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Maalifushi by COMO (Maldives): STUNNING resort! My trip report

Maalifushi by COMO (Maldives): STUNNING resort! My trip report

Old Aug 9, 17, 11:49 am
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Awesome report, Hannisen. How old were the kids with you? What did the resort do for them? Were they able to snorkel? Any kids club?
The kids were 2, 4, 8 and 12 years old. The resort arranged toys to play in the sand with, and had put a few other things from the kids club in the rooms to invite them.

The 8 and 12 year olds could snorkel without issues, but the 4 year old found it a bit frightening. They had life jackets for anyone who wasn't a strong swimmer, and the waters were very calm during our stay.

The kids club was excellent and had a wide array of activities. Our kids participated in making t-shirts, kites, a treasure hunt and a sushi making class. Everything was complimentary. The only thing that had an extra cost was a few motorized water sports.

On departure the kids club manager said goodbye to the kids and gave them a coconut ornament to hang in the Christmas tree, for example.
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Thanks for the report, @hannisen! A very nice review, indeed, and sounds like you had a very nice time.

(1) You mentioned that the air con was efficient. Care to elaborate? I am curious to learn how cool it kept your OW villa during the day and how cool it could go at night. If anyone else has any experience here, I'd also welcome your input.

(2) I would have been far more put out about the pool light fiasco and the missed allergies. Wasting a whole day fixing a pool light would have made me head straight to the senior manager on duty. And missing allergies that could result in death would have sent me straight to the F/B director.

Singita Boulders--which we loved and would return to in a heartbeat--missed my allergies three times...and I wouldn't let them forget it. After complaining after each occurrence, they provided us a beautiful tasting menu dinner with my choice of wine pairings to try and make it up to us. (That worked.)

Azura Benguerra--which we'd not return to--had an air con and lighting fail that caused repair people to be in our Presidential Villa for an entire day. After they acted like nothing had happened at all, I insisted they refund 1 night of our stay for the ridiculous inconvenience. (They did...though they tried to renege until I threatened to post a TripAdvisor review with their written confirmation of that refund.)

Amanwana--which we'd consider returning to for the Amanira live-aboard--had an air con failure that caused repair people to be in our tent for an entire day. They were so apologetic and tried so hard in other ways to make it up for us that I never asked for anything. In the end, they did let us leave early and switch us to Amanusa.

(3) Sounds like COMO still has some work to do on service and food. We have faith in COMO that they will get it right.
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Old Aug 9, 17, 2:17 pm
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(1) You mentioned that the air con was efficient. Care to elaborate? I am curious to learn how cool it kept your OW villa during the day and how cool it could go at night. If anyone else has any experience here, I'd also welcome your input.

(2) I would have been far more put out about the pool light fiasco and the missed allergies. Wasting a whole day fixing a pool light would have made me head straight to the senior manager on duty. And missing allergies that could result in death would have sent me straight to the F/B director.

(3) Sounds like COMO still has some work to do on service and food. We have faith in COMO that they will get it right.
1. I didn't do any measurements, but it was set to 68 degrees night and day, and it felt about right. Coming inside from being outside felt equally great each time. After having had the doors open for awhile, which of course disabled the A/C, it didn't take too long for it to get the temperature back down. The fans in each room helped A LOT to spread the cool air around. If the air conditioning was a bit loud, the fans were close to silent. Then again, if the A/C would have been more silent, maybe I would be able to hear the fans? Who knows.

2. Yes, I was too lenient. I should have let them know how bad I thought it was, and I was planning on talking to the GM when we saw him, but I was somewhat put off by his demeanor, so I decided to just ignore it. Regarding the allergies, I was about to talk to the F&B manager a second time about it, but was talked out of it by other people in our party. I don't really regret anything, but if I had a second chance I would have made a bigger deal out of both the issues. As I said before, if we wouldn't have had access to the second villa, things would have been very different.

3. The service needs to improve, the food itself was excellent.
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Originally Posted by hannisen View Post
1. I didn't do any measurements, but it was set to 68 degrees night and day, and it felt about right. