4.5
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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

With a stay at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives in Kaafu Atoll (South Male Atoll), you’ll be minutes from Olhuveli Beach. This 4.5-star resort is within the vicinity of Kandooma Beach and Rihiveli Beach.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 164 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, and a fitness center. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Food & Drink

All-inclusive rates are available at this resort. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all-inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 4 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a bar/lounge or one of the 2 poolside bars. A complimentary buffet breakfast is included.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge during limited hours.

How to Get There

Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives
South Male' Atoll
Olhuveli, Maldives

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2205 Reviews
A wonderful experience
Reviewed 2 days ago

On arrival we were shown to our rooms. It was a long road of very large brown wooden houses made into 4 large sets of rooms. The balcony was large enough for a double bed and table and 4 chairs, which was a nice place to be when it was raining. The main bedroom again was very large, but very dark. The lighting was insufficient. Two small low watt bulbs for this dark brown room. The bed was great, but again bedside lights useless. All other facilities were ok but could do with an update.
The dining hall was massive and I got lost on a few occasions trying to find our table ! The food was absolutely excellent., so much choice at every mealtime.
There didn't seem to be much to do in the evening, but as we were with friends we were happy to spend our evenings in one of the three bars, all of which had very friendly staff.
On the 4th day of our stay we were approached by a member of staff and asked if both couples could possibly move to alternative accommodation as they wanted to start renovations on our current accommodation. Oh boy, we're we happy. Although the packing aspect didn't appeal we were actually moving to two bungalows on the waters edge at the end of the island. They were amazing. All white walls, bright greens and oranges, the best lighting I have ever experienced on holiday. This place was ultra modern and so bright and airy. The very best room was the bathroom - it was out in the garden - all open air but not overlooked. It had two showers, massive free standing bath, toilet, sink unit with large mirror. We couldn't believe our luck. Without doubt it was the best accommodation we could have had on the island. Even better than the rooms on stilts in the water. To wake up to the view of the ocean so close was wonderful.

Little piece of paradise
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow, where on earth do I start?!
I have just returned home from a week at the Olhuveli beach and spa resort with my husband and two teenage children. It was so relaxing that that week felt like a month!
After an auspicious start ( bumpy 45 min speedboat journey, rain, cramped room) I was full of trepidation about this holiday but within 24 hours I had fallen in love with the charm of this beautiful island and the incredible staff who looked after us.
The island itself is small and so incredibly beautiful wherever you look. The gardeners so an amazing job keeping the paths immaculate at all times.
We stayed in a villa in the garden area which was a stones throw away from the waters edge. It was very clean and more than adequate but a little cramped for a family of four. That said, with an island this beautiful I don’t know why anyone would want to spend any time in their room!
The staff were brilliant. All so incredibly polite, smiley and so gentle in their manner which helped to make you feel instantly relaxed. Special thanks to Upul who knew our names and our drinks preference within a day of our arrival, and to Jaimez at the Lagoon restaurant for going out of his way to make us feel so very welcome most evenings we ate there. Particular praise to Shashika for her wonderful smile and good service and shumais for his skills in plate balancing!
The kids refused to eat in any section other than that looked after by Afsah in the main buffet restaurant.
My daughter (10) used the kids club daily & said it was the best kids club she had ever been too. Thank you to all the lovely ladies there who were all so good at entertaining my daughter. I only have the names of Aimee and Jennifer but they were all fantastic.
The food in the main buffet restaurant was excellent with plenty of variety daily. I loved the curries! We ate most evenings from the set 5 course menu at the Lagoon restaurant. I can recommend the whole fish from the grill. It was amazing! Thank you jaimez for that recommendation!!
We were all inclusive so didn’t eat in the Spice restaurant but heard it was also good.

Few tips - the all inclusive includes jet ski session, a trip (from a selection), daily snorkelling, paddle boarding and the set 5 course menu at the lagoon restaurant. Also a 15 min massage at the spa. I initially found the restrictions on the drinks frustrating as I like pina coladas and mojitos and they are excluded, however I soon established that the olhuveli martini on the all inclusive more than made up for it 👍🏻😊🍸

Don’t pack much. You seriously won’t need it. I wandered around bare foot for most of the week.

