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"Exceptional service at a beautiful island!"
My family and I had booked this trip earlier this year when the property was still a Jumeirah hotel. A few months later, the management changed and was taken over by Accor Hotels. We were originally a little concerned that the service would not be up to the standards that we expected but we were reassured by the manager that we would not be disappointed. He was not wrong. We ended up spending an amazing week together at a beautiful resort that is so relaxing, private and serene. My parents had already been there before, so they knew what to expect but this was the first time they visit with their children and grandchildren. From what I understood, the property consists of 37 "residences", of which more than half are over-water villas. So you really feel the exclusivity and the privacy - it almost feels like you have the entire island to yourself, except when you're at the restaurants for breakfast and dinner. Normally we prefer to book overwater villas, but this time we opted for beach villas as we came with two troublemaking toddlers. We had both an island revive and a sunset beach sanctuary villa. Needless to say, the villas are huge - which came in handy on the rainy days when we stayed "home". The private pool was beautiful and we had direct access to the beach. The beds are the biggest I've ever seen (3m x 2m) and the bathrooms were enormous as well with a giant tub that the kids loved splashing around in. What really stood out at Dhevanafushi was the extent to which almost all employees would go to to ensure that we were having the best experience at the resort. For example: 1) The kitchen was aware of our weakness for sashimi and brought us the freshest tuna, salmon and job fish sashimi daily at both breakfast and dinner ! Needless to say, we overdosed on sashimi this week but it was fantastic and unforgettable! 2) Ansul made sure that our little toddlers were well-catered to at the beach bar for their early lunches and never once complained or showed any lack of enthusiasm, despite the daily mess he had to deal with. 3) And finally, for my dad's 60th birthday, we asked them if we could just arrange a cake at the villa. The staff (particularly Executive Chef Aldo, and Shashank the F&B manager) instead brought over a bottle of champagne and a FEAST for us with a live BBQ stand, fresh tuna tartares, fresh sashimi (of course), amazing grilled white fish burgers, a range of meats and fish for grilling. This was all followed by a fantastic chocolate cake topped with passion fruit. It was really shocking how much they did for us and we were truly humbled and appreciative. Especially considering that Aldo, the head chef himself, came to prepare us our private birthday lunch. Unfortunately for us, the weather was not as cooperative as we had hoped. We had cloudy and rainy days throughout our entire stay. This was a pity because it didn't allow us to fully enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the island and Maldivian waters. We had sun for maybe 3-4 hours on one day - but still we managed to have an absolute blast as a family thanks to the exceptional service and attention we received. Cons: 1) The villas, while impressively large and beautiful, could use some renovation. However we were informed that the property would soon become a Raffles hotel (luxury chain) and that full renovations are in order. 2) The island is relatively quite far from Male airport. While it isn't an issue for us normally, it was a bit tiring to do with toddlers. At Male we waited 1 hour to take a domestic flight that makes a stop. It's basically a 20min flight followed by a stop and another 35m flight. Then you take a boat to the island for 20 minutes. Honestly once you are there, it's all worth it. But it is something to consider if you have young babies. Tips: 1) It is a relatively "cool/windy island", which means you have a nice breeze on sunny days - but also means that winds can get strong on cloudy days like the ones we saw. In that case, simply walking to the "sunrise" side of the island meant literally no wind and still waters despite the winds on the other side ! 2) The grilled tuna and grilled job fish main courses were family favorites at dinner. Also try the mango-passion fruit juice at breakfast ! 3) Check if they have specials at the spa. The spa had a November special where you pay $50 for a 30m Indian head massage and a 30m foot massage. I was pregnant so they accommodated and did head and legs instead. Otherwise spa treatments cost $160 and up. So it was very worth it !!
