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Canareef Resort Maldives
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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  • Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 along this strip. All villas are the same and found in groups of eight to ten unobtrusively set within shoreline vegetation. A track meanders from one end of the resort to another.

Each villa is large and well appointed. They have a small but adequate semi-secluded ‘garden’ immediately in front with all Sunset villas having their own ‘secret’ path to the sandy beach. Sunrise villas do not as their outlook is (East) onto the rocky and shallow shelf facing the Indian Ocean. Sunset villas have the benefit of the atoll’s inner lagoon where you can swim.

Food in the dining room was varied and very good - no complaints at all. The two a la carte restaurants did not appear to be operating so we were stuck with the huge main dining room. The whole resort seemed generally deserted despite being just over half full. In one area away from the centre areas dining rooms and pool had been abandoned probably because of the lack of occupancy.

Everything is extra and all is changed to ones room – a good idea and works well. You do get two free bottles of water in your villa a day but all drinks cost including water. Can of beer is $7 and glass of wine $8, bottle $55. Bike hire is $4 per day but you can’t really go anywhere - although as villas are so spread out, it can take 20 minutes to walk to the restaurant and central bar, most hired bikes for that. A free shuttle service via golf cart buggies is available all the time. The adjacent town appeared deserted and there is nothing to see there anyway – the only two things on the island.

All staff were very friendly indeed and made one feel very welcome.

Our disappointments were few. The local coral close to the beach appeared dead with few fish – apparently due to the tsunami. The swimming was shallow although acceptable at high tide. Our highlight was the dolphin trip where we saw a hundred or more and it was that ‘tropical island’ just South of the equator.

Room Tip: Choose the Sunset Villas. NB. The Jacuzzi villas are a very long way away from the restaurant.
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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 us on the dolphin trip, sunset fishing and took my boyfriend big game fishing was brilliant and so helpful. I would totally recommend upgrading to a jacuzzi villa this made the whole experience even more magical..... a holiday we will never forget thank you to everyone there . Diane and Nigel room 630

Room Tip: definitely upgrade to a jacuzzi room better side of the island too
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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 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.

Room Tip: Jacuzzi Villa looking into the lagoon, the sea is less fierce and the Jacuzzi is fab.
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  • Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Every thing is like a dream. The resort houses are spacy and nice. Beautyful view from bed to the beach so you can wake up with an impressive view. Tv, minibar ( not used as we were outside all day and had all inclusive), amazing outside private shower. Sunbeds and bicycles also at house. Beach just outside the house feels like a private beach as noone else is there, only people from next house. You need to choose the houses on sunset side as other side of island is not easy for swimming.

  • Stayed February 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Canareef Resort Maldives

Property: Canareef Resort Maldives
Address: 19060 (Formerly J Resort Handhufushi)
Region: Maldives > Addu Atoll > Herathera Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Herathera Island
Price range (per night): $309 - $1,364
Hotel Class:4 star — Canareef Resort Maldives 4*
Number of rooms: 271
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:
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