Booking.com
The 6-acre Makunudu Island is a tropical beachfront getaway, steps from spectacular dive spots
 
 
 
 
cheap air- tickets to the maldives, non-stop flight, great deals

Related Pages

10 Best Maldives Luxury Hotels
10 Best Maldives Luxury Reorts - Most Popular 5*-stars Maldives Hotels The best luxury hotels in Maldives are idyllic retreats for wealthy travellers, offering world-class accommodation, fine dining options, luxurious facilities, and impeccable services for a fulfilling tropical holiday Read More
Top 10 Best Snorkeling Resorts
10 Best Maldives Luxury Reorts - Most Popular 5*-stars Maldives Hotels Today, the main theme is house reef snorkeling - the easiest way to explore the abundance marine life of the Maldives. Located in the top 10 list of the best world's destinations because Read More
Top 10 Best Adults Only Hotels
Òîï 10 Îòåëè ÄËß ÂÇÐÎÑËÛÕ Surprisingly, for such a romantic destination as Maldives, adult-only hotels are very rare. In fact, any resort is suitable for couples and only ones is devoted to holiday without children. Fortunately, in many Read More
10 Best New Resorts in Maldives
Òîï 10 Ëó÷øèå Áóòèê-Îòåëè The new is always the best, and the wave of new hotels in the Maldives proves once again that nowhere else in the world is the ideal combination of sea, sand and splendor, as on these islands in Indian Ocean Read More
Top 10 Maldives Boutique Hotels
Òîï 10 Ëó÷øèå Áóòèê-Îòåëè Boutique resorts in the Maldives are the rule, not the exception, and many boutique resorts offer less than 100 ... or even less than 50 rooms. Add to this the fact that almost every hotel owns Read More
10 Best Water Villas in Maldives
10 Best Water Villas in Maldives - Most Fabulous Overwater Villas in Maldives The best water villas in Maldives offer you a holiday experience with unique designs, luxury amenities, sense of privacy, and the added feature of doors opening to a sea views to-die-for. These are easily Read More
10 Best Family Hotels in Maldives
10 Best Value Hotels in Maldives 2018, Maldives Best Affordable Hotels Maldives is better known as best romantic getaway for couples, but beautiful beaches, the turquoise sea and fabulous islands also have a lot of fun for families. Children's clubs are relatively rare, especially Read More
10 Best Value Hotels in Maldives
10 Best Value Hotels in Maldives 2018, Maldives Best Affordable Hotels The best value hotels in Maldives come in a wide range of styles and choices of complementing facilities. Of course, they also come with room rates to suit any budget. Costs are probably the first thing Read More
10 Best Resorts near Male Airport
Top 10 Best Hotels near Male Airport, Best Maldives Resorts Accessible by Speedboat from Male Airport, most popular maldives resorts you can reach without seaplane, with Prices, 2018 The white powdered sands of the sprinkled atolls that make up the Maldives have, for some time, enthralled travelers seeking peace and luxury in stunning surroundings. The most phenomenal resorts Read More
Top 10 Best Kaafu Atoll Hotels
Top 10 Best Kaafu Atoll Hotels,  Most Popular Resorts close to Male Airportt, Best Maldives Resorts Accessible by Speedboat from Male Airport, most popular maldives resorts you can reach without seaplane The North and South Male Atolls together with the Gaafaru atoll and Kaashidhoo island forming Kaafu Atoll, the home of the best and most popular hotels in the country, and all the resorts accessible by speedboat Read More
10 Best Hose Reefs in Maldives
Top 10 Best House Reefs in Maldives 2018, 10 Maldives Resorts with Best House Reef for Snorkeling, coral, fish, marine life, Which Resorts have the House reef snorkelling is a great bonus to your Maldives beach experience. The best house reefs for snorkelling in Maldives are generally readily accessible; you only need to don a mask, a snorkel and fins Read More
Angsana Velavaru
Angsana Velavaru, Meedhoo, Maldives, R:Dhaalu Atoll, hotel, Hotels,  luxury resort in the maldives, Best Experience: Privacy and Tranquillit With some of the best water villas, Angsana Velavaru is located in Dhaalu atoll (South Nilandhe atoll), Maldives in 35 minutes by seaplane from Velana (Male) International Airport. With magnificent Read More
10 Romantic Resorts in Maldives
10 Best Honeymoon Hotels in Maldives 2018, Most Romantic Maldives Resorts, Amazing deals on top 10 best romantic hotels and resorts in Maldives. Book with us to make sure you're getting the best accomodation  at the best price, beat honeymoon villas Any of these romantic resorts in Maldives can serve as the perfect backdrop to your honeymoon or romantic getaway on the island. This hotels usually offer more space and a greater sense of privacy Read More
10 Ari Atoll Honeymoon Hotels
Top 10 Best Ari Atoll Honeymoon Hotels 2018,  Most Popular Romantic Resorts in Ari Atoll Maldives and romance are perfectly combined with each other, and many couples dream to stay on paradise islands for an unforgettable honeymoon. In Ari Atoll you will find more than 20 luxury resorts with Read More
10 Ari Atoll Snorkeling Resorts
Top 10 Best Ari Atoll Hotels with House Reef 2018 , Most Popular Snorkeling Resorts in Ari Atoll A house reef snorkeling is must do at your hotel in the Maldives, especially in Ari Atoll famous for swimming with whale sharks and manta rays. Warm clear waters and a hypnotic marine life attracts the fans Read More
Maldives New Hotels 2018-2019
Íîâûå Îòåëè íà Ìàëüäèâàõ 2018-2019 A popular destination, the Maldives is looking forward to the opening of new hotels in the season of 2018 and early 2019, expanding its portfolio of luxury resorts. To support the growing number of tourists Read More
10 Best Dive Resorts in Maldives
10 Best Dive Resorts in Maldives With warm waters and rich marine life, the Maldives is one of the best diving destinations in the world. Almost every resort in the Maldives has its own diving center and there is plenty to see wherever you go. Read More
10 Norht Male All Inclusive Hotels
Top 10 Best North Male Atoll ALL INCLUSIVE Hotels 2018, Most Popular ALL INCLUSIVE Resorts in North Male Atoll Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives offers many opportunities to enjoy the All Inclusive experience. White beaches and turquoise waters will allow you to full relax in the hotel of your dreams Read More
10 North Male Honeymoon Hotels
Top 10 Best North Male Atoll Honeymoon Hotels 2018,  Most Popular Romantic Resorts in North Male Atoll, Most Popular Resorts close to Male Airport Quiet, tranquility and away from the rest of the world, the honeymoon in the Maldives is the perfect hideaway to escape from it all, and a dreamy nest for you and your loved one to treat yourself to a romantic Read More
Filitheyo Island Resort
Filitheyo Island Resort, Filitheyo, Maldives, R:Faafu Atoll,  hotel, Hotels,  Best Experience: House Reef Snorkeling & Diving For many visitors Filitheyo Island Resort is one of the best hotels in the Maldives, and definitely a secret dream for everyone who loves diving and snorkeling. Filitheyo Island Resort is located in Faafu Atoll Read More
Bathala Island Resort
Bathala Island Resort, maldives magazine,  Male, Maldives, R:Ari Atoll, hotel, Hotels, house reef snorkeling, divin Paradise for divers and fans of snorkeling, Bathala Island Resort is a beautiful tiny resort that today changed its management and returned to its roots. It seems that he will again be strong and healthy. Read More
Reethi Beach Resort
Reethi Beach Resort, Finolhus, Maldives, R:Baa Atoll, hotel, Hotels, honeymoon, couples A lovely, all-round resort, Reethi Beach is a lush island with an unspoilt setting and follows the relaxed Maldivian way of life. In each of its aspects, you will find a piece of all the best that makes this resort so Read More
Summer Island Maldives Resort
Summer Island Maldives Resort, Male City, Maldives, hotel, Hotels The Summer Island Maldives Resort is absolutely amazing, peaceful and relaxing. The resort occupies a private island in North Male Atoll complete with powdery white sand beaches, blue seas and villas Read More
How to Travel on a Budget
How To Travel The Maldives With $60 A Day Or Less The Maldives is a destination fast being added to many traveller's holiday bucket list. But how to enjoy a 5-star luxury Maldives vacation on a Budget? Would you believe me if I told you that an exotic island vacation Read More
10 Best Thing to do in Malé
10 Best Thing to do in Malé Malé for most visitors to the Maldives is nothing more than a urban spot on an untouched horizon, and the capital is usually used as a transit point to the five-star luxury resorts of the archipelago. Read More
Internet and Communication
Leading digital services provider in the Maldives WiFi in the Maldives is available in almost all hotels and resort islands. Not infrequently the Internet is only available in the lobby area, in bars and restaurants, and a considerable fee is charged for using wifi Read More
Thulhagiri Island Resort & Spa
Thulhagiri Island Resort & Spa, Male City, Maldives, hotel, Hotels, North Malé atoll, Malé airport, honeymoon, affordable For a small quiet resort near Malé Airport, Thulhagiri Island Resort & Spa is a good choice at reasonable prices. Thulhagiri Island is one of the most affordable resorts in the Maldives with a very natural Read More
Embudu Village Resort
Embudu Village Resort, Male City, Maldives, hotel, Hotels Embudu Village Resort is an ongoing success story that follows a simple, proven formula. Embudu's success is based on its proximity to Malé, value for money, a homely atmosphere, an excellent house reef snorkeling Read More
Nika Island Resort & Spa
Nika Island Resort & Spa, Maldives, Nika Island, Maldives, R:Ari Atol Nika Island Resort & Spa is still Nika: unique, beautiful, stylish and private. People fall in love with Nika. They cannot forbid themselves to return here year after year, attracted by the irresistible beauty Read More
Fihalhohi Island Resort
Fihalhohi Island Resort, Guraidhoo, Maldives, R:Kaafu Atoll, hotel, Hotel In a quiet corner of South Malé Atoll, Fihalhohi Island Resort continues to offer its guests a good and high-quality product. With best beaches, house reef snorkeling and affordable overwater accomodation Read More
Biyadhoo Island Resort
Biyadhoo Island Resort, Biyadhoo, Maldives, R:Kaafu Atoll, hotel, Hotels Biyadhoo Island is not a new hotel, in fact it is one of the oldest resorts in the Maldives, but snorkeling on the house reef is a daily joy and one of the reasons why many guests choose Biyadhoo Island Resort. Read More
Diving in North Malé Atoll
Diving in North Malé Atoll The most known and explored diving area in the Maldives, the North Male atoll has the most complete and colorful reefs among all the Maldives. However, this does not mean that there are no other types Read More
Budget Maldives Ultimate Guide
1st Time Diving in Maldives, Scuba Diving in Maldives for Begginers, dive, maldives diving guide Budget travellers choose Maldives as their destination of choice thanks to the variety of affordable stays available, which range from budget guesthouses to backpacker-friendly hotels – there are all Read More
Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort
Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort, Malé, Male City, Maldives, hotel, Hotels, Value, maldives magazine, Best Experience: Couples, Beach, honeymoon Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort is a tiny island in the North Malé Atoll that offers a great-value Maldivian escape. Accessible by short boat ride from Male airport, the resort has 82 beach rooms in two categories Read More
 
