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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Canareef Resort Maldives in January 2017. This resort is probably not the best in the Maldives. Having said that value for money it's up there. Accommodation is lovely a wooden chalet on the beach. The Sunset side is easily the best side to book if you want to sunbathe or swim. Sunrise side is rocky with no...

Thank bertweir
Milton Keynes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a week at this resort and had a fabulous time. Had a sunset beach villa and the room was great and right on the beach front with fantastic views. The staff were magnificent and could not have done enough for us during our stay. I celebrated my 50th birthday whilst here and had a wonderful candlelit dinner on the...

Thank DavMaz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed 15 nights at the Canareef Resort in one of its Sunset Villas and overall we had an incredibly great time. For the staff: Whoever we have met - be it the waiters in the restaurants, be it the people at the reception, be it the people that do all the cleaning - everyone in the resort was super...

Thank Anja Z
Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The island was empty, which was great, because we had everything to ourselves. However, to get there is a pain - as transfer times from Male are very long (we had 5hrs waiting time). Most of the staff is lovely, however, with some I had the feeling they didnt quite understand what I meant. The food was pretty horrible -...

1Thank MartaPatrycjaS
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Best diving ever. Forget the luxus villas, the great food and drinks on this paradise on earth. The biggest reason to visit the place is their diving center! The diving center is managed by a dive instructor called "Flo" . Me and my daughter took nitrox and anvanced open water on our vacation. There are different instructors but we would...

Thank Mikkel N
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Awesome people. very helpful and friendly. rooms are really nice , air-conditioning is great . Rooms are literally a few meters away from the ocean with sunset views. Good diving spots in the vicinity, Loved my stay here .

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Reviewed 3 March 2017

When I was there beautiful place, food was excellent,staff helpful and very friendly. A place you can totally relax. Down side lots of traveling 21 hours but did a certificate for travelling over the equator. But it was a bumpy ride from van airport.

Thank Dianamills
Reviewed 1 March 2017

After a grueling 22 hour journey from LGW, the 15 minute speedboat arrival across a large lagoon did not disappoint. The resort is on the Southern half of the most Southerly Maldives and is basically nestled in a thin strip of sand and vegetation nearly three miles long and mainly just 50 yds wide. The resort is very spread out...

1Thank TouristSussex
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 February 2017

fantastic !!! one of the best holidays we have had. It was my boyfriends birthday and we couldn't of asked for a better week. There was a lovely choice of food, the staff were so friendly and kind. We done most of the trips which again where brilliant i have never seen so many dolphins ! Saed who came with...

Thank dianeclements122
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Prior to your arrival check that the resort has received your flight details of your flight in Gan. It seems they missed our email and this could have been a problem, although for us it was not as there were spaces in the next flight. From touching down in Gan we could not have asked for better service. The journey...

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  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Tennis Court
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated in the southernmost atoll of the Maldives, lies the idyllic Canareef Resort Maldives, a 271 villa resort that presents the best the country has to offer. Our island spans 4.5 kilometres, which is the longest island resort in the country. Indulge in the multitude of activities the resort has for you to enjoy. Go beneath the waves, experience our 25 unique dive locations and spot dolphins all year round. Leave your inhibitions at home and 'Step Out of The Blue' with us. Canareef Resort Maldives welcomes you with 271 spacious rooms for your honeymoon, friends or family. Each villa is refined by nature and designed for guests to enjoy the lush natural vegetation of the Island. Our villas consists of 80 Sunrise Villas, 71 Sunset Beach Villas and 120 Jacuzzi Villas from sizes of 76sqm - 97sqm. The Equator Crossing to the Resort would be one of the key highlights of your trip to our Island with your loved ones or friends, as guests get to view breath-taking aerial view of the Maldives expansive turquoise blue atolls riddle in the Indian Ocean. All guests to the Island via domestic flight will receive a personalised Equator Crossing Certificate from the Captain of the airplane. Just when you thought the fun and thrills was about to stop, hold on to your seats and be blown away by a short 10-minute exhilarating speed boat ride from Gan International Airport. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Canareef Resort Maldives

Address: 19060 (Formerly J Resort Handhufushi)
Region: Maldives > Addu Atoll > Herathera Island
Price Range: $317 - $1,363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Canareef Resort Maldives 4*
Number of rooms: 271
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Also Known As:
j Resort Handhufushi Hotel Addu Atoll
j Hotel Handhufushi
j Hotel Addu Atoll
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“Pick the room with hot tub you won't be dissatisfying”
Dianamills, 3 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Choose the Sunset Villas. NB. The Jacuzzi villas are a very long way away from the restaurant.”
  • View from our villa
  • Entrance to a group of unobtrusive villas
  • Our very own sunset!
  • The outside bathroom
  • Sunrise villa outlook - Indian Ocean
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TouristSussex, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“definitely upgrade to a jacuzzi room better side of the island too”
dianeclements122, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Jacuzzi Villa looking into the lagoon, the sea is less fierce and the Jacuzzi is fab.”
JohnLWard, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Not too far or too close to the restaurants”
607hannar, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
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