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at Canareef Resort Maldives

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... crowded. The buggies ferrying us to and from the bar, beach, pool and restaurant came quickly and we’re far more comfortable...
... and kind person!🫶🏼 Big up also to Rishard from the pool bar and the girls at the beach/pool bar!🍹🧉 THANK YOU!
... restaurant and the Dhoni bar- next door to the huge swimming pool. The Dhoni bar is were the afternoon snack is served and...
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Poppy570 wrote a review Jan 2023
Jersey, United Kingdom12 contributions11 helpful votes
Just left the Canareef Resort after two idyllic weeks. The resort is not high sophistication but it is wonderful for a relaxing comfortable holiday. The standard of cleanliness is second to none. The jacuzzi villas are large, cool, and well appointed and positioned. We had twice daily service and the standard was high. The resort is 4.8 km long and not busy or crowded. The buggies ferrying us to and from the bar, beach, pool and restaurant came quickly and we’re far more comfortable than the bikes provided!! I must congratulate the restaurant on providing great fresh and varied meals three times a day. Well done to the chefs !! All the staff are friendly and cheerful. Asim and Reina looked after us sooo well and the girls in the bars especially Simla and Jasmine kept us watered with a constant supply of cocktails !
BIG congratulations to the Canareef resort for giving us such happy memories of a superb holiday. X
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nadia wrote a review Jan 2023
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Me and my husband have spent our honeymoon and New Year’s Eve at Canareef Resort, and we’ve spent the best 10 days ever!
We chose the all-inclusive formula and the food was amazing, local and international, different every day.

The services in the resort are very well organised, there is a spa and a sports center, you can do water sports and dive, and you can move around the island with bikes or buggies. The beach bar is very cool, the beach is beautiful and you can freely snorkel. You can also buy excursions to see the dolphins, fish or snorkel around the coral reef.

The staff is very welcoming and helpful, always smiling, we only felt positive vibes.
We especially wanted to thank Didi (from the activities department) for his kindness since the very first day of our stay.
He explained everything very well the day we arrived and helped us everytime we had a problem or question. We also made a private excursion with him, and it has been the most wonderful excursion we’ve made at Canareef resort, we’ve seen to many things! Didi is a very reliable, professional and kind person!🫶🏼

Big up also to Rishard from the pool bar and the girls at the beach/pool bar!🍹🧉

THANK YOU!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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maudkidd wrote a review Dec 2022
wirral189 contributions83 helpful votes
We have just returned from a weeks stay at Canareef - 5th - 12th Dec. We travelled from Manchester UK via Abu Dhabi to Male. We then waited for a connecting flight to Gan airport.
Upon our eventual arrival at Gan, we were greeted by a hotel representative and escorted to the speedboat. We set off across to Canareef resort - brilliant ride across!
Upon arriving we were shown to the reception were we were told about the resort and its facilities, before going on a buggy to catch lunch at the Kilhi restaurant. Breakfast lunch and dinner are all buffet service with your own allocated table throughout your stay. You can pay extra for a la carte but we stuck to the all inclusive.

We then got a buggy to our jacuzzi villa - 621. Amazing - upon entering it had a large bedroom/living area with desk, bedside cabinets, smart tv and a seating area. Patio doors opened up onto our private decking with two sunbeds, chairs and table. Inside there was also a fridge, bottles of water ( replenished daily ), kettle and tea/coffee. There was a dressing area with chest of drawers, ample hangers, 2 robes and a safe.
The bathroom......fabulous. Large with 2 basins, outdoor shower ( though under shelter), towels, beach towels - all in all great.Outside - jacuzzi and sunbeds. This area was so lovely and private - definitely upgrade to a jacuzzi villa if you can.
Air con unit and ceiling fan were needed and well used!
We had two bikes provided and we did use them but it was so humid we mainly stuck to the buggy service.

The resort itself is very spread out as the island is long and thin. At one end there is the beach bar - with sunbeds, jetty and the bar. Here there are 2 showers and toilets. We snorkelled in this area a few times - we did see some lovely fish but the coral is sadly bleached.
At the other end of the resort is the Kilhi restaurant and the Dhoni bar- next door to the huge swimming pool. The Dhoni bar is were the afternoon snack is served and there are 3 pool tables, table tennis, 2 dart boards and a small selection of board games are available.

