The first resort we visited via speedboat was called Huvafen Fushi Maldives and we stayed in one of their overwater rooms. We didnâ€™t have direct access to the beach but it was alright since we wanted privacy more. The overwater accommodations were set on a long oval pier off the island and the farther you are, the more privacy you get. Since my boyfriend and I are both water bunnies, we loved that we had direct access to the ocean and the resortâ€™s amazing house reef. Our villa also had a glass floor and we had â€œreef TVâ€ 24/7! We were lucky to be given a sunset facing room so drinks on the terrace next to our very own plunge pool on our first day was extremely romantic. Speaking of romantic, we also joined their sunset cruise and had great fun drinking bubbly with some of the other resort guests.
The resort itself was amazing. The beach was wide with perfect, soft, white sand. We literally walked barefoot the entire time we were there! Thereâ€™s a common area where guests lounge if you get tired of being alone and want to see other people with a spectacular infinity pool that bleeds into the horizon. Itâ€™s surrounded by four poster day beds and is lit by fiber-optic lights at night and reflects the sparkling sky that makes for a remarkable view.
The food was superb and, along with the staff who waited on us, every single visit was an excellent experience. We tried all the restaurants but I especially loved Foglianiâ€™s where you can get authentic firewood baked pizza as if you were in Italy! We also tried dining by design on our last night and it was, for lack of a better term, perfect! Romantic in every sense of the word.
We stayed a total of 3 days in Huvafen and we never ran out of things to do. In fact, there were still a lot of things we wanted to do but lacked the time since we were going to stay in another resort. We did make sure to snorkel in their fantastic house reef and get a massage in the worldâ€™s first underwater spa which is one of Huvafenâ€™s highlight. You definitely cannot miss a treatment at Lime Spa for one of the most unique experiences you will ever have in your life. The ambience in the spa was cool and relaxing and my only trouble was trying to stay awake. The massage beds have holes where you can put your face down on and right under it are mirrors that reflect the windows that surround the spa. I eventually did fall asleep though but there was a parlor where you can relax and stay to sip tea while looking at the windows after your treatment. And boy, the sight was just outstanding!
The resort is also very passionate about the environment and trying to minimize their carbon footprint. They make sure to also educate the guests when they arrive which I think is a must for a country like the Maldives whose natural beauty lies on their waters. They have coral reef rehabilitation projects and support sustainable local businesses. We didnâ€™t get a chance to visit the water sports area anymore but I heard good things about their dive masters as well from the people we met. Our stay was short and sweet and although we would have wanted to stay, we had another reservation with destiny at our next resort.
I would like to just mention at this point that my travel arranger did a terrific job of setting up our transfers from the two resorts we visited. They werenâ€™t owned by the same brand and she did the legwork herself so I really appreciate the effort she put into it. From North Male atoll to Addu atoll she delivered with flying colors.
By Lilya From Russian Federation
On April 30, 2014