Huvafen Fushi is situated within the North Malé Atoll, only a 30-minute luxury speedboat ride from Malé airport and an award winning retreat renowned for its creativity in hospitality and superlative luxury. Set within its own lagoon, Huvafen Fushi is a naturalist’s wonderland where the landscapes above and below the waterline are breathtakingly untouched.
The 44 contemporary bungalows and pavilions that make up Huvafen Fushi feature plasma TVs, and each has its own plunge pool with private sunbathing deck. Some of the bungalows sit on the beach front, and others are above the tropical waters of the lagoon.
There are a variety of lounge areas and restaurants to choose from at the resort, Salt offers unique seafood dining accompanied by sommelier chosen wines, whilst the beach chic Celcius is an elegant but relaxed environment for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Raw, as its name suggests serves a selection of healthy, raw cuisine and juices in a lounge-like bar area at the end of a wooden walkway whereas Fogliani's provides a taste of Europe in the Maldives by the shore, it even has its own wood-fired pizza oven. Umbar, is right on the water's edge, a chilled beachside area perfect for snacks and sipping cocktails by the infinity pool, but the piece de resistance is the sub-ocean wine cellar cave and venue for the ultimate dinning experience, Vinum.
Your stay at Huvafen Fushi will not be short of indulgent experiences including stunning infinity pools and the world’s first underwater glass treatment rooms in the LIME Spa. Guests can even choose to embark on a day trip or overnight journey on one of the resort's three Dhonis (there is an air-conditioned cabin and luxurious bed on board). Accompanied by your own discreet crew, your every need can be met and navigate you to a personal paradise.
There is a variety of wonderful dive adventures to be had during a stay at Huvafen Fushi, from seeing mantas and whale sharks (during season) to eagle rays, grey reef sharks and, of course, swirling schools of fish. In shallow waters, snorkellers can swim amongst the like of butterfly fish, angel fish, parrot fish and unicorn fish.
There are 44 beach and over water villas, each Slumber option has its own private oasis with a freshwater pool, and features Per AQUUM's iconic naturally modern design, complete with air-conditioning, oversized beds, a safe, minibar, Bose surround sound system with DVDs and connected iPods.
Not only have all bungalows and pavilions been renovated but additional spaces have been created for luggage. There is a more accessible minibar with increased international offerings and room layouts have been tweaked for ease of access and comfort.
|Beach bungalows with pool|
Overlooking the lagoon with direct access to the beach, the Beach Bungalows (125sqm) offer a luxurious deck overlooking the beach with loungers, a day bed, dining table and a private courtyard housing an oversized bath, freshwater plunge pool, waterfall shower and 32" plasma screen.
Each can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and one child under 12 years.
|Deluxe Beach Bungalows with pool|
In comparison to the Beach Bungalows, the Deluxe Beach Bungalows (160sqm) have a much larger outdoor living area and private plunge pool and offer a more decadent selection of furnishings. The Deluxe Beach Bungalows also have the addition of a second plunge pool, which lights up with fibre optics at night, overlooking the ocean on the front deck.
Each of these bungalows can accommodate up to the three adults or two adults and one child.
|Lagoon Bungalows with pool|
These Lagoon Bungalows (130sqm) with their split-level layout feature a separate sunbathing deck with panoramic views, access to the ocean, freshwater pool and free-standing bathtub. Your Bose surround sound system with its 40" plasma screen has speakers throughout.
|Ocean Bungalows with pool|
The Ocean Bungalows (160sqm) are situated over water and sunset facing. On their three-tiered decks, you can find a freshwater infinity pool, dining area, daybed and sunbathing terrace. The living room, features a 50" plasma and Bose surround system, glass floors for viewing the pristine waters below.
There is also a private plunge pool, ocean view bathroom and stairs leading down into the Indian Ocean from your private deck.
Each Ocean Bungalow can accommodate up to three adults or two adults and one child.
|Two bedroom Ocean Pavilions with pool|
Set 200 metres out over the Indian Ocean, these stunning Ocean Pavilions (330sqm) face the sunset. Access to these wooden walkways is only for Pavilion residents and so privacy is promised. Included in these Pavilions in a private fibre-optic lit infinity pool, open plan master bedroom, infinity edge Kohler bath, hydro body spa shower, second bedroom with 42" plasma and direct access to its own outdoor deck. A dedicated butler is on call 24 hours a day and each Pavilion can accommodate up to four adults and two children.
|Two bedroom Beach Pavilion with pool|
The Beach Pavilion (800sqm), with its own beach, two storeys and private fibre-optic lit pool is pure luxury. The master bedroom on the upper floor offers views to the infinity pool and lagoon. In the gardens accessed via stairs, there is an open-air shower and over-sized bath.
The second bedroom has its own indoor/outdoor bathroom with rain shower and separate outdoor deck.
A central living area offers a Bose surround sound theatre system with 60" plasma screen and DVD, designer fittings, selection of bestselling books and a cocktail bar. A personal butler, is on call 24 hours a day throughout your stay.
The Beach Pavilion can accommodate up to four adults and two children.
|Three bedroom CUBE with pool|
With direct access to the beach, CUBE is a 463sqm sanctuary set in a world of its own. The interior is open plan and housesa foyer, living room, kitchen, walk-in pantry and solid wood dining table that seats up to 10 guests. Through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, the shaded pool garden and yoga pavilion is visible.
