Canareef Resort Maldives
What We Love
- An idyllic stay at a beachfront villa in the stunning Maldives, with breakfast, lunch and dinnerWatching the sun set over the Indian Ocean from your villa's private terrace
- Lounging on powdery white sand and taking a dip in the bright turquoise water
- Heading out on a dolphin cruise or diving with manta rays
What To Know
- The resort is huge and pretty spread out; you can rent bikes for $4 per day, or use their buggy service which is free
- Villa bathrooms are entirely outdoors – be on the lookout for bugs, especially at night
- Free WiFi is extremely spotty, but that's to be expected given your island locale
If you close your eyes and picture an island paradise, you’ll probably see something similar to the Maldives. With powdery white sand, lush green palm trees and bright turquoise water, this island nation in the Indian Ocean is among the most spectacular in the world. Hidden among a collection of cerulean atolls, you’ll find Canareef Resort Maldives. This resort promises a stay like no other, and even getting there is part of the adventure – you’ll fly over the equator and take an exhilarating speed-boat ride from the airport.
The resort itself is just as impressive as the location. The beautiful villas are separated by lush greenery, and each offers access to the private sandy beach, where you can lounge and gaze at the sparkling Indian Ocean. Inside, you’ll find gorgeous natural materials and a color palette that reflects the scenery and culture around you. These spacious sanctuaries even include bathrooms that are partially open to the outside, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the island.
As lovely as your villa is, there are also plenty of activities in and around the resort to keep you busy – join dolphin cruises, dive with manta rays, explore shipwrecks and take local island tours. After a bit of excitement, dine on local specialties or enjoy a massage at the waterside spa.
Good to know
Guests must contact the resort directly at least three days prior to arrival to inform them of their flight details and the names and number of travelers. This will allow the resort to help arrange for an additional domestic flight and a boat transfer.
Each of the villas offers beach access directly from the bedroom, with sliding glass doors that open up to the soft white sand and infinite stretch of turquoise water. You’ll also enjoy the tranquility of a private terrace – perfect for sipping your morning coffee or a cocktail at sunset. Sunset Beach villas offer 820 square feet of space for you to stretch out in, while Jacuzzi villas feature 1,045 square feet and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Amenities- Flat-screen cable TV – Minibar- Coffee and tea facilities- Wi-Fi access- Air conditioning- Luxury bath amenities- In-room safe- Hair dryer
The island’s three restaurants will provide you with an array of gastronomical delights. Kilhi offers sumptuous international buffet spreads, as well as private dining lounges available for booking. Elsewhere, Dhoni is the perfect place for tropical cocktails at sunset or barbecue seafood dinners on the beach. There’s also Meeraa, which serves exquisite Asian cuisine and a wide range of cocktails at their poolside bar.
Keep your heart pumping with one of the many activities at the resort, including snorkeling, island hopping tours, tennis, beach volleyball and cycling. There’s also a certified PADI dive center on the resort, so you can get up close and personal with the area’s incredible marine life. However, if it’s pure bliss you’re after, stop by Sanctuaire Spa. Secluded from the rest of the island, this peaceful, waterside compound provides private suites for massages and a whole range of detox and beauty treatments.
The resort is located on Herathera Island, in the southern Maldives. Guests must contact the resort directly at least three days prior to arrival to inform them of their flight details, as well as the names and number of travelers. The resort will then help arrange for a domestic flight from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to Gan International airport, and the resort will also provide a boat ride from Gan airport to the island, which takes approximately 10 minutes.
How to Get There
Had a beautiful room on the sunset side of the island! Best food I have had at an all inclusive resort in ages! The staff are so obliging and nothing is too much trouble! Excellent buggy service around the resort at all times and to the south of the island where the good beach is. Great view from the sunset rooms but lots of seaweed in sea in front of rooms. Would highly recommend Canareef!
Very good service. I went because purchased a good deal with meals included. It is a run down business. If you are looking for a high end Luxury resort, it is not the place. In my opinion, landscape is a little messy and cheap. They all use unpaved sand as floor.
We went with our friend and family and the service is very bad. Me and my dad went to breakfast and we ate and went back to the room. Later when my sister an mom went the said that they had already eaten and don't serve them food. The room were very nice tho.
We visited Canareef in Mid Jan 2018. It was a complete package for us since we landed at Gan Island - speed boat ride, resort stay, food (indian as well but most I enjoyed was my breakfast), morning stroll, pool side party, pool time, resort exploring, bagghi ride. We enjoyed it thoroughly. And staff was also good, our guide took care of us really well.
We stayed at sunrise villa so one day we woke up early to capture sunrise pictures and it was totally blissful.
I want to mention that out bathroom was open at back side it had walls but no ceiling first I felt awkward but later it turned into an experience which I will remember always:)
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.!!! (y)
We stayed in the sunrise rooms.The sunset rooms have beach adjacent to it and sunrise rooms have the view of the sea. The rooms are individual row houses alongside the sea. There are all kinds of facilities within the resort -restaurants, bars, gym, sports center and for travel within the resort you can ride in the buggies. The food in restaurants was very good specially sea food. Each person in the staff was friendly and were updated about your schedule for checkout, or any activities that you are opting for. They arrange activities like sunset fishing, snorkeling and dolphin cruise and diving over the reefs. Transfer facility is also provided by the resort by speed boat from Gan Island at additional charges. The only goof up was when we were made to wait for some time before checking in due to late payment from our agent, ideally which should have been sorted before guests turning up. Overall a good experience though at Canareef resort.