lti Maafushivaru Maldives
lti Maafushivaru Maldives is an all-inclusive boutique luxury resort in the South Ari Atoll. Just a short seaplane journey from Male and you will enjoy the island that summarizes all that one dreams of when thinking of the Maldives. The island is partially shaded by its lush vegetation surrounded by white beaches and close to a spectacular house reef with diverse fishes.
lti Maafushivaru is located in South Ari Atoll, just a 25-minute seaplane journey from Male. Guests are met by hotel staff and then escorted to the seaplane terminal. The resort runs 350 meters in length and it is a true paradise with a mix of palm trees and white-sanded beaches. It is home to whale sharks, which can be spotted here throughout the year, as well as Mantas and dolphins.
lti Maafushivaru is small and romantic with two wide beaches and a glorious lagoon. There’s a house reef for snorkeling and if you board one of the dive center’s boat trips there’s a great chance of spotting turtles, manta rays, and whale sharks. An infinity pool is perfectly placed on the beachfront, next to the bar with comfy chic sofas for lounging.
The main buffet restaurant is the Cuisine Gallery, which offers Mediterranean cuisine infused with local flavors and there is also Moodhu Grill, where meat and seafood are served on the beach, Umi which offers an overwater teppanyaki experience, Cielo which offers sparkling views across the Indian Ocean and Las Tapas that opens for lighter lunchtime bites.
If you have time between meals, there’s also the Océane Spa, a wellness retreat at the water’s edge, offering couples therapies, single massages, and facial and body treatments.
lti Maafushivaru has different types of stylish guest villas, which include Beach Villas, Beach Pool Villas, Duplex Pool Villas, Water Villas, and Water Pool Villas.
Beach Villas feature private sea-facing sun decks and semi-open garden bathrooms with rainfall showers. More secluded are the Beach Pool Villas with a private plunge pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. If you wish to stay over water, then you should choose one of the Water Villas, where you can enjoy your privacy.
All the villas combine elements of Maldivian architecture with stylish and chic finishing touches. Beach Villas are nestled under a canopy of palms, and provide luxurious intimacy, finished with chic touches and must-have mod-cons. All rooms at Maafushivaru have double beds, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, an iPod docking station, an espresso machine, a VOYA cosmetics range in the bathrooms, bathrobes, and minibars.
Surrounded by abundant vegetation, Beach villas are spacious, bright, fresh, and with private outdoor terraces with sun loungers and high-quality furniture overlooking the sea. If you want your very own hideaway you can opt for the Beach Villa with pool which includes a private plunge pool overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean.
lti Maafushivaru’s Water Villas are probably the most popular choice with a freestanding jetty and views of the sunrise or sunset through large panoramic windows. Scattered on stilts over the lagoon, with direct access to the water, Water Villas are just magnificent. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors so you can fully enjoy the views. The Water Villas have spacious bedrooms that feature a king-size bed, separate walk-in closets, a bathroom with a rainfall shower, a bathtub with ocean views, and an open-air veranda with a seating area and sun loungers and with direct access to the lagoon.
Dining is a definite focus of the resort, with several bars and restaurants. The high-quality products, delicious seafood, a good selection of vegetables and fruits will completely satisfy your appetites.
Highlights include Moodhu Grill, lti Maafushivaru’s signature restaurant offering fresh meat and seafood with a range of dishes from its tandoor oven, Cielo an all-day dining restaurant with a Mediterranean-feel menu, whilst Water Bar’s poolside Tapas menu will present lighter lunchtime bites and Cuisine Gallery offers Mediterranean cuisine infused with local and regional flavors. Of course, the new Umi Teppanyaki restaurant is my beloved option.
The resort offers Half Board, Half Board Plus, and Dine Around All Inclusive. Half Board Plus includes breakfast and dinner at the Cuisine Gallery and daily High Tea at the Library Lounge from 3-5 pm. Guests wishing to have the best Maafushivaru experience can book the Dine Around All-Inclusive plan, which also includes breakfast at the Cuisine Gallery, with lunch and dinner at any of the operational à la carte restaurants on the island.
In the evening head out to the Waer Bar which is a popular hangout with a casual atmosphere, relaxed vibe, and incredible views of the infinity pool and the lagoon.
lti Maafushivaru offers great house reef snorkeling options. On the house reef, there are many colorful fishes, and it is not uncommon to spot reef sharks in the lagoon’s shallow waters. The dive center staff offers snorkeling excursions to coral gardens and nearby reefs. Diving in this part of South Ari Atoll is world-famous, you can see whale sharks graze all year round. There are also sites with Manta rays and turtles.
If you wish to enjoy the spa, you can visit the Océane Spa, an oasis individually designed to help you realize your ultimate state of wellbeing. The resort also has a small gym with modern equipment and large windows overlooking the sea, as well as an overwater pavilion for yoga. Steam baths, sauna, and jacuzzi are open for use without an appointment.
Entertainment on the island takes place at Water Bar, where guests can relax while watching movies, dancing at night, and listening to live music.
Activities outside the island include the usual excursions, and there are also options for non-motorized sports. Guests can choose from canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, or catamarans.
lti Maafushivaru is a very special place. Located in South Ari Atoll, the boutique resort is one of the best all-inclusive destinations in the Maldives.
Designed for couples to enjoy a romantic getaway or for families looking to spend quality time together. Outstanding and unique amenities include a chic lounge at Malé Airport, stunning villas with incredible amenities, an infinity swimming pool with a large bar, gourmet dining options, a large overwater spa and gym, and excellent snorkeling options.