Huvafen Fushi actually means *Dream Island' literally in divehi. When former island Nakatchchafushi was totaly refurbished and then opened in 2005 as Huvafen Fushi it was a revolution in the Maldives and in the World. Before then there were no water villas with private infinity pools to be found, everyone was stunned. A bit more than a decade later, lots of resorts have followed suit, but Huvafen Fushi still has the edge in a lot of areas. Huvafen Fushi is one of the resorts in the Maldives where 5 stars just does not cut it. Together with places like Gili Lankanfushi, Anantara Kihavah, Soneva Fushi, Milaidhoo and more this is Another level, 6 stars if you will. The resorts in the Maldives are very "TOP Heavy" with at least half of them being 5 or even 6 stars, the natural settings scream for luxurious accomodation, even deserve it.
Despite being over 10 years, the accomodation is still of the highest class and is admirably maintained in a climate and surrounding that is ruthless to materials like Wood with the sea water, blistering sun and high winds battering away at the glorious villas. All catagories are fantastic, simply a question of beach or over water really. I admit to being a bit of a beach bum, feeling slightly cut off when in a water villa, but I was blown away by the Ocean Water Bungalow on Huvafen Fushi. The sheer size made me (a bit of a hobbit) reel. All the fittings in all the accomodation is outstanding. Adored the BOSE surround system; Frank Sinatra, Bossa Nova and the likes suddenly sounds just right in this paradisiac setting.
This island has won the lottery in so many ways. It is within an easy 30 minute boat ride from the airport, but has no neighbours, so still feels as remote as any resort further away. The house reef is top notch and the actual Island is a real beauty with the softest sand around, even by Maldivian standards. (Knowing the level of work and dedication at Huvafen, I would not be surprised to hear that they have actually ground all the sand an extra time themselves.)
Of course the food, the underwater spa LIME and all the facilities are at a level that would have any Rock Star or Kate Moss feeling right at home, but what really makes this resort extraordinary is the staff. The ability to strike that perfect balance between great service and being intrusive is an art to be mastered. Considering all the different nationalities visiting there are also bound to be not only individual but also cultural differences and language barriers to be thrown into the mix. So many of the previous guests have marvelled at their butler's ability to "read their minds". I am sure a lot of planning and work goes into that mind reading. :-) The staff here is the real DREAMTEAM, make no mistake.
Does it cost a lot of money? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. Once you are there you won't care. You will have far too wonderful a time to bother with such trivialities. Frankly; Can you put a price on heaven?
I can't wait to go back. It's the closest I will get to paradise while still breathing and smiling. See you there? :-) WEBSITE
Huvafen Fushi (s/w) - Dream Island - Picture courtesy of MInor Hotel Groups