As you fly into Male International Airport, it’s just a 50-minute exhilarating speedboat ride to Makunudu island in the North Malé Atoll. On arrival at this blissful, owner-run retreat, you’re shown to your private rustic beachfront bungalow overlooking the turquoise lagoon.
On the hunt for the ultimate in relaxation and a little adventure, this island and its treasures have it all. From its coral reefs to rich marine life, you can explore the waters from above or below with a wide range of water-based activities. Snorkelling the warm waters of the reef is spectacular and the island’s dive sites take you to the magical marine world below the surface.
Above the water, windsurfing is great fun or water-skiing is available for the thrill seekers among us. For a more chilled water-based adventure, a trip on a traditional dhoni is not to be missed, joining the local fishermen on the lagoon for a spot of night fishing.
There is no better place for those on a romantic break than this unspoilt paradise. The sunset cruise is the perfect start to a romantic evening at Makunudu, relaxing as the myriad of stars come out to light up the night sky. You can also dine out in style with a private champagne lunch on a secluded sandbank or just relax on your private sun loungers listening to the waves lap the shore.
The excellent island restaurant, Ara Iru (meaning rising sun) serves an exquisite range of dishes from east to west with buffets of meats, fish and tropical fruits, as well as table-served set menus. A must is their weekly sizzling barbecue, which delivers a delicious slice of local spice as part of this magnificent Maldivian buffet dinner.
Day or night, The Sand Bar is open, offering refreshing drinks and sunset cocktails. This is a great place for a quiet drink or to meet and chat with fellow travellers, sharing stories of your aquatic adventures. If you are celebrating something special, they can also arrange a personally crafted candlelit dinner beneath the stars on the beach, in your bungalow or in other private locations on the island.
Not quite relaxed enough yet? Then the many treatments available at the Aavun Spa are sure to do the trick. Choose from Maldivian, Asian and European wellness techniques and traditions, or try their truly blissful Maldivian massage using a blend of seashell and pure indigenous coconut oil.
This place is an island haven on a budget, where you can kick off your shoes, relax and have fun far from the madding crowd. With British Airways flights available direct from London in the high season, Makunudu is a great value, unspoilt, dream holiday to remember. There is nothing else quite like Makunudu!