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Atmosphere Kanifushi

Atmosphere Kanifushi

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1545 Reviews
Guide Price £2,729 per person
Based on 12 May 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Sri Lankan Airlines, staying for 7 nights all inclusive in a Sunset Beach Villa (2 adults sharing) including return seaplane transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

An island escape like no other

A two kilometre paradise of white sand, tropical palms, sparkling ocean views, and luxurious accommodation. Generously-sized beach villas with whirlpool tubs occupy the shoreline, meaning the beach is just steps from your room. The extensive Platinum Plus package includes delectable all-day dining in the main restaurant and unlimited premium drinks — including your minibar which is replenished twice a day. A floodlit tennis court, PADI Dive Centre, and complimentary daily snorkelling trips are also included, as well as non-motorised water sports and an all-day kids' club. 

  • All accommodation boasts direct beach access
  • Generous Platinum Plus all inclusive package
  • PADI dive centre and complimentary daily snorkelling trips
  • Full-sized 50 metre main swimming pool
  • First vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives - Just Veg

Top Tips from our Experts

Natalie

Destination Specialist

"Experience a true Maldivian sunset at the adults only pool that looks over the stunning Indian Ocean. Sit back with a signature cocktail from the bar and soak up the calming atmosphere."

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Deluxe
  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 150 rooms
  • Approx. 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport.

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Barefoot style
  • H&J Recommended
  • Private island

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Rooms
  • Kid's Club
Location Highlights

Atmosphere Kanifushi

  • Approx. 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport
1545 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1327
  • Very Good 150
  • Average 40
  • Poor 17
  • Terrible 11

What to Expect

  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Sep 19, 2018

Beyond perfection

My wife and I had been so looking forward to this trip for so long, having booked it as the place to celebrate 21 years of marriage and to renew our vows. So our hopes and dreams were extremely high. But even then, we could not have dared to imagine that the Atmosphere Kanifushi could be that special. It truly blew us away! From the moment we landed in Male following a long flight via Dubai (albeit in Emirates Business Class - yes we treated ourselves), the Maldivian experience began. The hotel have their own lounge at the airport, so we could check-in to the hotel, relax and wait to board the seaplane. This was an experience in itself. We were sat at the front and could see the pilots in their bare feet, which amused us. Flying over the little islands and being mesmerised by the colours of the sea was a glimpse of things to come. After a 45 minute flight and a smooth landing, we arrived at Kanifushi and were greeted by a number of management and staff, who accompanied us down the jetty to reception, along with two drummers. We were introduced to Ravini, who was assigned to look after us and she gave us a tour of the island before taking us to our room. Well, what can I say. We had a sunset beach villa and it was stunning. Very spacious, with a gorgeous view of the beach and that amazing sea. The bathroom is something else again, open air at one end, with a beautiful jacuzzi bath and a massive rainfall shower. The bed is one of the most comfortable we have ever slept in. And the facilities in the room are amazing, you could want for nothing. After breakfast on our first full day, we were approached by a member of staff, who knew who we were. We were a little uneasy, thinking we had done something wrong, but far from it. He introduced himself as Sajeev and he was to organise our ROV (renewal of vows). We had initially thought we wanted a very quiet, very private ceremony, but when Sanjeev outlined the plans, it all sounded so beautiful that we couldn't wait. He took us to where the ceremony would take place and even showed us the local flowers that they would make into a bouquet for my wife to carry. That first day, we spent outside our villa, with comfortable sunbeds, a beanbag and sun umbrellas available for us to use. A very nice way to start our holiday, but that was the only day we spent by the villa. Most of the time we were at the Sunset pool. This is the adult only pool, which is exactly what we wanted. It is very relaxed, the infinity pool overlooking that amazing sea (I could never get tired of those colours) and the staff always on hand to bring you drinks. And, of course, the sea is only a few steps away if you want to swim in the warm, clear water there. Most mornings we snorkeled off the main jetty. We had read before coming that snorkeling here was a waste of time. How wrong they are. There is a whole world down there in shallow clear water. We absolutely loved it and saw lion fish, clown fish, parrot fish, trigger fish and so much more. We did go on a couple of the free daily snorkeling trips, but actually preferred the jetty. The turtle snorkeling trip was amazing, however. And don't forget to watch the daily stingray and fish feeding. The stingray come up to the shallows and you can actually stroke them - breathtaking experience. So to the vows. Sajeev and his team did us proud. They decorated the buggies that took my wife and I (separately) to the ceremony. The 'aisle' on the beach was lined with flowers and ribbons, with an arch on either end. They played our song as my wife walked up the aisle to me. The chief/priest conducted the ceremony whilst the sun was setting over the sea and the photographer took about 100 photos, which are superb. After celebrating with our adopted wedding party, we were treated to a delicious six course meal on the beach surrounded by lights on the beach and candles made into a heart shape. Oh, and our own private chef and plenty of champagne. The whole day was magical and more than we could have wished for. Food plays a big part in any holiday and Kanifushi excels once again. The main buffet restaurant, Spice, always had plenty of options and the food was always fresh and hot. The Sunset pool bar is good for lunch if you just want something quick and easy, whilst the Sunset restaurant is excellent for dinner. The weekly beach barbeque is also fabulous. The jewel in the crown, though, is Just Veg. My wife and I are not vegetarians, but the food here is outstanding and we ate here four times. The masala and Thai red curries are exquisite, as is the naan bread that comes with them. Do not be put off by the vegetarian label, this is just too good to miss. The only area on the whole island that I could find fault with would be the Tepenyaki restaurant. Don't get me wrong, it is fun and the food is good, but just a little underwhelming compared to other restaurants and it is also the only chargeable one (not cheap either). So to the spa. They have given it a Balinese feel and it is so good and the staff are a joy. Treat yourself to the Pure Indulgence treatment, you will love it. The staff are a credit to the resort. Everyone smiles and greets you, from the gardening and maintenance staff right up to Maurice, the General Manager. I have to give a special mention to a few, though. First and foremost, Sajeev. As well as the vows and arranging another surprise candlelit dinner, he was always around with his beaming smile. He was even there to wave us off when we left on the early morning seaplane. Shibu, the sous chef, is a lovely man and appeared genuinely touched when we told him how much we loved the food. The staff at the spa, especially Asmi, who had the patience to ensure my wife's hair looked gorgeous on our vows day. Najid, you are going places. Also, other staff at the Sunset, Raj, Gomes, Hazel and the shisha guy (sorry, forgot your name, but thanks for the shishas every evening!). And the guys in the buggies, constantly ferrying guests up and down the island, especially music man! As you can tell, this holiday exceeded our expectations by a long way This was our first visit to the Indian Ocean and we cannot wait to return. But, more than anything, we cannot wait to return to the Atmosphere Kanifushi.
Sep 19, 2018

