What We Love
- A dreamy beach bungalow in the Maldives, with breakfast, dinner, transfers, a massage and moreImpossibly stunning Indian Ocean views from your gorgeous beach bungalow
- Seashell massages with pure Maldivian coconut oil at the heavenly Aavun Spa
- PADI courses and open water experiences for those who fancy plunging into the deep
What To Know
- Located on the North Malé Atoll, a 50-minute speedboat ride from Malé
- Beachfront bungalows are simple and on the smaller side but have ocean views and private outdoor showers
- There's set menu and buffet dining options
- Bring water shoes as the island and beaches have a lot of coral and shells
There aren’t many archipelagos that outshine the Maldives, a series of nearly 1,200 ancient coral islands grouped into 26 atolls that glitter like gems in the Indian Ocean. So it’s hardly surprising that this luxe island resort ticks the paradise boxes, mostly for its dazzling white-sand beaches, brilliantly blue bath-warm waters, and clichéd swaying palm trees.
Set on the North Malé Atoll, just a 50-minute speedboat ride from Malé, everything at Makunudu Island is suitably stylish and spoiling. On the accommodation front, Maldivian-style beachfront bungalows assure breathtaking ocean views, thoughtful boutique-style décor, gleaming dark wood flooring, and an open-air garden shower that’s (thankfully) perfectly private.
Elsewhere, you’ll find an excellent all-day restaurant for international cuisine, seafood specialities and local delicacies, a laid-back bar for ice-cold beers and exotic cocktails, and a nearby dive centre for all sorts of PADI courses. There’s also a divine spa for treatments that incorporate Maldivian, Asian and European techniques to leave your skin feeling glowing and gorgeous.
How to Get There
We have just arrived back from 8 days at gorgeous Makunudu. You relax from the moment you arrive due to the atmosphere the staff have created here. They are friendly yet highly professional at the same time, an abundance of smiles for everyone. The general manager and restaurant manager are always around making sure everything is to your satisfaction.
The island is very small and there is no entertainment, no pool, no gym, its very quiet just what we had hoped for! There is a small shop which I think could be a bit better stocked, we forgot insect repellent and there was none in the shop, so be sure to pack in your case. There were a lot of mosquitoes despite the islands nightly fogging, probably due to high humidity and rain we had at the beginning of the week. The second part of the week less bites. There was a insect spray in the room, I’m sure we got bitten at night walking to the restaurant and being outside at sunset, hard to avoid on a desert island!
We had room number one which has a twin option, it had the most perfect location. Lovely wide beach, some lagoon for swimming and right in front of the best part of the house reef. Lots of live coral gardens which was so good to see this recovery. The house reef was an interesting shape too. We saw reef sharks, eagle rays, sting ray, turtles and moray eel and the usual fish. Some of the beaches have rough coral so taking swim shoes that I saw from a previous review was very helpful. Room number one is also nearest to the bar, restaurant and reception. In my opinion room 1 and 2 have the best location and also 3 & 4 5 & 6.
The food is À la cart most nights and is superb, as good as top London restaurants. Two nights a week is a barbecue and Maldivian night. Breakfast is buffet. Our waiter was Moosa such a nice man, I think the nicest waiter I’ve had so far, thanks Moosa for great service and the great coffee! The bar staff were all very attentive, special thanks to Habibe (sorry if name spelling is wrong) for the amazing Pina coladas at the sunset bar!
The rooms were rustic and traditional in style comfortable beds and high quality bedding. Small outdoor bathroom all kept spotlessly clean by our room boy.
Ive traveled to the Maldives around 17 times over the last 20 years visiting around 14 islands some of which I have visited twice. I would definitely come back to Makunudu as these traditional style islands they used to call ‘no news no shoes’ are hard to find now, let’s say at this price there are only a handful left. Some of theses are getting very run down and have a lot of plastic tables and chairs. This is not the case in Makunudu everything is wooden including the sun loungers and there is a understated elegance about the place which we loved, a real retreat from the the busy modern world.
Thank you Makunudu for keeping your island traditional in style. We had a wonderful time... We will be back!
Makunudu gives you hospitality that comes from the heart. Each time you pass by any staff member, they greet you and you can feel their genuine smile. It is the best place to relax and unwind, very tranquil. Arjay and Krizzia were very accommodating. They make sure that you’re having a great stay the whole time, very attentive and hospitality at its best. They are one of the jewels of this resort. Same as the staff in the restaurant- the F&B Manager, the chef and the waiters, they welcome you with a smile and they make sure they assist you in all means even if it was a buffet set-up. They are all visible in the restaurant and they reach out to your needs before you even ask for if. And even when it was time to leave this paradise, the staff in the boat were all very helpful and polite.
Beautiful island. Villas are quite rustic and in need of a slight overhaul however that didn't impact my enjoyment of the island. The island isn't ringed by a barrier which means the tide can be quite strong, even in the shallows. Tiny island and truly no shoes, no news island
We have travelled the whole world but this little, quiet and relaxing island is really one of the best spots we have been to. Everybody is friendly and helpful (except some of the other tourists ... ;-) ). We spent 8 days here and it was just perfect. Warm, clear water, our little patrol of three baby sharks came by regularly to great us, we had gorgeous food every day and the dives were great..
Really all staff members are exceptionally friendly but our special thanks goes to Lasantha (our fantastic waiter), Habib (the best bartender) and Shakil (our room boy). You guys are awesome!
We will definetely come back asap!
By the way - if you go don't forget sun and moskito protection. You will need both :-)
It was the best summer holiday in our life. Makunudu Island is a dream. Wonderful and authentic nature, clean and comfortable room, lovely little animals, excellent and delicious, spicy indian magic foods by chefs and very warm staff everywhere.
Especially Arjay, who is really manager, who help for us everything.
And thanks for Soonil, Chef Nirodha, Chef Mayura, Monir, and our personal waiter Achmed.
We are grateful for our room-boy (room 20).
Last but not least, thanks to million thanks to 2 boys who works in sport activities rental station.
We thanks a lot of water programs and sand bank tour for you. It is a amazing.❤
Makunudu is a wonderful jewelry box in the Indian Ocean. Very romantic and calm island. Totaly relax place.
This is a real maldivian dream.
Perfect snorkel with lots of colorful fish and turtle, manta ray and nurse sharks. We've never been bored in 2 weeks. Every day we had a miracle there. Thank you so much!🥰
We're going back!🙏❤
Orsi and Adam from Budapest, Hungary.