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"Best holiday I've ever been to"
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi (JD) was an absolutely breathtaking experience for us from the moment before we even stepped foot on the island, we were in awe. We have never been to the Maldives before so we have nothing to compare to, but it was overwhelming from start to finish. Arrived in Male at around noon and had to wait a couple hours for the internal flight to Kaadedhdhoo and then 20 minute the speedboat transfer. We were welcomed by David and Dennis and a few staff with bongo drums and coconut drink. It was such a nice way to start the holiday. We were then escorted to our villa which was a 5 minute boat ride away from the main island. Most of our staff was very hospitable here and made us feel very welcomed. We were first at villa 23, but soon they moved us to villa 28 which was the room we requested. Villa 28 is a nicer villa as it's further away from the jetty and more secluded. The room was very big, spacious and it has just about everything you need. The bed was absolutely enormous, the size of 2 king beds put together. The bathroom was nice with a really large shower. The infinity pool overlooking the ocean was awesome. I'm not sure about the marine life in other atolls but the house reef here is absolutely stunning. You can literally jump out of the villa into the ocean and see all different colours of fish. We were avid snorkelers so we snorkelled several hours a day looking for reef sharks, stingrays and turtles. On our last day at the resort, we could see dolphins from our villas swimming about and doing tricks. The marine life around the resort was definitely the highlight of our trip. We also spent a night sunset fishing, caught a few fish which the chefs cooked for us for lunch the next day, it was a wonderful experience. I thought the food from both Johara and Azara (the 2 main restaurants) were good but just lacked a bit of identity in our opinion. And we found it a bit strange they charge us $5 for the water in the restaurant but would serve us the same water for free by the pool. But overall, with me being a big eater, I was worried the portions were going to be small but I was full from each meal. We do recommend trying to Maldivian night, the buffet there was delicious and definitely a must try. They have all sorts of Maldivian delicacies there and a grill where they can cook fish, chicken and steak for you. They also have staff playing Maldivian music for you which added a really nice authentic feel. Overall it was an experience of a lifetime that I would never forget, just an incredible week of seclusion where we can forget about the stress of the world and enjoy the nature and peace and quiet. We saw pictures and videos of the Maldives and had high expectations of it and this managed to exceed it. We would like to extend our special thanks to David, Dennis and our butler Faisal for their efforts to make sure that our experience was one to remember.
"Honeymoon In Paradise🌴❤🏖"
Living in the Philippine Islands, i never thought another place could compete our beautiful white sand beaches nevertheless The Maldives did. The service of Jumeirah was explicit. When we arrived at Male Intl Airport we were greeted by their staff, making us comfortable at their lounge while they took care of our domestic flight to the island. To reach Jumeirah Dhevanafushi we had to take a domestic flight for an hour and another yacht ride of about 20-25mins. Dolphins greeted us as we cruised to the Island Resort. When we got to the island, the staff gave their warm welcome songs, drinks and leis. We came to the Maldives for our honeymoon and the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi did not disappoint at all because it is really private with only 37villas. We had the privacy and peace we wanted after the long flights and wedding stresses. A place a way from it all. We had a great villa facing the beautiful sunset. The beach was just 10meters away from our Villa with sugary powder sand. We went snorkeling and saw stingrays, sharks, turtles and we found a lot of Dorys too and that was just at shallow waters. Food did not disappoint us. But to top it all was how the staff gave the service we deserved - which i have not experienced anywhere. Paradise.