Let us share a secret!

Haywards Heath, United Kingdom

Ssh! This is a place you will wish you could keep a secret!! Unfortunately that would be such an injustice to the outstanding staff at this resort. They are responsible for turning an amazing location into a stay that will live in your heart forever! People like Carlton who never seems to sleep while he ensures your every comfort is secured. Ruvini our representative who made you feel you were the only guests she looked after. Anna who will greet you at Spice be it early in the morning or late at night like a family member coming home. Atya ( I really hope I have spelt that right) our room service guy took such great care of us, (Good luck Atya for the safe arrival of your first baby) nothing was ever too much trouble for this delightful young man. The decoration on our bed when we left made me cry it was so beautifully done. VJ at the liquid bar always greeted you with an infectious smile and made sure your time at the pool was as relaxing as possible. The guys who drive the buggies are so accomodating and helpful and finally the lad who feeds the Rays and Fish, for your patience and incredible knowledge that you shared so willingly with our son. We honestly miss each one of these very special people. ( make sure you don't loose them Maurice). We are sure there were many others we should have mentioned above and we apologise, but you are all amazing the above were just simply outstanding. So what else can we 'reluctantly' 😂 tell you about Kanifushi. Firstly we stayed in June/July so not at a peak time so our review is based on this. Let's start with arriving in Male where you are greeted by a representative who will guide you to your sea plane check in. Quite straight forward just don't go over your weight allowance as they weigh everything. You will then be whisked away to Kanifushi's own departure lounge. This is very comfortable with drinks and snacks readily available. We were also checked in here so not a moment of your time on the island is wasted. The sea plane journey is amazing, have those camera's ready. Be warned it is noisy though, so take up the offer of ear plugs. When you land at the dock and disembark you will be blown away. Our children(24,21 and 12yrs kicked off their shoes and did not wear anything on their feet again until we left!!) You are greeted with drums and several members of staff who will walk with you down the long jetty to reception. Pause a moment and soak in where you are. Our boys said 'this is sick' apparently that is very high praise from the younger generation 😂😂 So their platinum all inclusive is incredible especially if you like cocktails, spirits and fine wines as these are all free ( exception champagne and some speciality wines) We are not great drinkers but it was still great to know whenever you wanted a drink you could have one without a second thought. If you travel with children like us that is a big plus. We stayed in a sunset junior suite and it was huge. The outside bathroom is very special and to be able to walk straight onto the beach is idyllic. True to advertising pictures. Your mini bar is stocked twice a day but to be honest if you need anything just ask and they will do their best to deliver. We felt the best rooms for views were from 100 upwards but if you prefer a little privacy then the rooms with more vegetation around would be better. Just ask with a quick email to the resort once booked if you have a preference. Our 2 boys had a bike each for the entire stay and these were the last 2 at the time. Maybe something the resort may look at. We agree with another reviewers comment that there should be 2 at every villa and then if a larger group have additional for hire. The island is long and if you just want to pop back to your room for something they are invaluable as you can wait a while for a buggy to travel up and down It's also good exercise to wear off all the food you will undoubtedly be tempted to eat! We have travelled all over the world and we can honestly say with the exception of Bora Bora this is the best location but without exception it is the best level of service we have recieved. When away we prefer a kick back and relax atmosphere so if you expect a formal atmosphere this is not for you. We like the staff to pass the time of day with us and not to try and anticipate our every move but just try to deliver when requested with a smile and a willingness. Kanifushi has this down to a fine art. Well done Carlton. Hope the AstroTurf football pitch is under way for the staff and if you stay there we suggested a $1 dollar a night per room donation to build a fund that allows things like this to happen and it gives something back that the staff can decide on democratically. Happy staff equals happy guests.😃 Finally, go on book now, you won't be disappointed. You will find you will judge every future holiday from this one!!
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Atmosphere Kanifushi

