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
Spent 10 days on Makunudu in the Maldives. It was our dream holiday and we were not left disappointed. Accommodation was excellent, serviced twice daily, with your own sun beds and direct access to the beach. Food was tasty and varied, with lots of choice. Staff were friendly and fun and extremely attentive, nothing was too much trouble. Scenery was breathtaking and totally unspoilt. The main beauty of the island was not being able to see the bungalows from the sea, being hidden by trees. It was a totally Robinson Crusoe island. I cannot wait to return.
A perfect winter break in Makunudu, a little corner of Paradise on earth. If you are looking for a stress free holiday, away from the accelerated rhythms of western lifestyle, surrounded by an incredibly blue ocean, immersed in a spectacular environment and feeling like a modern Robinson Crusoe (well, with much more comforts than our literary hero must have experienced), well, this is the place.
It caters to couples and some times families looking for sun, sea, magnificent underwater world, while occasionally sipping one of the delicious cocktails prepared by Habib at the Sand Bar or at the Sunset Bar. Food at the restaurant is very good with excellent variety and service.
If you are looking for hectic nightlife and a dense sport agenda, there are certainly places that offers more in the Maldives, even though you can occasionally enjoy a volleyball match with the staff (we loved it!), a kajak excursion and, obviously, plenty of scuba diving. Not the ideal place if you are a windsurfer and let alone a kite surfer.
In the other hand, one of the most true Maldivian experience left, especially if you want to avoid the tourist village feeling.
Rooms are large and comfortable, literally steps from the water. Our favorite was room number 1, followed by 32-38, and 18, but honestly they are all very nice.
Prabha makes an excellent welcome at the reception and Dudu was a super friendly Room Boy, but generally speaking all staff was very friendly and professional.
Last but not least, it is excellent value for money, on Maldivian standards of course!
we been in this island from The 27/12/2018 until the 6/1 /2019 our room was 37!.we stay so good in this resort and we would like to thank all the staff and the management.
in particular abig thanks to mr Ismahel and mr Aboo. they been very special with us.
everithig was perfect : the welcome , hospitality, food service and all thr ayttention for us !
we hope to be back next year !
Paolo e Maria Teresa
A truly wonderful holiday, Makunudu is the perfect island, relaxing with a natural beauty. Our bungalow was so comfortable and in a perfect spot, No.32, thank you Abu for looking after us and our beautiful bed art. The food is excellent, so much choice, many thanks to Anwar, our perfect waiter, Much praise for the gorgeous cocktails and many thanks to all the bar staff, particularly to Habib at the Sunset Bar who looked after us so well while watching the beautiful sunsets each evening.
We loved you Makunudu and can't wait to return. Aly and Soonil keep doing what you are doing , it's perfect. Lastly thank you to Angelfish Travel for their help and efficiency.
This was our fourth stay on Makunudu and it won't be our last. We adore this beautiful island! From the moment you arrive you can just kick your shoes off and relax and as we have been here many times before it felt like coming home. Many of the staff have remained the same through the years we have been coming and it is always lovely to see their friendly faces again. If you are looking for a Maldivian island with natural beauty and to have that desert island feel then Makunudu is the one for you. The food is outstanding and I like the mixture of table service and buffet service. Our waiter Anwar was a lovely man. He looked after us very well and had a good sense of humour. I had a few lovely massages from Mary at the spa. She's such a gentle and unassuming lady. I liked her very much. We visited the sunset bar most evenings and Habib went over and above to look after us making us tasty cocktails and even going to get my dad some whisky when he didn't have any. I would recommend having a special meal in the treehouse one evening. It's beautiful and secluded and is something a little bit different. They have just opened a small seafood restaurant near the sunset bar (when I say small, i mean tiny) which we didn't try as we aren't keen on seafood, but it would be perfect for people that do. I want to say a massive thank you to the managers Ally and Soonil who made our stay truly special. We felt like royalty and we hope to see you all again very soon.