"Best Holiday EVER!! :) "
Wow!! Just incredible!! Our family holiday ... I can't say enough positive about this island ... it's our favourite Maldivian island .. it's situated in the southern area so it's an extra hour flight to catch your speed boat ... but wow ! It's soooooo worth that extra travel! Breakfast every single morning on the beach with a fabulous menu that even our two munchkins were delighted with! .... our villa was perfect, plenty of space, a separate room for our kids (so Mama and Papa can have a little night time privacy!) very comfy beds ... a super huge massive bath tub that all four of us fit in!!! Outside shower so you can soak up all those incredible sunny days, bird sounds and fresh air! (Best kind of showers in my eyes!) ..... so people say there's nothing to do on an island :) how wrong they are !!!! We spent our days swimming in the amazing infinity pool, swimming in the Indian Ocean with the incredible sea life ... All four of us swam with the sea turtles! Reef Sharks (only two foot long so don't worry!!) snorkelling watching huge octopus! Dolphins!!! Picking up star fish and sea cucumbers and spotting so many fish we lost count! Chasing crabs round the beach and feeding huge Sting rays from the shore and watching eels slither in and out of the coral reef ... just an incredible experience for any family to have together :) We spent one evening sunset fishing as a family and caught out evening meal (AMAZING!) the sunsets every night were just stunning and very romantic :) the see through kayak for two was a fabulous way of showing our munchkins not to be too afraid of swimming in the ocean ... then the next days the snorkelling began!! The Jet Skis , the canoes, and all the water sports there! The spa there is incredible with a glass floor room for your sea view whilst you get your massage! Getting the family away from school work, shops, computers and TV is pure heaven! The best family holiday we have ever had! Ever! We made memory's there that none of us will ever forget :) Thankyou to David who runs the island, a very nice chap! And to all of his wonderful staff ... Dhevan was wonderful and I think our children actually love him :) in fact all the lovely staff there were just wonderful with our children! Thankyou so much to all of you !! Xxx
AMAZING To give you some background this was our 10th time to the Maldives and our 11th resort. We are fortunate to have stayed in some wonderful resorts in the Maldives including Huvafen Fushi, Baros, Conrad Rangali and Anantara Kihavah. This year’s holiday was to celebrate our 15th Wedding anniversary and a couple of big birthdays so we decided to treat ourselves to two weeks at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi (JD). And how glad we are that we did – it was truly stunning . There are plenty of wonderful reviews for JD so I will try and give useful information in my review as well as describe the resort. Arrival and Departure Much has been said about the domestic transfer from Male and the added travel time after an international flight. We honestly found it absolutely fine and no more hassle than a seaplane (which you can on occasion wait around 2 hours for). We arrived at 9.40am on the BA flight from Gatwick and were met by the JD airport representative who whisked us to the domestic terminal and checked us in, gave us our boarding passes and stayed with us until we had to go through security. We then had a short wait then boarded the flight which had around 40 people on it - only 6 of us were Westerners which I had expected from other reviews I had read. Seems these further away Atolls are popular with the Asian market. Once we landed in Kaadedhdhoo we collected our cases and were met by another JD member of staff who took us on a buggy to where the JD boat was. We were the only two on the boat and after being given cold towels and water we were skimming the calm seas heading off to the resort. They said it would take 20/25 mins to get there but it only took 15 and we were very excited when we got our first sights of JD in the distance. The arrival jetty and pavilion is stunning and the welcome included drummers and lots of the management lined up to greet us including Dennis, the Resident Manager, who chatted to us and escorted us by boat to the water villa island where we were staying. Our departure was just as smooth as our departure and we were looked after the whole way from the boat until we had checked in at the BA desk in Male. We were even given a picnic breakfast to take with us on the boat as we left at 7am Villas We had booked a sunset water villa and had requested villa 34 as preference (or 33/35 as next choices) and as there are only 7 sunset water villas we hoped to get our choice which we did so we were very happy. (Although they did try and us offer 32 at first as there was going to be works taking place in villas near 34 and they were worried about noise disturbing us but we said we preferred 34 as 32 has a not very attractive white spa treatment room next to it which you can see form the villa deck and as it happened we never heard a sound from the maintenance works). Villa 34 was perfect and had an amazing view of the sunset. For water villas on this side I would recommend 33,34,35 or 36 and on the sunrise side I would recommend 26 upwards as 24 & 25 have decks that can be seen by the boat that goes back and forth to the beach island so they are less private than all the others. For beach villas generally villa numbers 1 - 9 and 16 to 20 are best located: 17 - 20 are the best beach revives on the sunrise side with a super beach and access to best part of the reef. On the sunset side 1, 4,5 are Island revives and 2, 3 and 6 are Beach revives all with good beach and 9 is the Island Sanctuary which is also well located, very private and sunset facing. The interior of our water villa was fabulous. Huge lounge and bedroom (the bed is as large as other have said – my husband is 6 foot 4 and he could lay across it with his hands stretched out and he wasn’t even close to touching the edges!) It is also the most comfortable bed we have slept it. The bath tub is on the decking and