The bedrooms are located on the first floor and are bedecked with polished timber floors and ceilings, the master bedroom also has its own lounge area. The enclosed garden terraces enfold the two semi-outdoor bathrooms, and the Bose surround sound system, plasma screens and DVD players complete your luxurious experience.
In addition to the in-room entertainment system, CUBE features a wine fridge, two fully-stocked mini-bars, a game room with the latest video game consoles and a lounge stocked with movie bestsellers and your favourite playlists. A personal butler is on call 24 hours a day throughout your stay.
CUBE can accommodate up to six adults or four adults and two children.
There are 3 Dhonis (65ft boat) available for use during the day or for an overnight trip. The luxury of land-based accommodation at Huvafen Fushi is carried onboard via fully air-conditioned below deck living space, plasma screen, surround sound, king-sized bed in Egyptian cotton, on-board chef, wine cellar and gourmet mini bar and 24-hour dedicated crew to guide you to your own Maldivian paradise.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Huvafen Fushi. There is a babysitting service at the hotel. Food and meal times can easily be tailored to suit children, guests just need to liaise with their personal butler.
The master chef and his team engage guests in award-winning culinary exhibitionism of global cuisine at five stunning dining venues. The facilities at Huvafen Fushi include a PADI certified Dive centre an incredible fibre-optic lit infinity pool, a water sports centre, a yoga pavilion with floatation pool, over-water fully equipped gymnasium and The Lair - offering a library, television, Internet facilities and a DVD/CD library.
Sample Celsius by candlelight or in the bright Maldivian sunshine, refreshed by cool ocean sprays. Luxe-but-laid-back dining on a white sand floored deck branching out over the lagoon.
An interactive dining experience has been introduced at Celsius with dedicated cooking stations and a new menu. Guests arrive directly into the heart of the restaurant with a 48-bulb cloud chandelier of handmade nickel plated brass overhead. Huvafen Fushi’s chocolate brown colour identity has been infused throughout Celsius with accent pieces including oversized cushions creating a striking contrast with the blue of the Indian Ocean. Focus is still on international cuisine but with an added twist using seasonal ingredients and contemporary cooking methods. Presentations have been kept simple while key Maldivian favourites have been updated.
Innovative 'Raw' cuisine. For those who care about their bodies yet crave exquisite taste. Original. Creative. Natural. Restaurant and juice bar set over the water.
A backdrop of transparent water by day, reflections of moonlight in the ocean at night. Inspired menus drawing on the array of sea life that swims beneath you.
Salt has retained its signature restaurant status with the addition of a fibre optic-lit wall framing the entrance and a new show kitchen.
Traditional wood-fired pizzas beneath a canopy of palms. Fresh antipasti. Casual shoreside dining.
Open at lunchtime, all-time favourite Fogliani’s has introduced Sicilian style dishes with all pastas being homemade. Brand new, custom designed outdoor furniture set the scene for an incredible dining experience and unforgettable memories.
UMBar has unveiled a fresh look and an updated bar food menu while destination dining remains a highlight allowing the maximum choice for guests every night of the week.
Retreat to The Lair to connect. Find DVDs, magazines, books and games.
The ultimate chill out area located in the heart of the island offers more comfortable seating, a great selection of books from the New York Times bestseller list, box office DVD hits and top tunes from Per AQUUM’s Music Ambassadors including Poet Name Life, Ravin and Charles Shillings. With two Mac computers and separate theatrette, this the perfect place to hang out both day and night.
Vinum is a unique dining venue, 8 metres below the ocean and home to 6,000 wines. A culinary chef and sommelier are in attendance to take you through an exquisite dining experience around a large circular table.
The Lime Spa is home to the world's first underwater treatment rooms where guests can have the signature underwater experience known as a Lime light ritual. There are two treatment rooms that are located underwater and another eight overwater pavilions to indulge in relaxing treatments from salt-water floatation to manicures and pedicures.
Dine at Huvafen Fushi in the most imaginative and intimate places with Destination Dining. Staff can arrange dinner for you in a variety of locations outside the standard restaurant setting. For example, prepare a gourmet picnic at the edge of the ocean or arrange dinner in the shallows of the infinity pool beneath the stars.
There are plenty of activities to keep all guests entertained, chose from the yoga on the over-water pavilion, or enjoy vast seascapes at the gymnasium . The water Sports Centre offers complimentary non-motorised water sports. From the PADI Dive Centre guests can scuba dive or take guided snorkelling on the house reef, the coral garden or even night snorkelling. Guests can arrange sunset cruises, dolphin searching cruises or big game fishing trips. Scenic photographic flights can also be arranged.
A dedicated butler or Thakuru is on call 24 hours for guests staying in the Two bedroom ocean pavilions with pool, Two bedroom beach pavilions with pool or the Three bedroom cube with pool.
When to travel
The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian holiday week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.
Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.
The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.
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Location and directions
North Malé Atoll, Maldives
Huvafen Fushi, in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, is a breathtaking 30-minute luxury speedboat ride from Malé International Airport.
How to get there
10-hour 30-minute direct flight to Malé International Airport. Your Maldives experience begins with a breathtaking 30-minute speed boat ride from the airport. Those who prefer to fly can take a 15-minute charter sea plane transfer across the atoll.