Makunudu focuses on the key ingredients of a relaxing island escape: welcoming staff and idyllic seclusion.

There’s a refreshingly uncomplicated approach on this small island; you’ll find one restaurant, one bar, and the only difference between the rooms is their location. There’s no pool – but the excellent house reef can be reached straight from the beach, with colourful corals and fish and regular visits from reef sharks and turtles. Make the most of the free snorkelling equipment and head out on an early underwater adventure to work up an appetite for the breakfast buffet. The diving here is pretty great with a handful of exceptional dive sites nearby. Qualified divers can take their pick of experiences and beginners can try it out with an introductory dive and PADI starter courses.

The thatched-roofed Araa Iru – meaning ‘Rising Sun’ – serves up diverse international buffets and hosts speciality nights twice a week, including a barbecue with entertainment. New flavours of Japanese and Spanish cuisine have been introduced as well as an enhanced wine menu. The Sand Bar is the perfect spot for sunset cocktails – opt for an oceanside table out on the deck to soak up the views. For a little extra indulgence, the Aavun Spa combines Maldivian, Asian and European wellness techniques and traditions.

Rooms are dotted around the island and they’re all Deluxe Beach Bungalows, set amid tropical vegetation and just steps from the ocean. They are charmingly traditional in style, crafted in local wood and stone with high thatched ceilings and earthy hues. Each room has an open-air shower and private sun loungers, but what you won’t find is an in-room TV to distract you from what’s important here – unwinding in the glorious surroundings (although for those who need it, there is free Wi-Fi).

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Key information

In the North Malé Atoll

Airport transfer time: Approx. 50 minutes by speedboat from Malé airport
Rooms: 36

Kuoni extras -

All guests will receive a complimentary private beach dinner for two. Honeymoon guests staying within six months of their wedding will receive a package that includes a host of added extras including a snorkelling trip and one 30-minute couple’s massage.

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Accommodation information

36 deluxe beach bungalows


Restaurant, bar

What's included

Full Board • Buffet breakfast and lunch at Araa Iru Restaurant • Set-menu dinner at Araa Iru Restaurant • 2 x 500ml water bottles in your villa per room per day

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

All Inclusive • Buffet breakfast and lunch at Araa Iru restaurant • Set-menu dinner at Ara Iru restaurant with 2 speciality buffet nights per week • 2 x 500ml water bottles in your room per day • Selected drinks by the glass including house wine, draught beer, house spirits, selected cocktails, bottled water, concentrated juice, soft drinks and tea and coffee (cappuccino, café latte or mocha) • Snacks 10-11.30am and 4-5pm • Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas • Snorkelling equipment • 1 snorkelling trip.

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