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“A slice of paradise”
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Maafushivaru
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“A slice of paradise”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Maafushivaru under-promised and over-delivered. We chose Maafushivaru after a lot of research for our honeymoon. Needless to say, we went in with high expectations, which were constantly met or surpassed (we subsequently went to one of the top rated Maldives resorts, which was good but did not match up to our experience here).

We had a very warm reception on arrival from the seaplane (note that this is a mandatory $300 expense per person for the roundtrip as the island is about 25 mins by plane from the airport). Hats off to Lailanie and her staff for organizing such a reception.

Special mention goes to the rest of the staff as well who were extremely friendly, likable and helpful. The gentleman at the buffet grill would gladly cook my wife a nice vegetarian pasta at her request. The head chefs took good care and spent time identifying vegetarian foods and desserts that she could have without concerns. Shaan, our host for the candelight dinner, delighted us time and again with small surprises during the course of our dinner.

The island itself is small but has a serene, beautiful and romantic setting - very picturesque and a true tropical island paradise. We saw couples for the most part, many of whom were about our age. Our water villa was beautiful and was well designed from a comfort and aesthetic standpoint. We stayed in villa 217 (sunset villa) which we thought was fabulous - had a nice view and a lot of privacy, with a distant glimpse of the island. The house reef was good and we enjoyed our snorkel/swimming there. I would highly recommend taking the complimentary daily trip to the sister island - an awesome opportunity for a photo session with your significant other!

Our only quibble was that we had to check out early in the morning to make it to our second resort, and an alternative could not be arranged. But I suppose this is understandable as seaplanes have to abide by tight schedules and budgets as well (they try to pool as many people from neighboring islands / atolls to minimize costs).

All in all - we spent 5 days there, which we felt was short as we barely got to know the place, but those were days well spent. We highly recommend this beautiful resort.

Room Tip: 217 - sunset water villa - lotsa privacy with a distant glimpse of the island - snorkeling back and...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

Myself and my wife stayed here for 1 week as part of our honeymoon, our only regret was that we didn't stay here longer. The whole experience through Kuoni was exactly what we expected. The lovely lounge at male sea plane terminal was beautiful. We landed at Maafushivaru and were greeted by the Kuoni rep Hannah who is lovely. To us the reps here have got it just right, they are there if you need them but don't impose on your holiday. Hannah took the time to speak to us when we passed to make sure we had everything we needed and that we were having a nice time. The rest of the staff are brilliant as well, from the house keeping to the chefs, waiters and spa staff. We recommend the "Maafushivaru Momment" I you make it to the spa.

We will be back as will book through Kuoni again.

Thank you for an incredible time. James and Nat room 202

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Just returned from Maafushivaru and loved it. We've been to the Maldives before, but first time on this island and it was really wonderful. Food was outstanding, best we've had in the Maldives and drinks were mainly branded and flowed very freely for all inclusive. What really makes this place is the staff, from the maintenance people who work non stop to keep all tidy, to the chefs who are so proud of the food they produce and the waiters who are so polite and well mannered. The room attendant was so professional that we rarely saw him, but the room was very clean and tidy indeed. The bar staff were fab, cocktails were super and the waiters were good fun. The house reef is ok for snorkelling,but not the best we have had. If I had to be negative about anything it would be about the kuoni reps, this island is tiny and these people added nothing to our holiday, local reception staff were more helpful! It did annoy that a part of the cost o f our expensive holiday must have been covering the cost of these reps and they just weren't needed! We will be back to Maafushivaru again and would thoroughly recommend this very cosmopolitan island.

Room Tip: We had beach villa 112 which was fab, we did think we would upgrade to a water villa when we got the...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We came to Maafushivaru island in the maldives with our whole family of 11 people for one week this June/July. This was our first time in the Maldives. We came here to get married and the whole planning and organising experience of the wedding with the Hotel Manager Jadullo was incredibly smooth and pleasurable! I cannot fault Jadullo and his fantastic team of staff who were absolutely wonderful, competent and totally made our day a complete dream come true from beginning to end! Nothing was too much for Jadullo and I was so impressed with how he runs the hotel and makes things happen. I have been left with the most incredible memories I will never forget from the whole week and from my wedding day. I didn't want to leave! And that's down to not only the stunning perfect island and resort but also down to the staff. A very special thank you to Jadullo and Abdullah, you are both stars!! Each and everyone of My entire family were blown away by this hotel and the staff who made this an incredible week. We have all said we will be all coming back here next year! We all enjoyed wonderful food in abundance, fantastic clean and perfect accomodation, perfect service, great weather. Thank you again Marie-Clare & Nick Maurissen x See you again!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

We recently returned from my sister-in-laws wedding on the Island of Maafushivaru where we stayed for a week. We have never experienced such an incredible environment and people. We were welcomed into the resort as if we were family. The warmth and love shown towards us all by the local staff was INCREDIBLE. The island itself is immaculate. White fine sand and piercing island blue water. The food is 5 Star World class. We dived with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks in chrystal blue waters in the same day. The only thing we regretted was having to leave! We will be back to visit you all soon.

To Jadullo, Abdulla, Harshad and all the staff at Maafushivaru, we thank you sincerely.
Thank you for welcoming us into your lives and we will see you all again soon.

The Eden, Smith and Maurissen familes

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

This was our return trip to the island, and we were pleased to see that the resort had in fact improved over the previous year. The food had more variety, and was of a good standard. The rooms were bright and clean as ever. We were " all-inclusive", and as last year, the drinks were all branded and of good quality. They had in fact increased the items included in "all-inclusive".
We visited the newly opened " Teppanyaki Restaurant" which was not only good quality food, but highly entertaining - well worth a visit!!
The staff are great - always ready to oblige, and nothing is too much trouble.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2013

After searching for an amazing hoilday for my honeymoon,we pick maafushivaru and it was a great choice,
We went on 15th may for 7nights
we were alittle dubious as it was the monsoon season and was scared that we werent going to see anysun
but as soon as we stepped off the plane at Male the sun was blazing.
The airport lounge was amazing and a great start to the holiday,after a 35mins ride in the sea plane,we arrived at our destination and it was amazing
We were greeted by Vicky the kuoni rep and she took us to our water villa
Maafushivara is a beauitful island,even tho there was around 100 people in the island it felt really private and relaxing
They were loads of snorkelling excursions and also the sister island was relaxing and quiet
we had our own waiter called Mohammed and the coffee shop waiter Adam was always there to greet us with a smile.
This is a truly amazing place and are planning to go back soon there.

Room Tip: we stayed a villa 213 and the sunrise was beautiful
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Maafushivaru
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Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Southern Ari Atoll
#9 Luxury Hotel in Southern Ari Atoll
#9 Spa Hotel in Southern Ari Atoll
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Southern Ari Atoll
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Maafushivaru 5*
Number of rooms: 50
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

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