 

Makunudu Island

Best Experience: Couples, Quiet & Private, House Reef Snorkeling, Diving, Value

 

Makunudu is a true relaxing island escape with welcoming staff and idyllic seclusion. Perhaps Makunudu Island will close soon, and have a major upgrading at some point, so now is the time to come and experience an authentic Maldives, as it was 10-15 years ago. It may seem old-fashioned, but here still there are all great and simple things, and you do not pay for any bizarre attributes of modern resorts.

A small village-style resort, Makunudu attracts mostly European couples who settle - sometimes for three weeks at a time - in 36 bungalows located on six acres of sand. The locals opened this hotel in 1982, and it is one of the oldest resorts in the Maldives; Many guests come for many years (40 percent - regular visitors). Other special differences: Wi-Fi is nowhere (!) There is no (!), And there are no TVs - as a deliberate choice to keep guests in a relaxed atmosphere. The majority will spend their days exploring the turquoise sea (diving and snorkeling here are excellent!). Half board and full board are available, as well as all inclusive - just have breakfast, as dinner in Makunudu is not served until 8 pm. There is no swimming pool, no specialist restaurant. The spa is a small, but still popular, massage hut. There are few organised entertainments and excursions. And this is all just fine by the Germans (50%), French (20%) and British who mostly come as honeymooners and older couples to enjoy the uncomplicated lifestyle of the essential Maldives. Even the weekly barbecue and music is too noisy for some.

