For our honeymoon, after multiple reflexions about the resort, we chose Maafushivaru, located in the south of Ari atoll, by floatplane about half an hour from Malé, the capital.

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The arrival on the island is just “wow” : a spectacular environment and a peaceful atmosphere. It was just like a movie, or Paradise.
The staff was so nice, always helpful. We chose full pension, not all inclusive (free drinks all day long)

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As gifts for the honeymooners staying more than 4 nights : a bottle of champaign, a candlelight dinner on the beach and a 30 min couple massage in the beach view spa (“best massage EVER” said Audrey)

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Beach villa

2 types of rooms, they both have their upsides (no downside !)
The beach villa, spacious, with an exterior extra shower, deckchairs, a private small beach.
The water villa, from where we watched usual fishes, but also a ray and a shark. There is also a stair to go directly down to the sea. Tip : the rooms with even numbers are west oriented, so you can watch the sunset.

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Water villa

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Water villasThe Lonubo desert island, 5 minutes boat ride

 

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Lonubo, deserted island 5 min away by boat

There is a stair that goes down to the water right beside the coral barrier. We often go snorkeling in Reunion, but there, it was day and night ! We even saw a shark passing by just a few meters from us.

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Like every hotel in Maldives, you can do some excursions :
Turtles : 10 minutes boat ride until a spot where you can watch turtles
Snorkeling initiation (free) : an instructor shows you the best spots for snorkeling around the hotel.
We didn’t do : whaleshark, manta ray, night fishing, local village tour …

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We loved :
-the beautiful and peaceful environment
-the spacious rooms
-the beautiful coral barrier around the hotel
-the nice and helpful staff

We liked less :
-You are on a small island and have to eat-in every day. But it’s like that in all the Maldives
-The price. Let’s realize we cannot afford to go there every year !OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADCIM100GOPRO

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Why Maafushivaru ? We wanted a small hotel, be away in a new environment, go snorkeling without taking the boat (15 min is enough to get both of us sea-sick)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Some tips :
– chose the right time to arrive in Malé (no transfer to the other islands after a certain hour). We arrived at night and spent the first night with no other option than a so-called 2 stars hotel for 100 euros.
– choose a hotel according to your interest : relax vs activities, kids or not, small or big resort.

Have a nice trip !

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