Facilities

Coral reef

PADI Dive Centre & Snorkelling

The fully-equipped dive centre offers lessons for beginners through to intermediate divers, with a range of courses including PADI Open Water certification. Whether you just want to try a day out on the water or a 12 day dive package, there's something for everyone. Daily snorkelling trips are arranged throughout the week as part of your Platinum Plus All Inclusive package. Running at 09:30am and 14:30pm, they explore some of the most beautiful coral reefs and sights in the region. Guests can enjoy a 20% discount on their first two regular dives with the Platinum Plus All Inclusive package. All guests must be able to provide a valid PADI certificate (Subject to terms and conditions).

Fitness Centre

The modern fitness centre is ideal for guests who want to get an active start to the morning.

Excursions

As part of the Platinum Plus all inclusive package, guests are entitled to one free excursion during your stay. There is a selection of six to choose from, including island picnic getaways to the private island of Vavvaru for a four and a half hour trip; a two hour sunset cruise with drinks and food; and a historical trip to Kurendhoo Island for three hours.

Daily Activities

From the tennis court to aqua gym, there are plenty of things to do and see during the day. Try one of the mocktail and cocktail making classes, or enjoy a friendly beach volleyball or table tennis tournament.

Two Swimming Pools

The swimming pool at The Liquid is the first full sized 50 metre pool in the Maldives, while at the other end of the island there is an adult-only alternative.

Watersports Centre

The resort's watersports centre offers an exciting selection of activities to look forward to. From relaxing pedalo boats through to windsurfing, catamaran lessons and kite boarding, kayaking, stand-up paddle boards, water skiing, and jet skiing - there's plenty to try.

Akiri Spa by Mandara

With 12 treatment rooms and a lush garden setting, the islands luxurious spa serves to relax and refresh your mind, body and soul with a carefully selected menu of health and beauty treatments. It's facilities also include a sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi, as well as a beauty salon. Guests can enjoy a 50% discount for one couple's massage at the Akiri spa with the Platinum Plus All Inclusive package.

Atmosphere Kanifushi

Room Types

Sunset Beach Villa

Just steps from the sandy shores of the beach, these spacious villas are ideal for couples. They come with private outdoor verandas and oversized day beds, as well as queen-sized beds, and a luxurious open-bathroom containing a whirlpool bathtub. Amenities include WiFi, a flat screen TV with DVD player, and tea and coffee facilities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Sunset Junior Suite

These large suites occupy a picturesque beachfront location and just a few steps from the water. They feature spacious living areas with day beds and flat screen TV's with surround sound systems, and their luxurious open-air bathrooms offer whirlpool bathtubs. Wake up from your queen-sized bed each morning and head to your private veranda, and enjoy exclusive in-villa services including: private check-in in your suite, a bottle of white and red wine refreshed daily, daily fruit baskets, a welcome bottle of sparkling wine and canapés, and two bottles of spirits from the Platinum Plus menu.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Sunset Pool Villa

