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"Heaven On Earth"
This was our 4th visit to the Maldives and it was definitely the best yet ! Let's deal first with the question that everyone seems to ask about ... the additional travel to Dhevanafushi on top of the normal long haul transit to Male. If you intend to stay for 4 nights or less, then the extra travel will certainly bite into your vacation, however, if like us you have booked for a week or more then you can factor in the additional flight & speed boat transit and you will have a truly wonderful vacation. So ... where to begin .... We booked a sunset Ocean Revive Villa (No.34) for 10 nights in November and to confirm what others have said, the villa was absolutely amazing ! The first thing that you will notice is the size - these are amongst the largest water villas anywhere in the Maldives and the size of the bed is just ridiculous... you won't believe it until you see it ! The lounge area and the shower both boast floor to ceiling windows with uninterrupted ocean views with total privacy and a view you die for every evening as the sun sets at dusk. A good size deck area with a private infinity pool, from which you can watch the sunsets also boasts a outdoor bath where couples can spend a romantic champagne & sunset moment together (as we did) and also has step access to the ocean for immediate snorkelling, straight from your villa. The Ocean Revive villas are separated from the main island by a 5 minute dhoni boat ride which runs practically non-stop throughout the day and evening. The Johara restaurant is located alongside the Ocean Revive villas and it was the perfect place for an amazing breakfast every day during our stay and also it offers a really good Asian flavour evening menu. On the main island you will find 1 main restaurant, Azara which offers first class international cuisine to suit almost every taste and also on occasion, the Mumayaz beach dining area is set up for specific theme nights for dinner on the beach under the stars ...a first class Maldives experience. The main island itself takes only 10 minutes for a slow hand-in-hand walk around and for us this was a daily must do in order to to see the wonderful, ever abundant nature with geckos, cranes, fruit bats, crabs, black tip sharks and just a never ending list of sea life through the crystal clear waters. The spa treatments that we had were the best yet in the Maldives and as my wife is a qualified therapist, that is high praise indeed. Dive centre staff were helpful, knowledgeable and pointed out the best areas on the reef for snorkelling and they were 100% right - we got to see turtles, sharks, rays and so many varieties of fish .. just too many to mention. Roy (bar manager) has attended specific courses to master his craft and let me tell you, this guy knows more about cocktails than any bar tender that I have ever met in my travels around the world, truly. The big difference with Dhevanafushi compared to our previous 3 Maldives holidays has been the incredible level of service and attention paid to the details from the GM down which made this our best ever holiday in the Indian Ocean. Our amazing butler Yasir, for whom nothing was too much trouble and was always on hand whenever we needed him and he came snorkelling with us twice personally, just to show us the wonders and best areas of the reef. The catering manager Isabel was so welcoming and immediately put us at ease with her experience of European/Asian flavours and the head chef Aldo simply went above and beyond the norm, as my wife has wheat,gluten & yeast allergies and yet at every meal he had somehow prepared a special, individual touch for her to make her feel totally relaxed and at ease, without a big fuss. Lastly to Dennis (reservations) & David (GM) and his lovely family who were just so very approachable and made it their business to ensure that our stay was just perfect and I have to say that they got it right on ! In summary - this resort is select, both in size and in number of guests and obviously does not come cheap as you would expect. In our view this holiday was worth every penny and represented real value for money and if this island is on your list of "potentials" then all we'd say is go for it - You won't regret it !
