Set on its own tiny island in the North Male Atoll, Huvafen Fushi is surrounded by a superb white sand, palm fringed beach leading to the aquamarine waters covering the lagoon.
The exclusive accommodation is in 44 luxurious beach and water villas and pavilions, most with stunning ocean views. All accommodation options have private plunge pools and direct access to the beach or lagoon.
Facilities at the resort include the world's first underwater spa, where guests can enjoy relaxing treatments while gazing at the abundant tropical fish. There is also a yoga pavilion, an infinity pool and saltwater flotation pool and a well-stocked library with a good selection of DVDs.
The four restaurants serve a range of delicious cuisine, from all-day dining at Celsius and wood-fired pizzas at Foglianis to fine dining at Salt and innovative raw cuisine at Raw. For special occasions, the hotel will be pleased to arrange destination dining in your villa, in the Cardamom Lounge, by the fibre optic-lit infinity pool or even on a deserted sandbank reached by boat! Guests can relax with a drink at the cocktail bar or in the underground wine cave which holds 6000 wines.
Huvafen Fushi has an exhilarating watersports and activities centre called 'FLOAT' - explore the sea and sign up for Big Game Fishing, try your hand at a catamaran sailing, go kayaking along the reef, or learn to wake board, parasail and waterski. Alternatively you could submerge into the crystal clear waters and train for a PADI license or take a two and a half day 'Discover Scuba Diving' course. FLOAT also offers guided snorkeling tours and children over 8 years old can submerge in the 'Bubble Maker' programme while over 10s can try open water diving and scuba diving.
I’ve been to Huvafen Fushi twice, once just before it opened when the underwater spa was still sitting on the beach and the second time when the hotel was operational and fully up to speed.
It is the only Maldives hotel to boast a mountain (there was a mistake in the building of their wine cellar, so the top is just above ground level and has been covered with sand to make a small dune!) If you want an uber-modern island for your Maldives holiday, this could be the one for you.
The pool at night sparkles with thousands of fibre optic cables buries in the base and the bar has built in seating making it look a little like a multi tiered wedding cake, you really have to see it to understand it fully. As a Maldives hotel, Huvafen Fushi offers everything you could need or want.
Children: Children are welcome all year round. 'Bubble Maker' program, Junior Scuba Diver and Junior Open Water Dive courses are available for children over 10 years.
Transfers: 30 minutes by speedboat. Resort time is one hour ahead of official Maldives time.
Complimentary Facilities: Infinity swimming pool, poolside service which offers complimentary cold towels, spray mist and fresh fruit canapés. Non-motorised watersports including snorkeling, canoes, catamaran sailing and windsurfing are available. Water sport & Activity Centre - FLOAT for big game fishing, glass bottom kayaking, jet skis, wake boarding, water skiing, Sea Bob, PADI License training, scuba diving and guided snorkeling tours.
Dhonis: Sail the Maldives in a 65ft traditional Dhoni fitted out with state of the art facilities and luxury amenities to indulge you while exploring the colourful reefs.
Lime Spa: The world's first underwater spa influenced by the colours and textures of the sea offering cutting edge spa technology. Pre-treatment relaxation with hot and cold water therapies, 4 single treatment rooms, 2 couples treatment rooms and 2 couples underwater treatment rooms. Massage, facial treatment, yoga, fitness programmes, spa cuisine and personalised programmes for total wellness are all provided.
Retreat Services: 24 hour island assistance, butler service, island doctor on call, island sommelier, 24 hour bungalow dining, IDD telephone service, laundry/valet service, foreign currency exchange, all major credit cards accepted.
Meal Arrangements: Bed and breakfast, half board and full board options are available and recommended.
Check In/Out: Guests are asked to check-in at 14.00 hrs. and to check-out at 12.00 hrs. Late check-out may be arranged depending on the availability of the bungalows.
44 naturally modern bungalows and pavilions each with their own distinct in design. They are equipped with air conditioning, over sized beds, Frette linen, safe, Bose surround sound system with DVDs and connected iPods and their very own private freshwater pool.
Beach Pool Villa: Facing the pristine lagoon with direct access to the beach, the Beach Pool Villa offers a sumptuous deck overlooking the beach with daybed. The private courtyard houses an oversized bath, fresh water plunge pool and a waterfall shower.
Sunrise Ocean Pool Villa: These split-level bungalows, with the same facilities as a beach bungalow, offer a large private deck and direct water access to the lagoon. Your Bose sound system will also play your favourite music through the outdoor speakers as you sink into your pool or the lagoon - perfect for admiring the panoramic views.
Deluxe Beach Pool Villa: In addition to the features of the Beach Pool Villas, the Deluxe Beach Pool Villas have a much larger outdoor living area with daybeds and sun loungers. Out in your private courtyard, a larger plunge pool is perfect for relaxing. A second plunge pool is located on the front deck that lights up with fibre optics at night and overlooks the ocean making it ideal for daytime lounging and nighttime stargazing.
Deluxe Sunset Ocean Pool Villa: Features are similar to those of the Sunrise Ocean Pool Villa, but these are even more sumptuously appointed with a three tier deck area featuring an infinity pool, a day bed and a sunbathing terrace. The bungalow offers a 50” plasma TV and a glass floor area to view the pristine waters below.
Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Residence: A further 200 metres out in the Indian Ocean, these stunning Residences face the sunset and are the last word in pampered luxury. Privacy is assured as access is via wooden walkways only for the Residence residents. Your private fibre-optic lit infinity pool blends naturally with the horizon, while your library is fully stocked with the New York Times bestsellers. The master bedroom is open plan with an infinity edge Kohler bath that fills from the ceiling making it the centrepiece. A second bedroom with 42” plasma TV and direct access to its own outdoor deck completes each Pavilion. A dedicated Thakuru is on call 24 hours.
Two Bedroom Beach Pool Residence: The master bedroom on the upper floor offers views through a glass floor down to the fibre-optic lit infinity pool and the lagoon beyond. he second bedroom has its own indoor/outdoor bathroom with rainfall shower and separate outdoor deck. The central living area offers a Bose surround sound theatre system with 60” plasma screen, DVDs and a library fully stocked with the New York Times Bestsellers. Your dedicated butler is on call 24 hours.
Three Bedroom Family Pool Residence: Nestled in a lush oceanfront garden with direct access to the beach, this Residence is a sanctuary set in a world of its own. A games area with pool table and table tennis greets you upon entering. Once inside, the foyer opens to reveal the living room, kitchen with a walk-in pantry and a dining room. Your garden courtyard houses a swimming pool, barbecue grill with lounge seating, daybeds and dining for four. On the upper floor, the master suite and two guest rooms have Bose surround sound systems, plasma screens and DVD players. The Residence comes complete with a wine fridge, two fully stocked mini-bars, a games room with the latest video game consoles and a lounge stocked with bestsellers and iPod play lists. A personal butler is on call 24 hours.