Set on the gorgeous northern tip of the island, these spacious villas come with their own private pool on the veranda with a sun lounger and direct access to the beach. They include queen-sized beds, over-sized day beds, and whirlpool bathtubs in the luxurious open-plan concept bathroom. Exclusive services available to guests of these villas include: private in-villa check-in, a welcome bottle of Champagne with canapés, an on-call butler service, two bottles of wine replenished daily, two bottles of spirits from the Platinum Plus spirits menu, a buggy service to and from restaurants, an in-villa breakfast set menu until 10:30am, and complimentary dining at the Sunset speciality restaurant.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Butler Service
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Sunset Family Villa

Comprised of two interconnected Beach villas, this spacious accommodation is absolutely perfect for families and groups. With private outdoor spaces, and luxurious interiors, they come with two queen-sized beds and day beds, as well as whirlpool bathtubs in the bathrooms and direct beach access. They are conveniently close to the main restaurant, kids' club and activities facilities too.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room
Atmosphere Kanifushi

Food & Drink

The Liquid

Discover an exotic selection of drinks including cocktails, premium spirits, and wine at this main bar. Set beside a sparkling pool, it hosts special nights throughout the week.

The Spice

This main restaurant serves up delectable buffets throughout the day with live cooking stations and a grill. The perfect chance to try something new accompanied by your favourite drinks. Restrictions: Breakfast: 07:00am to 10:30am Lunch: 12:00pm to 14:30pm Dinner: 19:00pm to 22:00pm

The Sunset

This restaurant offers a day time menu of drinks and light lunches and in the evening produces a dazzling array of Asian and Mediterranean fusion cuisine and delicious grilled meats to dine on. Restrictions: Daytime hours: 09:00am to 19:00pm Dinner: 19:00pm to 22:30pm

Just Veg

This is the first vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives, and offers a delicious menu inspired by Mediterranean, Indian, Arabic, and Jain cuisine against a backdrop of breathtaking ocean views.

Teppanyaki Grill

Offering a memorable teppanyaki experience, where trained chefs will dazzle you with their hot plate talents, preparing delicious meals cooked from fresh right before your eyes. Restrictions: Two Dinner Sittings (2 hours each): 18:30pm to 20:30pm; and 20:30pm to 22:30pm. Not included within the Platinum Plus All Inclusive package.

Board Basis Options

Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner served at ‘The Spice’ with buffets, live cooking stations, theme nights and grills. A selection of snacks throughout the day at ‘The Liquid’ and ‘The Sunset’ pool bar. A la carte lunch menu at ‘The Sunset’ pool bar and lunch and dinner is available at ‘Just Veg’ serving a unique all vegetarian menu. One A la carte fine dining dinner per guest, per week at ‘The Sunset’ speciality restaurant.

 Drinks: premium branded spirits, beers and liquors at ‘The Spice’, ‘The Liquid’, ‘The Sunset and ‘Just Veg’. Unlimited cocktails and mocktails, signature drinks, premium wines, juices, soft drinks, mineral water, teas and coffees available from the Platinum Plus drink menu. In villa minibar is also replenished twice daily with a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.

 Activities: music and DJ’s nightly is available at the resort. Sunset fishing cruise once per stay and one complimentary excursion per guests from a selection of six is available to choose (all weather permitting). Activities include kids’ club, flood lit tennis court, complimentary snorkelling and unlimited snorkelling excursion (two per day). 50% discount for one couple’s massage at the spa. 20% discount on first two regular dives per guest (for guests with valid PADI certificate). Subject to terms and conditions.

Atmosphere Kanifushi

Family Friendly Facilities

Kids' Club

The kids' club is organised by a team of trained staff, and features adventures and fun activities for children aged between four and 11 years of age. It includes fish bingo, crab hunts, sandcastle making, dance classes, and more throughout the day; all with scheduled meal times. Restrictions: For children aged between four and 11 years. Babysitting available for children below four at additional charge.

Atmosphere Kanifushi

Special Offers

Early booking discount

Save up to 15% on your accommodation

Book outside of 60 days before travel and receive 15% discount on your accommodation.

  • Travel dates may vary
  • Blackout dates apply
  • Can be combined with Bonus Nights where applicable.

Free night offer

Bonus Night Offer

Bonus Nights: Stay 4 nights and pay for 3, stay 7 nights and pay for 5, stay 10 nights stay 7. 

  • Combinable with the Early Booking Bonus.
  • Black out dates may apply
  • Minimum stay duration required

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