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 visited the island for a long weekend and words can’t describe enough how truly amazing this place is. Staff is super friendly, ready to help anytime and beach villas are simple but magical ... Snorkeling around the island is amazing. Turtles, sting rays , sharks we saw it all.
And best part of it is that island is far away from main airport so there is no disruption at all !!!We highly recommend it !!! ;)
My My, how can we resist you !
So, indulgently this was our 3rd visit in 12 months and we received a wonderful welcome back from Ally, Soonil and Arjay (the 3 Amigos). There have been substantial improvements to the resort and the bungalows in such a short space of time, and this has enhanced even more the charm and magic of this island gem.
Resort: There are new hammocks/seating areas, newly planted seedlings along pathways with new aesthetic lighting cleverly positioned but not imposing on the natural rustic beauty. There is a new Mediterranean Restaurant Feature just being completed where sunset and evening dining will be an absolute delight.
Bungalows: The bathrooms have been renovated in many (ca. 60/70 %) and by year-end this should be completed. We were thrilled it was such a nice and unexpected surprise. The bungalows are more spacious as the wood panelling used to screen the sleeping/sitting areas has been removed.
The changes have been done with careful consideration - are positive and enhance the intimacy of this island hideaway.
It is difficult to articulate in words the feeling of the "Makunudo Magic", we are well and truly under the spell and have plans to return again in 2019. Notably, the island's magic power to influence customers to return is by no means through using mysterious or supernatural forces, rather through:
(M-Magic 1) the attention to excellent customer service
(M-Magic 2) the outstanding quality of the island's chefs and the attention to culinary detail
(M-Magic 3) island reef/snorkelling
As visitors to the island we experienced a strong focus to customer service both from the management and from the Food & Beverage Team/Staff. From the Bar, the Restaurant Waiters and to the Managers there is an outstanding attention to customer service. Ally and Soonil interact directly with all guests each and every day. If there is any query, issue or concern this is an accessible channel and opportunity to remediate with management immediately and directly.
In terms of M-Magic 2, it wouldn't be fair to compliment the quality of the food without naming the Chefs responsible: Kumara, Mayura, Tyrone, Sushil, Ravi
Chef Sushil prepared his award-winning signature dish for my husband (a chicken roulade on a bed of pureed carrot) which was a real treat. Even the most simple of foods that are taken for granted (e.g. pasta) had a refined quality better than in any UK restaurant where we eat. This is an enormous achievement as the island has to import, store, prepare food in such hot/humid conditions. There is a good focus to the needs and tastes of diverse European/non-European guests with a very exciting Maldivian Buffet once a week.
M-Magic 3: the snorkelling is a major attraction in particular the reef turtles (yellow hawksbill). On each visit we see more as we become accustomed to looking at the camouflage of the octopus for instance - we saw a huge one on this visit and observed it for 45 minutes as it swam, moved, morphed, changed colours. It was the most disgusting but incredible visuals we have seen underwater! My husband came face-to-face with a huge Moray Eel (that lives on the jetty in the rocks) and there were a number of black/white sea snakes this time around.
On each visit we have witnessed/heard men boasting about picking the turtles up and throwing them, touching them - why anyone would want to do this is beyond our thinking. There are clear guidelines from the hotel on snorkelling and respecting the marine animals/reef, so please leave the marine animals alone. If you see any inappropriate behaviour then please let the Front Desk/Management know.
We remain very positive supporters of Makunudo and will be coming back ! We did experience a higher ratio of bug bites on this visit which may be due to a longer monsoon period, so bring a good insect repellent with you.
We would like to thank each and every one of the island staff (Ahmed we hope you are better now), those both customer and non-customer-facing for all you do to make our time on holiday so precious, THANK YOU ALL !
My husband and I had a weeks holiday to completely relax after a very busy year. This island delivered us that wish. The staff were very friendly and attentive making sure that we felt looked after without feeling that we were being watched.
In particular I would like to mention the waiter we were assigned Moosa, who remembered our preferences and also made an effort to provide a vegetarian menu for my husband.
All of the bar staff were very helpful and friendly and would all like to chat and share their stories.
We were lucky enough to be able to join the yoga class that was taught by Anandu for the stafff along with the general manager Ali, it was truly magical to practise yoga poses as th sun set in front of us.
We both had a massage in the spa and the therapists were very good.
A trip out on a boat to snorkel with the turtles was very well led by the diver and we got to witness nature at its best.
The only negative thing to say was that the room was a bit tired and smelt of damp, but that may have something to do with the structure of the huts and the particularly damp nights we had whilst there.
On the whole it was a lovely island and with the amount of repeat customers it is obviously somewhere people want to revisit.
I have just returned from another holiday on this beautiful Island.
I took my mother with me this time, after her last visit in February, she just couldn't wait to return. The staff are so kind and helpful, with my mum who has poor eye sight. Always a helping hand on steps or at dinner.
The staff and management team cannot do enough for you and always with a smile. Everything about this Island is just about peace and tranquility,
a perfect haven to escape too. Each visit the General Manager Ally, has added more areas for guests to enjoy, the focus is very much on the enjoyment and pleasure for his guests.If you are looking for paradise at any age Makunudu is waiting for you. Thank you to Ally,
Sunny and all your amazing staff for their kindness and making our holiday so perfect.
being a tour operator, has not heard about this property, secondly checked in this place after checking out from Sheraton full moon , but to our surprise the hospitality and services were excellent. enjoyed every moment , food was awesome.
Small resort but good .