the bathroom itself is really lovely and the shower area is very big (rectangular shaped) with glass walls looking onto the ocean and has a full length free standing mirror at one end which makes for interesting showering:-) There were incense sticks to burn or an aromatherapy burner to use in the bathroom which was lovely in the evening. There was a separate loo off the bathroom and also another loo near the entrance to the villa/lounge. There is large dressing room area between the bathroom and bedroom with large wardrobes, a safe and a mirrored dressing table with a window behind it which was perfect. If my husband was in the lounge and I was in the bathroom I couldn’t hear him - it really is such a big lovely villa and so nice to have loads of space during a two week holiday so that all my husband’s camera stuff, laptop chargers etc could be kept in the lounge out of the way. Also in the lounge is a mini bar with several decent wines, champagne, beers and soft drinks and full bottles of spirits on the shelves. There is a Nespresso machine with various different pods that were replenished daily (our butler even filled the water in the Nespresso machine for us each day!) The outside decking area is really well laid out - upper deck with two long day beds in the shade (where the bath tub is) and two sun loungers then the pool which is an infinity one and 1.5 metres deep. I can swim 8 strokes from one end to the other and because it juts out from the deck you can just lean on the edge and watch fish swim by from it. There is also a lower deck with a twin lounging day bed right by the ocean. We would spend the morning here then move up the upper deck and use the sun loungers – lovely to have the choice of where to sit in the sun. All decks are 100% private if you are on your upper deck and from the lower deck only a passing snorkeler would see you. Butler We had a lovely guy called Yasir who was very charming and efficient. Your butler is there for anything you need and takes care of all restaurant, spa, activity bookings and check in/out as there is no reception as such. We mentioned on the first day that we drink lots of water and could we have an extra couple of bottles in the room ( you get 4 large as standard) and we came back after breakfast to find a large cool box full of ice and 10 bottles of water!!! We got this every day during our stay – a lovely touch. Whist Yasir was charming and really did go out of his way to make our stay memorable there were one or two minor slip ups including a large error on our bill on departure and he never apologised for these errors just gave us lots of excuses which was unexpected and showed his lack of experience (he had only been a butler for a few months) when things didn’t go smoothly. However, overall he was brilliant and he even went snorkelling with my husband one day from the water villa island all the way to the beach villa island which evidently only a few guests have done before. It was also Yasir who kept our fruit bowl replenished every day and left us lovely sweet treats each evening. On our arrival day we had a bottle of champagne and on our departure day we got another bottle of champagne and a chocolate cake. Restaurants and Bar Food at JD is really good – some of the best we have had in the Maldives. Breakfast is a la carte on the water villa island and a la carte with a small buffet for pastries on the beach villa island. It was excellent and the menu choices were great (amazing crushed avocado with pomegranate on wholemeal toast!) and you get a fresh fruit platter (with lots of exotic choices), pastries platter and juices and smoothie shots brought to your table each time. We had breakfast on the water villa island every day apart from once when we went the beach villa island to try it out. It was lovely there too sitting with your feet in the sand at the shore edge and palm trees shading you from the sun but we preferred eating overwater for breakfast as it was different and the views were astounding (and to be fair it is easier in the morning as only a few steps from our villa). We tended just to eat fruit or skip lunch as we were so full from breakfast. Dinner was taken in either Joharah (water villa island) which had an Asian menu or in Azara (beach island) where the menu is a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and Italian. Lots of menu choices in both (supplement on some dishes if you are on half board). Isabelle, the F&B manager was always checking we were happy and asking if we wanted anything specially prepared for us by the chefs so one night we had a Thai dinner and another an Indian dinner. Puddings were really excellent here and we met the pastry chef whose team make all the bread and breakfast pastries which are really scrumptious and have affected both of our waistlines! Like all resorts in the Maldives they charge quite hefty supplements for “special dinners” but I must say that JD’s supplements did seem more excessive than other places we have stayed. We did the Lobster and Champagne dinner which was good and was a six course set menu on the beach, the Seafood buffet was just average for the money we paid although the food was excellent it was not anything more than we could have had from the menus.. However the Maldivian evening was very good and actually felt like value for money as it was something different and they had a great Maldivian band who sang, played drums and danced. The setting of the bar, next to the beach, surrounded by palm trees overlooking the pool with fruit bats flying overhead, is lovely and was one of our favourite places to sit and watch the sunset. There are different seating areas - lounging type seating on day beds and bean bags or more traditional comfy bar seating cushioned chairs dotted around the pool and decking. The bar staff are great and very quickly knew our preferences and tweaked cocktails to make them even more perfect. They had a lovely rum and fresh banana cocktail which they offered to make “frozen” for me as it was so hot.. The weekly managers cocktail parties were held here and they are the first I have been to where they offer you several cocktail