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Huvafen Fushi
Nairobi, Kenya
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“Already excellent, and will benefit from planned refit”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

They have done a really good job with setting up Huvafen Fushi - they clearly threw a ton of money at the place, with high end furniture, fittings etc. We stayed in a lagoon villa, which was superbly designed. Much less of the clutter that one normally finds - free wifi (resorts mostly don't understand that when you pay these prices, wifi should be free, duh!) - 130 sq m of space in total. Large bedroom, huge deck, but absolutely critical to be on the side of the island where the wind blows. The great drawback of water villas is that they can be really really hot, which is why I normally go if I can for beach bungalows, as trees and shade are your friends.... Huge comfortable bed, large bathtub sitting in the window of the bathroom, and private infinity plunge pool.

Food, generally speaking, was very good. Advise you look carefully at B&B vs Half Board offers. Dinner in the Half board restaurant Celsius normally will come to around $70 to $100 per person without drinks, for three courses. The food was quite good - definitely above the average found in the Maldives. Food in Raw restaurant and Salt restaurant was SUPERB. Easily the best in the Maldives. It shows it can be done, and embarrasses other resorts who charge similarly high prices for food lacking in flavour.

Raw is normally open only for lunch, and is beautifully situated, with a breeze through the restaurant removing the need for fans. I am normally a big skeptic of this kind of cooking, which is very processing heavy in order to get the taste and texture needed, but this really blew me away. Amazing light tom yum soup made with a 'broth' of coconut water. Ceviche with tamarind I think?

Salt was even better. We had the tasting menu of seven courses for $120 a head. Good value, and comparable in quality to NY and London. Flavours perfectly constructed and balanced. They came at good speed, just right really. Largely sea food based, but not exclusively.

Other facilities were also great - a very cosy bar area, and an excellent infinity pool looking out over the island. I never got a sense of being crowded, even though it is a very small island and quite heavily built up.

The drawback? Service was mixed. In Celsius in the evening, it was really poor. Wait staff milling around out of ear shot and eye contact range. It just took a long time to get served, and to get a waiter's attention for water, wine, menus etc. The butler concept? Meh.... But this is a personal view, as some love having butlers. I do object to being called in the morning to ask if I was going to breakfast - if I want to sleep in, that's my business! The butler was on the other hand helpful in dealing with a couple of issues. And waiter service in Salt and Raw was immaculate.

They are going to do a two and a half month renovation from mid May I believe, which will be good to freshen the place up a bit. Some things are looking a little tired (but really, not too bad), but afterwards, I think management will be absolutely sure of its place in Maldives top ten... Just please work on the service a little!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2012

10 hour direct BA Flight to Male. 45 mins boat trip to island. A small island which you can easily walk around in 15 minutes. Amazing infinity pool. Part of the accommodation is beach bungalows with small splash pools and you have the option of bungalows over the water. I opted for the latter. These bungalows have small pools and totally secluded. In addition there are steps from your decking into the sea, The rooms are spacious and immaculate. The main restaurant has extensive and varied menu. At least twice a week there is a themed buffet. Another restaurant on the water reached by a jetty called "Salt". Again mouthwatering food. You can sit at Salt sipping your cocktail and watch the sharks waiting for attention! Nearby to Salt is third restaurant "Raw" I think you will guess the food here. The wine list is also good, but not cheap. My favourite island so far my 4th trip. Another plus with this island is easy access for snorkelling and diving, you can walk off the beach straight to the reef (not always the case on other islands) Staff across the board were brilliant. One thing to look out for are the Splinters from the decking and the decking gets very very hot. A must is feeding the sting rays off the beach which is a nightly activity.

Room Tip: Beach Bungalows closer to the sea Water Bungalows getting better view of sunset and worth requestin...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

We had been to the W in Maldives, see my review Jan 2011 and were tempted to go there again as it was so good. But we thought that we would try somewhere new so apologies for making comparisons in this review but its only natural.

The immediate plus for HF was that we were taken there by speedboat, 35 minutes, which was far better than the seaplane experience to the W. Sadly on arrival the greeting at the jetty was poor, very disorganised, not addressed by name. Offered a cold towel, nice, but not taken from us when used, odd. Not pretty on arrival, very drab looking. Our Butler, who we only saw on 2 or 3 occasions subsequently, took us by buggy to our room.

The room was fantastic. We took an Ocean Villa and were very pleased to have done so, number 39, perfect for peace and total privacy. Huge space, with separate lounge, bedroom and bathroom, all with doors to access the 2 sundecks and pool overlooking the ocean. Very special.

The resort is a little tired on the outside and beaches not great, very fragmented, unlike the W, where you could easily walk the beach around the island without interruption. That aside, you are in a very special location.

The service really lets this place down, not enough staff and those in situ are clearly not adequately trained. We experienced a number of problems with simple requests and in one case, we left the restuarant Salt as the service was beyond bad. We complained to the Management, who seemed a little concerned, with a small 'l'. We were offered a complimentary dinner at Celcius, which at 9:30 we took and it was fine. We were told that the matter would be looked into and that we would be contacted the following day. This never happened and is a sad reflection of how the place is managed. Too much of a relaxed attitude. This did damage our impression of HF but we put it behind us and enjoyed the rest of the holiday.

UMBar is great, go there. Lovely ambience, comfy chairs and daybeds, entertainment, music. A very cool place, better than the W for this part.

Celcius restaurant was excellent, overlooking the sea, great food not perfect service but they try hard. You can take breakfast here and the great thing about HF is that they have a themed dinner each evening, which makes for interesting dining. The food is excellent, especially the currys.

