vocal about the price of $90 for a 1 hour massage. If you want to do your PADI open diver qualification, expect to part with $600 plus! The shop is also very expensive but as mentioned in previous reviews - this is not owned and run by the hotel but only leased. Part of the problem though was the weak pound v dollar.

We came over via Sri Lankan Airlines and I have to say they were fantastic! In flight entertainment and food was excellent meaning an 11 hour flight to Male from Heathrow was tolerable. At Male, we were waiting around for our connecting flight at the seaplane terminal. Make sure you drink lots as the initial heat and humidity when you get off the plane is rather a shock! The seaplane ride is fantastic and 40 minutes goes by very quickly. Make sure you have your camera on you when you get on the plane as any hand luggage gets stowed at the back. You'll need the camera, when you get a window seat preferably at the front on the plane, for all the photos you'll be taking!

Do's and Don'ts

Do go - the place is amazing
Do watch a sunset whilst sipping a cold drink on the beach with your partner
Do go snorkeling and try not to be afraid of the larger fish.
Don't expect lots to do - this is the place to chill, sit back relax and watch the world (mostly fish) go by.
Don't take children -this is not a child friendly resort

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2009

My husband & I have just returned from our holiday at the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa and we had a perfect 2 week holiday. We booked with Thomas Cook and were a little worried about the Monarch flights after reading lots of bad reviews. Our flight left on time both ways and the food was fair. Leg room is poor and anyone over 6 ft should probably consider paying for the extra leg room seating. The seats are also narrow so the smaller you are the more comfortable you will find the flight.

We arrived in Male on time and were transferred immediately to the Air Taxi waiting area. We then had a short wait before boarding the Seaplane. The seaplane was a fantastic way to travel! You get to see all of the little Maldivian islands dotted around from the sky which is quite spectacular! Little tip - on the way back sit on the left side (the single seats) and you'll get a great view of the runway and Male as you come in to land.

I cant even begin to describe the feeling when the seaplane lands in the middle of the sea, in the middle of no-where! The day we landed the weather was beautiful so I think we probably experienced it at it's best. You get off the seaplane onto a small boat and the colour of the sea is honestly quite breathtaking.

We were greeted with cool drinks and towels - very much needed by this point! The staff are very welcoming and look after you.

All of the meals are in one restaurant (unless you pay for a special meal on the beach or on a boat). We were concerned the food may be repetitive during our 2 week stay, but we were pleasantly surprised. The food is lovely and there's plenty of variety. We had all sorts of meats - chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, gammon, mutton and of course lots of fish! I honestly couldn't fault the food. There's always fresh fruit, salads, fresh breads and curry! Something for every taste.

We stayed in a water bungalow and it was fantastic! The only negative that I have really is the air conditioning unit which was noisy and didn't cool the air as efficiently as I would have liked. A lot of people criticise the bathrooms and I would agree they could do with a little modernising. However they are clean and functional and how much time do you really spend in there anyway?!

The glass bottom is really cool - we saw eels, puffa fish, reef sharks, sting rays all swimming below. You need to be quite patient and look at different times of the day when the tide is in and out to see different types of fish. The balcony is very private and has steps leading into the lagoon. The current of the water is quite strong and there's a lot of coral which is quite sharp so I would definitely advise taking something you can wear on your feet. The mini bar in the room is poor - you have to pay extra for the alcohol, canned drinks and nuts. The only things included are bottled water, 1 bottle of coke and 1 bottle of sprite so not overly generous. The men who clean the rooms are wonderful - very quick and efficient.

The Beach is fabulous - white sand and crystal clear water. The only negatives are that some of the coral gets washed up onto the sand and therefore it's not as soft as we thought it would be. The water is also quite shallow - i'm 5 ft 4 and the deepest the water ever got was up to my waist. It is a bit of a shame there isn't a swimming pool, as this would make my overall rating excellent rather than very good. However there is plenty of water (!) and rumours that the hotel may be building a swimming pool at some point...

The Bar is where the entertainment is held. Entertainment is average, but it was what we expected. There was an acrobat show and a Maldivian cultural show which was quite cool - something a bit different. There was also Bingo and Hermit-crab racing. These were fun but you had to pay to enter. The bar was quite a pleasant place to spend time playing cards, chatting to other holiday-makers, having a couple of drinks and watching the sun set. On the topic of drinks, the All-Inclusive option includes: Draught beer, White wine, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Soft drinks and all of the usual spirits. There are also some included cocktails, but they're not great - too sweet and not enough alcohol! You can pay for better drinks (i.e. nicer wine and branded spirits) but we didn't bother.

There is table tennis but the bats have seen better days - it's time the hotel invested in a few new ones but if you like table tennis then perhaps take your own bats! You can also borrow DVDs from reception and there are DVD players in the rooms. The book library is enormous so you wont be stuck with nothing to read!

I did a taster dive which cost $40 for 45 minutes. The dive school is quite popular and a lot of people we met said it was quite reasonably priced. The hotel also runs a free boat trip to nearby coral for snorkellers (twice daily). You see so many amazing fish on these trips - I would definitely recommend going on the boat a few times throughout your holiday.

We were very sad to leave this island. I thought 2 weeks with very little to do would drive me insane but actually I came away fully relaxed and refreshed and wondering why I haven't done that sort of holiday before! It takes a few days to unwind and get into a new pace - we work in London where everything goes a million miles per hour and it did take us a while to adjust. It's amazing how you slip into the mode of doing absolutely nothing and how enjoyable that can be!

On a final note, take plenty of sun cream with you. The island is almost on the equator and the sun is super strong. We took factors 50, 30, 20, 15 and 8 and we ran out of the high factors too early on in our holiday. Factor 8 is not strong enough and I burnt my legs quite badly on my last day! The shop only sells factor 8 (not helpful) and it's really expensive (although you can negotiate!).

Have a fantastic holiday!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2009

We booked with Virgin Direct, 1st mistake. If you need to speak to anyone be prepared to wait on hold for 20 minutes each time. Virgin use Emirates 2nd mistake. You may get more room in front of you but the seats are narrow & upgrading is just too expensive. Twice I missed out on a main meal as all that was left was curry, not good for breakfast. The flights were delayed twice & our seats were mixed up which was very embarrassing for us and makes you wonder how no one noticed we had been issued with boarding passes not matching our passports?
No Virgin Rep was waiting for us at Male, he strolled along 20 minutes later, whilst we had been standing in 40degree heat. By the time he showed up and spent 30 seconds telling us to go over to the seaplane desk all of the seaplanes had been allocated and we started a 4 hour wait. As you can imagine we were not impressed.
We arrived at the Island tired, dirty & sweaty only to be pushed into the restrurant for lunch.
After a lunch we couldn't really appreciate we asked to be taken to our room, it wasn't ready. We had now been up for 36 hours as we had left Dubai in the middle of the night, no room was not what we wanted to hear as it was 2 in the afternoon.
We waited a little longer whilst the staff rushed around to get a high numbered bungalow ready for us.
First impressions were the bungalow was tired, the ceiling was water stained and plasterboard was coming away in places, the varnish on the floor was peeling and the bathroom was in desperate need of a refit. However it was spotlessly clean and there was no creepy crawlies.
A shower, a nap in a huge comfortable bed and clean clothes made all the difference to our frame of mind and we finally started to unwind.
The Lagoon is shallow at times which made it easy to walk over to the small Island however the water does riise and lots of fish come in with the tide, I swam with a manta ray and we saw a Turtle and several sharks go by.
The food was just amazing so much to choose from and all so fresh. We tried lots of things we wouldn't normally eat and enjoyed them all.
The evening entertainment was a bit hit and miss but I don't think we will ever be able to think of bingo in the same way again. we met some lovely people and had long chats in the evening so really didn't need to be entertained all of the time.
The staff were all very friendly and did their best to help with any questions or queries, the Island is beautiful, the resort could do with an update but over all we had a lovely time.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2009

Most of the reviews say it perfectly, but I'll add an American perspective since we've heard we were the first Americans to visit in quite some time. The staff were wonderful! Really enjoyed the bartenders Shekar and Lele. Raj (hotel manager) greeted us when we landed and took us in for a cold drink. Next, I'll move on to the rooms. We stayed in 170 which we heard was damaged by the Tsunami in 2004. I would guess the higher numbers were all damaged because we visited a friend's room and it was in much better shape. Yes, the bathrooms are in need of updating but who goes on vacation to hang out in the bathroom? The room was kept up well by our room boy who was wonderful - taking care of new linens and towels in the am and also a nice evening turndown service. Onto the food - I felt it was above average but my wife found it only average. It was extremely hot in the restaurant especailly at lunch. At times it was a bit unbearable. We were told there were "theme" nights, but we struggled to see this displayed. All in all, food was good but could have been better. If you don't have a taste for curry, you may have problems with the main courses. Entertainment in the bar was ok. The night the DJ played was wonderful but other nights we had to create our own entertainment which was fine too as we met so many great couples. The people visiting the island - the British and Germans were great! We made many friends. The Italians and French were HORRIBLE! Because of our experience with these people, we never want to visit France or Italy. The people were very rude and arrogant. We were glad when most of them departed the island. Of course the resort may not be able to control this - we had to mention it. All in all, our honeymoon was wonderful and the staff made it a very enjoyable stay. We would go back but would try another island prior to coming back first. Perhaps a good 10 year anniversary trip.

Jason and Katrina

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives

Property: Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives
Address: 20252
Location: Maldives > Meemu Atoll > Hakuraa Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hakuraa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives 4.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The first glimpse of Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives from the air leaves visitors speechless. Pure white-capped roofs of the resort's 70 Water Bungalows, set in knee deep crystal waters of the lagoon, can be a rare sight. A walk around this strip of island covered with green-topped palm trees will reveal 10 charming Beach Bungalows strategically placed with the lagoon as the front yard. Hakuraa Huraa means "Reef above water". What makes this reef even more special is the spectacular island resort that has been designed to complements the splendor of the island. It's called Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa Hotel Meemu Atoll

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