"Top Luxury Resort in the Maldives"
Just came back from our 3rd holiday at the Dhevanafushi Luxury Resort ( previously Jumeirah Dhevanafushi ) but for the first time along with 2 of my daughters / their husbands & our 2 first grandsons. Was quite concerned with the change in ownership / management but meeting Dennis the new GM at the jetty upon arrival had a positive & comforting effect. Had stayed in touch with him before my arrival & he was kind enough to ensure an upgrade of our Beach Revive & Beach Sanctuary to Sunset ones ( My booking was for Sunrise ) A very generous gesture since it is quite costly & was highly appreciated. Moreover he had booked Villas adjacent to each other which was also very practical for all of us. Sashank the new F&B Manager was also there & was very pleased to meet him since we had met in Gilli Lankanfushi before. Shimal our Friday took us straight to our Beach Sanctuary ( we all arrived with different flights ) which was extremely spacious with a simply huge bedroom & a 3 * 2 meters bed which is so comfortable! Check in took place in the Villa & did not take more than 5 minutes altogether which is a plus when you have flown for 9 - 10 hours to get there! The bathroom is also humongous with a very large sunken bath where my grandsons had a blast day in day out! Wifi is very efficient all around the Resort & the villas of course which is a necessity to stay on top of one’s business all day. The pool area is very secluded & surrounded by trees & plants which is something I like very much. The 2nd bedroom is smaller but very comfortable too so my daughter & her family felt fine in it. All surrounded by rich vegetation & a 5 meter walk to the beach! My other daughter’s Beach Revive was also very spacious while its large pool was very useful during the cloudy days. Since our first dinner there Sashank as well as Aldo the Executive Chef did their utmost to come up with our every wish to an extent unusual in most Luxury Resorts. Knowing we love Sashimi they offered excellent quality salmon & white fish almost daily. Aldo went out of his way to inform us he got a fresh tuna which he would offer the 3nd night along with the salmon & white fish. This was the best tuna sashimi we have tried ever while the grilled tuna ( my wife’s & son”s in law favorite was equally tasty ) Breakfasts were always very pleasant too since all the boys there starting with Moothamil & Wadood made sure our favorite juice / pancake of omelette was waiting for us! Really impressive! Do not want to forget the very good service received also at Khibar by Ansul who was so patient when we went for an early lunch with my grandsons. Always smiling, friendly & never protesting for our very naughty toddlers! The main pool is one of my favorite areas with its superb view & quiet atmosphere. My grandsons shared my opinion since they spent long hours every day there. We were not lucky with the weather since we had an unprecedented 7 days of clouds & rain ( only one day could the sun manage to stay out for 6 - 7 hours ) but the staff”s care & attention during all of our stay more than made up for it. Very friendly with our toddlers who were buzzing all day long,always smiling & trying to make our stay is as comfortable as ever. Went a couple of times to the Spa for some massage sessions & appreciated the very professional masseuses, the serenity of the place & the relaxing music! Recommend it to anyone there to try them at least once during one’s stay. My daughter asked for a surprise cake to celebrate belatedly my birthday & Aldo with Sashank ended up bringing a ton of food ( prawns / calamari / tuna / job fish / rib eye steak / lamb / tuna burgers & of course lots of sashimi ) to our Villa where they prepared a surprise meal with a bottle of champagne for me! To top it all off a delicious cake with passion fruit was offered to us & all of them stayed with us till i blew the candle! This type of personal treatment is what makes Dhevanafushi different from most top Luxury Resorts in the Maldives & I can only congratulate Dennis for the excellent team he has in place. Were informed some renovations will take place at the beginning of the year but once they are ready am sure to arrange another visit to them! This is a Resort which gives utmost attention to its guests from the moment they land till their departure which added to the beautiful lagoon & serene surroundings makes it one of my favorites here.
