A small paradise island in the warm Indian Ocean. White sandy beaches and palm tree leaves that are swing in the wind. A surrounding to feel at ease and a kind staff. All this describes the small boutique hotel Fushifaru. It’s one of the more affordable resorts in the Maldives and in this post I will tell you about the experience of our stay a the Fushifaru Maldives.
LOCATION & TRANSFER
The Fushifaru is located in in the Lhaviyani atoll which lies north of the capital Male. A friendly airport host of the resort welcomed us with a beautiful flower bouquet after landing, took care about our luggage & the sea plane transfer and escorted us to the lounge. After just 15 minutes our flight was ready to board and we took off in the air. The transfer via seaplane is my favorite way to travel in the Maldives since the views over the atolls and the island are one of a kind!
We’ve been the first guests after the closing due to the Corona virus so the whole staff of the Fushifaru Maldives welcomed us at the pier. Everyone was singing & clapping and we even had the honor to cut the band for the official reopening! It’s been one of the most overwhelming and unforgettable welcomes we ever had in the Maldives.
The Concept of the Fushifaru Maldives
The Fushifaru is sticking to many new hygienic standards to make the experience for all guests and the staff as safe as possible! All staff members habe to wear masks and the villas will be sanitized and sealed before arrival and after very room service. Beside that on the island it’s naturally easy to keep distance to others! During our stay we felt always safe and can say for sure that all staff members are taking the situation very serious!
The Maldivian culture
The Fushifaru is a small and lovely boutique hotel which places a big focus on the Maldivian culture! Beside traditional dishes, dances and clothes guests can watch a coconut show every Friday. The show explains in a very entertaining way how the Maldivian people are using coconuts & palm trees in their daily life.
The Heylhi Spa
The spa area of the Fushifaru Maldives is located in a tropical surrounding in the centre of the island. It has a catalogue of many relaxing treatments from classic massages to special Asian well-being methods. The treatment rooms are located in little huts which have an outdoor bathroom with bathtub. In the outdoor area of the Heylhi Spa you can find a little pool and cabanas to relax.
During our last evening at the island I enjoyed an amazing aromatherapy oil massage which has been the best way to end a day in paradise.
The Pool & Beach
A huge infinity pool with several sun beds and sofas is located at the Fanihandi bar. The pool has a dreamy view over the blue lagoon and during sunset the surface of the water transforms into a huge mirror, reflecting the sky and the surrounding palm trees.
The incredible white sandy beach of the Fushifaru Maldives, which can be found all around the island, is one of the most beautiful ones we’ve ever seen. The warm turquoise water is kissing the long white beach softly which is sprinkled with coconut palm trees. It feels like living in a postcard motive!
You can not only book several tours and water sport activities in the Diving Center of the resort but also rent kayaks, stand-up paddles and snorkeling equipment for free.
During our stay at the Fushifaru Maldives we’ve been super lucky, cause a member of the diving team spotted a group of Mantas not far from the resort! So the next day we booked a Manta snorkeling tour and had the chance to swim with a group of around ten friendly & giant Mantas! It’s been an unbelievable experience and one of our best snorkeling experiences in the Maldives.
In the lagoon right in front of the infinity pool is an underwater playground located. Via several eye-catching installations the team of the Fushifaru planted young corals to repopulate the reef and attract fish. My favorite sculptures have been a bicycle and the underwater swing right at the reef drop. Beside colorful fish and (harmless) jelly fish we also spotted a reef shark at this spot.
Within sight and only a short boat ride away from the Fushifaru is a huge sandbank situated, where you can book a private picnic. Beside sun beds the team of the Fushifaru will provide a sundeck with pillows to chill, to enjoy the endless blue views and of course your snacks and drinks! We had a the best weather conditions when we arrived by boat but unfortunately the weather can change within minutes in the Maldives and 15 minutes later we got soaked in a heavy tropical rain shower! Unfortunately it didn’t clear up very soon so we had to get to go back to the resort. But that’s definitely a reason for us to come back 😉
Beach Villa with Pool
Located at the beautiful sunset side of the island we had a cozy beach villa with direkt access to the tropical beach. Thanks to a lush vegetation around the villa, your terrace and pool is view-protected to enjoy a relaxing privacy.
Two sun beds are located in the pool and from the roofed terrace a sliding door leads into your villa.
The villa consists of one big room which has a big double bed in the center and a sofa on the side which can also be transformed into another bed. This way the Beach Villa can host up to three adults.
Behind the bed a door leads into the big tropical bathroom. In case of a rain shower, part of it is roofed. I especially loved the second shower which is surrounded by lush plants and of course the freestanding bathtub which gave the bathroom a very elegant design. Nothing is a better way to start the day and getting into holiday mood than with a shower while the sun is shining through the palm trees! 🙂
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Beside the Beach Villas, which come with and without pool, the Fushifaru has five overwater bungalows so far. But during the closing due to the Corona virus they started to build a new jetty for 14 more water villas which will probably be finished January 2021.
Breakfast & Restaurants
The Restaurant Raakani, which is usually the fine dine grill restaurant of the Fushifaru, has been the only opened dining option during our stay, since there haven’t been many other guests shortly after the reopening. The breakfast got served at a buffet with a live cooking station and for lunch and dinner we choose from a à la carte menu with international and local dishes. Fresh fish, sea food and fresh steaks from the grill could also be ordered – our favorite has been the beef tenderloin steak with red wine sauce. The food positively surprised us and has been a taste sensation every single day!
During normal operations the Fushifaru Maldives has another restaurant called “Korakali”, Japanese Live Cooking Shows and different theme nights for dinner.
From pictures on Instagram we all know a breakfast which gets served on a floating tablet but the Fushifaru decided to level it up to floating Canapés during sunset. We got fresh waffles, savory Maldivian pastries, tea, fresh juices and other snacks which got served on a wooden traditional Maldivian boat – right in your pool! I’ve never seen anything like this in any other resort and it has been so lovely to enjoy the afternoon tea while watching the sunset right in front of us! Of course the boat can be ordered as a floating breakfast too 🙂
The Fushifaru Maldives is the ideal resort to switch off and enjoy the peace of this paradise island. Especially couples which are planning a romantic getaway or even their honeymoon will love the resort!
During our stay we felt very welcomed by the kind staff and the whole team has been so happy that the Fushifaru Maldives finally opened up again 🙂
We had a sponsored stay at the Fushifaru.