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Canareef Resort Maldives
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 real beach. Food is buffet style and adequate. The staff are very helpful and friendly.

Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 beach with my wife. The staff made me a lovely cake and also decorated the bed with happy birthday messages. It was such a surprise. The waiters in the Dhoni bar were very friendly especially Hassan who was a very nice young man who made us feel very welcome. The climate together with the exotic plants and wildlife confirmed that we were in paradise here. One of the most amazing things we saw were the Maldivian fruit bats which flew over the palm trees each day. They were quite a sight and have never seen anything quite like it. We would highly recommend this resort to any discerning traveller who wants a mixture of luxury and a lasting holiday experience.

Stayed March 2017, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 friendly and supportive!

The room was always clean - they do housekeeping twice a day - and whenever you need something or have any issue, the team responds immediately and takes care of it.

As mentioned above, the staff in the restaurant is very nice. The food is quite all right. They serve a lot of meat such as lamb, beef, chicken and even pork. I’m not sure if this is what people expect from the Maldivian cuisine. However, everything was fresh and all dishes are nice prepared. I think with just some little amendments of the menu, it will become a very nice in the future.

All drinks and small snacks (restaurant and mini bar) are quite expensive. A small beer or 0,1 l wine costs around 8 dollars, coke or sparkling water around 3,50.

There is one thing we especially need to highlight: Doing scuba diving with the Sub Oceanic Diving Club was an absolutely outstanding experience! From A to Z, everything was perfect: Starting from the very warm personal welcome by Florian, who is heading the Scuba Club, until the last say goodbye. We always had the feeling that they tried to get the best out for us as a customer - be it by choosing the right diving spots, be it by appropriately preparing the boat and equipment, be it by sharing useful tips and tricks, be it the nice conversations we had in between. Being safe and secure during diving was always number one priority. There was lots of space on the boat, usually there were only three to seven divers - so relaxing! So all in all: An outstanding diving experience!!!

  • Stayed March 2017, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2017

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 - juices offered for breakfast were concentrate with a lot of sugar and water - literally undrinkable. Bad instant coffee. Bread was not fresh. For dinner the Asian part of the buffet was ok but the European pretty bad. The biggest disappointment was that you cant swim in the ocean - as the water is full of alges and the bottom is rocky. There is no house reef - and the reef further away is completely bleached, but I guess this is not just this resort. There is a nice pool to swim in though. It is also fantastic for Manta diving. All in all we had a very relaxing time because the island was so empty - but I guess there are a couple of reasons for that ;)

  • Stayed March 2017, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 recommend "Flo" who was outstanding!!!! We also had a dive with a instructor called "Ibba" and he was also a great guy with excellent skills. If you want to dive with the best instructors in the maldives this is the place to visit. We are for sure coming back!!

  • 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): $310 - $1,366
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:
j Resort Handhufushi Hotel Addu Atoll
j Hotel Handhufushi
j Hotel Addu Atoll

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