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 in the speedboat across the water helped you to see the resort in its full glory. On arrival we were given a drink and then checked into our villa (we had been given a free upgrade to a Jacuzzi Villa). The villa's are maintained to a good standard, and the wifi was surprisingly very good. With plenty of places to sunbathe both on the terrace at the front or next to the Jacuzzi in the back, you hardly needed to leave if sun catching is your thing. Also you can swim from your own section of the beach into the sea. The air-conditioning was very effective, especially for me as I do not cope in the heat. The villa was extremely clean and the housekeeping staff - who came twice a day - were very helpful. Each time they visited they deposited a 2 litre bottle of water, by the end of the holiday we had quite a large stockpile...perhaps a card asking for water would be a good idea.
We went out of the main season, but actually this worked better for us. Although the resort is in the middle of being improved, it did not affect the holiday. Around half of the resort is mothballed including a restaurant with a pool, such a shame as this is somewhere that deserves to be really thriving...hopefully the long anticipated direct flights to Gan will start meaning that the northern end of the island can finally reopen. Although the resort was quiet, the service was still a very high standard. Going all inclusive is well worth the money, we found it difficult to spend on anything (especially as the included drinks list is extensive - we hardly had any drinks that were not on it, the Canareef Express cocktail was our favourite). The Kihli provides a wide range of food, but if you go for a fortnight as we did then you may wish to eat in the other restaurants to add variety. Much of the food is cooked fresh and the kitchen staff were very helpful, my wife who is a coeliac found their advice very helpful and ate well all of the holiday. Twice we decided to eat in the Meeraa - the food here too was exceptional, my wife had lobster and we shared a bottle of wine listening to the sea under the stars (although not included in the cost, this was something that was well worth the extra). The staff in the restaurants could not be more helpful, Ifan (apologies for the spelling if incorrect) in the Meeraa and Solih (again appologies if incorrect) in the Kilhi really helped to make us feel very welcome, Solih - with his superb sense of humour and local knowledge - really helped us to get the most out of our time in this beautiful resort. The two pools were great to swim in, and we enjoyed playing pool in the Dhoni Bar most evenings. We can recommend the Crab Race at the Dhoni, this evening was a real hoot and helped us to make friends with other guests...shame my crab did not win, but at least I now know how to do the chicken dance. However I think the film shown in the film night should be suitable for the people in the bar, on one night there were children there who were hiding under cushions as the film was more suited to adults.
There are a range of activities in the resort, especially if you wish to do scuba diving. If however like us this is not your thing, then there is plenty to do apart from catch the sun (or burn in my case). One of the real highlights of the holiday (once I had stopped being amazed by the Flying Foxes) was the snorkelling trip. My wife is not a confident swimmer, but she came and with the help of the trip guide boosted her confidence so much that she swam the second time without the flotation aid...getting the chance to see an octopus, Nemo fish (formerly known as Clown Fish), Dory Fish, turtles (which is something I will never forget) and the colourful coral. On the way back we even came across a pod of dolphins who swam with us, previously in the holiday we had also done the 'Lucky Dolphin Cruise' which was also very good. If you want to get off the island then the Addu City Tour is superb, it really gave us a taste of what the islands are like in a safe and enjoyable way. We did also try some water-sports, we enjoyed the fun tubing. Get a bike if not included, it allows you to get around easily and burn off the three course meal you had for lunch and dinner (although if you wish to be really lazy, the buggy service is brilliant).
Overall this was to be the holiday of a life-time and it was. The location was spectacular and the service exemplary. If you want a holiday to remember then this is the place.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- j Resort Handhufushi Hotel Addu Atoll
- j Hotel Handhufushi
- j Hotel Addu Atoll