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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We came back to this lovely small island again after the 3,5 years and it did not dissappointed us at all. Last time in the Beach villa and this time in the water villa. All were very good to us, someday We will go back again.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
1  Thank j_takatalo
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

My title gives some idea of our thoughts about this island but there are a couple of reservations. There are elements of the all inclusive package that are rather mean spirited. There is a very limited selection of wine for all inclusive clients and all bottled wines have to be paid for. No water sports are included in the package not even the non powered ones. To pay 22US dollars for an hours paddle board is not ideal.
Having got over these gripes the island is wonderful. The number of guests there mean that nowhere is crowded. The food is plain and simple and beautifully presented. The buffet is constantly topped up and the choice of food is wonderful. The staff are fantastic, ever attentive, always smiling and anxious to ensure that everyone is well looked after.
The accommodation (we were in a beach villa) was superb. The room was spacious and extremely comfortable and spotlessly clean with an abundance of clean towels. There were two showers, one in the conventional bathroom, and one outside in the private garden. In the heat of the Maldives an outside shower is very appealing. The deck outside is spacious and well equipped, two comfortable chairs, two sun loungers and a beautiful four poster day bed with cushions and pillows.
The house reef shows the scars of El Niño and much of the coral is bleached and lifeless. The fish however remain in abundance, turtles, rays and eels are commonly seen. One can only hope that this is a sign that the coral will regenerate over time.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
4  Thank Alan J
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

This was our third visit in Maafushivaru.
As I mentioned in my previous reviews, the resort is great for the type of vacation my family is looking for.
Ron, the general manager, does a great job keeping the resort in good condition and the staff motivated.
Everyone is nice and friendly. Aya and Mohamed were the guys taking care of our table in the restaurant. They were excellent.
The food is good, having lots of variety of fish, vegetables, fruits, etc.
We stayed in a beach villa 123.
Even though the El Nino bleached most of the corals, there still lots of fish and marine life. The corals started, slowly, to recover.
Thank you everyone!
We will definitely return to this beautiful island.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
4  Thank GimiBucharest
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Travelled on 20th November 2018 to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary, our first visit to the Maldives..
We picked this island because of the intimate size and house reef, we knew there was very little to do which was perfect for us. I had requested room 222 in advance and was totally overwhelmed when we arrived to be told we had this water villa - it really was amazing and totally private - in fact it made our holiday. I loved the open shower and bathroom - a real novelty!

We were so glad we had upgraded to the water villa as some of the beach villas were quite hidden amongst trees in the middle of the island and did not appear to have any views - pick carefully.

We travelled with Kuoni and arrived early evening by seaplane was was a fantastic experience, as we stepped onto the jetty from the boat a huge turtle swam underneath us and this was the start of the most incredible sealife viewing throughout the week - reef sharks, stingrays, lion fish, clown fish and countless others, all which can be seen just a few metres from the shoreline.

The main restaurant buffet food was wonderful everyday with plenty of choice - we did not feel any need to try the other restaurant. We are not into gourmet food but do appreciate good, local cuisine and this is exactly what we got.

The bar was lovely and the cocktails were fabulous - very comprehensive menu and the barstaff would make anything else for you - the bar team were a real highlight of the trip, we were so well looked after by everyone, particularly Ranjith, a lovely man, and Aminul. The same goes for the great guys running the coffee place, who remembered our daily order and were always smiling. In fact all the staff were so attentive and couldn't do enough for us.

The beach all around the island was beautiful and mostly deserted, always plenty of beds and the pool area had the most luxurious day beds with plenty of fresh towels.

We hadn't planned to do any trips (mainly because of our budget) but in the end we couldn't resist the Manta Ray trip after listening to a talk by the very informative and fun marine biologist Lucy. This trip was worth every penny, as we swam with mantas that were over 4m in diameter, whilst they were feeding and were in the water with them for over 20 minutes. The enthusiasm of the marine biologist and the team from the resort was infectious on this fabulous day.
My husband also did the night snorkelling trip which he would thoroughly recommend.

We also enjoyed the sunset cruise - very relaxing.
Our water villa was kept immaculate throughout our stay as were all areas of the resort.

My husband used the gym a few every morning which looks out over the reef and he saw a dolphin from the treadmill!

The resort was always so quiet despite being fully booked, it felt very exclusive.

We took the Dhoni over to Lonobu 3 times and that was really lovely for the true 'desert island' experience and some different snorkelling.

We really had no complaints but if I were to feedback anything it would be that it would have been so much better had the watersports hire be free - we have experienced this in the Caribbean on all inclusive and we felt the prices here were too high.

We would totally recommend Maafushivaru for a completely chilled relaxing week in paradise.It was everything that we hoped it would be.

Room Tip: 222 - the best room on the island!
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank celestecardiff
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We've just returned from 9 nights at Maafushivaru. We went to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday, which was on the day we landed. We booked with Kuoni, who were excellent. I had been in touch with Larissa at Maafushivaru prior to arrival, as I organised a special dinner on the beach for the evening we arrived for my husband's birthday, for the two of us. This was all managed efficiently and on the evening, it was all handled beautifully. The food and service were excellent and they organised a complimentary cake as well.
If you are looking for a very relaxing break, with not a lot to do, then this is perfect. The island is very small with only 50 villas in total. You can walk around the island in about 10-15 minutes.
We booked a beach villa, as we didn't want one of the smaller water villas, as they are not very private. Our beach villa was very modern inside and spacious, including a massive king plus sized bed, good sound system, massive wardrobe, TV, fridge which is filled with coke, fanta, sprite, water (non alcoholic), although we grabbed some cans of beer from the bar and put them in it. There is an inside and an outside shower and the bathroom is a good size. (We had villa no. 111). We mainly used the sunbeds and umbrella outside our villa on the beach. This side of the island does get quite warm, as there is very little breeze compared to the other side of the island, where it can be quite windy. (it seems crazy that such a small island can have two such contrasting sides). If you want to get some breeze, you can just wander round and grab the sunbeds on that part of the beach, which is close to the pool and bar. There are always plenty of sunbeds and they provide plenty of beach towels (don't bother taking any).
There is only one restaurant which is buffet style, but it suited us and there was plenty of choice (slightly repetitive), but it was all excellent and tasty. If you want full on waiter service and something fairly smart, then this isn't for you.
There is also a coffee shop if you fancy sitting and grabbing a book to read.
The bar is lovely, with a sandy floor and tons of seats and an excellent drinks and cocktails list. The cocktails are $10 each, but if you are all inclusive, like us, then you don't have to constantly worry about what you're spending. We like to have a drink on holiday and not have to worry about the bill at the end. All drinks are premium brands and decent measures.
There is a complimentary boat over to Lonobu, the private island, three times a day, which we used. It's well worth a trip over, as it is even more relaxing than the main island and there is plenty of snorkelling (especially around where the landing deck is situated).
The snorkelling around the main island is very good, and we saw plenty of different fish, sharks, rays and the resident turtle. Sadly, the reef is a little bare, but is coming back slowly in places. We took our own snorkelling equipment, but they provide it free of charge if you need to borrow.
There are water sports such as paddle boards, canoes, peddle boats but these cost extra. I suggested to the resort that they should offer these complimentary as they might get people to use them.
There are no other sports on the island, apart from a small gym which overlooks the sea, so if you want some beach volleyball, or tennis or whatever, then this island isn't for you.
There is also very little in the way of entertainment after dinner. There was a DJ (who wasn't very good) and a duo who played guitars and sang (who weren't great either), and most people went to bed after a dinner and a brief drink in the bar, so if you want a rave and dancing in a nightclub, this island isn't for you.
There is a spa, which looked great but we didn't use it.
The big thing that makes this island so great are the staff. All those we met were helpful, lovely and smiley, and went out of their way to make our stay one to remember. All in all, we had a wonderful stay and would definitely return if we wanted a very chilled out holiday with not a lot to do, to unwind and de-stress.
It's a non dressy, no shoes and no fuss type of holiday and we have returned completely chilled out and very happy.

Room Tip: For a sunset view then 107 upwards. We had room 111 - it was lovely.
  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank marioncalversmith
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