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Located in Maafushivaru (South Ari Atoll), Maafushivaru is minutes from Maafushivaru Island Beach and Maafushivaru Island Pier. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Vakarufalhi Beach and Manta Point.
Make yourself at home in one of the 50 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Rooms have private balconies or patios. LCD televisions and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After a day at the private beach, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including a health club and an outdoor pool. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at a coffee shop/café serving guests of Maafushivaru. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities.
How to Get There
Having spent the first week of our honeymoon in the larger island of Kuramathi we were excited to spend our last week at a smaller island and we were not disappointed.
We arrived by sea plane at a floating pontoon and were collected by boat by Marc. 5 minutes later we were in reception sipping a drink and relaxing. I took off my flip flops and didn't put them on again until we were on the sea plane going home. Marc explained all we needed to know and showed us to our room.
We had a beach bungalow for 5 nights and moved to a water villa for the final 2 nights. The beach bungalow was amazing, large and had a private outdoor space with chairs, sunbeds and a day bed. Just outside this was the beach with 2 sunbeds and parasol for you to use with beach towels already on them. Even though this is public we felt like this was our own private section of beach as the next bungalow was further up. We were also facing the sunset so had amazing views.
You can walk around this island in 10 minutes, there is 1 buffet restaurant, 1 bar and 1 pool. This is stunning. After the huge choice at the previous island it was wonderful to have such intimacy. We always felt like we had the place to ourselves as we only really saw other people in passing or in the restaurant at meal times. The occupancy was not at all full and we were the only English people there the entire time we spent here. However, we found that because it is so small with so few people we felt right at home and the staff, and other guests, almost become part of your family whilst you are there. There were very few children but those that were became firm favourites and everyone would look out for them (Hi Leo 😀)
Do not be fooled into thinking you would get bored, a news bulletin is delivered every evening which tells you what is on the following day and we fully embraced what was on offer. During our stay we visited the spa, using the free facilities and had a full body Swedish massage which was incredible. We visited the sister island of Lonubo and no one else came so we enjoyed it to ourselves. We went to movie night, documentary night, the marine biologist talk, tour of 'behind the scenes' by the resort manager, cocktail making, and live music nights. As were on honeymoon we also had a candlelight dinner on the deck which was lovely. Snorkelling equipment was included as we were on the all inclusive package and so we snorkelled every day. There are turtles, eagle rays, whiprays, eels, sea cucumbers, sea slugs, thousands of fish and coral that is fighting back, just amazing.
There are also lots of trips you can book here and we went on the Manta Ray trip, whale shark trip and night snorkelling. These were run by Rita and Leo at the dive centre and they were fantastic. We managed to swim with several Manta Rays which was very special. The night snorkelling was amazing, despite being apprehensive at first. We were not lucky enough to see any whale sharks but did get to snorkel on a reef during the trip.
Do not fret about the weather as it is early in the dry season, we had one day of rain and the rest of the time it was excellent, very hot and sunny, when the clouds come it is a welcome reprieve.
Food. What on earth to say about the food. It is INCREDIBLE!!!! There is so much choice, the chefs are always on hand to help and explain anything or just to check that you are happy with the food. The choice was vast and we never got bored. We were so impressed. The coffee shop is open all day and has sandwiches late afternoon if you get peckish, we often stopped by for a cappucino.
The bar and choice of drinks is also brilliant and I became hooked on espresso martinis (Thanks Gayashan!) Which brings me nicely onto the staff. The people here made this week what it was, everyone, everywhere, were totally incredible. They kept saying 'I'll do that, you're on holiday', we were spolit rotten and came to love so many of them during our stay.
As we were often the only ones at the bar or the pool the staff there were great at providing us with drinks to cool us down from the heat (weather was amazing!) and try different cocktails on us. We always had a bottle of red wine at dinner and felt truly special throughout.
Special thanks to Ranjith, you are a wonderful man and we love you dearly.
Faaiq, Amunal, Ash & Gayashan - thank you for making our stay so fantastic.
This island is a truly spectacular place and we will definitely return, as soon as we've saved up enough!!!!!
Andy & Jen (room 107 and 220) xxx
We booked to go to Maafushivaru to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. What can I say; we had the most amazing holiday. We wanted somewhere small and relaxed and this is exactly what we got. The staff are all so friendly, nothing was too much trouble. It really has that barefoot feel. You only need to wear shoes to protect your feet from the hot wooden areas. We stayed in a sunset water villa which was great. I note that other reviews have said that they look a little tired which maybe they do in places but this was not a problem. All of the facilities worked and the villa was spacious with amazing views across the lagoon. The food was buffet style but there was a great selection and variety. I don’t understand the comments regarding lack of fish. Every day something was being cooked fresh on the grill and very often that was fish. We were all inclusive and very often that means a limited selection of drinks. This was not the case. The wine on offer was very drinkable and unlimited! There was an extensive cocktail menu, all included in the all inclusive deal. Even though there was no alcohol stocked in the room fridge, there was no issue in taking beer and wine back from the bar. The snorkelling was excellent and even I, not the most confident in the water managed to go on a couple of excursions where we saw a turtle and magnificent manta rays. Even in the house reef we saw numerous varieties of fish, sharks and rays. We loved this holiday. If you want total relaxation, exceptional service and the true barefoot Maldives experience then Maafushivaru is the place for you. Cannot wait to return.
Small, cosy, best ever, lovely fresh and healthy food, top of the water houses, service friendly and lovely. Snorkling around the island with stingrays, turtles and millions of fishes of different kind of. Paradise. Romantic. Best holiday ever.
What an excellent choice for a weeks break!
Firstly the seaplane trip out to the island provides a great start to the holiday and really adds to the feeling that you are truly far away from the hustle and bustle of a major city, by taking you out to a tiny island in the middle of the ocean.
Upon arrival at the resort the staff were extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful, and this continued through the duration of our stay.
The quality of food and beverages on offer was excellent and the chefs and waiters were only too happy to provide advice on gluten free options for my partner. When something wasn't available it was never to much trouble to make a special meal.
Snorkelling around the island is great and even if you don't want to snorkel you can easily spot the fish, rays, turtles, sharks, dolphins, etc from the various jettys around the island.
A quick word about the manager - on one our snorkelling trips the resort's boat that we were on ran into some minor engine trouble. While we were enjoying snorkelling with manta rays the resort manager had been informed of the problem and had sent a boat to bring us back to the hotel. He was waiting on the dock when we arrived back to make sure everyone was okay, which were were, and he offered us a free massage and meal at the Japanese restaurant. Regardless of the meal and massage we really felt that he and the rest of the staff at the resort always had out best interests at heart. So a big thanks to all the staff at Maafushivaru for you part in helping us to have such a wonderful holiday.
Great swimming pool too, where you can get a couple of lengths in if you are so inclined.
We were also taken on an interesting behind the scenes tour of the resort, which was really interesting.
This is definitely a place I can recommend, and in fact I'd love to go back already!
My husband and I chose this island because it was one of the smaller options that Kuoni offer. It has about 50 villas. We chose a beach villa on this occasion as we had stayed in water villas on previous visits to the Maldives. So glad we did it was delightful, light,airy and comfortable. There were sun loungers on the decking outside as well as on the beach. Beach towels were placed on them every morning. There were also chairs and a day bed. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Excellent diving a short boat ride away and snorkelling around the house reef. Some of the activities were rather expensive. We were celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary so we given a wonderful candlelight dinner on the beach with a bottle of bubbly which was very special.
We would definitely recommend.