Having recently undergone a renovation project, Huvafen Fushi has revealed a general refurbishment of all bungalows and pavilions with new interior finishes and a fresh look, a new outdoor lounge area over the reef at Raw for sunset cocktails, a remodelled Celsius and a deliciously creative evolution of the restaurant menus. Already an award winning retreat renowned for its trailblazing concepts, these new touches reaffirm the retreat’s status as a leader in premium luxury and creative hospitality.
Huvafen Fushi is situated on the North Male Atoll, only a 30-minute luxury speedboat ride from the airport. 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 come with 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 four restaurants, a stunning infinity pool and the world’s first underwater glass treatment rooms in the LIME Spa.
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. The best dive sites of the North Malé Atoll are in Rasfari, where a large sloping wall that falls from 10 metres below the sea to 25, and levels out before dropping down 90 metres. Follow the sloping wall some 30 metres down to the reef and marvel at circling gray reef sharks, silver tip and white tip reef sharks, while a large family of eagle rays dances in the current. Completing this magnificent show of underwater magic are some giant barracudas, tunas and napoleon wrasses, as well as shoals of fusiliers, blue-striped snappers and surgeonfish.
In shallower waters, snorkellers can swim amongst butterfly fish, angel fish, parrot fish, rock cod, unicorn fish, trumpet fish, bluestripe snapper, oriental sweetlips and more.
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.
Facing the pristine lagoon with direct access to the beach, the Beach Bungalows (125sqm) offer overhead fan, espresso machine, private bar, luxurious amenities, daybed, safe, IDD telephone – Bang & Olufsen cordless telephone, 32" plasma screen, Bose surround sound system with DVD and a sumptuous deck overlooking the beach with daybed and dining table. The private courtyard houses an oversized bath, freshwater plunge pool, waterfall shower and outdoor daybed.
|Deluxe Beach Bungalow|
In addition to the offerings of the Beach Bungalows, the Deluxe Beach Bungalows (160sqm) have a much larger outdoor living area. The front timber deck is ideal for lying back and watching the flying fish. Laze on your daybed or sun loungers while enjoying the tropical scenery. Out in your private courtyard a larger plunge pool is perfect for relaxing. These bungalows offer extremely spacious living with an array of exquisite fabrics and an even more selective range of designer furnishings.
New to the Deluxe Beach Bungalows is the addition of a second plunge pool, which lights up with fibre optics at night, overlooking the ocean on the front deck. Perfect for daytime lounging and night time stargazing.
These Lagoon Bungalows (130sqm) with their split-level layout lead into the tropical waters and feature a private deck with sala and a separate sunbathing deck with panoramic views. Your Bose surround sound system with its 40" plasma screen has speakers throughout. Listen to your favourite tunes in your freshwater pool or free-standing bath cantilevered over the Indian Ocean.
The aptly named Ocean Bungalows look towards the vast Indian Ocean for miles and miles. Exploring your three-tier deck, you find a freshwater infinity pool, dining area, alluring daybed and sunbathing terrace. The living room, featuring a 50" plasma and Bose surround system, is easily transformed from state-of-the-art theatrette to soothing massage room with glass floors for viewing the pristine waters below. Post massage, sink into your oversized Jacuzzi bath and lose yourself in the endless shades of blue stretching toward the horizon.
Set 200 metres out over the Indian Ocean, these stunning Ocean Pavilions (330sqm) face the sunset and are the last word in pampered luxury. Privacy is assured as access to these wooden walkways is only for Pavilion residents. Your private fibre-optic lit infinity pool flows from the indoors out and blends with the horizon. The master bedroom is open plan. An infinity edge Kohler bath that fills from the ceiling forms the centrepiece, while a hydro body spa shower is pure indulgence. A second bedroom with 32" plasma and direct access to its own outdoor deck completes each Pavilion. A dedicated Thakuru is on call 24 hours a day.
The Beach Pavilion (800sqm) is pure indulgence with its avant-garde design and private beach. The master bedroom on the upper floor offers views through your glass floor down to the infinity pool as well as straight out through your floor-to-ceiling glass window to the lagoon. Venture down a stairwell to your outdoor oasis with open-air shower and gardens nestling your oversized bath.
The second bedroom has its own indoor/outdoor bathroom with rain shower and separate outdoor deck. The dining room overlooks the entry ponds. An expansive fibre-optic lit pool flows inside-out from the Pavilion.
A central living area offers a Bose surround sound theatre system with 60" plasma screen and DVD, designer fittings and unlimited luxuries. A Thakuru, or personal butler, is on call 24 hours a day throughout your stay.
The James Bond style Ocean Pavilion is one of the most iconic rooms at Huvafen Fushi and a hedonistic lover’s paradise with its glass wall that rises from the infinity pool, to the outdoor Whirlpool and panoramic views of the sunset. A cocktail bar has been added to the living room, for those evening Martini’s, while inviting lounge-style seating occupies the outdoor deck. Home from home accents have been thoughtfully added, injecting a burst of colour to the room and an original Kenneth Cobonpue installation, ‘Little People’ adds a contemporary edge.
Nestled in a lush oceanfront garden enclave with direct access to the beach, CUBE is a sanctuary set in a world of its own. The open-plan interior merges the warmth of organic textures with innovative shape and form. From the entrance, the foyer opens to reveal the living room, kitchen with a walk-in pantry and dining room bathed in natural light. The solid wood dining table seats up to 10 guests and, through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, looks out to the shaded pool garden and yoga pavilion.
Overlooking the translucent lagoon from one level up, the master bedroom and two guest rooms are bedecked with polished timber floors and ceilings. 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.
Apart from 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, the three bedroom residence now has uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access from the private plunge pool. Naturally modern touches have been introduced throughout, with new furnishings creating a home from home feel. The master bedroom has been extended to include a separate lounge area, while downstairs there is a fully fitted kitchen, dining room that seats10, large living space and games room.
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.
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. Infinity-edged Swimming Pool;‘The Lair’ – Library/Television Theatrette; Extensive DVD and CD library.
The resort has Thakarus-- personal butlers on call for 24 hours, in-villa dining around the clock, laundry service, babysitting service and a doctor on call.
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 Male Atoll, Maldives
Huvafen Fushi, in 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.