My husband and I stayed at Dhevanafushi for 9 nights at the end of September for our honeymoon. This resort is an incredible property. It is soon to undergo a needed renovation as it changes to a Raffles property, but that shouldn't deter you from staying here! The island and the setting could not be more perfect! We felt like we were in paradise, and many times we felt like we were the only guests on the island. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for privacy, relaxation, unbelievable beauty, top notch service and 5-star food! We stayed in Villa 2, a Beach Revive Villa, on the sunset side of the island. We were very happy with our villa and it's location. We liked the sunset side of the island best, where we had a constant breeze and never felt too hot. Also the Villas are nicely air conditioned. Our Villa was truly incredible. It was huge and very comfortable, with a natural, rustic feel that blends in perfectly with the surroundings. We loved having our own pool. The bathroom was also huge and we appreciated having his and hers closets with more than enough space for all our stuff. The Villa was so lovely that we were happy spending time there reading, lounging, taking a cool dip in our pool, playing backgammon on the outdoor sofa. The villas are nicely spaced apart and surrounded by beautiful tropical foliage and palm trees that create a very private retreat where you cannot see any of your neighbors. One of our favorite things was watching the huge fruit bats flying around our villa and hanging upside down in the palm trees. They were fascinating! The beach was right in front of our villa, a short 40 feet away. The beach is absolutely amazing with white, powdery sand and the clearest, warm water we have ever seen. The water is a stunning array of shades of blue and turquoise. We saw amazing sunsets from our beach lounge chairs. Every day we went snorkeling and although the coral has been bleached there are hundreds of fish of a huge variety. We saw huge schools of jack fish, huge schools of parrot fish, friendly turtles, baby black tip reef sharks, barracuda, angelfish, and much more! The water is very warm and very clear. It was a highlight of our trip. The staff at Dhevanafushi are second to none! We found them to be gracious, very friendly, and attentive to our every need and desire! We would like to specifically recognize our butler, Yasir, bartenders Vijeesh and Asul, Master Sommelier Shasank, Chef Kharka Chettri, and our servers at breakfast. Each of them went out of their way every day to make sure we were having the best time possible. The staff were great at creating unique experiences for us that were customized to our interests. Shasank arranged a private wine tasting for us, with a table set up in the ocean. We were standing knee deep in the lovely warm water while we sipped amazing wine! Incredible experience! Yasir took us on a guided snorkeling excursion from the overwater Villas to the main island, and Chef Chettri arranged a private cooking class to make Chicken Tikka Masala and Maldivian Fish Curry in the resort's vast and immaculate kitchen! The food was incredible, especially given how remote the island is and that everything must be brought in by boat. Everything was very fresh, delicious and there was a great variety of foods offered. Every night there was fresh fish caught that day and it was amazing! There are two special dinners offered each week that we highly recommend: the Seafood Buffet and the Maldivian BBQ night. A highlight of our stay was the private dinner we had on the beach, a few feet from the ocean, on a sand sofa and table that the staff hand digs out of the sand! It was one of the most romantic things we have ever done and we will never forget it! It is a must do! Do not hesitate to book your vacation here! Just know that some of the public areas look a little weather-worn, but we did not feel that this detracted from our honeymoon in any way. We hope to go back again next year when the renovation is complete.
"Amazing level of privacy"
We visited this resort first week of September with a toddler. Weather was cloudy and rainy mostly with brief spells of sunshine. Journey time from London was 22 hours including waiting time during transit. Whilst the domestic transfer isn't that long, waiting time could add to the overall journey time. It's worth making sure your international flight correlates well with the domestic transfer. This resort is DEFINITELY worth the extra journey time. Pros: • Outstanding service from the management. They put in a lot of effort to make sure our stay was as comfortable as possible. We appreciate everything they did for us and all the complimentary gifts. The welcome was amazing too. They made us feel special and made our holiday an unforgettable experience. We would love to return because of their service and gesture. • Villa (Island Revive) was by far one of the best accommodations we have stayed in. Extremely spacious and grand. We had a private entrance on to the beach which was private and covered with plants. The private swimming pool was the largest we have experienced on a trip to the Maldives. • Ideal for those looking for quiet and privacy. Since it's a very small island you hardly see anyone out in the beach or in the restaurants. This is an excellent advantage to have when visiting a place like the Maldives as you want some quiet and seclusion. Even at dinner you would notice a few couples here and there but never loud and packed as it is in some other Maldivian resorts. • Compared to the other resorts we have visited, the sea here was clearer. When the sun came out it glittered like a mirror. Crystal clear waters like a sandbank. It made the beach experience exquisite. • Food quality was great in Azara - which