Maafushivaru Resort Maldives


Easily one of the best of the smaller boutique private islands in the Maldives, the Maafushivaru Resort only has 48 villas, including 22 large Water Villas. This is one of the resorts that promotes a “no shoes, no news” policy, where guests are literally encouraged to go barefoot from the moment they step on the island.

There are two restaurants, a coffee shop, a wine bar, and a normal bar, which tells you something about the resort considering there are only 48 villas. One unusual feature is a private “desert island” just a short boat ride away. The diving and snorkeling are also top-notch, and guest reviews put this one in the highest category among Maldives resorts.


The Maafushivaru Resort is located in the Ari Atoll, approximately 80 kilometers southwest of the main island of Malé in the Maldives.


  • 22 Water Villas 1,076 sq ft (100 m²)

24 Beach Villas
2 Pool Villas

  • Wi-Fi: Only in reception
  • Entertainment system: Flat-screen TV/DVD player and iPod docking station
  • Room service: Available

Special room features

  • King-sized bed
  • Air conditioning / fan
  • IDD Telephone
  • Mini-bar
  • Espresso machine
  • Hairdryer
  • Electronic safe
  • Bath and beach towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Rainfall shower
  • Bathtub with views of the ocean


  • Low season online specials from US$776 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,257 per night

*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$369.60 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • Cuisine Gallery – main restaurant
  • Library Lounge – coffee shop
  • Wine Chiller – wine bar
  • Water Bar – cocktails, beer, juices, soft drinks
  • 135° East – overwater contemporary Teppanyaki and Sushi
  • Private dining

Resort features

  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Gym
  • Water sports
  • Evening entertainment at Water Bar: Movie Night, DJ night, Maldivian Night, Live Music and chill out nights


The Maafushivaru Spa is set on the water with a unique and privileged view to the lagoon. Facilities include 5 treatment rooms, consisting of 1 couple’s rooms, 1 couple’s suite, 1 aesthetic beauty care room and 2 massage rooms.

Maafushivaru Spa offers specific skin care treatments for him and for her, body care programs and foot care. A range of Asian and European blend massages are also on offer.

Nearby activities

  • Island hopping
  • Fishing

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Maafushivaru Resort are among the best in all of the Maldives. Guests seem to have high expectations when they book, and those expectations are met or exceeded in almost every case. The villas are all very large and comfortable, and the staff attention is excellent, according to guests.

There is also high praise for the island setting itself, as well as the snorkeling and diving at the house reef. The food and drink service gets equally high marks, with many people noting the abundance of choices in both considering there are only 48 villas on the island. Guests also like the ‘adult atmosphere’ of the resort, making it perfect for honeymooners.

Getting there

To reach the Maafushivaru Resort Maldives you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by hotel staff who will put you on a sea-plane for the 25-minute flight to the small island where the resort lies.

Video tour of a water villa at Maafushivaru Resort

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