Myself and my partner recently visited Ozen Bolifushi from 13/09/21 to 20/09/21.
After reading various reviews from other hotel chains and considering other islands on the Maldives, we finally settled on Ozen and have absolutely no regrets!
Stepping off the transfer boat, we were handed a chilled drink and took in the views of the beautiful white sand and crystal blue ocean, we knew then we'd landed in paradise...
RESORT AND GROUNDS
Immaculate, from the staff maintaining the grounds of the island to the indoor facilities, the level of cleanliness was exceptional. We often saw the resort being sprayed of an evening to keep mosquitos at bay, which most definitely worked and good to know you weren't going to get bitten on you're evening walk.
We chose to stay in a Beach Villa with private pool, the villa was spotless and spacious with a walk in shower, separate basins and an outdoor private bath.
The minibar was restocked daily and had a wide range of drinks from wine, Champagne and beer to soft drinks and water.
FOOD AND DINING
Fancy eating Michelin standard food every evening? Then you've hit the jackpot here! From arabic to waygu steaks, fresh locally sourced sea food to arabic mezze there's something for everyone even the most fussiest of eaters.
The breakfast options are plentiful, having sampled everything from traditional Maldivian breakfast to fresh waffles and pancakes with you're choice of condiments, there's so much food you'll end up spending all morning just relaxing in the restaurant taking in the beautiful ocean views.
During our stay we also dined at the speciality restaurants including Saffron (Indian) and Origin (French). Both my partner and I were blown away with the standard of the food, comparing it to eating at top restaurants each night. The quality of the ingredients and flavours were incredible and it was nice having the option to try speciality dishes that we may not have usually had back home.
We were introduced to "Mira" on our first day as a go to person in case we had any questions or needed any help throughout our stay.
Mira turned out to be a total god send, she took care of every little enquiry from arranging the spa, meal bookings and even sourcing an extra light and extension lead for me to do my make up (thank you Mira :)
Nothing was too much of an ask and she went above and beyond. Her bubbly personality, warm persona and the ability to make us feel like she was someone we'd known for years really made us feel at home at the resort.
Ps. Thank you Mira for helping with my surprise engagement meal, you were a STAR!
The resort staff were all exceptional and a special thank you to the following people for going the extra mile... Mira, Aneel, Ali, Mo, Suhail, Moosa and Amir (In terms of exceptional customer service and fun, outgoing personalities you guys really were top notch!)
Overall, we could not recommend Ozen Bolifushi enough. We had the most unforgettable holiday and will most definitely be returning. To find a resort that's not only picturesque but has the most amazing level of service and incredible dining, is extremely rare and a total gem. See you again Ozen :)
Warren and Sarah (UK) x
Our stay here was an absolute delight. I was travelling with my 19 months old son, and i must mention that the entire staff was very helpful. Special shout out to Saeed our butler, Maryam,Diksha,Arjun,Nancy and i am not able to recollect one lady's name, for taking such good care of us. Our room, the food, hospitality all were outstanding. We had a L-Shape huge swimming pool in our room and our son enjoyed it thoroughly. Complete Privacy. Also thanks to Amit Gilani of travelbutler.in for organising this trip. Highly recommend him. All our paperwork load was taken care by him, while we were enjoying our holidays.
We highly recommend this property and thank them once again for taking such good care of us.
Water villa 607 is perfect, sunset view, very spacious and luxurious. Sunsets there are the most amazing thing you will ever see. Furthermore with their all inclusive, being in the infinity pool with a glass of Champaign and free snacks is awesome.
The room needs some refurbishing here and there but nothing too serious. The hotel is not new, but this has also benefits and it is the attention and experience of all personnel, the hotel runs smoothly and has many people working there so anything you need just raise a hand and they will make it happen
Special mention to Ahsan, our butler who solved many issues for us and made our stay very comfortable carrying us in his little truck. Also to the chefs, my wife is coeliac and needs gluten free food, we felt they adapted everything perfectly without cross contamination. If you have this allergy do tell them in advance. Also note for hotel: you would do great if you focus on this specific gluten free allergy, advertise it on your web, have special menus on the hotel ready to deliver to customers specifying gluten free food. This will bring you many customers because Maldives has no hotel with this characteristics.
The food in general is AWESOME. It really is, all inclusive hotel with this level is not easy to find.
Beaches and snorkelling are a dream. Coral reef is awesome.
And also take into account that the boat from the main airport Male just takes around 25 minutes. After this quick ride we definitely were sure we made a good decision not catching an airplane to a far away resort. They take you just before the flight in a luxury boat, weather is not an issue for the boat. If we would have catched a flight maybe we would have lost several hours of our holiday.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at the resort in late-September. We have an amazing and memorable experience, which can't be expressed sufficiently with just words.
Mr. Salman (Hiyani): First and foremost, our sincere and heartfelt appreciation for Mr. Salman, our Butler. He became a dear friend of ours during our stay. We enjoyed discussing a variety of topics, he made us feel very comfortable, and we felt as though we had known him for years. His untiring efforts to exceed our highest of expectations is greatly appreciated. On many occasions he took proactive measures to solve any issues and provided us with everything we would have wanted. It is truly people such as Salman that can make or break a vacation for the guests/reputation of a luxury resort. We already miss his energetic, jovial demeanour and hope to see him again soon. OZEN management - thank you for enriching our vacation by appointing Salman as our Hiyani. He is an invaluable asset to the success of your organization.
Arrival: Right from meeting us at the Arrivals at Male Airport, the Ozen team were impeccable. We were fortunate to be the only ones on the 20-min trip aboard the luxury catamaran from the airport to the resort. Thanks to Mr. Aathif for keeping us happy and engaged during the short ride, and to the rest of the OZEN crew on the Catamaran.
Resort welcome: The reception upon our arrival was very endearing as well planned. There, I met Mr. Aneel (Director of the Resort) who welcomed us to the wonderful resort. Throughout our stay, Aneel checked in on us. I appreciated his calm and assuring presence, as he coordinated with Salman and helped sort out a couple of minor issues with our room. To me it seemed like Aneel and his colleagues genuinely cared for their guests and their well being. He also took proactive measures to mitigate any concerns at the resort. Thank you Aneel for all your efforts.
Food: We had breakfast and lunch at Vista Del Mar. Even on an all-inclusive plan, we routinely requested gluten free and out-of-menu items that were served to us. We really appreciated Chefs Alok (Vista Del Mar) and Chef Chetan (Origine) who prepared specially curated meals to satisfy our dietary requirements. Every person who served us at the restaurants was extremely polite and seemed happy to help us have an enjoyable meal and experience. Some of the names I remember and thank are: Vista Del Mar - Amir and Arjun (thank you for remembering my Avocado on Toast request); Origine - Turana made our fine dining experience immaculate with her knowledge of the 5-course meal. Saffron - Som, Arjun and his colleagues made our Indian thali experience memorable, despite the weather not cooperating with the outdoor seating.
Ocean Villa: Very spacious, well designed rooms with lots of outdoor space. The only downside to the entire trip was the rainy weather - which is under no one's control. But heavy and persistent rains the first 3 days during our stay made it hard for us to fully utilise the outdoor area including the pool, or see the sunsets.
Departure: Consistent with the rest of our stay, the service and care taken during our departure was planned well. We had assistance all the way up to check-in at the Male airport. It was our pleasure that Salman also joined us on the boat ride to the airport and shared some memorable stories on the way.
Purely Maldives: I was happy to once again book this trip via PM. Richard was very kind and resourceful as always. He helped us make the right choice in OZEN Bolifushi. Thank you Richard.
OZEN Management: Thank you for putting together a wonderful team of professionals who go out of their way to keep your guests happy.
I m glad that we finalised this property after lot of contemplation. We stayed in ocean suite pool villa n its huge. The size of the room n deck area is its USP. It has such beautiful corners like hammock seating.couch seating..transparent floor..pool...ocean being its vantage point. The property offers very authentic food.
We were appointed with the very spontaneous and helpful butler mr.samir. he was always just a text away. Any problm ..u msg him..n it gets resolved in time. He made sure that we got indian food maximum times . Our trip was very comfortable and memorable.