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"Honeymoon in paradise!"
After all the stress that came with planning a wedding, we decided to splurge on our honeymoon. After booking our trip, we started having second thoughts as to whether we should have spent all that money... trust us when I say this, you will not regret it when you arrive at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi. This resort is literally paradise, with beautiful weather, crystal clear waters, powdery soft sand, spacious accommodation and wonderful staff. Weather We stayed in Jumeirah Dhevanafushi between 1 June 2017 and 11 June 2017, which many people say is the start of the wet/monsoon season. When we arrived, we got the tail end of a massive storm, which resulted in lots of clouds and windy conditions, but rain, an still plenty warm to swim on the water and/or pool. We also experienced a 5-10 minute shower one morning, but after those first few days, we were blessed with beautiful blue skies, scattered clouds and sunshine. It was the perfect temperature - not too hot or humid. Accommodation We first stayed in a Beach Villa - no. 9, next to the "service" jetty for the first 5 days. I say "service" as the jetty was not as busy as you would expect. The villa was on the North Western side of the island, which meant, once we stepped out onto the beach, we were gifted with amazing sunsets over waters of the Indian Ocean. The service jetty is also the perfect place to start your snorkeling adventure, making your way to the blue pole, then swimming towards the gym and spa. That took us about 30-45 minutes to complete. The beach villa was spacious, and the bed was super comfy! If I had to find a fault, it would be the "long walk" back to the villa after dinner, as it was on the other side of the island from Khi bar and Azara restaurant. The next 5 days, we moved to the an overwater villa - no 29. This was the second last villa on the easter side of the Ocean Pearl. We didn't think anything could top the beach villa, but we were blown away at how much larger the overwater villas were. The bed was enormous - something like 3 queen beds side by side. Oh how I miss that bed! The views are absolutely stunning, and we were fortunate enough to see a pod of dolphins swim by, on the outer rim of the coral reef. We also had sting rays, eagle rays, octopus and sharks swim around our villa. AMAZING!!! Service Our welcome was amazing, with the staff welcoming us at the pier, with drums playing, fresh coconuts and freshly cut fruit. The rooms were serviced twice a day - once while we were at breakfast and once during dinner. All the staff were lovely, but we especially enjoyed talking to the bartender. If i remember his name correctly, I believe his name was Ansul. Amazing bartender, great service, and awesome to have a chat with. Food & Drinks Maldives is not cheap, as everything is imported. The quality of food is reasonable, but not super memorable, especially given the price paid. My favorites was the chocolate croissants during breakfast (from the buffet table), the tom yum soup entree during dinner, and the lobster wontons and pizzas, and rib eye steak. I would maybe skip the burgers (we had it on the first day, and was pretty dry). The pad thai was tasty, but did not taste like a traditional pad thai - more like a chinese stir fry noodle dish. Drinks are expensive but good. We had happy hour on Thursdays and Saturdays, which we made sure to visit at those times! Buy a bottle of wine or two to drink over the next few days :P
"Wonderful Stay for our Honeymoon!"
What a wonderful place, it is small, exotic and romantic. We as a couple have very high expectations of where we stay and like the best of the best. The staff here were incredible, they really made our stay amazing and nothing was too much trouble. I am Coeliac and the chef cooked me fresh bread daily, they took special care with my food all the time and I had no issues. I would highly recommend the water villas, they are huge, we were lucky that we were in one that had fairly new decking as some of the others looked a bit tired, but after speaking to the resort and general manager it is clear they are constantly making improvements and it comes down to the resource of getting materials which can take over a year. I think when the hotel was first built there were some bad construction choices that are now being rectified. The island takes about 6 mins to walk around, we saw turtles, dolphins and reef sharks from our villa and when snorkelling along the beach. The spa was amazing highly recommend the hot stone massage, we had couples massage and loved it. Jet skiing was amazing we did an hour just cruising around and then turtle safari where we saw even more turtles but bigger ones. Faisal our villa host was lovely, Isabelle head of Food and Beverage was amazing as well, Stanley and Devon who made our nightly shisha and cocktails, too many staff to thank, they all were individually very accommodating. There was only 12-20 of us on the island so felt very special and tropical. They use the Maldivian boat to get us between the water villas and the main island, although traditional we personally would have preferred just a speed boat as it was difficult to dress up knowing you could get wet in the rocky waves, I think it is great when you have flat calm weather but i think when it is wet seasons to use the speedboat. That could just be us personally though. We also went to the Vittaveli which is a lot more family and a lot less private, If you want privacy and quiet time then here is the place.
"Small intimate island with good house reef......"
This was a last-minute trip and our first to the Maldives---eight nights just after Easter. We arrived Male on the early Emirates flight at 7:40 and departed on the late Emirates flight ca. 23:00 thus maximizing our time on the island. Late check charged at $250 was reasonable. Much is made in other reviews about the wait time for the connecting internal flight. We didn't find this terribly inconvenient: on arrival we waited 2 hours. The boat transfer to and from the island was quick and efficient---we were in our room about 40 minutes after landing. Check-in (Beach Revive Villa 18) was also efficient with a complimentary bottle of champagne waiting in the room. Room was as expected: spacious and well-maintained. In choosing a Maldives resort our only requirement beyond a smaller island with a limited number of rooms and high service levels was a good house reef as I am not a beach/pool person. We were very happy to be on the sunrise side as it provided easier access to the reef than the sunset side--there is a channel out to the reef from the beach here plus you could snorkel from the supply jetty around the island to this channel. Some of the sunset-side villas do have a larger beach area. We did not consider the OW villas as we like sand beneath our feet. There is also little to no noise from adjacent villas and no outdoor speakers to annoy your neighbors. My only complaint about the room interior was the lack of bluetooth connectivity to play music. Bluetooth is definite must have in a resort of this calibre. F&B here was top notch and we loved the F&B manager Isabel who along with her staff worked diligently to make our stay exemplary. She even provided a back-of house tour which is a must-do if you are interested. Alcohol is expensive but not unexpectedly so. Still the cocktails prices made me cringe but the quality was high (and the bartenders were great). The wine list also has some more affordable options so it is not necessary to spend several hundred dollars at dinner every night. Gym is perfect with a great view and I used it daily. Spa is also very good and we had 5 treatments. The spa offers daily specials so look at the back of the breakfast menu each morning. Treatments booked pre-arrival are also discounted. Twice-daily housekeeping was fine but lacked consistency in a few areas. For instance, on a few occasions empty wine buckets or bottles remained on the beach or on the deck following visits from housekeeping. Dive center/staff and equipment was very good. We made a few dives and the staff accommodated our lack of recent experience. Only one real complaint here and this has nothing to do with the resort management. Despite there being no kid's club at JD, there were families with small children at the resort during our stay and most of their time was spent at the main pool/bar area. There are many other islands in the Maldives specifically geared for families with children. The other guests we saw or met were couples (mostly Asian but some European and Middle-Eastern) and we rarely encountered anyone except at dinner. This is a very quiet island for those who value privacy.
"Beautiful property "
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is a beautiful island which offers great service. The General Manager and the Resident Manager are extremely friendly, welcome the guests at the arrival and check on the guests in the outlets. Great service! Great house reef for divers.
"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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM