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
- Handicap Accessible
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
The best hotel I've been in my life. When my wife and I decided to go to Maldives we got high expectations related to nature and landscapes. But what surprised us in a very positive way was the resort. It was an amazing experience. I could make a very long text here detailing all the nice things we got but I will highlight four things:
Personalization: Every detail was so personal. Since the cookies and small details in the room until everyone working there knowing our names and talking to us about the activities we have done and recommending awesome things to do based on what we liked so far. Important to highlight the work of the Thakurus. They helped us all the time and helped to personalize this experience. Thanks a lot Nine-Two and Vicky!
Food: Awesome meals. Starting from the breakfast. They have everything to eat in the morning and everything is of high quality. Not only the taste but the food is very healthy. They have tons of options of fruits to eat, mixed juices that they invent in the kitchen, cakes, croissants and even curry, rice and sashimi.
Dinner was surreal. They prepare different types of dinner to eat by week day and everything was so good. I dont remember to have eaten something "so so". Everything was from very good to unbelievable. One high five to Feeling Koi, an Asian-Latin restaurant in the island. Perhaps, some of the best meals I had in my life. This restaurant is led by the chef Jameel (an awesome guy) that really exceeded all the expectations we were getting meal after meal. You guys should try some of the tapas they have on the menu and the Yuzu Mango for dessert! (One last recommendation: Tappaniaky Night)
Activities: I could stay in my bangaloo all they long looking to the sea that I would never be bored. But this place offers a lot more things to do. Every day we did yoga classes with teacher Suranga. I had done some classes before but nothing compared with the awesome classes Suranga does in a place with a stunning view in the island!
We also did many water activities like snorkel, diving, wakeboarding, parasailing, etc.. Awesome experiences with Hussain Anil, Sonia, Dhombe, Saleey and many other guys that were very dedicated and made this trip very nice!
The spa is another experience in the "must have" list. The massagists are very good (Muja, Jinky, Inwar and Suranga) and helped me to relax a lot!
Service: No words to describe the staff of the resort. Everyone is so friendly and they look like a very happy family. It makes us feel very good to be part of this family in the time we were there. We talked with everyone everytime and they always had some stories to tell and recommendations to make. Our experience would be totally difference without their kindness and dedication!!
Letter to the General Manager
I am writing to you as if we know you - like we have gotten to know your team at Huvafen Fushi.
Paul, my husband, and I stayed at your lovely resort between 6 and 14 August. I realised it is going to be so hard to capture our experience at Huvafen. Maldivian hospitality is known to us - what we did not expect was how personal the connections were and how quickly friendships are formed.
From the time we were greeted at the airport, we knew this was going to be a great holiday. The speedboat that took us to the resort was very comfortable and the crew most friendly. During the ride, Moosa ensured we had water and pointed out the various islands including the Maldivian President’s holiday retreat. The 30-minute boat ride literally sped by as we checked out the other resorts along the way.
Shawki and his shadow, Sammah
Arrival was smooth, the greeting was warm. Shawki, our Takuru, swung straight into action and whisked us to Villa 40. Check-in was a breeze and of course I had to be a pain asking if there was a villa further away from the island. – we like to walk plus the view at the far end was spectacular. “Allow me to check…” was soon followed by “just get changed and enjoy the afternoon. We will move your luggage to Villa 32,” said Shawki. Yay!! Impressive that he speaks fluent Russian, not that we understand a word…!
A couple of days into our stay, we were introduced to Sammah. He was interning at the resort and was assigned to Shawki to learn the ins and outs of being a world class Takura. He is a quick study and his shy smile belies a distinctly dry sense of humour. As with the other staff, he soon became chattier and made it clear he would be delighted if he managed to bag a job at Huvafen. A word of advice to the young man – always let your guests win at chess!
Haamid and the rays
We did a quick tour of Celsius, UmBar and, of course, Vinum, refuelled with a quick V&T and headed to the stingray beach. We read about the daily feeding and even saw pictures and videos. But nothing quite prepared us for the lovely creatures that were skimming the edge of the water waiting for their friend, Haamid.
Rain or shine, Haamid is at that stretch of beach same time each day. So are Holey, Whitey, Peter, Chocolate, Maria, Small Boy, Angela and Paul. We marvel that the rays are 30 to 40 years old and have been coming to feed for over 15 years.
“They are like dogs… Intelligent and able to identify humans,” said Haamid. Watching him feed each ray in turn, frolic with Holey and then saying goodbye to each one of them when he washes out the feed pail, it is clear stingrays are affectionate and full of character. I grew very attached to Angela and Paul as they seem to have sought me out as their new human playmate. The thud when they hit your legs as they wash up with the waves… The lingering moments you get to tickle them under their fins… How could one not love them??!!
- Nadeem, Jalle, Inthi, Zayaan, Kudhey (whose real name is Ammu), Nasiv, Gul
Nadeem - After our first ray feeding, it was dusk when we hauled ourselves back to the villa, washed and headed to Celsius for dinner. Nadeen was looking after us and he was obviously distressed when we ordered only two starters and a main. He gently prompted us that full board covered a three-course meal each. What a sweetheart! This continued at Forno the next day when we ordered a lobster club sandwich to share. From a shy and smiley member of staff, Nadeem got to know us and became very chatty. It is unbelievable that he has been working on the island for 23 years. That piqued my curiosity – how many staff at Huvafen have been working on the island for over 20 years??
Breakfast was our favourite mealtime as we got to meet just about every member of F&B staff, including those from Feeling Koi.
Zayaan – young, clearly trying to overcome his shyness and yet we see so much potential. Always doing something useful and making time to make conversation with the guests he looked after.
Ammu – the silent smiley one who toils quietly during service. We only got to find out about his missing nametag on the second last day. To think we addressed his as Kudhey all that time!! His enunciation is almost perfectly American!
Nasiv reminds us of a younger Nadeem. We were so glad he got past his initially shyness to initiate conversations with us.
Gul – always there with a warm welcome at breakfast and the abundance of patience she has as we agonize over which table to occupy at breakfast.
Jalle, dear Jalle. Such an affable personality. Never missing a beat with regard to guests’ preferences. Paul left some brandy snaps on the first night and when he inquired, Paul explained that he is not that keen on snaps. We never got snaps with our ice creams again! The pizza he ordered for us was probably one of the best we have had. Always a joke and laugh to share, he made the very mundane looked effortless and a joy.
Inthi – F&B expert, lead singer at birthdays and Volleyball Team manager extraordinaire! I am still waiting for his offer to be the mandarin-speaking waitress at Celsius!!
– Muhchu, Jameel, Babloo, Tushar, Sue
Muhchu – what a guy! Great with guests and staff alike, he is the chameleon who is always there regardless of what was needed - a helping hand to crank up the outdoor umbrellas, a juice top-up, a brain teaser or the guy who comes up with the impossible – Huvafen resort T-shirts for Paul and I. How good is that??
Jameel – Muhchu’s partner in crime. This dynamic duo creates happening vibes that is Feeling Koi. Every meal was delicious and our thanks for the special arrangements made for Paul’s birthday dinner. The stunningly decorated path leading to the special table outdoors was just beautiful. The singing was… well… LOL!! Did I mention Jameel’s extracurricular activity as captain of the management volleyball team?
Babloo – another reason why Feeling Koi rocks! His cool persona and engaging personality makes it easy for guests to relax and chill. Too windy? Too stuffy? Babloo will adjust the door panels till you are happy. Let’s not forget about his powerful volleyball spikes!
Ah Tushar! What is a great Japanese meal without sake? How impressive to meet a young man who is as passionate about his craft as he. Always happy to lead us astray, his recommendations saw us tasting our first unfiltered sake among other interesting makes.
Sue – the rose among the thorns – is always the first smile to greet us when we walk to Feeling Koi. As she had lived in Singapore, it was comforting to have something in common to share.
Vinum & Um Bar
– Shamil, Lalit, Muguri and that gentleman who folds the towels so perfectly!
