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
The reception and house-keeping staff are polite and helpful. The food is just average. Staff at kilhi need to be more courteous and impartial. The beach is calm and peaceful. Nice locations for taking pics..
Nice resort reasonable price. Good service.very less vegetarian food beach not very good. Not comfortable for snorkeling. Very peaceful atmosphere. Very huge swimming pool
Hospitality is very good
Resort is very huge
Buggy alway ready for serve
After 10 days holiday with my wife what can I say ?
Excellent, a bit of a trek to get to from Male but pure bliss.
we stayed in a jacuzzi beach hut overlooking the lagoon, the room was brilliant (not immaculate) but above standards, we had mountain bikes to travel around which was great but you can call the free buggy service any time for travel on the island. The staff are excellent and go out of their way to please. The beaches are lovely and clean, pools lovely and clean, food was lovely, good options and if you like curry a must. We booked full board and upgraded to fully inclusive purely for cost saving, the drinks are expensive if you are full board so it’s cheaper upgrading.
It’s a pure chillax place so don’t expect lots of activity, relax and enjoy for what you have paid for, you only require dollars for tipping if you wish otherwise all costs get charged to your room and end payment by credit card.
I’m a fussy person so 8 out of 10 for me, yes I would go back.
I stayed there with my family from 28th December 2018 to 3rd Jan 2019 (early hours). We booked late and could get only sunrise villas (2 of them). Sunrise Villas open into the corals and Sunset Villas into the breach. It is a beautiful resort with good beaches. Cleanliness was great (they cleaned the villas twice a day), food was just good. Overall the staff was very good - front office, restaurant, housekeeping. Iyaas Adhil & Ahmed Yoonus of Reservations were very cooperative - they also gave me a great deal. The New Year function was a let-down and could have been much better. One should take full-board as the alternative is to have food in one another restaurant of Canareef which could be a bit far from the rooms.
The snorkelling coordinated by the resort was good. However, we had some small issues with Sub-Oceanic which organises Scuba Diving as they confirmed that we could do Scuba Diving a day before but the next day mentioned that they were completely booked (their Jet Ski was good, however)
It was really beautiful - marvelous beach, wonderful resort and perfect team. Thank you for all (special thanxs to our friend Ibrahim and the restaurant team), special thanxs for your birthday-surprises. We will come back for sure. And everyone should try Canareef. CU soon