I Left My Heart In The Maldives; Maafushivaru Island

A Maldivian island that truly left a place in my heart, welcome to Maafushivaru!...

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Maafushivaru, South Ari Atoll, Maldives

The Maldivian island that truly left a place in my heart, it was love at first site and I can guarantee that it would be for you too - let's explore the luxurious island of Maafushivaru!

Where? Maafushivaru, South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Now, i'm going to start off by saying that I KNOW I *pretty much love everywhere I visit (I can honestly say that I don't think I've ever stayed in a bad resort, and whilst I belive in honesty and transparency I don't believe in writing negative reviews), but I can honestly say that this was literally the DREAMIEST place I've ever stayed. EVER. From the second we arrived I just fell in love, the private island to the staff and our water villa, it was just all so, so magical and it really carried a lot of special memories for myself and Ben, let's take a look why!...
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The island: With it's small island charm (it's just over 350 metres in length), Maafushivaru really feels like home! Myself and Ben got to meet and get to know all of the staff; from our Teppanyaki chef, to the Marine Biologists and restaurant staff - it really felt so wonderful to know people on this resort on a personal level; for me - it's what made this island feel so special and personal!

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Getting there: To reach Maafushivaru we embarked on a 25 minute seaplane journey, this was actually my second time on a seaplane and it was just as incredible as the first time! There really is no better way to see the islands/sandbanks of the Maldives than a seaplane transfer, I would highly recommend trying to book onto one - no matter where you visit in the Maldives as it really is a once in a lifetime experience in itself!

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Our water villa: We spent our first two nights on Maafushivaru in one of their DREAMY Beach Villas which came complete with VOYA toiletries, an outdoor shower, private decking area and king size bed (yup, it was bloody wonderful!). HOWEVER, on our last night; the wonderful staff at Maafushivaru VERY kindly upgraded us to a Water Villa which was OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Our Villa came with a bath/shower overlook the ocean (massive highlight for me - I don't think I'll ever have a bath like it again!), steps leading down straight into the sea, sun loungers on the decking area, and complete privacy as the villas can be accessed from a jetty on the island.. the DREAM!

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The food: Sooooo, I can't believe I'm actually admitting this but I tried Sushi for the VERY first time whilst I was at Maafushivaru, it's always something that's kind of freaked me out before but the hotel had booked us into their stunning Teppanyaki restaurant 135 East where our wonderful chef prepared some incredible fresh sushi in front of our very eyes (he put on an amazing show which I'll feature in my YouTube video so be sure to watch that!), as well as some Miso soup, and Wagyu Beef for our main course. I can conclude that I bloody LOVE Sushi and I now I genuinely can't believe that I didn't try it sooner!

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Snorkelling with Whale Sharks: When we checked into the resort we were surprised with a Whale Shark snorkelling excursion which we were both super excited about (although I was partly terrified as I hate sharks/deep water), but I can honestly say it was one of the most INCREDIBLE experiences ever, we were lucky enough to spot two Whale Sharks which our marine biologist told us was pretty rare and it only happens every couple of months! After we'd snorkelled with the Whale Sharks we headed out to two different reefs to do some snorkelling and spotted the most beautiful Turtle, Eels, white tip reef sharks, Octopus and so much more - it was bloody M A G I C A L!


Magical island: So, I'm just going to throw it out there and say that Maafushivaru was my favourite resort that we stayed in on our recent trip (think I've already made that pretty clear haha!), it just truly left a special place in my heart and I'll never forget our magical three days we spent there. If you're looking to book your honeymoon destination in the Maldives then Maafushivaru is THE island for you!




Maafushivaru Maldives www.maafushivaru.com

Kuoni (01306 747008 or www.kuoni.co.uk) offers 7 nights full-board at the 5-star Maafushivaru, Maldives in a Beach Villa, including flights with Qatar Airlines from Heathrow and group transfers in resort. Prices for October 2017 are from £2,373 per person, based on two adults sharing.

So, a part of my heart will ALWAYS remain at Maafushivaru - is this somewhere you'd love to book? Have you ever visited the Maldives before?

*A HUGE thank you to the best staff ever at Maafushivaru for making our trip truly wonderful! We will be back one day! 🙂 And to Maafushivaru for hosting us during our visit!

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  1. Josie 23rd April 2017 / 9:24 am

    Oh My Golly Gosh – this place looks like the dream! I would absolutely love to go to the Maldives on a honeymoon or something someday perhaps! This island looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous, I’m so glad you had such a lovely time! These photos are stunning and I’m already imagining what it’s like to have a luxurious bath overlooking the ocean! Wow!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • Hayley 23rd April 2017 / 2:18 pm

      Girl you would absolutely LOVE it! This hotel exceeded everything I thought it ever would; it’s truly magical and I couldn’t recommend it for a honeymoon destination anymore! x

  2. Angie 23rd April 2017 / 10:23 am

    I honestly don’t think it can be possible to have a bad time in The Maldives. What a beautiful resort and the food looks incredible!

    • Hayley 23rd April 2017 / 2:18 pm

      Same love, the islands are just so stunning and serene! The food was amazing – I’m hooked on Sushi now! 🙂 x

  3. Sophie Cliff 24th April 2017 / 11:03 am

    Oh Hayley, this place just looks absolutely incredible! I hope I get to visit one day xxx
    Sophie Cliff

    • Hayley 25th April 2017 / 10:25 am

      Girl it really was the dreamiest place I’ve ever been! I already want to go back! I hope you get to visit my love xo

  4. Suze - Luxury Columnist 24th April 2017 / 3:54 pm

    The water villa looks so stunning and I love the fact that you’re surrounded by wildlife. As for the sushi, it must have been delicious!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Hayley 25th April 2017 / 10:25 am

      It really was Suze – it was so fresh and tasty! Simply stunning right?! x

  5. Kate-Louise 26th April 2017 / 8:34 am

    JESUS CHRIST girl, this looks absolutely incredible!!! The destination of dreams, glad you had an awesome time <3

    • Hayley 26th April 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Oh love it really was – favourite place I’ve ever been! Thanks lovely! <3 xo

  6. Beth Norton 28th April 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Oh my goodness this looks DREAMY.

    The Maldives has always been on my bucket list but now this beautiful little island is too .. girl you’re always providing the travel inspiration!

    Love love love this.

    Big love lady.

    Beth x


    • Hayley 29th April 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much beautiful lady – your comments as always the loveliest! This island was truly SO special and I’ve convinced my best friend to book it for her honeymoon – it’s just so wonderful! Lots of love girl! <3 xx

    • Hayley 8th May 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Ah thank you lovely! 🙂 x

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