Confession – despite having the villa with possibly the best sunset view, we spent most of our time lounging by the infinity pool.
We never got tired of watching the pair of herons who stopped to wash and watch us human creatures gawk at their elegance. The family of water hens provided endless entertainment throughout the day as they boldly ventured right up to the deck chairs to steal nuts. We even spotted a bat who slept during the day in the big tree shading the shallow end of the pool. And Chocolate the cat… I wonder if she misses other feline company despite being spoilt silly by staff and guests alike.
Shamil mixed our first vodka tonics, found me hermit crabs and shared all about island life in the Maldives.
Lalit – aspiring mixologist with an easy laugh and such a sweet nature. He served up an original cocktail creation which involved torching a sprig of rosemary. Creative, refreshing and immensely gluggable!
Muguri – another quiet but so attentive member of staff. Fruit lollies and iced oranges remind us of you!
We had the most amazing treat to experience the underwater spa facilities. It was surreal… Everything was well-paced; the therapists were soothing yet effective… Not that we were stressed but those two hours of bliss and calm under the sea, certainly help amp up the chill factor.
Kuddos to Xubba and her team for providing such a tranquil escape – can’t imagine that to be possible – from the main island.
and many more…
Eid Staff Celebrations
We found out that the Eid celebrations planned for the staff included a mini Olympics, a volleyball match and a futsal tournament. Imagine our delight to be invited to watch the activities!
Sunday, 11 August – Mini Olympics
It is one thing to interact with the staff when they are on duty and quite another when they are out of their uniforms. The tall social welfare gentleman obviously never switches off – he spotted us standing by the fringes and immediately put out chairs and handed us bottled water. None of which were expected - what a wow moment!
Waves were exchanged with familiar faces and big smiles came from staff we don’t know. It was hilarious and heart-warming to watch the staff make the most of the couple of hours they had to celebrate together.
Rain clouds loomed after the games started and it was soon pelting. The staff hurried over with umbrellas to ensure we stayed dry. Again – always guest service first.
The winds picked up and we had to be moved inside the games ground. A couple of young men broke away from the games, jumped into the water and onto a dinghy, sped out to retrieve some paraphernalia from the villas blown out to sea… Talk about dedication…
It was probably the most fun we have had in a long time watching the young and old, men and women, having such pure fun. Imagine Doc Wilma holding down the tiny lady chef from Celsius??!! Or when Muhchu and Jameel were wrestling on the sand!! When the games were finally over everyone jumped into the sea in the pouring rain… Such unbridled joy!
By which time, we were hustled into the staff area as the rain and wind made it impossible for us to stay outside. The tiny glimpse we had into the back of the house was such an eye-opener. The accolades wall, the staff recognitions, how Hassan quickly produced towels to dry us up and finding Shawki to buggy us back.
I had to do a detour as it was stingray feeding hour and I saw Haamid’s lone figure feeding the rays in the rain. I ran from the ramp to the beach just to make sure I saw the stingrays even for a fleeting moment. At that moment, it was clear to me why the rays have such an incredible bond with Haamid. #Respect #IWillBeThere
Monday, 12 August – Volleyball Match
What an honor to be invited to “open” the match!! Silly Paul has a video of me walking the line shaking hands with all the players from both teams! How embarrassing!!
As with the mini Olympics, the match was boisterous and filled with good nature heckling from both sides. My money was always on the staff team but it was a close fight right to the end! The staff team was triumphant and everyone had a great time.
The resort is simply wonderful in every way. The island is small yet never busy. Villa 32 is perfect – for long walks, meeting other guests and staff and spotting the abundance of marine life that seem to pass through the blue azure waters.
We were well fed and watered. The food choices were plentiful. Needless to say, the spectacular wine list is to die for! Did I mentioned we had the pleasure of finding the Rockford Black Sparkling Shiraz? A long-time favourite which is often elusive even Down Under.
