Makunudu Island is a boutique resort with just 36 bungalows in a traditional Maldivian style, situated on an idyllic palm fringed island in North Male Atoll. The peaceful and welcoming resort is perfect for a quiet, intimate holiday or honeymoon - one of our favourites in the Maldives.
Guests can relax on one of Makunudu island's superb beaches or indulge in one of the rejuvenating treatments offered in Aavun Spa. Those who are more active can windsurf, sail, waterski or perhaps go night fishing with local fishermen. The house reef offers great snorkelling while a number of spectacular dive sites can be found nearby - each guest can learn to dive thanks to the complimentary introductory dive offered by the resort's PADI dive centre. Sunset cruises and private champagne lunches on a secluded sandbank are perfect for honeymooners and guests enjoying a romantic getaway. Aavun Spa offers a variety of facials, massages and other treatments.
The 36 thatched bungalows are discreetly set behind the beach amongst the lush foliage, blending rustic charm with modern comforts. Many bungalows and public areas have recently been refurbished to ensure the highest quality throughout.
Holidays to Makunudu Island are on a full board basis, allowing guests to enjoy the excellent cuisine that Ara Iru restaurant has quite a reputation for. Buffet-style lunches offer a selection of meats, fish, salads and tropical fruits, whilst dinner is a carefully prepared set menu which includes eclectic flavours to suit all tastes. There are also regular barbecues and traditional Maldivian buffet dinners, or guests can celebrate a special occasion with a private dinner on the beach, in their bungalow or in another idyllic location around the island. The Sand Bar offers cocktails overlooking the sea, while Miyaru is a new beach bar serving light snacks and lunches. For an extra special experience visit Malaafath, a romantic tree house where you can celebrate in private.
Makunudu Island is a very relaxing, laid back, value for money Maldivian resort, highly recommended for couples, honeymooners and guests celebrating a special occasion. With so few rooms at Makunudu and such an excellent reputation for good food and relaxation, you will need to book early (at least 12 months ahead for Christmas and Easter) to avoid disappointment.
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For more information about Makunudu or alternative resorts, take a look at Jo and Mark's Maldives Trip Diary.
Children: Children are allowed, but the resort is not ideal as there are no facilities specifically providede, such as children's clubs.
Transfers: Makunudu Island Resort is 50 minutes by speedboat from Male airport.
Additional Facilities Included: Daily international buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and table service dinner, unlimited use of snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and flippers, deposit required), one snorkelling excursion and one introductory dive for beginners during stay. Guests have unlimited use of catamaran sailing and windsurfing.
Sports & Activities: Makunudu Dive centre is an international diving school offering PADI courses and a range of diving experiences. Riya Watersports Centre offering waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, fun tubing, catamaran sailing and windsurfing.
Other Sports: Volleyball, badminton, table tennis & indoor games.
Excursions: Island hopping, local island discovery, Male city tour, sunrise fishing, afternoon fishing, sunset & night fishing, snorkelling discovery and other private and group experiences available.
Other Services/Facilities: Aavun Spa, Feyli Boutique, laundry, valet service, library and TV room.
Credit Cards: American Express, Visa and MasterCard
Check In/Out: Guests are asked to check in at 13.00 hrs. and out at 12 noon. Day use rooms up to 18.00 hours are bookable one day prior to departure, subject to availability.
Minimum Stay: 3 nights, except between 24 December - 8 January when a minimum stay of 6 nights is required.
Electricity: Voltage 220 (110 for shaver)
Meal arrangements: Full board is included with stays at Makunudu Island, with all meals served at Ara Iru Restaurant. Full board includes tea, coffee and water and breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as additional soft drinks at lunch and dinner such as coke, sprite and fanta. All-inclusive is also available which including snacks, unlimited drinks (selected drinks only) and unlimited catamaran sailing and windsurfing.
Restaurants & Bars: Ara Iru Restaurant serves a range of delicious buffets of meats and fish plus set menus and weekly barbeques. For an additional local charge guests can also enjoy private beach dinners. Sand Bar serves refreshing drinks and cocktails.
Deluxe Bungalows: Semi-detached bungalows set in foliage immediately behind the beach, furnished in a traditional style reflecting the local character and vibrancy of the island environment. Each has a bedroom with queen sized double bed or twin beds, private sitting area, air conditioning, a wardrobe and dressing area, en suite bathroom with shower and WC, a mini fridge, hairdryer, telephone and safe. There is also a small terrace with table and chairs, most with good or partial sea views.