and beer options to choose rather than just one of fizz and one soft drink and all accompanied by delicious canapés. Snorkelling The marine life at JD is excellent. The snorkelling around the water villas is very good and we always saw lots of fish soup, sharks (white and black tip and nurse sharks), wrasse, trevally, jacks, octopus, triggers, eagle rays, huge barracudas and tuna, lots of squid, batfish, groupers, huge parrot fish, puffer fish and all the other usual suspects. Most days we saw turtles too. The main house reef it is even better with loads of sharks and always turtles and more and the biggest fish I have ever seen in the Maldives. Coral has been affected as has everywhere else in the Maldives with about 40/50% dying/dead but we didn’t actually see any bleached white and lots of the coral was fine and quite spectacular. You can also see lots of fish from the water villa deck - big pipe (needle/trumpet) fish, so many parrot fish, lots of fusiliers and a turtles swimming by sticking their heads out of the water! We also say lots of octopus in shallow water from the decks and in fact both underwater and from the decks we had over 30 octopus sightings during our stay! We were treated to a daily fish hunting frenzy in front of our villa - about 40/50 jacks zipping back and forth with all he sardines (') and other little fish leaping out of the water. On our last two days we saw dolphins about 30 metres out from our villa – the most magical sight ever – and my husband even managed to swim very close to them and has amazing GoPro footage. Water sports/Activities There is a dive centre which we only visited to get fins for snorkelling (we always bring our own masks) but the staff were all lovely and gave us tips on where to snorkel. The water sports centres offers all the usual with canoes, windsurf boards, paddle boards, sailing dinghies being free and motorised ones charged for. They also offer various excursions such as sunset fishing, dolphin cruises etc. Island JD is a very pretty, natural island with a real desert island feel to it with lots of tall palm trees and beautiful beaches. One side of the island does have a rocky area and a couple of unsightly groynes but as with most Maldives islands erosion, caused by mother nature, is something they have to contend with. The other two sides of the island have sweeping soft sandy beaches and are really beautiful and we loved strolling around the island. JD’s views were amazing too and the only place in the Maldives we didn’t see any boat traffic or planes of any sort (no seaplanes fly there). The architecture of the island is a mix of wood/thatch and some striking modern buildings and they complement each other well and we thought it all made for a very strikingly beautiful resort. However, as mentioned earlier there is a not very attractive white box between water villa 32 and 31 which can be seen from the deck of villa 32. It used to be Spa treatment room for water villa guests but is not in use and I really do feel they need to address this as it is in very poor repair and the stark whiteness of it does not blend in with the attractive wood and thatch of the water villas. It should be “camouflaged” in some way as they have done with other not so pretty modern buildings or better still taken down and removed! However, this is a personal opinion of both of us and did not detract from our holiday as we got the villa we wanted but we would not have been happy if we had villa 32 and we found ourselves ensuring the “white” box was not in any of the photos we took of the water villas. Boat To get from the water villa island to the beach villa island you take a boat as there is no jetty walkway between them. They are about 900 metres apart and the boat runs back and forth every 20 mins (or basically when you need it) .We wondered if we might find this tiresome after 14 day but not at all. We genuinely like taking the boat back and forth (reminds us a little of Conrad Rangali where you do the same between islands) and we would just wander down to the jetty and most times it was either there or on its way and the longest we had to wait was around 10 mins which we didn’t mind as we just watched the fish if day time and the stars if night time. Saying that, I could see that some people may find it more of a nuisance but you can be more organised and check times or ask your butler to call it for you. Spa I only use the spa twice as it was hard to tear myself away from enjoying the sheer beauty of JD but the two hour long massages I had were excellent and the spa area, whilst small, is lovely and relaxing the treatment rooms have a wow factor. Service Service was the most personal of anywhere we have ever been – just incredible and done is such a lovely, genuine manner so thank you to David, Dennis and their teams. A special mention for Naiza at Male airport on our return transfer– she was exceptional - and to Stanley in the bar, Moo in the restaurants and Asif who kept our villa spotlessly clean and was the most charming member of housekeeping staff we have come across. However, without exception all the staff at JD are amazing and looked after us so well. Summary, we loved the last Maldives resort we stayed at (two years in a row) and whilst we expected JD to be really good or as good we didn’t expect it to exceed our expectations and move into our top ranked Maldives hotel but it did! It has captured our hearts and I cannot imagine anywhere else will topple it from its number one spot for us. I totally recommend it to anyone considering going – go, you won’t regret it.
"We went for our honeymoon and it was a memorable journey"
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is an awesome hideaway with luxury facilities and only they 37 villas. All villas have own private plunge pools. Staffs are very friendly and helpful. Cuisines are tasty and we are thankful to the chef as he prepared a special biriyani for us. Only constraint what we had is the journey as we need to take a domestic flight from MLE airport, if we miss the immediate connection we need to wait for so long..
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM