Hondaafushi opens as first resort in Maldives’ Haa Dhaal atoll
Hondaafushi Island Resort opened on Sunday, making it the first resort to open in the northern Haa Dhaal atoll.
The island, which measures two kilometres in length and 500 metres in width, is accessible by a 55-minute domestic flight from the main Velana International Airport to the Hanimaadhoo airport followed by 10-minute speedboat trip.
Hondaafushi opened its shores to guests with 80 rooms in two categories: Superior Beach Bungalows and Deluxe Beach Bungalows.
The modernly outfitted Superior Beach Bungalows measure 75 square metres, while the spacious Deluxe Beach Bungalows measure 89 square metres. Both villa categories have semi-open bathrooms, and are furnished with air-conditioning, digital TV, phone, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar and an in-room safe. The furnished terrace faces the ocean and serves as an immaculate place to relax.
The island will add some 100 rooms every year, with plans to have at least 400 villas over the next five years.
Offering a main restaurant which serves daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, the four-star resort features a shared lounge and a bar. The outdoor swimming pool comes with a separate poolside bar.
In addition to a spa and wellness centre, guests can choose from a variety of activities; from sailboat cruising and windsurfing to snorkelling and diving. In the event that you would rather remain dry, billiards, table tennis, beach volleyball and a fitness centre are accessible for your pleasure.
Hondaafushi is owned and operated by AAA Hotels and Resorts, which already runs Filitheyo Island Resort in Faafu atoll, Medhufushi Island Resort in Meemu atoll, and Bathala Island Resort in South Ari Atoll.
Up until today, Haa Dhaal remained as the only atoll in the Maldives which did not have a tourist resort. Plans to develop a resort on the island of Naagoashi in the atoll have stalled.