The Maldives is one of our favourite destinations here at the Inspiring Travel Company; plenty of sunshine, the most amazing white sand, and impeccable service… what’s not to love? Our Indian Ocean Product Manager, Zoe Saunders, headed out to revisit one of the island nation’s most luxurious properties.
My last visit to Huvafen Fushi was two years ago, and though a lot has changed at the resort since then, thankfully all the things I loved about this island are still here, with some new favourites!
One of my favourite aspects of this property is the house reef, which I discovered is still amazing for snorkelling (don’t miss the daily stingray feeding on the beach); Celsius Restaurant still offers the very best views for breakfast; and this small resort is still utterly intimate, personal and beautiful.
However, since my last stay the resort has become adult-only (guests aged 21 years and over). I think this change only makes this small resort more sophisticated, and the beautiful rest spots dotted around the island more peaceful.
The accommodation here has always been superb, and the villas have all had a modern refurbishment. I was taken to the same Ocean Bungalow with Pool that I had stayed in last time I was here, and the improvements were apparent. I immediately noticed changes to the décor, a new four-poster bed, an updated mini-bar selection, and more modern technology for the ease of guests. That said, I knew as soon as I walked into the villa that this was the same one I fell in love with last time, as the view from the pool and the glass spot in the lounge area were exactly as I remembered.
Salt Restaurant has now become Feeling Koi; I feel like I sampled everything from the menu and can definitely say this was the most amazing Japanese food that I’ve ever tasted! Sampling these culinary delights in Vinum, the amazing wine cellar, where I enjoyed a champagne pairing and had my feet warmed on hot stones was definitely a highlight!
Furthermore, the underwater spa that Huvafen Fushi has become so famous for now has soft furnishings, making you want to stay underwater even longer to watch the fish go by.
Though my visit this time was only short, I also managed to fit in a visit The Playpen. Previously a three-bedroom villa called The Cube, The Playpen is now an ultra-luxurious, modern and completely private one-bedroom villa complete with butler service, beautiful kitchen, huge colour changing pool and a private beach.
Huvafen Fushi had previously been one of my favourite resorts in the Maldives, and when people asked why my answer was that it’s a small resort with amazing villas, a great house reef and amazing service. Having been to the new-look Huvafen Fushi, I love that all this is still the case, with a modern, updated aesthetic and plenty of luxurious touches to give it the ‘wow factor’ it had when it first opened back in 2004.
I can’t wait to come back for a longer stay!