After arriving from speedboat from Male (the transfer that I had reserved has not been arranged and after a couple calls to Ali, I was able to get aboard speedboat from Male to the atoll). On arrival I was met by Adam, who was very pleasant and took me to the guesthouse (I actually was assigned to "Sunny Lodge, which is their second property across the street). Pictures in *no way* reflect the actual rooms, which were clean but extremely basic. In my experience there was no 24 hour front desk, there were no manta ray or whale shark excursions on offer (there was not an "excursions board" to be found), there were no BBQ grills, playground, or other amenities which were listed online as present at the guest house. Linens were not changed once during a week-long stay, and aside from when the cook prepared/served meals, no staff onsite. I did have a window...that looked into another room which was the service area, so there was no natural light; lighting was provided by bare glaring compact fluorescent bulbs; the room was pitch black without the lights turned on. On the plus side, air conditioning worked well and shower was with hot water. Additionally, the private beach was beautiful and an excursion was arranged to the picnic island which was gorgeous, and transfer back to Male was without issue. I was there 7 days, which turned out to be 4 days too long. While the tiny atoll itself was beautiful, I found the inhabitants (numbering ~ 700), extremely unfriendly.
I stayed for a week at Kalaafaanu. It is a very nice, clean and comfortable place. They even took care of reserving a place for me in the speed boat from Male. This can be an issue especially in high season if you do not have a reservation in advance.
The rooms have both a fan and AC, hot water to shower, a nice garden to site and read or have a coffee or eat.
The guys, Adam and Hussain, are very nice and friendly and made my stay very comfortable.
The location is perfect as they are located almost next to the bikini beach, about 3 minutes walking. At the bikini beach they also have their chairs and umbrella for the guests, which is not always the case in other Islands with even more tourists like Rasdhoo.
They run lots of activities around the island like diving, sand bank, manta visits, fishing, etc.
The only dive center on the island is also owned and run by them. Besides the known dive sites close the island like “Fish Head”, Adam knows many other amazing sites also close to the island. I dived with them few times and had an amazing time and seen really amazing sites.
I really recommend the place.
We stayed in this inn in November 2017. Shout out to Ali (owner) and Edam (dive master).
Host is friendly, speaks English, and is knowledgable about surrounding attractions and activities.
Ali, the owner, also owns a local dive shop, which makes staying at this inn convenient for divin and other aquatic activities.
We managed to go snorkelling and saw a pod of dolphins playing at the surface!
The inn also offers aquatic sport activities at a reasonable price!
Restaurant food is also good.
10/10 would recommend.
Kalaafaanu retreat is a very nice place to stay if you want to discover an inhabited island.
The rooms are reallly clean, spacious, and comfortable.
The staff is very nice and helpfull.
We made an amazing trip to sand bank and pic-nic island, and enjoyed our time in kalaafaanu.
If we come back one day, it would be there!
Thanks to Adam and his family to make our Maldives's trip unforgettable!
Anna & Olivier