was the main island restaurant. Although the food choices were very limited, the Chef was always willing to cook something off the menu for us if we wanted which we really appreciated. • Service provided by the Azara staff was amazing. We really appreciated everything they did to make our stay as comfortable as possible. As you can imagine, dining with a toddler is extremely difficult as they just want to run around but the staff helped us a lot by looking after our baby here and there whilst we ate. They never said no for anything, and nothing was too much for them. They made drinks for me that weren't on the menu and truly made us feel special. • watersports Staff were honest and told us that cloudy weather is not good for a dolphin cruise or sunset cruise. We really appreciated that. Excellent service. Cons: • We felt, compared to our other experiences, the housekeeping did an extremely poor job. For a resort with such high standards, they really let the management down (who were amazing). There were times we returned to our villa to find sand not cleaned from our shower area, water not drained and dried in the bath/shower, clothes not folded and tidied, our belongings not arranged neatly, wardrobe area dusty, living room completely untouched with all the mess still there, living room bathroom completely untouched too. It was baffling how the housekeeping thought this was acceptable. • Bed sheets were not regularly changed and there was no 'change the sheets' card that we could put on top of our bed. One time our baby leaked from her nappy and wet the bed. We had hoped that the housekeeping staff would have noticed the drenched sheets but they didn't and we returned to our villa to find the same very wet sheets. We had to keep our baby awake and call them back to change our sheets after dinner which was a reflection of their extremely poor service and inconvenient for us. • As part of the anniversary complimentary gifts from the resort we were promised a bath set up for me and my husband. However, the night we requested it the housekeeping forgot to set up the bath. I had a spa the following evening so I couldn't have it then. It was so disappointing. I had to request a day time Bath (again inconvenient) but all it was, was a bubble bath with no effort or decorations. Some rose petals would have been nice. Again poor efforts from housekeeping • There were no bed /towel decorations left for us at turn down service on our bed. Something we had become accustomed too from our other visits. • there was no in room dining menu in our villa. Basics that should have been checked by the butler before check in. We had to request one. • no consistency in the tastes of drinks served. Staff need to be trained to use the same method/recipe when making a drink. Two evenings I requested mango colada - both were completely opposite. I loved the one made by one of the staff in Azara but when I wanted it again the gentleman was on leave. No one else was there to use his technique/method. Everyone needs to be trained to make the drinks in the same way. • butlers will definitely need some further training on communication since they are the only point of contact for guests. This could be down to poor language skills but things were not explained clearly to us. • one of the baby sitters allowed the island security manager into our villa without our permission in our absence whilst looking after our baby. Whilst we trust the staff in Dhevanafushi and very much appreciate the security manager's efforts to keep our baby entertained in our absence - I can see this being an issue for other guests. Not only is this inappropriate but it's also a reflection of poor service from the baby sitter who was unable to carry out the task she was hired to do. • limited food choices (but very good quality of the food makes up for it) • house reef is average but look out for the turtles which are the highlight of this island and an amazing experience • sand not as soft as other islands, mostly hard dead corals in the shallow part of the sea. You need beach shoes for safety. • chipped doors will need to be replaced as it could be dangerous • daily turn down gifts would have been nice, something Jumeirah does for its high end hotels.
This was our first visit to the Maldives and we weren't disappointed. We stayed in a two bedroomed beach villa which was extremely comfortable and had a gorgeous secluded beach front. The second bedroom and bathroom were a bit small in comparison to the main villa, with limited storage, but we coped! The restaurant staff were delightful and very attentive, we had fantastic meals most evenings. We found that the food in the Johara restaurant was lovely, but the portions were very small and we left hungry. The other restaurants more than made up for it. We finished our PADI Open Water course there and the staff in the Dive Centre were extremely helpful and knowledgable. The water sports staff were also great. We did some waterskiing, snorkelling and jet skiing. The spa was out of this world, the treatments were lovely and the surroundings blissful. Being able to watch the fish swimming below you while having your massage is one of the best things I have ever experienced in a spa. I have just seen that the hotel has been taken over by Accor Hotels and a few things which we experienced now make sense. The yoga teacher was "on holiday for a month", but still they found me a replacement; one of the restaurants was no longer in use, but they still arranged the "table in the sand" private dining for us - another unforgettable experience - and the boat for paragliding was not in use. We all agreed this was our best holiday ever. We are a family of four with teenaged children.
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