As said, we had a bad experience at Salt so cannot comment as we did not get past the water and as a consequence did not try Raw.

Don't bother with the Spa. No atmosphere and grubby. The changing rooms are a small and dark with one toilet, shower and sink. Lockers that do not lock.

The pool is great, huge, nice temperature, overlooking the ocean. Very limited poolside service. Including you have to lay your own towels, now that is not 5 star.

They say 'never go back to the same place twice' and whilst very tempted to do so with the W, we are glad to have come here instead, a different and nice experience. The Ocean Villa is perfect and the evenings were also enjoyable.

Not in our mind 5 star as needs some more finesse, such a s the turn-down. If you like biscuits you will be fine. Needs better management, who seem to appear only at night.... at the bar.

If you go there, book the half-board package and take advantage of the great food.
Hopefully the service will improve to make your experience more enjoyable.

Room Tip: Ocean Villa - peaceful and totally private. More expensive but worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Recently stayed here! Beautiful small resort, ideal for couples. Would recommend the beach villa however I can see the water villas being more private as they are further away (not ideal if you don't like walking back and fourth to the main part of the resort but ideal if you are on a special trip and want to retreat to your room). All rooms are well equipped so you may need never to leave! Excellent mini bar, expresso machine, ipod docking machine, beautiful bath and shower area with a gorgeous infinity pool (however I hated walking outside to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and was quite hot). Efficient room service...lovely sushi, however the menu was limited compared to other hotels previously experienced. The sand wasn't as nice as previously experienced at the constance halavali resort and there was less of it...infact was disappearing. Whilst we were there they were trying to reclaim the sand as the water had washed alot away. Was very disappointing when we walked out of our beach villa to see a thick rope and black pipe across our stretch of sand, with a big pipe in the water where they were dredging the sand up. We felt that we had to complain but credit to the hotel and Abdulla in particular, we were given the opportunity to move to another room which was in a better location. The sand wasn't especially clean as I saw a cotton bud and foil wrapping in the sand one day! The beach bungalows weren't very private as other guests kept walking past our villa and I was abit shocked that we were near the pier where the new arrival and departures left from (great if your nosey) but not as tranquil and relaxing as I imagined. On the other side were all the boats where all the deliveries came in! Not ideal for swimming or snorkelling. Snorkelling and swimming is recommended on the other side of the island however there are the bigger dlx bungalows and that side of the island is alot hotter! There are lots of harmless sharks around the island especially black tipped reef and nurse sharks...was abit scary for me. Only went snorkelling once (if nervous organise a guide to go with you around the house reef). Coral wasn't very colourful but there were lots of beautiful fish to see. The underwater room in the spa is an ideal place to see fish and in the evening there are bigger fish and sharks (lots around there). Highly recommend the spa...had the best massage there and the relaxation area and facilities are fantastic. The best restaurant there is called salt...expensive but lovely setting on the water and lovely food. A destination dinner is also recommended (book ahead...very romantic). I rec on the thursday night if you like japanese food to go raw for the tasting menu. The breakfast was my favourite but the buffet was very average in the evening. The staff are very helpful and friendly. Not that I used it but the gym looks amazing set on the water! I recommend watching the sting ray feeding at 6:30pm on sting ray beach and don't forget happy hour at the bar where they make lovely cocktails. Recommend sitting there and watching the sun set! Would definetly recommend this hotel and also recommend visiting another on the same trip as I think it is nice to try other hotels and experience being ont he beach as well as staying in a water villa. This resort is in a good location and not far from the airport by speed boat ( 35mins?) Ideal after a long flight or like us after taking a sea plane from the another resort!

Room Tip: No 1, 2 or 3 beach villa! Away from the welcome pier!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

The sea water colors here are stunning. I have stayed in a couple of other resorts in Maldives but none of the waters was as colorful and beautiful as Huvafen Fushi. We stayed at a water bungalow which was absolutely amazing, a tad bit expensive but worth every penny you pay. Not a kind of hotel one can go back every year, save all your earnings for this trip and you will not be disappointed. The resort is very clean, beaches are not great but then again Maldives is hardly a beach place. It is all about waters and believe me Huvafen Fushi has got the best. I didn't use the spa but heard some great reviews about it. The food was reasonably good. No complaints on that front either.

Not much of activities on the island as I guess it is essentially designed to be quite for both honeymooners as well as for the couples who have come here to get out of the hustle bustle in the cities. Internet speeds are good, bathrooms are spacious and have a sea view (atleast in the water villa I have stayed). I did go to snorkeling but did not find the corals very interesting in this island. You have a facility to directly get into the sea from the back of your villa and one can snorkel any time.

Overall a great experience and would love to go back but a very very expensive trip.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Huvafen Fushi
Address: North Male Atoll (Formerly PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi)
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Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Huvafen Fushi Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Huvafen Fushi Island
Price range (per night): ₹ 50,397 - ₹ 1,30,710
Hotel Class:5 star — Huvafen Fushi 5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Float at infinity's edge. Descend stairs for underground wine. Come out of your shell in the depths of an underwater spa room - the first and only in the world - where colour fish glide past the floor-to-ceiling-windows that reveal the beauty of the reef. Huvafen Fushi, a multi-award winning island resort located only 35 minutes by speedboat from Male, offers 44 naturally modern bungalows and the luxury of 'suites at sea,' traditional Maldivian sailboats fitted out with modern indulgences and the chance to escape and relax in a secluded island paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean. ... more   less 
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