Situated in the Maldive’s Southern Ari Atoll, Maafushivaru offers guests access to not one, but two private islands. Lonubo is a picturesque desert islet that families can explore during the day. At night, Lonubo can be reserved, so that guests can have a private island all to themselves for the evening. Beach and over the water villas are available, each accommodating as many as four adults. Extra cribs are available for the tiniest of travelers. Each air-conditioned villa comes complete with a flat screen television, DVD player, iPod docking station, espresso machine, private sundeck, and modern bath. A buffet-style restaurant and a sushi restaurant provide a delicious array of dining options.
Our Editor Loves
- Diver certification
- Windsurfing lessons
- Outdoor pool
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
What can I say? This place is paradise! A stunning island with amazing staff who can’t do enough to help you - extremely polite and always there to help.
A stunning island, great for those wanting a peaceful stay.
We stayed in a beach villa which was stunning. The walk out onto the beach on a morning was fabulous. The snorkelling is superb, we saw a sea turtle one day and many sharks and other tropical fish. It’s a shame the coral is bleached but that’s rising sea temperatures - hopefully one day they can recover.
Entertainment provided most nights; we particularly enjoyed the live music at the Water Bar. Drinks here are varied and amazing for all inclusive.
There are many trips you can go on too; we did the Manta Ray trip which was great and the sunset cruise we were lucky enough to have lots of dolphins swim alongside the boat (we even saw dolphins swimming past Lonubo one day too.) I surprised my wife with an overnight stay on Lonubo and it was incredible! All of the staff kept it a secret. A breath taking little island, all to ourselves for the night with a lovely beach villa with jacuzzi. This was once in a lifetime; we even had our own chef and waiter for a special meal on the beach by candlelight. Truly spectacular! I can’t praise this place enough. Thank you to all the staff who made our honeymoon extra special and went the extra mile on many occasions. We hope to return one day.
This was our first ever visit to The Maldives and what an amazing introduction Maafushivaru gave us to this incredibly beautiful part of the world. The island has a real Robinson Crusoe feel to it and during our 7 day stay there were times that we felt like we were the only people on the island. What really makes this island so special though are the staff. They have a genuine desire to ensure that you have the best holiday possible. The other outstanding feature is the food especially the desserts, which are put together each day by a team of chefs who are quite simply outstanding. As has been mentioned on other reviews the stand out dessert is the Mexican Hot Chocolate Pudding. When we told the pastry chef how much we enjoyed it he made it especially for us and the team very kindly typed out the recipe for us before we left. The waiting staff not only make time to talk you but are also very talented when it comes to using the leaves from the island palm trees to make all sorts of animals. On our last night they prepared a table for us that had a beautiful floral table decoration and the napkins were folded to look like a waistcoat. They also presented us with a bird, fish and cricket that were all made out of palm leaves, just amazing and an unbelievably kind thing to do.
We stayed in beach villa 126, which like the other beach villas has a small path from the sun deck that leads through the trees and flowers out onto the beach where there were a number of sun beds set up for anyone to use.
Although all of the staff were amazing we would like to especially thank Alamach, Munsif and Ismail who looked after us in the buffet and during our speciality wedding anniversary meal, as well as the free diving waiter who unfortunately we forgot to get his name. Samanth the incredible pastry chef, Yiranga the bbq chef and Dianask his colleague.
As has been mentioned by others although the villas are large they and some of the other areas of the island could benefit from some updating in particular the beds, which although they were large are not that comfortable. Hopefully this will be looked at during the refurbishment work that is due to take place between now and December but not to the detriment of the wonderful Desert Island feel that Maafushivaru has.
Thank you everyone for giving us an unbelievable introduction to The Maldives.