Location: Maldives | Maldives

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Makunudu is the ideal escape for those who yearn for the idyll of the Indian Ocean but prefer their islands fuss-free. Sprawled over a speck of sand that’s just six acres small, it’s all about the uncomplicated things here: snorkelling the huge coral reef, navigating the sea on a windsurfer and being greeted with exceptionally friendly service.
Perfect forNo-frills escapes to the postcard-perfect Maldives.
In the knowOpt for a private candlelit dinner on the beach with a twinkling canopy of stars to accompany you, or be whisked away to a secluded sandbank for a champagne lunch.

Recommended for...

  • Beach
  • Eco-tourism
  • Family-friendly
  • Food & Wine

Hotel Overview


Ensconced in the Northern Malé Atoll, a thrilling 50-minute speedboat ride from Malé.

Rooms at Makunudu

Don't worry about deliberating what sort of room you’d like here, as there’s just one type: the Deluxe Beach Bungalow. Enveloped by tropical vegetation, a stone’s throw from the sea, these bungalows exude a traditional Maldivian style, built with local wood, stone and thatch. Relish the proximity to nature with your open-air shower, direct access to the beach, and deliberate lack of televisions!

Food and facilities

There’s just one restaurant at Makunudu, the thatched-roof Ara Iru where both local and international dishes are served in the form of decadent buffets, set menus and the once-weekly barbecue with entertainment. Sip sundowners at the Sand Bar, with spellbinding ocean views, or share a bottle of champagne aboard a sunset cruise on a traditional dhoni. Also at Makanudu is a library, badminton and volleyball court, fitness centre and table tennis – and complimentary WiFi.

Activities at Makunudu

Swim out from the beach and explore the colourful coral reef, spotting turtles and reef sharks, by snorkelling or diving – there’s an excellent dive centre at Makunudu so you’re sure to be tempted. Try your hand at windsurfing, wake-boarding, water-skiing, kayaking, sailing and even night fishing – active types won’t need to worry about keeping busy. For something a little more indulgent, hit the Aavun Spa for a traditional seashell massage and other fantastic wellness treatments.

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