All in all this place is blissful. The sunsets were amazing, the sand powdery white, the sea turquoise and full of fish if you snorkel by the jetty where you first landed, the staff wonderful, delicious food etc etc !!! I could go on but think I’d better wrap this up now.

We live our holidays and go twice a year and stay in 5 star hotels and always go all inclusive. This might not have had the best room or widest all inclusive but it was one of the best holidays I can ever remember and we are already planning our return trip.

Thank you thank you thank you for a most memorable holiday. We will return!

Disappointing
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the fourth island that we’ve visited in the Maldives and unfortunately it was our least favourite. We visited at the end of Feb/beg of March 18.

On arrival we were directed to the Lagoon Bar and while the staff distributed a small welcome pack along with some forms we had to complete and to collect our passports, we were provided with a welcome drink and a cold wet flannel, to cool ourselves down. We were then directed outside to a large map, where one of the staff provided us with a helpful overview of the resort, including locations of the shops, the restaurants and bars, recreational facilities and what was and wasn't included in our
All Inclusive Package (like most resorts `All Inclusive' is never all inclusive).

We arrived just before 12, so as our room wasn't ready, it was recommended that we went into the main restaurant to have some lunch.

We then went to pick up our keys, where the receptionist had to be prompted by the guy, waiting to take us to our room, to return our passports to us (seems her thoughts were elsewhere).

We were escorted to our room, via buggy, the guy briefly showed us round the villa, which was helpful. Our luggage, which was still sitting on a buggy, near reception when we picked up our keys, didn't arrive until around 2:30pm, so not the swiftest of delivery and not ideal after a long journey overnight, when all you want to do is shower and relax.

Anything not included in the 'All Inclusive' package is extremely expensive, so ensure you bring all basic necessities with you. If you incorrectly open a bottle of Evian water in the mini bar (as I did) it will cost you almost $10, $8 plus a 10% service charge, plus tax, and that was for a small bottle. Another couple we spoke to made the mistake of not bringing enough sun tan lotion with them, and had to pay a small fortune for a bottle in the resort shop.

Ok, so what's actually included:
- All you can eat buffet in the Sunset Restaurant, along with soft drinks, spirits and wine (and water).
- Lunch by the pool.
- Some, but not all drinks in the bars
- An excursion of your choice from four options: dolphin sunset cruise, fishing, snorkelling or a visit to a local island.
- Free rental of snorkelling gear; flippers and snorkel.
- Soft drinks, local water and wine in the mini bar.
- Half a bottle of champagne on day 2, delivered to your room
- Evening meals in the Lagoon restaurant, from the set menu, booked in advance (at least the day before)
- Trail snorkelling, at 11am each day
- 15 mins on a jet ski
- An hour a day on a kayak, body board.... various water sports.
Lunch in your villa, selected from a menu.

Not included:
- Spirits and evian water in the mini bar
- The Four Spices and the Plankton Grill restaurants, although you're given $25 per day, per person, which can be used in these restaurants.

Little things that I would downgrade this resort for:
- Napkins being in short supply in the restaurant
- The mini bar only being replenished 3 times during our two week stay, even though it's supposed to be replenished daily.
- A spot of, what looked like blood, on our quilt cover.
- No sun shades on the balcony, which meant not being able to use it for over half of the day, otherwise we would have burnt to a crisp.
- We stayed in a jacuzzi water villa, but don't expect these to be as fresh as they look on their website. Maybe we were unlucky, but it certainly could do with refreshing. The decking looked quite old, not having been painted/varnished for some time. The balcony a little wobbly. The floor inside the villa had chips broken out and I often found a broken bit under my foot, which I promptly threw in the bin.
- The TV was set on demo mode, which meant a banner kept appearing along the top or bottom of the screen. Good ol' Google told me how to turn it off.
- The satellite cable in the back of the TV was loose and had black tape around, had to keep fiddling with it to get a clearer reception.
- Delivery of drinks at the pool and in the bars tended to be slow, sometimes taking over 15 mins for our order to appear.

