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Canareef Resort Maldives

Hulhudhoo, 19060
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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.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Table tennis
Kids club
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Sun umbrellas
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Stephen C wrote a review Feb 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom27 contributions24 helpful votes
I loved the resort and the people, so helpful and friendly. The snorkelling was great both on the trips and right off the beach. The food was abundant and generally of good quality although I wasn't overly keen on the pork substitutes. Fish and lamb were great. The down side would have to be the extra curricular water sports. I felt these were stratospherically expensive. We took part in only one, mainly due to the cost and this was disappointing. Deep sea fishing, something I'd always wanted to do but still don't feel as though I've done. We felt we were simple passengers in the boat. At no time did we actually take part in any 'fishing' activity. We didn't bait or deploy the rods, nor did we reel them in, all this was done by the boat operators. For what was essentially a
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Date of stay: September 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from KevinGTheseira, General Manager at Canareef Resort Maldives
Responded 9 Feb 2020
Dear Stephen C, Thank you for taking the time and the effort to write your comments concerning your stay at Canareef Resort Maldives on TripAdvisor. We are very happy that you loved the resort, found all our staff helpful and friendly and enjoyed the food offered. We had decided not to serve Pork in the main restaurant as we also cater for Muslim guests. Pork however is available in the Meera Restaurant. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your Deep Sea Fishing, usually we do receive good comments for this especially when guests manage to catch fish. For the deep sea fishing we are using Rapalas and usually the method should be demonstrated by the guide as with the reels you cannot just release the Rapalas without controlling the speed of the release. He should also set the drag and then you will wait until there is a strike. If there is a strike, the guest will be given the rod to reel the fish in. He should also explain how to use the reel when there is a strike. I would agree that if there is no strike it would end up to be a boat ride. As for the Water sports, we will be speaking to them on their pricing to see if they are able to offer better rates or at least have promotions from time to time in order to get more guests to use their services. Again, thank you for your comments and for being our guest and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you once again to Canareef.
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Karen Woolton wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
We cannot take credit for finding this idyllic destination, Ava from Blue Bay Travel should be sought for all those looking for paradise at price to suit the majority of budgets .The canareef resort is located on an island which is 4.7km long. Expect white powdered beaches , aqua marine ocean , and the peace and tranquility that one can hope for when you leave a fast paced working life back home . The accommodation is rustic , we were fortunate enough to be staying in a sunset villa on the beach front . The rooms are tendered twice a day, fresh towels and linen daily . There is one main restaurant which may sound unusual for a 5* but the food is varied and the dishes on offer suit the majority of tastebuds , however there is a a la carte restaurant too. All you need to bring
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Date of stay: January 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from KevinGTheseira, General Manager at Canareef Resort Maldives
Responded 8 Feb 2020
Dear Onelife 1803, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us at Canareef Resort Maldives. It would be important to note that we are a 4* Resort and not 5* as stated above. Yes, we do try to have a variety of food to cater for different requirements and we try to ensure that people with special needs are catered for. We are extremely happy that you have classified us as your number one destination, found our services to your satisfaction and met all your expectations. We will definitely inform Ms. Shenna GRE and your waiter Mr. Athif of your very positive comments. Again, thank you for your wonderful comments, It was our pleasure to be of service and we hope that you will again consider us for your next vacation in the Maldives.
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Passenger00233163013 wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
My wife and I spent a wonderful week at Canareef. Rooms are neat and clean. Wide range of food for all types of tastes. My wife is vegetarian and was never short of choices. All the staff are friendly and helpful and willing to assist with any query. We went on the the resort snorkel tour and a private snorkel tour through the Watersports centre. Both were excellent. Good snorkelling at the south end of the Island from the beach as well. All round a very relaxing and enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: January 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from KevinGTheseira, General Manager at Canareef Resort Maldives
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Dear Passenger00233163013, Thank you for taking your precious time to write about Canareef Resort Maldives on TripAdvisor. We are indeed happy to hear that you had a relaxing and enjoyable stay whilst with us and found our staff friendly and helpful. Yes, we do have quite a few guest who are vegetarian or require a special diet and we will always try to satisfy guest where we can even if it means cooking an additional dish when what we have on the buffet is insufficient. We also have our own Chef trained in providing Jain and Vegetarian Dishes.
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Cochris1234 wrote a review Jan 2020
Ivybridge, United Kingdom17 contributions8 helpful votes
It’s 7am and the sun is shining - I am writing this review whilst still on my holiday looking through an open set of sliding doors of our Sunset villa. The view is framed by coconut trees and what a view it is . A white sand path leading to a white sandy beach with calm crystal clear water. The sounds are as follows Gently lapping waves as they break on the beach The sound of a gentle breeze passing through the large coconut trees that surround us Birds Scuttling of hermit crabs on the rocks at the edge of the path All in all not a bad way to wake up every morning . The beauty of this island is that if you want that seclusion element you can have it; there are so many beaches where you won’t see another soul all day or you can go to one of the pools if you want to have
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Date of stay: January 2020
6 Helpful votes
Response from KevinGTheseira, General Manager at Canareef Resort Maldives
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Dear Cochris1234, We would like firstly to thank you for taking the time to write about your experience in Canareef Resort Maldives, especially when it was done whilst you were still on vacation with us. We are happy that our facilities, food and services have met with your expectations and that more importantly you had a good vacation with us. If I remember correctly your Dolphin Trip was a success. Again thank you for your time and effort and we hope to be able to be of service to you the next time should you decide to come back again as our guest.
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Armrest dominance wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom13649 contributions150 helpful votes
We got a fantastic deal through Secret Escapes, which made our stay even better at Canareef. It's a lovely resort along a long thin island right down the bottom end of The Maldives. Our sunset beach villa was lovely. Big, with a whole separate area where we could store our clothes, bags, food, toiletries, electronics, swimming gear and so on. The bedroom/lounge area was really nice, with a modern TV with USB and HDMI inputs to watch our GoPro footage each day. The beach was a short walk along the sand to our semi-private area. It rained a little bit while we were there, but we still saw the sunset on one of the nights. The resort is nicely laid out with restaurant and bar areas, a place for children to play, spa, tennis courts, gym, dive centre, shop, chefs garden (visit to
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Date of stay: January 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from KevinGTheseira, General Manager at Canareef Resort Maldives
Responded 21 Jan 2020
Dear Armrestdominance, Thank you for taking your precious time to write about Canareef Resort Maldives on TripAdvisor. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your comments on the Resorts rooms, facilities, services and staff. With regards to your comments of Domestic Transfer flight, you are correct that we are able to get the Transfer at a cheaper rate as we deal directly with the airline. We however can only act in facilitating the purchase of the air ticket for the flight but cannot be responsible for delays or cancellations of flights which is beyond our control. Thank you again for your comments and we look forward to having you as our guest should you wish to visit us again.
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