The swimming pool is fantastic - with plenty of loungers around it. We were there with about 50 other guests - it was quiet and idyllic, though we were told guest numbers are expected to rise in Feb. But we loved it being quiet - added to the charm.

The property is emerging from covid times - it was hit hard as it is so far to reach from Male. But we were told that from Feb next year there are direct flights planned from Dubai to Gan, which will cut out the need to wait around Male airport. There are areas that have not been used for ages and as such are overgrown - BUT the staff were working really hard to clear areas and get the rooms ready for guests. It will take time but they will get there. We saw maintenance teams replacing fixtures and fittings and the lads on the beach were brushing up the seaweed/grass every morning - thank you.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Canareef staff as they were all so friendly, smiling and welcoming. Especially Jamal in the restaurant and we think his name is Ishmail - housekeeper - so friendly and chatty.

Go and give Canareef a chance - you will love it - oh yes, in a jacuzzi villa!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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AndreyStarchenko wrote a review Nov 2022
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During past 2 years I visited Maldives 4 times, staying in 6 resorts for at least 4 weeks. My wife and I stayed at Canareef this whole November 2022, 4 weeks on FB meal plan in Sunset Beach Villa.

PROS
1. While transfer includes a local 1.5h flight and 15 minutes speedboat it was perfectly arranged by the hotel. We had minimum waiting times.
2. Villa is great. Lots of place to store your belongings, big terrace with fantastic sunsets.
3. Room cleanin service was excellent. We needed it at the same time very day and we got that. This is pretty rare.
4. Food was great. A lot of choice and staff is really trying hard to cook dishes (that are cooked in front of you) to your liking.
5. Fantastic gigantic pool.
6. Special thanks go to Mr. Shafiq Rasheed for helping with everything we have requested.
7. Buggy service is rapid. We never waited for a buggy for more than 5 minutes. This is rare on Maldives. There are other big resorts where waiting for a buggy for 15-20 min is a norm.
8. Cats! There are cats on an island. That's awesome!
9. The hotel has one swimming location that takes 10 minutes buggy ride. But the spot is amazing. Looking like those Maldivian pictures from the magazines.
10. Gym. If you need to do workouts or have a cardio - you've found a good place. One of the best gyms on Maldives I've seen so far.

Overall this was a really great stay. Value for money is great as well.

CONS
Unfortunately there are some cons as well.
1. Vegetables and salads (especially mayonnaise) during meals are left in room temperature. And while it hits 30+ celsius they get spoiled really quickly. Sometimes it feels that they were made 2-3 hours prior the meal and other times they we cooked just before. The difference is very big. I would very much propose staff to keep salads and vegs like they do with the desserts, cheese and cold cuts - in some kind of open fridge.

That's it with cons, not that much indeed!

Wish all the best to the resort. When they clean the shore off the seagrass it can easily become one of the best 4* resorts on Maldives.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Robyn T wrote a review Nov 2022
San Francisco, California2 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed 5 nights in Suite 225 which is conveniently located by the 50 metre pool🏊‍♂️ the bar which has excellent entertainment and the restaurant. From our transfer collection at Gan airport and transfer by speedboat across a 20 minute lagoon trip to Canareef, the assistance, care, good humour and provision of information were great. Our suite was on the sunrise side of the island which offers great privacy from the terrace because there are trees and shrubs between the suite and the beach, but the beach is only metres away. The pool is superb for swimming and sunbathing or simply reading under a shady umbrella. The wait staff in the restaurant provide bespoke service. Our table waiter had a fabulous sense of humour. He should have his own comedy show. And the bar staff at The Dhoni were also delightful. Sea views from the bar and beach just metres away. Multiple pool tables, dart boards, a table tennis table and lots of board games. Do not miss the fish feeding at sunset by the main wharf. Lots of reef shark, a sole turtle and big trevally fight over the food for at least 15 minutes. We didn’t snorkel or dive due to our health conditions but lovely people we met there raved about both experiences. The dolphin cruise was amazing - spinning dolphins so entertaining. And the night time highlight that really perfected the ending of most days was the Dhoni bar DJ, Shashe, Shashe is an incredible DJ with all the great songs for getting you to dance. Dancing on their sandy dance floor is wonderful. And he is handsome and charming.
I don’t need a suite over water or an underwater restaurant. I like people and the people who work at Canareef make every experience a pleasure.
We will definitely return.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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