Maayafushi Resort – Maldives

One of the smaller private-island resorts in the Maldives that operates exclusively as an all-inclusive, the Maayafushi Resort is a 3-star property that is run by Italians and is especially popular with their countrymen. There are 8 overwater villas at the far end of the island, and the seclusion makes them a good choice for price-conscious holiday makers who want privacy.

Unlike many more expensive private-island resorts in the area, the snorkeling and scuba diving on the house reef are very good, so no need to take a boat trip elsewhere for underwater fun. The water villas here are fairly basic, though still quite nice, and they are among the cheapest in the Maldives. The all-inclusive price comes with 3 buffet meals per day, including beer and wine, plus most activities.

Location

The Maayafushi Resort is located in the North Ari Atoll in the Maldives, approximately 65 kilometers west of Malé International Airport.

Rooms/villas/suites

8 Overwater bungalows
60 Island rooms and suites

Beds: 1 Kingsize
Entertainment system: None
Room service: No

Special room features

  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower-only

Rates

US$490 per night – All-inclusive

Restaurants and bars

  • Main buffet restaurant
  • Cafe
  • Bar

Resort features

  • Maayafushi Dive Centre
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Gym
  • Beach volleyball
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Canoes
  • Internet access

Spa

There is a massage center available on the island.

Nearby activities

  • Island hopping

What the reviews say

The Maayafushi Resort gets mostly favorable reviews, with very few guests complaining about any major problems. The small and cozy island itself gets high marks, as does the barefoot-all-day vibe of the resort. The snorkeling in particular gets rave reviews from many, which is notable because many 4 and 5-star resorts are located on shallow lagoons where good snorkeling is a boat ride away.

Since the Maayafushi Resort is owned and operated by Italians, and most of the guests, it seems, are Italian, a few British guests report that English people feel slightly less welcome. Overall, reviews are quite good, especially considering the modest price of this all-inclusive private-island resort.

Getting there

To reach the Maayafushi Resort you need to fly to Malé International Airport. From there you can either take a 90-minute speedboat ride to the resort, or a 20-minute sea plane flight.

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