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The Maldives: Lti Maafushivaru Maldives Resort Review

The Maldives: Lti Maafushivaru Maldives Resort Review

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Lti Maafushivaru Maldives is an island paradise, located in the South Ari Atoll. This incredible beach resort is on one of the many Maldive Islands, in the Indian Ocean.

This small, luxury 5-star resort offers guests the opportunity to explore and discover the beauty of pristine waters, white sandy beaches and contemporary accommodation and dining experiences, all in the immaculate setting of a secluded, island get-away.

This resort is perfect for a romantic break or celebration – we went there for some rest and relaxation, and to renew our wedding vows. However, it’s also suitable for small families. We took our son, Aiden and had a blast!

I’d been dreaming of a Maldives vacation for years, and I was so happy that we were finally able to make it work for this trip, which was also our anniversary.

Want to read about how we got there, make sure to check out my post on “How To Plan A Trip To The Maldives With A Stop Over In Abu Dhabi or Dubai.”

Here’s my review of this beautiful island resort!

How Big Is Lti Maafushivaru Maldives?

The island itself measures just over 350m long. You can walk around it in 10 minutes!

Where is Maafushivaru Maldives Located?

The resort is in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives, 93 km from Male Airport on its own private island.

How To Get To The Lti Maafushivaru Maldives?

To get to Lti Maafushivaru Maldives, you’ll need to take a 25 minute seaplane ride from Male Airport.

When you get off the seaplane, then you’ll need to take a 5 minute boat ride to the resort.

When you book your trip to Lti Maafushivaru Maldives, your seaplane and boat ride will be booked together for you. Do keep in mind that this not included in your hotel stay, varies by Hotel but is usually a flat fee of $270 to $450 per person (roundtrip).

How To Book Lti Maafushivaru Maldives

You can simply head to their website https://www.maafushivaru.com/ to book. That’s exactly what we did. If you have any questions, there’s an email and you can reach out to them.

Make sure to check out the resort’s booking packages for early bird and longer stay discounts, which include the return seaplane transfers.

Lti Maafushivaru Maldives all inclusive packages are available which include dining in any of the restaurants, plus they include free excursion packages.

Accommodation Types at Lti Maafushivaru Maldives

Despite its tiny size, this resort has 5 different types of luxury villas available for guests. If you want to experience the ultimate in relaxation, choose from incredible beach villas with private pools to spacious water villas built out over the ocean itself.

My family and I stayed in 2 different villas: The Water Pool Villa and the Duplex Pool Villa.

All of the villas come equipped with:

  • king size bed
  • air con
  • TV
  • telephone
  • mini-bar
  • espresso machine
  • hairdryer
  • electronic safe
  • bath and beach towels
  • bathrobes
  • bathroom amenities

Beach Villa

If you love lush, tropical vegetation, you’ll adore the views from the Beach Villas. Palm trees line the path from the villa down to the pristine ocean. From the villa you get an enticing view of the beach. Sit on the loungers, on your own private, wooden deck and watch the sun go down.

The bathrooms in the Beach Villas are semi open-air, with twin washstands and an open-air shower. You can feel like Robinson Crusoe-turned king!

The Beach Villas sleep up to 3 adults, or 2 adults and a child, and each villa is 99M² in size. 

Beach Pool Villas

These are larger than the Beach Villas at 120 M².

The view from the villa is stunning: a sandy white path leading down to the beach, with lush tropical foliage all around.

The Beach Pool Villas are equipped with all the same things as the Beach Villa, plus they have:

  • an indoor and outdoor shower
  • a private pool
  • a private garden

Duplex Pool Villas

At 184 M², these are the largest of the villas available, sleeping up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids. They’re perfect for small family get-aways, or 2 couples travelling together.

Built on 2 levels, each floor has a bedroom with a king size bed and a large bathroom.

The upstairs bedroom has a beautiful vaulted ceiling, giving a great sense of space. The room opens up to a full balcony, complete with table and chairs and an impressive view across the lagoon.

The downstairs bedroom opens directly onto the deck. The downstairs bathroom is bigger, with a full bath and open-air shower. It’s all very private though, so there’s no need to worry about your fellow travellers seeing in!

On the deck there are sun loungers, a daybed and a dining area, plus of course, a private pool. If you tire of the pool, the ocean is just a few meters away.

Water Villas

What the water villas lack is the lush tropical planting around them, but they make up for it with their ocean views. You are literally on top of the ocean, with that incredible blue-green water as far as the eye can see.

Each villa has a private wooden deck, hanging over the water. Soak it all up on one of the comfy sun loungers.

Like all the other villas, the Water Villas have a king size bed, plus there is a daybed. They also have a bath with views of the ocean, perfect for a romantic night in!

They’re the smallest of the villas, at 95M², sleeping 3 adults or 2 adults and a child.

Water Pool Villas

These are the most expensive option of the 5 different villa types. They’re very spacious at 151M², though they still have a maximum capacity of 3 adults or 2 adults and a child.