Staff were, in general, extremely friendly, but there certainly didn’t seem to be enough of them. The resort was (and I guess still is) in the process of being expanded, on to an adjoining island (linked by a wooden bridge) and we felt that purse strings were being pulled in and most of the income from the resort was being poured into the expansion, and not enough money being spent to ‘keep up’ the existing resort.

Now most of the above ‘issues’ are relatively minor, but the main issue we found pretty disgusting, that being all the flies crawling all over any uncovered food at the buffet in the main restaurant. During some meal times there were little burners set out as a repellent, but they simply were not sufficient and were not always put out at every meal time. This may explain why my husband ended up with a very upset stomach (someone else, I spoke to, had a similar issue). My suggestion: if you can't keep the flies away, cover all the food, not just the hot dishes!

We have also never had so many insect bites, as we did at this resort. Most islands do some fogging to keep the number of mossies down, but we suspect this resort either doesn’t or does so less often than others. Again, maybe keeping the purse strings tight, to help fund the expansion.

The rooms were clean, the staff friendly. With a little more attention to detail, more staff and less flies/mossies, it could be idyllic, but having been to other resorts in the Maldives, this won’t be one I will be recommending.

2nd visit to this amazing resort
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I have just returned home from our second visit to this resort and it’s still as amazing as we remembered from three years ago. They have made the all inclusive package a lot better including things like the snorkel equipment free to hire, free 15 minute massage (the spa treatments are the best I’ve ever had), free excursion, free 15minute jet ski and some free drinks in the mini bar in the room. We were also given extra benefits for being a repeater including fruit and wine in the room and $50 each for the Spa.
We were really impressed by lots of staff including Ali,Ishaq,Suaid,Jaaiulah,Hazim,Shaun,Wiam,Upal. The one guy who made our holiday very special was Shiau. What a guy! His attention to detail is unreal. He made so much effort for my birthday and then again on our anniversary and on our last night. He really is a credit to the company and deserves to be rewarded for his hard work.
Ali also made our stay one to remember. He recovered our anniversary night which didn’t start off very well with an error at one of the restaurants but he went full out and this was much appreciated.
I would highly recommend this island to anyone who wants nothing but rest and recuperation.
My only criticism is that you have taken the Rose sparkling wine and Cointreau off the all inclusive package from when we visited you three years ago and a recommendation would be to include the four spices in the deal as we found it a bit expensive and decided not to eat in the restaurant.
Thank you again for a fantastic holiday.

Janet and Colin Wilson

True paradise
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just returned from the most amazing stay we could have hoped for at olhuveli. For us it was a perfect balance of being able to relax and unwind , with plenty of opportunities to undertake a wide variety of activities when feeling more energetic!
The all inclusive package was worth every penny.
We loved the sunset dolphin cruise (included in ai) and enjoyed seeing hundreds of dolphins. We also used the paddle boards and kayaks along with snorkelling equipment all included in the package. Our only regret was that we ran out of time to undertake all the activities included such as massage and jet ski!
A wide range of drinks were included and it was perfectly clear what was and was not included in the package. The mini bar generally was restocked twice a day and it was great to have access to all inclusive drinks in your room.
For those days when we were too lazy to walk to the restaurant we could have lunch delivered to the room at no extra cost.
The food in general was very good quality. We dined mostly in the sunset restaurant and there was something for everyone. The local fish and curry in particular were amazing with different themed nights to satisfy most tastes. The only downside was the amazing bannana ice cream was not on every night!
The resort is immaculate and you can see how hard the staff work to keep it that way. The beaches are amazing. One side of the island was more sheltered than the other when we stayed meaning even when it was quite windy (as it was monsoon season) the other side was totally calm and perfect for relaxing on.
The wildlife is fantastic on both the house reef and around the island in general. Really going to miss seeing the juvenile black tip sharks swimming past in the shallows as you walked along. We also saw a huge variety of other amazing fish and of course the turtles.
By far though the biggest asset to this resort are its fantastic staff. They are without doubt some of the most warm, polite, freindly and helpful people we have ever come across.
Nothing was too much trouble for the awsome staff on reception going above and beyond to help us. And our waiter in the sunset resturant Khaleid was fantastic and a firm favourite with the kids!
Thanks to the amazing people at olhuveli for giving us a truly memorable holiday!