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Makunudu Island

Makunudu Island sweeps you into the warm embrace of an original Maldivian retreat. The island is comprised of 36 beachfront bungalows - a private hideaway, nestled amid lush tropical vegetation just steps from the shore and a rare haven, beautifully untouched that even for those who travel the world Read More


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Makunudu Island
Location
North Malé Atoll
Area
North Malé Atoll
Phone
+960 664 6464
Website
http://www.makunudu.com/

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Recent Reviews
This was our third visit to Makunudu, once again arranged through Angelfish Travel, who specialise in holidays to the Maldives and have personal experience of the islands and are happy to talk through various options. Their expertise and professionalism is second to none. Makunudu is an unspoilt gem. If you are looking for flashy facilities and high end luxury this small island is probably not for you. But if you appreciate warm waters, great snorkelling and a relaxed unhurried charm, Makunudu fits the bill. The rooms have been refurbished since we last visited and the new beds are very large and comfortable. Unfortunately sawdust like debris from the roof still comes down every day, but the drapes on the bed do provide protection from this. Although the villas are semi-detached they are very private and you can’t hear your neighbours at all. We were on a full board package and this has been improved since our last visit and includes water and soft drinks/tea/coffee with each meal. Dinner is a four course set menu (with choices) 5 nights a week and this suited us well as we are not keen on buffets. The quality of the food is good and the waiter service is excellent. The snorkelling was very good during our stay and I felt that the reef has begun to recover quite well. We saw a good variety of fish from just outside our villa and at least one turtle made an appearance every day. The sunset bar opens every evening for a couple of hours and it’s quite magical to sit in one of the deckchairs, with a cocktail, watching the sunset in a totally unspoilt spot. It would be good to see less plastic being used (particularly water bottles and toiletries). Being such a small island, bottling their own water may not be viable but hopefully they can work with other hotels in the group to come up with sustainable solutions. The management team were visible throughout our stay and Alli, the GM, made a point of speaking to guests daily, which we appreciated. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and relaxing stay and I am sure we will return.Read more
A magical Maldivian island; if you are looking for peaceful relaxation and wonderful food you have found it. This was our 6th visit to the Maldives but our first to Makunudu and we would certainly return. We booked through Angelfish Travel and had excellent service from Jo and her team. We travelled with Etihad Airlines from Manchester via Abu Dhabi to Male with great connection times arriving at 2pm. A large number of resorts have reps holding up placards but this was not the case with Makunudu. There are welcome booths for each resort in the arrivals hall but we couldn't find one for Makunudu ,after asking at information we were directed to booth 24 which said "Coco resorts". We only waited 15 minutes to be escorted to the marina and we were on our way on the 50 minute, slightly choppy boat ride across the Indian Ocean to Makunudu. The seats were cushioned and we were given a cold towel to freshen up and a bottle of water. We were greeted at the arrivals jetty by the ever smiling Dinesh and treated to a welcome coconut drink while filling in our paperwork. We were in hut 4 on the windy side of the island with a large secluded stretch of beach to ourselves. The layout of the island is well designed .All the huts are set back from the beach and private with 2 rocking deckchairs and a table shaded by trees and 2 wooden sunloungers with cushions situated in small coves by the beach. Huts 1-17 are on windy side and huts 18-36 on the calm reef side . The design of the huts is attractive with the thatch covering the roof and an outdoor bathroom. They are very sturdy and quite soundproof. There is a ceiling fan in addition to air conditioning . There are ample, multiple electric double sockets with a UK configuration. There is an electric kettle - watch out my husband burnt his hand on the first day as the switch area became very hot. Tea and coffee supplies consist of teabags, nescafe sachets and coffeemate sachets. We had a wonderful king size bed. This was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in despite many years of international travel staying in hotels of all standards. My husband slept over 8 hours one night which is unheard of. The large fixed showerhead provided a reliable supply of hot water. The mini bar kept the drinks cold , prices were similar to the bar prices .A 500ml bottle of water each is supplied free daily in the room . The WiFi was unexpectedly good in the rooms, enough to download emails and use social media but not good enough for streaming ,with a separate system