"Everything we could have wanted for our honeymoon"
If you are looking for a small piece of paradise, look no further. Vakaru is heaven on earth with beautiful beaches and an amazing house reef with an abundance of coral, fish and turtles. Snorkelling around the island was something special - the house reef is in top condition and the water crystal clear.
Both myself and my wife are keen divers and went for 4 dives where we saw, sharks, manta rays, moray eels, turtles and loads of corals.
I did a lot of research before picking Vakaru and we would definitely go back.
Traveller from London, UK
Tropical resort accessible by seaplane, set on a tiny island, only 250 metres from coast to coast, in a shallow blue lagoon …More
We had a wonderful time at Centara Grand, the staff were very warm and friendly, the food in all the restaurants were of very high quality and absolutely delicious. I am not the best at leaving reviews but all I can say is that me and my wife had the best time at this resort.
We stayed in a private beach villa twenty feet from the Indian Ocean. The water was gorgeous, the weather was magnificent and the staff at the LUX were incredible. I was very impressed. The stay was pricey, but well worth the money.
Traveller from canada
This luxury beach-front resort is located on Dhidhoofinolhu Island in South Ari Atoll, bordered by a stretch of white sand …More
Spent a week at Constance Moofushi as part of our honeymoon. It was everything we expected and more! From the moment we arrived in Male and were met by the Constance staff, it was perfect. We had a water villa, being able to snorkel directly from your room was just amazing. The reef and variety of sea life was amazing, better than the Great Barrier Reef. Food was fantastic with lots of variety. All the staff were really friendly and helpful, nothing was too much. The sommeliers were a stand out, excellent wine knowledge. We went to the spa twice, a little on the expensive side but excellent treatments.
Only let down was the one excursion we went on - the sunset fishing. Staff didnt seem to have any fishing knowledge and just gave us some lines and tuna a bait and let us go for it. No-one caught anything.
Remember to bring your own sun-cream and after sun, the shop on the island is expensive if you forget!
We stayed at Diamonds Thudufushi for our honeymoon in May of 2015. This placed is INCREDIBLE! We were in Water Villa #3. It was perfect. Lots of privacy since it's on the side facing the ocean and not the arrival dock (where sea planes land). Rooms are cleaned several times a day and the mini bar is stocked daily as well (including 3 bottles of wine)! Loved the fact that it's all inclusive. The meals in the water villa restaurant were excellent, but portions were small. This wasn't an issue since it's all inclusive, we just ordered more food than usual. Great selection of drinks and wine at both bars/restaurants. You get the same table and server daily- we had Shareef and he wasTHE BEST (great English, funny, very nice). The beach is cleaned daily and was stunning with perfect white powder sand. The island is small so it's great to walk around the beach to take in the sights (including two adorable baby black tipped reef sharks- don't worry, they're more afraid of you than you are of them)! Snorkeling around the island (especially by the water villas) was insane- the diversity and amount of fish we saw was awesome. You get snorkeling gear at Water Sports and keep it the entire trip. Loved the snorkeling tour we did through them as well. And renting an underwater camera for pics is a must (they have them on site). Loved the spa as well- the Balinese massage was excellent! Great place. We hope to return someday!
While South Ari Atoll offers some of the most established resorts in the Maldives, development has been relatively measured, sympathetic and with minimal impact on the environment and local culture. From May to September, whale sharks cruise the south-western waters of the atoll.
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