Safari Island Resort and Spa – Maldives

Safari Island Aerial

Graced with a private beach, sand banks and a small reef, Safari Island Resort has 39 overwater bungalows along with 15 more Semi-Overwater Bungalows that are perched just on the edge of the island. The resort has only 30 beach bungalows, so it’s a smaller hotel, with only one restaurant plus a coffee shop and bar.

The overwater bungalows are smaller than most in the Maldives, but still larger than typical hotel rooms elsewhere. Each features a glass-bottom coffee table with direct views down into the lagoon below, plus steps down into the lagoon from the private sun deck. At launch the off season rates are among the most appealing in the Maldives, while the high season rates aren’t quite so low.

Location

The Safari Island Resort and Spa is located in North Ari Atoll, about 60 kilometers northwest of Malé International Airport in the Maldives.

Rooms/villas/suites

15 Semi-Overwater Bungalows
39 Overwater Bungalows

  • Beds: One kingsize
  • Area: 484 sq ft (45 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: Free
  • Entertainment system: Flat screen TV with satellite channels
  • Room service: No

30 Beach Bungalows

Special room features

  • Private sundeck
  • Glass bottom table
  • Lagoon access
  • Bathtub with separate shower
  • Hot and cold fresh water
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini fridge
  • Hair dryer
  • Telephone
  • Coffee-tea maker
  • Luxury bamboo furniture
  • Sun chair
  • Bathroom amenities

Rates

  • Low season online specials from US$1,874 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,874 per night


*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$400 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • Restaurant on the Lagoon
  • Bar and Coffee Shop on the Lagoon

Resort features

  • Diving center
  • Water sports center
  • Gym
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Canoeing
  • Water skiing
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Darts
  • Disco and live band (on certain nights)

Spa

The Duny Spa is a full service facility with a variety of massages and treatments.

Nearby activities

  • Island Hopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Morning fishing
  • Night fishing

What the reviews say

This resort hosts a whole range of reviews, some good and some less than ideal. Positive reviews detail a great staff that are consistently friendly, views that impress and great food. Negative reviews touch on difficult Wi-Fi, semi clean rooms and lack of a manager on-site to help answer questions and take care of concerns. It is important to keep in mind though that this resort is newer and complaints may be from kinks that will work themselves out over time.

Getting there

To reach the Safari Island Resort you’ll need to fly to Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by hotel staff and helped aboard sea-plane for the 20-minute flight to the island itself.

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