in the public areas. The room was not perfect and while the slight shabbiness might add to the charm it was what brought my rating down from a 5 to a 4. Sawdust like debris fell from the ceiling every day onto the bedside table and floor, fortunately the head of the bed was protected by the drapes. There were worn patches of peeling paint on the walls, a plank of wood with rusty nails was hanging down off the roof in the shower area. The bedside reading spotlight was flickering when switched off and the aforementioned dodgy kettle. A testament to the excellent management , as soon as I mentioned a couple of these items the reading light was replaced and roof plank secured within 15 minutes. Our room attendant Dudu provided great service , valeting the room twice daily . The food surpassed all our expectations and was much better than other Maldivian islands we have visited in a comparable price range. We were full-board and spent nearly £1000 less than if we had gone all inclusive. Soft drinks and water are free with meals and I found that the 500ml provided in the room was just about adequate. We used the desalinated tap water in the kettle for our hot drinks . Actually half board would have been adequate but then we would have missed out on the lunches which in my opinion were the best meals. Bar meals are available too. Breakfast and lunch were buffets ,well presented and catering to all tastes. Helal provided light tasty breakfast omelettes made to order . The lunches were particularly good with attractively l presented tasty varied salads and mini bites. There was plenty of choice of main courses .There was a pasta station , western foods and always a selection of curries .Evening meal was a set menu with choices 5 nights out of 7 .Once a week there was an excellent barbecue and and Maldivian night. You are assigned a waiter for the duration of your visit ,although the tables are not assigned. We had excellent service with a smile from Mirsaid. Breakfast is 07.30 to 10.00, lunch is 12.30 to 14.00 and dinner 20.00 to 22.00.We brought with us some snacks in case we were hungry ( all inclusive have afternoon tea with snacks 16.00-17.00).I needn't have bothered .The only provision from home that was worthwhile was the carton of UHT milk I brought for my hot beverages as I don't like coffeemate. It would be a bonus if milk could be provided in the rooms . There is milk available in the restaurant for cereal in the morning but it states quite clearly that food or beverages will be charged to your room if taken from the restaurant and apart from cookies from the jar at breakfast I didn't see anyone removing items from the restaurant. If there was a weakness in food it was the breakfast pastries and cakes which were slightly heavy. The sunset bar for cocktails was an excellent end to the day and overseen by Habibur who has been there 21 years and provided impeccable service . Cocktails worked out about $USD 14 by the time service charge and tax were added I wasn't a fan of the sand bar as it was full of smokers and the outside deck was too windy the entire time we were there to sit out. Drinks costs were reasonable .Beer $7 ,coke $5, spirits $7 ( then add tax and service charge). There is no entertainment other than the Maldivian night and it was great to dine without music in the restaurant .There was some mellow music playing in the Sandbar only. The house reef has suffered in common with all the Maldivian resorts from coral bleaching but there is some sign of regeneration now. There is an excellent variety of sea life , we saw colourful reef fish and turtles every day . We also saw reef and nurse sharks and octopuses .Visibility was good. We were only able to snorkel in a small area of the reef in front of the watersports and dive centres as it was so windy and choppy on the other side of the island which was unlucky and disappointing. We will have to return to check out the rest of the reef. We finally made it out on a snorkel trip to coral reef and turtle point on our last day , both of which are visible from Makunudu and saw a total of 13 turtles. It is not possible to walk around the island on the beach as there are stone outcrops to reduce erosion and areas where there is no beach. You can however walk down one path of the island along the beach by the sunset bar and back up the other path, a total of about 1000 steps. There is a water sports "centre" which is really an outlet next to the dive centre. Fortunately motorised water sports weren't popular while we were there though we heard jet skis on a couple of occasions. We saw 1 person windsurfing. The PADI accredited dive centre seemed very quiet .We don't dive but Ricardo and Caroline seemed very passionate and enthusiastic about their sport. We also didn't use the spa. Our flight back wasn't until 20.30 so we didn't leave Makunudu until 16.30 ; the island runs 1 hour ahead of Male time. There is a shower room available for guests to use after checkout and although room check out was 12 noon lunch was included on our departure day . The guests were mainly mature clientele with a high preponderance of Italian ,French, Dutch ,German ,British .There were 2 children and not many young honeymooning couples , perhaps due to the time of year or the decidedly low key ambience of the island. The island could do better in trying to reduce plastic use .There was a sign suggesting not to use plastic straws but these were provided without asking , and the cocktail stirrers used were also plastic. A large number of plastic water bottles are used daily. Consideration could be given to using refillable glass water bottles in the rooms .I have seen this working well on other remote islands. All in all this is a wonderful, understated Maldivian Island with the basics of location, food , bed and shower all excellent.Read more