My husband and I stayed here the first weeks in December Wow it's paradise The minute you arrive on the Island your treated like royalty The staff are so friendly and nothing is to much trouble for them The beach revive villa was amazing Own pool and complete privacy A truly wonderful experience Thank you David and the team
"A superb Resort in the Maldives"
This was our second visit to this excellent Resort since we were here back in May. We were so satisfied with our stay then that we booked immediately for another holiday in Nov. The only difference this time is that we chose to try also the Beach Revives apart from the Ocean Revive we stayed in the first time which was simply breathtaking! We arrived around 7 pm after a long flight & a short speed boat ride only to find the Resort's GM Mr. Stepetic along with Isabel the F&B Manager & some more friends waiting for us on the jetty! This is always touching especially when it is clear all of them were happy to see us for a second time there. To my surprise Mr. Stepetic had upgraded our Villa from a Beach Revive to an Island Revive which is simply impressing! Huge space ( about 300 meter squared ) with a very spacious bed room where the 3 * 2 meter bed is imposing & so comfortable! The bathroom is another marvel to enjoy with its sunken bath being the center of attention. Used it immediately to try recharge our batteries then went straight for dinner at Azara where our very good friend Isabel simply remembered everything we liked & had it prepared for us! This is something not easily met in the most private boutique hotels but it is a fact here. She offered us the excellent salmon / tuna & fish carpaccio which was to die for followed by our favorite sashimi platter of salmon / tuna & fish! For main my wife had the grilled t tuna steak while i had the risotto with shrimps & sea food. Both were succulently tasty & in spite of being full by then Isabel insisted to bring the delicious coconut ice cream she knew we both loved for dessert! Each dining experience for the next 7 days of our stay was unique & personally taken care of by Isabel & the very friendly stuff which remembered our names & favorite dishes be it for breakfast or any other meal of the day. We were lucky to have marvelous weather which makes one's stay even more special. The sun was out all day & the lagoon waters are crystal clear from sunrise till sunset. We spent all the day swimming in front of our Island Revive where to be honest hardly had the chance to use the beautiful pool! The beach is so calm, the sand so white & the atmosphere so idyllic one simply forgets all his concerns & worries & simply enjoys nature's gem which is the Maldives! After 3 nights we moved to the Ocean Revive no 27 which is the one we had last time which was again something we really appreciated. Our butler Rasheen was always a phone call away & cannot recall anything we asked from him he did not come up to with a smile. These over water villas are the best ( along with Gili Lankanfushi ) we have stayed at & always find it hard to get out of them during our stay! The view is breathtaking 7 the fact you have the waters surround you all day long is a charm of its own. Add the big bath tub which is outside, near the pool where to used to end our day in & you are as close to heavy as I know at least! Tried the Johara restaurant one night & once again the food was exquisite. Of course we used Isabel's recommendations ( even if she was on duty elsewhere ) so the sushi rolls & sashimi we had was of the highest quality once again. The sitting is also fantastic & we enjoyed the whole dinner experience fully. Had also a nice gathering on Tue evening by the pool bar which is one of our favorite places in this Resort. We had the chance to spend some time with Mr. Stepetic / Isabel as well as Magdy who happened to be from Egypt & was so polite & well mannered. The icing on the cake was getting to know better Mr. Stepetic's sweet wife & charming little daughter Emma who melted our heart instantly! Could well understand her grandmother's pride & love for her! The only problem during our stay was where to decide to spend the day: Lying by the pool of our Ocean Revive or go to the main Island to have exotic drinks by the pool' Or swim at the crystal waters near the main pool' Of course found time to visit a couple of times the Spa which is something not to miss. The staff is very professional & polite while it is beautiful to have your massage watching the blue waters of the lagoon. Overall this is a Resort I strongly recommend to anyone who loves Maldives since you are very well taken care of there. The lagoon is beautiful, the villas both on the main island & the Ocean Revives are top notch while the personnel takes personal care of you all along your stay. Add to all this the exceptional good food & Isabel's personal attention to your meals & you have a unique Resort even by the very high standards of the Maldivian Luxury Resorts! It does come cheap of course but howw could it' Still I firmly believe you get your money's worth here which is not something I would say for many other places I have been.
"The perfect escape "
It is the perfect escape, we stayed in an ocean villa it was so peaceful and beautiful open access to the Indian Ocean which was pure as glass. The Villa is very spacious and there is AC for those who can't stand the heat. What I love about the interior of the villa is that the living room, bedroom and even the huge toilet have an open ocean view. The Entertainment programs are superb other than the tv and music you have access to a really good choice of movies for free. The villa was cleaned twice daily, it was equipped with everything you can think of sunscreen creams, lotions in case you got an insect bite as well as safety swim jackets and flip flops and a bag to keep ur stuff with you when you go to the main island for the restaurants, pools and water activities. The villa has also a private pool and direct access to the beach with full privacy. I think it is an excellent choice for couple and families too. The hotel had also recommended the Jumeirah Vittaveli resort as it has wider options for families.
"The best resort we have experienced"
Ever wondered what it would be like to be deserted on a remote tropical island - but have your every desire or whim accommodated or even provided before you ask ..... well wonder no more. The personal greeting and assistance during our transfer at Male began this memorable experience. Then the boat crew who greeted us and jetted us across the ocean towards an atoll - a spec on the horizon becoming SPECTACULAR as we got closer. We were met with a warm traditional greeting by some of the staff (from the GM down) and escorted by our butler to our beach villa. The attention to detail from the provisions in the villa to the presentation of each meal were truly amazing. (Amazing head chefs, Aldo and Yup, by the way. ) The friendly and attentive staff anticipated our every need including a special anniversary dinner on the beach. We couldn't have asked for more. It's difficult to express how one feels when your senses are besieged euphoria. In a few words: stunning, beautiful, superior, relaxing, inviting. We'll be back.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM