Amazing stay at Canareef I’ve so much to include will try to keep it as simple as I can. From arriving at Male where we were met by a rep from Canareef to the end of the trip I can honestly say all staff have been amazing. Friendly polite very helpful always smiling would go out of their way to help you for example my luggage was lost they went above and beyond to get this back. This was not their problem the luggage was in Heathrow but they dealt with it and sorted it so thank you. Again we went the the local village and came across Abdul from house keeping he showed us around the village again going above and beyond this is not part of his job nor was he even at work he was on his break thank you very much Abdul such a nice gent. Kevin the manager has been so nice and kind to us helping us with lots of things for example giving us a better bug repellent and also a room upgrade to better accommodate our family. Again not his problem but went out of his way to help us thank u Kevin. All staff are so welcoming they have manners and are all so professional and best of all they are genuinely nice people. The south beach at Canareef is beautiful you the sand is pure White the sea is pure turquoise like you would expect to see in the Maldives the buggy’s can bring you to and from there in a matter of minutes and there is a nice little bar for refreshments which beer soft drinks and some mocktails are included in all inclusive. The private beach area outside your bungalow may not be the best for swimming in however you still can do this it’s just not as clear however it is so peaceful absolutely no one around you can just chill and listen to the sound of the waves with a little breeze most relaxing feeling ever! Dolphin cruise was amazing you see hundreds of dolphins even up close when you go to the front of the boat. The spa was amazing! Look out for deals when you arrive it’s a must. All inclusive consisted of breakfast lunch dinner buffet style, different theme every day for lunch and dinner. very big variety for all 3 meals we have been here 18 days and always had different meals. There’s also many stations each day where things are cooked fresh infront of you fried eggs omelettes pancakes and waffles at breakfast many lamb and beef dishes cooked infront of you for you liking. Nan bread and lots of pastas cooked fresh infront of you to to order. The food is really tasty and never disappoints. All inclusive drinks one beer which was nice one of each wines which were decent too about 7 or 8 different cocktails and mocktails that were delicious pina colada daquari blue lagoon mai tai many more and obvs all your spirits waters soft drinks teas and coffees. Dhoni bar also does a small snack plate at certain time as well. Rooms are beautiful and spacious I would recommend jacuzzi room for a family as it’s a good bit bigger also you have a nice back area as well as front so you could go out there and sit while the kids take a little nap or watch some tv if they are too warm. Rooms made up twice a day you will always have fresh towels and sheets. Entertainment very good although We have not been out late but the band are amazing singers and are very outgoing and fun, the crab race was really good my little boy 2 and a half absolutely loved it was so entertaining and funny. The pools are all clean beautiful and good temperature and toilets around the island very clean. All in the place is just beautiful we have had an amazing time and we have a baby and a two year old with us I can only imagine how much more relaxing this place would be if you were on honeymoon or something. I don’t want my review to come across in a way where it’s too good to be true there are a few of things personally I would change which are all really small kids club would have that grass outside cut down to make it look more appealing as the outdoor play area did actually look nice (nicer than pictures and more modern) only the tall grass put us of as like any tropical place there is bugs. A baby changing unit would be good in the toilets. I’d also do away with one of the cleans a day and have house keeping focus on a bit of a deeper clean or checking out stuff that could be better maintained with the time they would save going back and forward to each place twice and being in each place twice. Not that I think the place is unclean because it’s not just I think that extra time would make an even better standard and clear up any of those fussier reviews with pictures of basic ware a tear. I also think it would be good to put a little brush and dust pan in each room so guests could get on top of the sand they tread in. All in brilliant place definitely would come back can see the management have made a lot of changes from reviews from the past so only go on recent reviews! Also I’ve spoke to a number of different people here and no one has had a bad word to say! Thank you Canareef! your staff are a credit to the island Ickleel, Abdul, Robal all the guys in the bar and Jessica from the band thank you for your amazing hospitality and putting up with us and our children hope to come back soon!
We arrived tired from a long journey, 26 hours in total. As soon as we where on the island we were welcomed by Samatha, who talked us through the layout etc.
Initially we were a not sure it was what we expected. However, with a good nights sleep and some food we realised how special this island was. It’s probably the opposite of what you may expect from Maldives, stilted bungalows etc, but this is why we loved it, the (Sunset bungalows)look out to the lagoon, just a few steps and you are paddling in the sea. As reviewers have mentioned there is sea grass, which is just like normal grass, nothing to worry about. The lagoon is tidal so sometimes there is more water to swim in than others.
This is the best all inclusive food I have ever eaten. I don’t normally like hotel food, but was really impressed with the choice, quality and freshness. The restaurant staff are all so accommodating and look after you really well. The rooms are cleaned and swept 2 times a day. Our room was a little tired in places, ie it needed a bit of paint in some areas. However, we had nice white sheets, clean towels every day. Great air con and WiFi and a excellent powerful outdoors shower. My husband had a few scuba dives and was lucky enough to see Manta Ray. Overall we had a great trip and thought it great value for money. I would recommend the sunset villas.
The 16hr travelling was forgotten the minute you arrive at the jetty via speedboat the view is paradise. Check in was very quick and we were in our villa within 15 minutes. We have a jacuzzi villa on the sunset side of the island which is the better side, the sunrise villas have the rough sea.
The villa was huge with a large 4 poster bed, outdoor bathroom with a jacuzzi and 2 sun beds and the back of the villa a big veranda with table and chairs and another 2 sun beds on the sand. We had number 508 which was roughly in the middle of the island which I was glad about
The beach by the villas is beautiful and the sea so calm and warm. We went to the far south of the island which had a beach bar and ample of sun beds and did a bit of snorkelling.
The food was very good always something that I liked and I am a very fussy eater. Our waiter Ikeel was lovely and very knowledgeable about the island and I liked the idea of having the same waiter and table throughout our stay.
We went to the Dhoni bar a few evenings but we liked the Meera bar staff amazing. We got to know them all quite well as we always used the pool there as it was only a minute walk to the villa. We had the pool practically to ourselves the first few days then maybe 6 people towards the end of the week The waiters Shahumeen , Sampack and another waiter from Bangladesh were amazing. As soon as we got to our sun beds we had drinks brought over to us and help with parasols etc. On our last night Shahumeen set up a table on the beach with lights in the trees and a sculpture of a dolphin in the sand with a message hope to see you soon I was gobsmacked did not know what to say. He was amazing a credit to the hotel. Also we only got coffee mate in the room so we asked the bar for proper milk so they delivered a big glass to our villa for us
The dolphin trip was amazing best I’ve ever been on and I do a dolphin trip every holiday, there were loads of dolphins jumping out of the water doing turns in the air fabulous. We got that trip free due to being all inclusive maximum of 18 on the boat. This is a must trip to do.
Our housekeeper was Rubel and he also was amazing. He came twice a day and always had a chat with us if we were in.
All in all a fabulous holiday where all the staff said good morning or just hello and cannot wait to go back. I even learnt to ride a bike whilst I was there but hard work in that heat. Beware the sun is very strong we sat in the shade most of the week.
My husband has wanted to go to the Maldives for over 40 years, and we are just back from a fortnight at this resort. It was everything that we wanted and hoped for. The staff were brilliant, especially Mahir, Hassan and Kumar from the Dhoni bar, and Aslam in the dining room. We found the food good, with plenty of choice and any special requests catered for. The staff want you to have a good holiday and will do their utmost to fulfill any requests. We certainly found our paradise, and if you go there, we hope you find yours too.
We stayed here during October and November 2019 with three children aged between 5 and 10. The island is stunning, whichever room you take you have complete privacy. We stayed in all room types. Sunrise villas are on the outer atoll side so you cant swim here and there is no beach, yet watching the sunrise is a treat and it only takes a few steps to get to the lagoon side beach. Sunset villas are beach side to the lagoon and more practical if you have kids. Jacuzzi rooms are huge, four poster bed, and on lagoon side. All are very practical and pretty. Wifi very good. This place is soo long and narrow, you can hire bikes to explore the 3 miles or just call a beach buggy taxi. Beaches are gorgeous, house reef with 100% visibility. All the usual fish and nice corals. Had a turtle and manta visit our ocean right in front of villa!
Food is so varied and delicious and staff are very friendly and helpful. The in house singing duo at the disco are lovely and my daughters danced the night away with them. Water sports include banana, sup, jet ski etc and they are a fab team. Diving school offering some of the best dives in Maldives including 5 metre resident manta and the biggest shipwreck in Maldives. Olympic swimming pool and another, 2 bars and a beach bar. Gym, spa, tennis courts, kids club. This is a place where you can be as active or chilled as you like. Just a 15 minute speedboat away are four local islands where you must go and feel the love of the maldivians. Loved every minute of being on this paradise!
Pina colada excellence from the fab barmen!
Thank you Canareef and see you soon.