Access is via a private walkway, leading you to the villa which is perched above the ocean. Each villa feels very luxurious, with big open spaces, an enormous bathroom with a freestanding bath and a large wooden deck looking straight out across the lagoon. The deck has loungers, an outdoor sofa and a dining area, plus a private pool.

The star of the show? Steps from the deck down into the ocean itself!

Dining At Lti Maafushivaru Maldives

With 9 incredible eating options, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food.

Meal Plans

Maafushivaru offers various meal plans – Half Board, Half Board Plus or Dine Around All-Inclusive. Check out the options to find which suits you best.

We paid for the meal plan and it was the best choice ever. Unlimited food and drinks all day long. The food and cocktails were so good so that made it very enjoyable.The meal plan is 100% worth it.

Water Bar – This is probably the most relaxed place to hang out on the island. Get chilled drinks, served poolside. Open from 9am. In theory it doesn’t close until the last guest leaves!

Cielo – Spanish for ‘sky’, Cielo is an all-day restaurant serving mainly Italian food. You’ll find it above the Water Bar. Sit outside on the spacious deck and enjoy the ocean view. For dinner one night I wanted pasta that wasn’t on the menu and the chef was able to prepare it for me.

Cuisine Gallery – Head to the Cuisine Gallery for breakfast or dinner. They serve Mediterranean and Asian style buffets. Opening hours are Breakfast: 7:30am – 10.00am and Dinner: 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

Las Tapas – Another spot for Mediterranean and Asian inspired dishes, in an open-air restaurant next to Maafushivaru’s pool. Check out the ice cream and sorbet menu. Food is served from 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Moodhu Grill – The beautiful Moodhu Grill is Maafushivaru’s finest restaurant and it has the most impressive setting. Perched over the water, this contemporary circular building is a pleasure to dine in. Get delicious South Asian dinners here from 7:00pm – 10:00pm (last orders are at 9:30pm).

Library Lounge – This spacious, open coffee shop serves non-alcoholic drinks and light food such as salads, sandwiches and pastries, from 11am to 7pm. It also has a selection of books, magazines and board games.

Destination Dining – This is much more exciting than it sounds: for a personalised dining service, have Maafushivaru’s chefs cater for you: you choose the menu and the setting!

Umi – You’ll find Umi at the end of a pier, offering fantastic sunset views over the ocean and a Teppanyaki menu. Dinner is served from 7:00pm – 10:00pm (last orders at 9:30pm).

Facilities At Lti Maafushivaru Maldives

Wifi: With free wifi in all of the villas and across the island, if you really feel the need to check on what’s happening in the outside world, you can! This really is a place to ditch the phone though (other than using it to take photos!).

Renewal-of-vows: We took advantage of this beautiful service during our stay. It can be organised on request – let them know when you book your villa. You couldn’t ask for a more romantic setting to renew your wedding vows.

Boutique: this cute little shop has souvenirs to buy for the folks back home, as well as everyday toiletries and beach essentials.

Oceane Spa: Open from 9am – 8pm, indulge yourself in facial treatments, skincare, massages, waxing, detox and body wraps. Sessions are available for individuals or couples.

My husband surprised me with a 30 minute full body scrub and 60 massage as well as 75 minute facial. One of the best I’ve had!

Ocean View Gym – The gym offers yoga sessions and the gym, and plus it has an awesome view of the Indian ocean. It is open from 6am-10om.

What Can You Do At Lti Maafushivaru Maldives?

As well as swimming in the island’s pool, in the ocean or enjoying the pristine sandy beaches, there are lots of excursions available too. Choose from:

  • Diving. Multi-lingual dive instructors will take good care of you whether you’re a complete beginner or experienced diver. You might see sharks, mantas and turtles, as well as colourful reef fish.
  • Snorkelling trips. The snorkel safaris are morning excursions. Expect to see lots of different coral and reef fish, and if you’re lucky, even turtles.
  • Fishing trips
  • Visit other islands
  • Romantic sunset cruises – we had one booked but weren’t able to do it because of the weather.
  • Manta Ray excursions
  • Whale Shark excursions
  • Watersports. Choose from windsurfing, tubing and banana rides, glass-bottom boat trips, kayaks, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, knee boarding and water skiing!
  • Vow renewal

If you like water activities, you’re spoiled for choice at Lti Maafushivaru Maldives. Do note that tThe minimum age for any motorized activities is 12 years old.

In addition to the excursions, on-island entertainment includes movie nights, live music, with DJs in the afternoons.

Overall Thoughts On Lti Maafushivaru Maldives Resort

We had the pleasure of visiting this resort in August 2021 and it was an amazing experience. While there are plenty of places to visit that offer great beaches, food and activities, this resort’s island destination and attention to detail made this trip truly magical.

If you’re looking for a tropical island paradise to celebrate your honeymoon, anniversary or just need some time away with the people who mean the most to you in your life then Lti Maafushivaru Maldives is perfect.

With 5 villa types and lots of excursions there are endless opportunities for romance. From couples’ massages to private candlelit dinners, it will make any romantic or family getaway unforgettable!

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