Makunudu Island vacation

The Island

Transfer by speedboat, and staff and managers come out to the jetty to ensure a warm welcome, as if it were their own family coming to visit. Guests are taken to the restaurant and treated with a welcome drink during check-in, and their luggage is transported to the bungalow. The whole island is sand (except for the bungalow and patio in the restaurant), and each bungalow has easy access to the beach. Natural sandy paths for walking are lined with wild vegetation; look closely for little plaques with the names of the newlyweds and couples celebrating here an anniversary for many years.

In the intimate property there is only one restaurant and a bar that facilitates socialization, and many of the staff and regular guests share their stories. The clientele can include a mixture of visitors from England, France, Holland, Germany and Italy. The diversity does not end there: the staff has about 100 employees from 10 different nations, and they work hard to study individual preferences. DOWNLOAD RESORT MAP

Many staff members work here for many years. They are a close-knit group that live on the island (typical of the Maldives) and are specialists in individual service.

the beach life

"No news, no shoes" - this is a Maldivian slogan, aimed at those who want to escape from the world in the style of Robinson Crusoe. While other resorts (newer resorts with water villas and landscape swimming pools) apply this to their marketing scheme, Makunudu offers that real vacation: guests are cut off from the world, including a total lack of Wi-Fi anywhere in the island. In the lobby there is a computer (you can buy Internet tokens) and a TV in the library, otherwise - expect the environment free from modern technologies.

Breakfast and lunch are a buffet, and then guests, if not divers, prefer to spend an afternoon swim and snorkeling next to the beach. Evenings begin with a walk at sunset on a beautiful western beach, and then flow into a cocktail before dinner in the living room. The restaurant offers theme nights and live music twice a week, and the bar closes when the last guest leaves - usually around midnight. This is a discreet scene, and most people here to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, not a night life (also applies to the Maldives in general).

Guests are notified of departure in their room the day before leaving with details of their check-out, baggage delivery, transfer and payment time. For children there are some amenities, including cots, extra beds and high chairs. Badminton, volleyball and ping-pong are available free of charge. A boutique shop sells souvenirs, snacks and stamps. There is a mailbox at the front desk for sending mail.

Measuring just six acres and fringed by soda-white sands, this is likely to be the closest you’ll get to a desert island experience, so bring a well-selected soundtrack. The whole island is surrounded by fine white sand, with the exception of a few areas where erosion occurred (this is common for the Maldives). It's easy to walk the entire shore to get to other uncrowded sandy beaches and find a spot under a sun. A great place facing west with pictures of stunning sunsets, while the arrival jetty is used by sunrise fans. Turquoise ocean is ideal for swimming and for snorkeling (snorkelling gear is free for all guests). There’s no pool – but the excellent house reef can be reached straight from the beach, with colourful corals and fish and regular visits from reef sharks and turtles.

bungalow interior

Location

The 6 acres of lush natural sandbank that covers 276 by 107 metres, Makunudu is located on a private island in North Male Atoll (Kaafu Atoll). This petite island paradise is an exclusive hideaway of sandy beaches and sparkling waters. After passing the customs at Male Airport, guests are met by a representative (usually in a numbered kiosk) and boarding to a speed boat to the island. Located 42 kilometres from Male International Airport speedboat transfer through the warm breeze of the Indian Ocean to a true beginning. Depending on weather, this trip can be changeable, and the journey takes a little less than an hour. On the island there is a dock and jetty for its fleet of boats and traditional dhoni boats, the latter are used for diving and excursions.