When it was time to head home, we were already thinking about how do we split our next Maldives holiday between Huvafen and Cocoa Island. It didn’t help when Raquel, Ismail, Hassan plus team were at the jetty saying goodbye with our very own Huvafen goodie bags. I LOVE THE TURTLES!!!
Mr. Procurement – I am sorry we never got your name. Thank you for always stopping to say “hi” when you see us.
Raquel – I am sure you will have a blast in Barcelona.
Hassan – please thank your Housekeeping team for tirelessly keeping the rooms sand-free. The raincoats we were given came in really handy.
Ismail – such a pleasure to have connected. We love your stories and will be back for more. You run a really tight F&B team.
Noel - I am guessing this is an unusually long letter. Paul joked that this note might have to take up the entire guest comments board if it goes up!! We are so glad we chose Hufaven Fushi – thanks to Kate Moss (that is another story…)! You can be sure we will be back to visit. Until then, our well wishes to one and all at Huvafen Fushi.
We had been to the Maledives before, and many other stunning places around the world, but we have selected Huvafen Fushi for the celebration of 30th wedding anniversary. It may be the most difficult review to write, because the experience is so overwhelming that you don't know where to start. Being picked up at the airport, guided through their private lounge, being on the private speedboat within minutes after arrival is nice, but also common to others of this category. The difference is in the way the team of Huvafen Fushi is interacting with the guests, starting from the arrival- and from there it never stops until each day your face hurts from smiling all day long. Your personal Butler (on this island it is more your personal executive assistant called “Thakuru” takes care of everything you may need or want to explore (tours, dinner options, spa appointments, checking you in and out and everything in between). In our case our Thakuru Muzah organized everything from our picture perfect villa, unbelievable relaxing special treatment in the amazing spa, visits to the famous underwater spa, surprising us with a delicious chocolate cake made for our anniversary on our room. After a few days it felt like meeting one of your best friends. Big compliment & thank you back to Muzah.
Each contact with an individual employee (min 3 to 1 ratio vs. guests on the island) is a highlight, from the restaurant staff, to the waiters at the table – it’s overwhelming – highly professional and sympathetic without overdoing it. All activities are carried out in the background, you only get the perfect outcome presented. A very big thank you to Nabeel and Sammah who took excellent care of our villa 2 times a day to keep everything neat and tidy. Nabeel is a great example for all employees on this island- always smiling, doing the job most efficiently and with displayed passion – and on top of it he managed each day to surprise us with something special- like a decoration or a message designed out of palm leaves. The very limited number of guests defined by max 44 villas (of which less than 20 are actually on the island) is adding to the luxury experience. Ultimate privacy guaranteed. We had the spacious Deluxe Beach Bungalow with 2 private pools (thx to the management for upgrading us :-)). Interior & Design, materials used of top quality, lots of space; an in-room bar that could host a very big party. Open bathroom, 2 separate shower options, a bathtub in the middle, a huge daybed, you name it. B&O mp3 bluetooth box…
In addition to many in -room dining options there are 3 Restaurants available: “Forno”, on the beach with wood fire oven & grill at night, Central restaurant “Celsius” (sitting with bare feet in snow white sand) for breakfast & dinner with a menu that is exceptionally wide in choice, and the quality of the food is sensational. Regular special dinner options in the evenings with local / regional themes - and again- the offered food quality, the skill and displayed fun of the chefs in the preparation is truly amazing. The own bakery is adding to the excellent quality with a bread and sweets selection that pleases every taste. The Japanese style restaurant “Feeling Koi” for worldclass seafood , or the underground winecellar are there if you might ever run out of ideas for your evenings. The highly qualified somellier (Jude) knows his +900 labels wine list and can guide you through a wine tasting- and is a very likeable person to talk to. A pearly White sandy beach , a huge infinity pool next to the bar , a saltwater plunge pool, a small dive denter with all rental Equipment, a well equipped overwater Gym in the lagoon with the most beautiful 360degree views you can ever Dream of for your exercise. Had the first Training sessions in my life with Sharks passing by.
Huvafen Fushi is exactly what they claim it to be: Transcendent, a waking dream, iconic. I can only agree to that !