Just a 35 minute speedboat ride from Male airport yet seemingly far faraway, Johan Paloheimo was captivated by Huvafen Fushi...
Huvafen Fushi has long been on my bucket list - and it met all my expectations.
The second I stepped off the speedboat and onto the arrival jetty I got this utterly serene feeling of calmness and peace. It felt like coming home, but to a much better and nicer home.
It is the perfect match for someone looking for all the finer things that the Maldives has to offer: beach, snorkelling, diving, harmony, fantastic food and perfect service combined with a very laid back yet sophisticated atmosphere and approach to life.
The wow factor began at Male Airport. As I walked out into the arrival hall, the Huvafen Fushi airport representative was waiting outside with the hotel sign. He looked me right in the eyes and said “welcome Johan” with a big smile on his face. It seemed he had done his homework so he oculd recognize me instantly.
The staff were brilliant. They were very relaxed but professional and interacted with guests in a way I have not experienced in a long time. Every single staff member made me feel so welcome and at home…and everyone had a good dose of humour.
|Pristine beach at Huvafen Fushi|
Huvafen means Paradise and Fushi means island. Huvafen Fushi is really a slice of paradise.
Though there is no kids club, Huvafen Fushi is very child friendly. Having said that, the resort is more for couples, families with older children and divers - even single travellers seeking peace and quiet. The Maldives is not usually a destination to recommend to a single traveller but Huvafen is a perfect option, as their philosophy is to give their guests space and time to relax. This is the ideal place to stay if you just want to unwind.
I stayed in an Ocean Bungalow with Pool, number 32 to be exact. The Bungalow was very spacious and appealed to me in every way. It was not over the top, no bling bling, just very harmonious, homely and comfortable. The bed in my bungalow was the best bed I have ever slept in.
|Ocean Bungalow with Pool - number 32|
The overwater accommodation would be my first choice, but I suggest beach accommodation for families with very small children.
Lagoon Bungalows are on the sunrise side. Ocean Bungalows are on the sunset side and the two units of Two-Bedroom Ocean Pavilions are also on the sunset side.
Lagoon & Ocean Bungalows are perfect for a couple or for a family of 3. The delightful Two-Bedroom Pavilions are perfect for 4 adults or a family with teenage children…
A great option for a bigger family or group is the Three-Bedroom Villa on the Beach (CUBE), which was occupied when I was there. All three bedrooms are upstairs on that villa.
For a family with smaller kids I would recommend the Deluxe Beach Bungalows with Pool.
Their house reef is amazing. You can actually snorkel around the whole island if you have the stamina for it. The reef is very healthy and teeming with marine life. They have stingray feeding every evening at 18:30 which is good fun and kids love it.
The food is amazing. Their main restaurant Celsius is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fogliani´s is open for lunch where you can enjoy everything from a wood-fired pizza to Asian flavors. RAW is also open for lunch focusing on healthy raw food. Their wine cellar holds 6000 bottles when fully stocked and not to mention their fine dining restaurant Salt…fabulous.
Huvafen is also brilliant at arranging destination dining, so if you fancy Thai, Indian, sandbank dinner….you name it they got it.
And of course then there is the wonderful underwater Lime Spa…..pictures speak louder than words.
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