Bungalows

Rooms are dotted around the island set amid tropical vegetation and just steps from the ocean. 36 charming bungalows with thatched roofs adorn the shoreline of this intimate island. They are all the same, except for the bed size (most have king, some have double beds) and beach location. They are traditional in style, with dark wood floors and furniture, rattan details and basic white bedding. The beds are dressed in red hibiscus flowers on arrival and striped beach towels. White walls look a little harsh, especially on days when natural light penetrates inside, but the situation seems much more romantic after the evening room service. Each room has a large desk and a seating area for two. Each wardrobe has a safe, an umbrella and a minibar, with a full bottle of sparkling wine, a bottle of liquor, soda and banks of Carlsberg (for a fee). A pack of cigarettes is also offered. Near each entrance door there is a small holder for messages from the resort's staff. The bathrooms are a bit old with old tiles and showers next to the pebble zone with several green plants and tree species. There is a means for drying clothes and toiletries in environmentally friendly containers, but rooms without bathrobes and slippers.

Some bungalows have a better location relative to the beach than others, and more privacy from neighbors. Regular guests know their favorite rooms and ask for the same bungalows year after year. Upon arrival, they also receive a bonus, such as fruit and wine. Long-term guests can buy memorial boards for their favorite rooms, to which they often come (take a look at these touching and romantic impressions).

delux  bungalows

There is a small menu for in-villa dining but these aren't rooms for luxuriating in. Now they seem small and dark, but once they were stylish rooms in one of the most prestigious resorts of the country, this was the degree of the latest developments. Each room has 2 sun loungers outside, although there is no veranda per se and 2 wooden sun loungers on the beach. The rooms are right behind the beach with a pleasant private shade and views, and easy access to the sand and the lagoon.

Rooms are serviced twice a day, including a "bed replacement" service, when guests are at dinner. In wooden roofs, termites can feast, so dust may appear on the beds (if there are problems, the staff quickly strangles them with a spray).

It is expected that in the near future, repairs will be carried out on thatched roofs (as already mentioned, there are problems with termites) and in obsolete bathrooms. The all rooms are kept clean.

jetty

Wine & Dine

The thatched-roofed Ara Iru – meaning ‘Rising Sun’ – serves up diverse international buffets and hosts speciality nights twice a week, including a barbecue with entertainment. Weekly thematic options help to prevent permanent guests from experiencing boredom. For example, on Tuesdays, as a rule, there are offers for barbecue, while other nights see special events on land, at sea and in the garden. New flavours of Japanese and Spanish cuisine have been introduced as well as an enhanced wine menu. Breakfast and lunch are always in buffet style and dinner in the form of a buffet and a la carte. The à la carte dining each night needs to be pre-booked and is at extra cost. Beach tables for a romantic meal can be set right next to the water, if weather is good. For added romance, candlelit dinners can be arranged on the beach, in your bungalow or in another memorable setting.

The bar and restaurant occupy almost all one public building. The floors are made of the finest sand, and the roof is thatched. This is an original thatch hut, that from inside is held by coconut tree slats. Nothing annoys the calm of couples enjoying drinks and chatter inside, or outside on the deck overlooking the lagoon. Restaurant and bar equipped with Narumi crockery for fine dining, Luzerne crockery for buffet dining and Spiegelau glassware. Food has nothing to write about, but delicious food is offered in generous portions and there are options for a dinner for two.

the main buffet restaurant

Guests can choose from half board, full board and all-inclusive packages. All of the "all inclusive" plan will have an excellent choice of alcoholic beverages, as well as white and red wines. When it comes to drinks, The Sand Bar is the perfect spot with a breezy deck for sunset cocktails – opt for an oceanside table out on the deck to soak up the views. Live entertainment takes place twice a week: Friday is a traditional drum dance, and on Tuesdays there is a group of two performers that plays live music. The bar are open until the last customer. The service is outstanding, friendly and formal. If the guests are lucky, their visit coincides with one of the half-yearly staff parties, where all guests are invited.

the bar

What's Included

Half Board

• Buffet breakfast at Ara Iru restaurant
• Set menu dinner at Ara Iru restaurant with 2 speciality buffet nights per week

Full Board

• Buffet breakfast and lunch at Ara Iru restaurant
• Set menu dinner at Ara Iru restaurant with 2 speciality buffet nights per week

All Inclusive

• Buffet breakfast and lunch at Ara Iru restaurant
• Set menu dinner at Ara Iru restaurant with 2 speciality buffet nights per week
• Selected drinks by the glass including house wine, draught beer, house spirits, selected cocktails, bottled water, soft drinks and tea and coffee
• Snacks 10-11.30am and 4-5pm
• 2 bottles of in-room water per day
• Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas
• Snorkelling equipment
• 1 snorkelling trip
• 1 introductory dive
• Catamaran sailing and windsurfing.

