The first island that you go to will always be 'special' but as we visited others we started to collect the 'best of' and say 'if only you could take all of these and put an them on the one island !!!' and then we went to Maaf. This time last week we had just got home from 18 nights on a home from home. This is not a criticism of those other islands as there are things that they still perhaps do that stand above Maaf - but this island is the totality of all the things that for us make it not only 'a holiday' but also 'a home from home'.
The island is small, triangular in shape and has other islands in view from all directions. The design is elegant and stylish from the clean lines of the white furniture to the coconut trees that fringe the edge of one side of the main beach almost down to the sea. The clean lines and mix of traditional Maldivian with uber cool contemporary chic continues in the beach villas, bar, coffee shop and restaurant. We didn't visit the spa or the gym but couldn't imagine a view better than the one had whilst in the gym - the ocean before you as you walked/rode/cross trained.
There was a sense of calm and utter relaxation throughout our stay. Yes we had the six days of rain (!) in the middle of our stay - that said we've experienced a week of rain even in March so come prepared whatever the month of your visit.
So down to detail: (apologies for any names mis-spelt)
Villa - spotlessly clean and maintained by Fazeel our room boy - only problem was the temperature of the shower - we mentioned to Mark and it was seen to that day but unfortunately dropped again in a couple of days - I do like my shower hot, so this was the only gripe! We were 121 a fantastic spot for sunsets and very shallow sea between the water villas on the right and dive centre on the right. Yes there were gabions out to sea directly in front but without those these villas wouldn't have a their own stretch of sand.
Food - all beautifully cooked. We don't do breakfast so can't comment but lunch and dinner never disappointed. For a small island there is much choice - the breads were sublime - and the hot chocolate pudding will be a memory for life - thank you so Darshaan. The Chefs genuinely wanted your feedback and made time to talk to you. We loved the 'sit anywhere' approach and though that meant that we never got to know a particular waiter all were quick to remember you and your preferences and even when they rotated, the waiter/s that we had had would always stop and say hello or 'fish on the corner'.
Snorkeling - the clearest water we have ever experienced and the most unafraid fish. The magic is that whatever your ability there is a snorkeling space for you. And then there is Lonobu the small island next door. That was my heaven - the shortest of journeys from the sand to the edge of the reef and the plethora of fish! On our last day we were the only two people on the island and that was incredible!
Facilities/Entertainment - the bar and coffee shop area are so comfortable to just sit and while away the time, good selection of books and games to borrow, a beautiful pool /outside bar area in which we always found a sunbed/seat . The live music night is quiet, sophisticated with excellent guitar work and the Maldivian night when the Room Boys and Waiters sing/dance is excellent - they are determined to get you to join in. The choice of cocktails included in the AI is amazing and water was plentiful.
Staff - what can we say? The bar staff are superb - Aminul we are privileged to have met you, Ellaine, Nissan, Ifraan and Zarheed thank you for all the conversations we had and the excellent service you gave. The Kuoni rep Mark is a great guy and excellent rep - Mark be prepared we will see you again!
This is an island to go to if you want to be together, relax, recover and remember who you are.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reached by a picturesque flight over the mysterious atolls of the Maldives, Maafushivaru is a quiet island knitted with lush flora surrounded by pure white sandy beaches and incredible turquoise lagoon. Next to the resort is the tiny desert island of Lonubo, exclusive to Maafushivaru guests. A visit to this beautiful island is a must. You can choose from daily visits for basking in the sun and snorkeling the beautiful reef, or ultimately book to stay overnight, an island just for you and your beloved, even if only for a night. Slumber at your choice of three distinct villas. Beach Villas are sited on postcard perfect beaches whilst the Water Villas are built on stilts over the Indian Ocean providing sunset and sunrise vistas that will be forever etched in your memory. For a fun filled holiday, the Pool Villa is the right pick for families or friends travelling together, featuring two separate villas with a shared pool. Summon the bon vivant inside of you with the delectable fare. Cuisine Gallery showcases a potpourri of dishes from all over the world. While 135° East is your key for an authentic Japanese cuisine displaying the art of teppanyaki and the hibachi steakhouse. Sip favourite sunset cocktails at Water Bar with eclectic evening entertainment ranging from Maldivian evenings, to laser shows and disco nights under the starlit sky. Located on the water’s edge, instill a sense of calm and quietude at the Spa with signature product line Voya focusing on healing therapies and rituals. Explore rich underwater life on the house reefs of Maafushivaru and Lonubo, where fish teem and corals bloom colourfully. Dive with whale sharks and mantas in famed spots down south. Discover the epitome of Maldives – Maafushivaru. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maafushivaru Hotel South Ari Atoll
- Maafushivaru Tclub Hotel
- Maafushivaru Maldives/Southern Ari Atoll