Huvafen Fushi Thoughts?

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Nov 17th, 2004, 03:53 PM
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It makes perfect sense. Thanks. I think we will be happier sticking with Huvafen, and hoping for the best in terms of service. I guess there is such as thing as being too new- maybe they haven't worked out all the kinks yet. I hope this will be improved by May, but it sounds like the room alone will make us happy even if other things are lacking. I appreciate your input.
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Jan 5th, 2005, 02:35 PM
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How was your experience at the basic beach villa at Huvafen..we are scheduled to go there for our honeymoon in March..Some of the posting have made us think if we need to upgrade.

Any help/advice is welcome.
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Jan 11th, 2005, 09:05 AM
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Got back from a week of absolute bliss at Huvafen Fushi (which was our first port of call on honeymoon). We stayed in a basic Beach Bungalow (if basic is what it can be called !!) from 16th December to 23rd December 2004. Everything from the moment we met our thakuru at Male airport to leaving the island was perfect. Nick Downing, the resort manager was ever welcoming. The resort staff was absolutely amazing and always at hand to assist. Bar, restaurant and spa staff were extremely friendly and very attentive - always pro-actively out to assist us if not just to have a friendly chat and yet at the same time always knew when we wanted just to be left alone. Most surprisingly, some members of staff (even those who we weren't much in contact with) always seemed to know what we had been doing and what we had had scheduled to do (such as when we had been snorkelling, when we were having our poolside dinner, even when it was our last night on the island) - this inter-staff communication and the personalised service was such a as I've never seen before.
To describe the island and accommodation as "chic" would be a huge understatement. Our "basic" Beach Bungalow (number 8) was perfectly well appointed and full of little surprises. We did not need anything else as we had everyting there and it was spacious enough for us. There was also fabulous furniture throughout the island. Our Beach Bungalow faced the lagoon - which after macintosh's posting above concerned me - but the lagoon was not noisy at all and this beach bungalow was set almost at one end of the island's lagoon and was therefore away from most of the boat activity (which always appeared to be at a minimum anyway) and which we hardly noticed.
Underwater spa treatments were very interesting and certainly an experience !! My wife and I are both vegetarians and we were both treated to wonderfully creative cuisine throughout our stay prepared by the island's head chef Christian Fogliani and Goshan, the Sri Lankan chef at Salt who has been the cook for the Sri Lankan royal family. Christian has also learnt (from Sicily) what is by far the best pizza I've ever had. If you do visit Huvafen, do get to know the staff personally, they're very friendly and have a wealth of experience and will certainly make your stay feel all the more special.
By way of comparison, after leaving Huvafen Fushi, we stayed in a 5 star deluxe hotel known as Mina A'Salam in Dubai - but for our prior stay at Huvfen Fushi, we would have considered this hotel to be amazing but it was just no comparison to Huvafen Fushi and in fact, I remember having felt extremely disappointed after having spent a few hours in Mina A' Salam because it just fell so far short of our experience in Huvafen Fushi.
Anyways, if anyone has any questions, please do let me know. I have not posted any pics as I think that the island is better appreciated when you are pleasantly surprised by experiencing things when you are there first hand.
Otherwise, to sum up - this is a great place and we will definately be going back - as its name suggests, it definately is an island where your dreams come true.
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Dec 14th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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the recent comments about huvafen fushi sound great - but is it worth nearly US$800 just to stay and then what looks like about US$200 to eat on top per day!?? Plus activities etc - it could come out to US$10,000 for a week - that is a heck of a lot of money for one week!! Any thoughts?
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Mar 15th, 2006, 07:22 PM
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It's been a little over a year since this post was added to, so I was just wondering if anyone could report any recent stays at HF.
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Jun 6th, 2006, 07:09 AM
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any recent updates on HF?
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Aug 17th, 2006, 06:32 PM
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I was extremely disappointed with Huvafen. We had stayed at the One and Only then at Huvafen and we would have done anything to go back to One and Only. I have some info on the hotels on my site http://www.bombasticlife.com
I have not writen my info on Huvanfen yet but have reviews for One and Only and Hilton Rangali. I'll make a point to get my Huvafen info up there asap.

Hope it helps. And just because we didn't like it doesn't mean you won't love it. Everyone has different tastes.

Good Luck

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