Recently opened after a luxury refurbishment, the new-look Maafushivaru is an architectural gem with a small island charm.
Just 350m in length, Maafushivaru is small and romantic, with two wide beaches and a glorious lagoon. There’s a house reef for snorkelling and if you board one of the dive centre’s boat trips there’s a great chance of spotting turtles, manta rays and whale sharks nearby. An infinity pool is perfectly placed on the beachfront, next to the bar with comfy chic sofas for lounging. The main buffet restaurant is the Cuisine Gallery, which offers Mediterranean cuisine infused with local flavours. There are a few new dining options: Moodhu Grill, where meat and seafood are served on the beach, Oishii which offers an overwater teppanyaki experience, and Sea Spirit that opens for lighter lunchtime bites.
Maafushivaru’s secret delight is its beautiful uninhabited sister island, Lonubo (currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions). For an authentic Crusoe-esque experience, take a short boat ride across to this tiny desert island for romantic picnics, candlelit dining or even an overnight stay in the Lonubo Beach Villa with outdoor hot tub. We recommend pre-booking a Lonubo dinner or private island stay – only one couple can visit at a time and it’s deservedly popular.
The villas are stylish with Maldivian touches. Refurbished Beach Villas are just steps from the beach with a semi open-air bathroom. Light and airy Water Villas sit on stilts over the lagoon, with floor-to-ceiling windows and direct access to the water. Beautiful new Beach Pool Villas and Water Pool Villas will have their own plunge pool on the private deck.
In the South Ari Atoll
Kuoni extras -
Kuoni is proud to be the only UK tour operator to offer Maafushivaru. See booking conditions for further details. You’ll receive complimentary access to a private seaplane lounge on arrival in Malé
Good to know
Minimum stay: 5 nights 28 Dec-02 Jan. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the private island of Lonobu is temporarily closed.
81 beach, water and pool villas
• Cast away onto the uninhabited island of Lonubo (currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions)* • Book one of the fantastic snorkelling excursions* • Take the island tour • Sip sparkling wine on a sunset cruise*.
Buffet restaurant, 3 à la carte restaurants, bar
Half Board • Buffet breakfast and dinner at the Cuisine Gallery.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board Plus from £64 • Buffet breakfast and dinner at the Cuisine Gallery • Selected drinks including branded spirits, cocktails, house wine by the glass, draught beer, soft drinks and mineral water • Snorkelling equipment and non-motorised watersports
Dine-Around All Inclusive from £115 • Buffet breakfast at the Cuisine Gallery • Lunch and dinner at a choice of restaurants • Selected drinks including branded spirits, cocktails, house wine by the glass, draught beer, soft drinks and mineral water • Snorkelling equipment and non-motorised watersports.
Selected dates in September 2021
*Denotes local charge