What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Raw restaurant’s healthy Asian menu
- “Thakaru” – Huvafen’s discreet take on butlers – manage to be super efficient yet relaxed
- The infinity pool is speckled with fiber optic lights after dark
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Speedboat transfers to/from Malé are $308 per person, each way and can be arranged through the property
- Despite Huvafen’s reputation for big name DJs, it’s not a wild party island. The understated, mellow vibe also suits honeymooners and couples
- Free WiFi
Barefoot luxe. Since its launch in 2004 (and 2012 refresh), PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi has consistently remained in the top strata of Indian Ocean honeypots. International A-listers from Kate Moss to George Clooney have visited the island, in the North Malé Atoll, for its reinterpretation of Maldivian architecture — think sweeping thatch roofs, open-plan lounges with glowy tables — and its effortless, laid-back cool.
Bed and Bath
Starting at 1,345 square feet, the 43 bungalows sitting on the beach and on stilts above the water are self-contained hideaways with private gardens, plunge pools, outdoor showers and a full suite of high-tech gizmos (including iPods with music selected by resident DJs). The muted color scheme of oatmeal, cream and honey woods keeps the focus on the lagoon views.
Huvafen has some of the country’s best food, including the superb natural preparations of Asian fare at Raw and the gourmet seafood at Salt, lubricated by an extraordinary range of wines from the Vinum’s underground cave. International DJs spin, sometimes with such artists as French graffiti master Lyès-Olivier Sidhoum creating work on the spot. Things are more chill under the water, thanks to the sub-aqua spa, where you can get treatments as reef fish and manta rays glide overhead. The hotel pioneered the use of resident marine biologists, so you can be sure of the reef’s health (and you can help out by adopting coral).
How to Get There
So, if you want to spoil your body and soul, go to this incredible spot!
It is very expensive and kids are not allowed but everybody on this small island takes care of you and your desires. You have your own butler who organises your spa treatements, your food reservations, your yoga lessons or any water- and underwater adventures. A house reef is just in front of you and millions of fishes and thousands kinds expect you when you love snorkling.
The food in the different spots is excellent and you can chose even private events for dinner, lunch or picknick....
We will be there again❤️
This was a special holiday to celebrate personal events missed over a number of years due to our differing work schedules. I wanted to make it very special for my wife and the suggestion from our travel consultant to stay here was inspired, thank you Nina. The holiday was everything I hoped it would be and more. Our over water bungalow was very comfortable and well appointed. Plenty of room to relax, a small but nice private pool on the terrace with a lower sunbed terrace and steps down into the sea. It was amazing to wake up to a stunning view over the lagoon. The dining options were varied and extremely enjoyable, Feeling Koi was a joy to dine in. We participated in the coral conservation program and enjoyed snorkeling with Hamid to see our cages being placed on the seabed. The entire week stay was carefully and discretely overseen by our Thakaru. Nine Two you were just unbelievably brilliant. Our last night sunset treat was so touching and very much appreciated. The over water gym was small but well fitted out and a pleasure to use. The Spa was great. We enjoyed the jet lag massage on arrival, so much so we booked in for another session a few days later. Relaxing on the deck outside the Spa afterwards with ginger tea and just enjoying the moment was incredible. A very special treat was being able to have a Thai Yoga session with the visiting practitioner Selina. In summary this is a stunning location with outstanding hospitality delivered. JC, thank you and the entire Huvafen team for making this a holiday of a lifetime.
My husband Steve and I are just back from our eighth trip to Huvafen Fushi and I have to say it was one of our best visits yet.
SPACE, LUSHNESS, NATURE, PRIVACY
Huvafen is a small, but very beautiful island. It has 44 rooms, and all the bungalows, whether on the beach, or overwater, are airy and elegant. Each is a good distance from the next, affording lots of space and privacy.
The place is teeming with wildlife. On land, there are resident herons, Maldivian water hens and fruit bats. The reef is big, natural and, despite the loss of corals that has affected so much of this part of the world due to global warming, is alive with fish, sting rays, reef and nurse sharks. This time we even saw two turtles. A large pod of dolphins swam past our water villa several times when we were there. And Hamid, the resident marine biologist, told us of - and indeed showed us - a project the island is sponsoring in which coral is being deliberately grown in underwater nursery conditions and then reintroduced to the house reef.
The island itself is green and luscious. The trees and plants are well maintained and the sand white and powdery. If you want, you can kick your shoes off when you arrive and forget about them till you go home again.
One of the things that in our experience sets Huvafen apart from other places to which we travel is its staff. Almost everyone who works here is friendly and cannot do enough to serve. This is true no matter what you’re talking about. This visit, our thakuru, Nine Two, was our main point of contact and looked after us perfectly, quickly understanding how best to support us. When he, for example, figured that we are quite health-conscious, he turned up with a fabulous fruit bowl one day. Also we were wowed by little touches like the surprise fresh coconut water he had delivered to us one day after we’d been to the gym. We also appreciated his lightness of touch, checking in with us from time to time but never in a way that ever felt intrusive.
The restaurant staff are also super. I apologise in advance if I miss someone here, but we were especially grateful to Jaleel, Ammu, Hussain, and Riza in Celsius. Also Chefs Shariful, Sam and Shafi at breakfast. These people are passionate about what they do and simply love to be of service. Also wonderful in Celsius: Kei, Jyoti, Babloo, Zaid. In Feeling Koi, we loved Chef Jameel’s creations, adapted for Steve’s various food allergies. Bilhe, and Hambey are also awesome.
The Bar and In-Room dining teams too are great. Big gratitude for Idbrahim and Latheef amongst others.
House-keeping and general island maintenance staff all do a fantastic job and have a smile and a “good morning” for you when you see or pass them. I sadly don’t know his name, but the long-serving chap who does all the housekeeping work around the infinity pool is especially great.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Food has always been tasty at Huvafen. Despite what must be the obvious challenge of having fresh fruit and vegetables shipped there, everything is always crisp and flavoursome in a way it’s hard to find pretty much anywhere else in the world.
Having said that, we’d found in the past that menus were somewhat more limited and preparation quality inconsistent. This time, however, we thought both these things were markedly better. The Celsius dinner and In Room dining option choices seem to have been carefully extended, giving more variety, particularly important if, like us, you stay for two weeks at a time. The standard of presentation is always high. We appreciated too the introduction to more local dishes, for example the inclusion of Maldivian curries to the breakfast menu.
GYM AND SPA
As regular gym users, we love the small but well-equipped overwater gym at Huvafen. Looking out over the turquoise reef and to the open seas makes working out seem so very, very much easier.
The spa has both overwater and underwater treatment rooms. I had two very good total body massages this trip. It was wonderful both times to decompress after each with a cup of hot ginger tea looking out from the relaxation deck.
If we have two pieces of hopefully constructive feedback, they are:
First, the amount of buggies on the island and the speed at which some of them travel seems incongruous to much of the peace and harmony of the place. It’s also dangerous on days when the winds are stronger and you meet one hurtling towards you from the opposite direction. Second, the amount of technology used by other guests in the restaurants - including the use of phones for regular and conference calls, and video watching with the sound turned up - especially in the evening takes the edge off it being “this Zen place”.
People ask us if we don’t get bored spending two whole weeks on this tiny island. But the truth is we never do. As I’m sure is the case with many of the island’s guests, Steve and I have very busy lives. Steve in particular does a lot of travelling. And so we value the experience Huvafen creates for us to DO less and BE more. A day spent watching the ever-changing ocean and sea-life from the beach, the restaurants or just our bungalow’s pool is meditative and restorative in a way we’ve never been able to emulate elsewhere in the world.
One week here is like 2 weeks elsewhere. It is the most beautiful place with the best service I think I have ever received. The GM Jean- Christophe runs the place with gold star precision. The beaches are so white and the seas turquoise and there are plenty of speciality dinners to enjoy. The most romantic place I have ever been. I was worried it wouldn’t be as good as our first year but it was. It’s adults only and only 30 mins by speedboat to the island. The only thing I would add is I much prefer the beach villas to the overwater villas. Can’t wait to return
From the moment we were met at the airport arrival hall we knew the dream has begun. Huvafenfushi staff are well trained in the art of hospitality. They reached the perfect balance between anticipating our every need while not feeling intrusive. The high quality of every service (food, housekeeping, Butler, etc.) was noticeable. Every staff member took apparent great pride in their work. This wonderful island is small and intimate and only a 30 min boat ride from the airport. The views are breath taking. Photos, even on the web site, do not do it justice. Management goes above and beyond to ensure your expectations are exceeded. The prices are high but well within the range of other resorts of their caliber. I have visited resorts in Greece, Hawaii, Seychelles, and Mexico, and no where have I see water views or met people any nicer than at Havafen Fushi.