Things to Do

Riyaa Water Sports Centre provides a snorkelling gear is free, but there is a charge for water skiing, wakeboarding, tjubing, canoeing, catamarans and windsurfing. All Included package include several types of activities, such as windsurfing and catamarans. From visits to local islands to romantic sandbank dining, excursions are available for snorkeling outside the house reef and night fishing - some of them are included in the price. In the "lobby" there are books. If there are not enough people to join the tour, the staff will be informed in order to restructure the time under other guests.

Dive Ocean Makunudu is the perfect diving center for relaxed divers and people that want to learn how to dive : with multilingual instructors are taught in English, Dutch, Arabic and Spanish, a nice and easy house reef and many easy and medium-easy dive sites just around the island - including a Manta point, a shark point and the famous Blue Canyon. The school offers a number of introducing classes, open water, advanced and rescue diver courses. There are tariffs and packages, including gear for 15 dives. Night diving is also on the menu.

For a little extra indulgence, the Aavun Spa combines Maldivian, Asian and European wellness techniques and traditions. The tiny spa is equipped with two therapeutic huts, and there are two masseuses from Indonesia. In the menu for face and body treatments, including Swedish and Balinese massage, reflexology, scrubs and awakening face masks. Other amenities include a library of public books and a flat-screen TV, but the sofa here is uncomfortable on purpose - the idea is to watch TV as rarely as possible. Due to the lack of Wi-Fi in the lobby there is one desktop computer for those who really need to connect to the Internet. The price for using a computer is $ 6 for half an hour (buy sim cards with mobile Internet in Male airport).

Reviews

For an indescribably beautiful, gimmick-free getaway in the Maldives, look no further than this under-the-radar island and the multi-award-winning sanctuary sitting harmoniously upon it. Surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Makunudu offers the kind of low-key luxury that can be hard to find in the world's most glamorous archipelago. Add to that a coveted place on Condé Nast Traveller's Gold List 2016, and being named both the region's Luxury Honeymoon Hotel and Romantic Luxury Hotel of the Year at the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards, and you get the picture.

Quiet, authentic (and long-term!) Resort for those who want to get away from the world; Beautiful secluded beaches with stunning sunrises and sunsets; Light, mainly European clientele; Personal service and friendly staff; Bungalow with a charming interior made of wood and easy access to the beach; Minibars, desks and bathrooms; Excellent PADI dive program and water sports (for an additional fee); Live entertainment several nights a week; Good Indonesian massages with various procedures ... A beautiful little island with no frills. an ideal place for honeymooners and people who want to relax from people on a desert island with all the amenities

Pros: Why Stay Here

  • Close to Male
  • Very beautiful an greenery island
  • Friendly, smily and helpful staff
  • Good value for money
  • The atmosphere of privacy and tranquility
  • Rooms with very convenient access to the beach
  • Excellent cuisine. Delisious food.
  • Amazing house reef snorkeling
  • Good massages in the spa
beach bungalow

What You Need to Know

  • The hotel is located on a private island in North Male Atoll and is 50-minutes by speedboat from Male airport
  • Check-in from 14:00, Check-out to 12:00
  • All children are welcome.
  • No Wi-Fi
  • No pool
  • No bathrobes or slippers in the room
  • Some beach erosion is visible
  • Limited snacks between meals
  • Extra bed upon request
  • Feyli Boutique : clothing and gifts
makunudu sunset
 

Check Availability and Prices in Makunudu Island

 
 
 
 
 
 
Booking.com Booking.com Booking.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
What's New, What's Fun and What's Best in Maldives, resorts, resort, guesthouse, hotels, travel, guide, local, information, transfers, booking, maldives map with resorts hotel,  Hotels, lodging, accommodation, special offers, packages, specials, weekend breaks, city breaks, deals, budget, cheap, discount, savings