VOI Maayafushi Resort
What We Love
- An all-inclusive stay at a tranquil island retreat, with sandy beaches and rustic-chic bungalowsSnorkeling at the island's coral reef and getting the chance to swim with sharks
- Shacking up in a rustic-chic beach bungalow and embracing the tropical vibe
- Staying all-inclusive and enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner and select drinks
What To Know
- Beach Bungalows are either on the beach or have a small private garden with an outdoor bathroom; Overwater Bungalows have direct sea access and a private terrace (note that children must be over 10 to stay in these)
- The onsite restaurant serves Italian and international dishes
- Free resort activities include windsurfing, canoeing, beach volleyball, and tennis
With powdery white sands, turquoise waters and spectacular marine life, the Maldives is the ultimate island getaway. It’s only fair that you complement your trip here with an equally impressive resort. Featuring a handful of rustic beach bungalows, complete with thatched roofs and surrounded by palm trees, VOI Maayafushi Resort certainly fits the bill. Here you’ll enjoy charming accommodations, impeccable service, luxurious facilities and no shortage of activities to keep you busy.
Boasting a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this exotic retreat will take care of your every need. Start off by unwinding at the spa with a massage or beauty treatment, or simply grab a drink at the bar and kick back on the sand. If you’re looking for a bit more action, head out for a snorkeling session, and you’ll even get the opportunity to swim with sharks – accompanied by expert divers, of course. When you get hungry, the exquisite restaurant is on hand with Italian and international favorites, and you can even arrange for a romantic dinner on the beach.
The resort’s charming Beach bungalows fit in perfectly with the aesthetic of the island. These spacious accommodations feature traditionally inspired décor, as well as ceiling fans and air conditioning to ensure a comfortable stay.
Amenities- Wi-Fi access (charges apply)- Refrigerator- Deluxe bath products
Dining here is a simple but elegant affair. The resort’s restaurant serves up a delicious spread of Italian and international dishes that’s sure to keep your taste buds happy. You can also arrange for a romantic, private dinner by the beach. You’ll also find two bars, serving sunset cocktails and other drinks throughout the day.
The resort’s lovely spa sits in the middle of the island and offers the perfect setting for a pampering session. Expert therapists and a tempting menu of massages and beauty treatments are sure to help you relax and unwind.
Surrounded by the clear waters of the Maldives, this resort offers a true island-paradise experience. A wealth of renowned coral reefs can be found close by and shouldn’t be missed. The island can be reached by a forty-minute seaplane ride (depending on schedule) from Velana International Airport.
How to Get There
We’ve been staying in Sea Club Maayafushi resort (Francorosso) 11-18 June 2018. In Male we arrived with Neos charter flight from Fiumicino, then the speed boat took us to resort (about 1 hour of sea voyage). Time difference with Italy is 4 hours (with Male - 3 hours).
An island is a small paradise, you need just 10 minutes to walk it around.
Our villa was very nice with patio and Maldivian shower. It’s cleaned twice a day and they changed towels every day (in general cleanliness is their distinguished feature). Meal in the restaurant was great, with lots of fish and meat dishes, also pasta, vegetables, fruit, salads and desserts.
The weather varied, always cloudy in the morning, with rain at least once a day (30-45 minutes or quick showers or once all night long), but after the rain everything dries out very quickly. The heat was quite strong in the cloudless days, not to mention very high humidity in addition. We’ve been told that from January till April the scorching heat here can bake you till the bones, so if you tolerate sun not in a perfect way maybe better to consider less hot period, like we did.
The reef is long and nice, you can snorkel for hours watching numerous fish, reef sharks, even manta rays and turtle.
The diving center provides tours to other islands as well as in Maayafushi itself (for example night snorkeling near the pier of the resort).
One of the principal arguments for choosing Maayafushi (in addition to the price) was that this place is not children-oriented, we saw few children that caused no disturbance at all.
Animation is light, you can play sports (volleyball, football), take a lesson of windsurfing for free.
After dinner you can spend time in the bar with live music, at 22:30 night shows start.
Attention: No free wifi, even in public areas, we paid 46 usd/person for a week access to net. Be ready to pay extra taxes and green tax. Price for coffee (espresso) 3,5usd :) All expenses are located to your room account (no cash payments), the final bill is payable upon check-out in usd/eur or cards.
We enjoyed our stay very much, that’s not luxury resort but we can highly recommend it for vacation.
Maayafushi is a little slice of paradise. The island itself is absolute perfection because the house reef is reachable without needing a boat (very important in the Maldives) and it is situated in the North Atoll, perfect for February when the currents are changing meaning that the 'big' fish are passing through those currents: reef sharks, mantas, eagle rays, tuna etc..
In terms of the resort. It is of course Italian, so you must be aware of that. The food is mainly Italian, and to be honest, not bad at all considering the ingredients and chef aren't Italian. Lets say that you certainly won't die of starvation!
The animation/entertainment is kept very low key which I personally really enjoy as I am on holiday to relax and not be interrupted every two seconds.
We had beach bungalow 59 and it was perfect, clean, cool, working shower etc. It gets cleaned twice a day of any sand that made it's way in.
Note the resort doesn't encourage shoes so only bring flip flops, unless you want to feel a little silly!
The staff are wonderful: big shout out to Mario and Enrique from the dive centre, and to Jallal from the bar.
The diving/snorkeling equipment isn't he newest so you might prefer to bring your own. The excursions are limited, but still good, otherwise the house reef will allow you to see everything you want. We saw: an abundance of white tip and black tip sharks, turtles, eagle rays, nurse sharks, mantas, all the possible tropical fish that they Maldives offer and also big tunas.
I would recommend this island to everyone but not if you are expecting a 5* luxury stay as this isn't it. Remember that for the Maldives, Maayafushi is not expensive!
I’ll suggest it this island for anybody that want a relaxing holiday but especially for who loves life underwater! As soon as you arrive you must get a pair of fins mask and snorkel and go explore around the reef around the island! And also go to the diving center and book all the dives that you can if you have diving license if you don’t get one!! You’ll never regret!! The diving center staff is the most brilliant professional and fun you can ever find!! Valeria modu Mario came with us for all the dives and they made them even more special, guys you are the best!! Henrique Claudia great fun and great experts as well!
I’ll recommend the resort but I’ll mostly recommend the diving center that is in it!!