Our trip to Makunudu Island was simply incredible...10 days of paradise with warm clear waters and white sandy beaches...on arrival we were given a lovely Coconut drink and then escorted to our bungalow which was Number 2...we had a large section of the beach to ourselves almost every day... Now there are some people we wish to thank that made our stay even more special...our House Cleaner Dudu who cleaned our bungalow twice a day and did a brilliant job... In the restaurant where we had breakfast lunch and dinner thanks go to Ahmed for his exemplary service and nothing was too much trouble for him...on the subject of the food...one word...Amazing!!! Although I always looked forward to the desserts afterwards with particular interest!!! As we watched the sun go down most evenings we would sit at the beautiful Sunset Bar where Mabeeb would bring us some lovely drinks..he too again deserves our thanks...and ot couldn't be a better end to every day in Makunudu... Manager Ally was always on hand most days ensuring all his guests were enjoying their stay and we often spoke with him... If you want a traditional get away from it all Maldivian holiday then this island really is the one too look to...with only 36 Bungalows don't be surprised if you feel almost like you have the island to yourself! It is a no shoes no news kind of place and for someone who had wanted to go to the Maldives for many years it truly was wonderful... Both myself and my husband Mark had a memorable holiday and we will remember our stay for a long time to come... So...what are you waiting for?... Makunudu Island is there for you to enjoy.... Steven Cobb and Mark CullumRead more
From 01.01.- 16.01.2020 we have been on the tiny island Makunudu. Beginning with a warm welcome from the director and his staff, we enjoyed every single second of our holidays, because we didn't see any plastic on the island. Everything is natural, - that was exactly, what we were searching for. We only booked half board and it was perfect for us, because during the day we wanted to do several snorkel trips to explore the riffs around the island. Because of the current between high and low tide you have to be careful, especially when you do wider trips, but it was always easy to handle. Black tips, white tips, nurse sharks, turtles, morays, fish swarms in the riffs - seems to be paradise? Of course you also have coral bleaching round the island, but some start to recover again, although some guests walk like elephants over them. It is like everywhere in the world, that many humans don't know how to handle our surrounding nature. Nevertheless the whole staff and especially Ismael anticipated every of our wishes. The food was delicious and we enjoyed some special wines, we didn't know before. At the end for 16 days the whole personnel was like a family for us. We will come back. Andreas & Renate Read more
I booked this holiday in May last year with the intention of telling my wife on Christmas Day. Managed to keep it quiet and the surprise was fantastic. On arrival at Makunudu we were greeted with drinks and genuinely friendly staff. The check in was very easy and relaxed. We went for lunch and our cases were in our room by the time we were shown to it. We had Bungalow no. 22 which was amazing, quiet beach and comfortable loungers. I think it was the better side of the island, easy access to the house reef and less windy. The views we had were phenomenal. We were all inclusive which was great and the food was very good. I don’t like all incl.but it this was well done. Our waiter Lasantha was so good and a credit to his employers. You had a buffet at breakfast and lunch then 5 out of 7 night was an Al la Carte menu. The dive centre was really good with Ricardo and Carolyn leading the dives. I was a bit disappointed as a lot of the coral was dead but the marine life was superb. Snorkelling from the beach was fantastic and the house reef was teaming with life. We swam with the resident turtles which was amazing. If you wait till dusk the sharks begin to come out and swim within 2-3m of the shore. We watched them then went in to swim beside them. We were within 1m of a Nurse Shark for over one minute which was so surreal. Invest in an underwater camera which you can now get at a pretty reasonable price. We spent Hogmanay at the gala dinner on the beach which was just so spectacular. I can’t think of anything negative to say about Makunudu. In my opinion this island is best suited to couples as there isn’t too much for children to do. You won’t be disappointed if you visit Makunudu.Read more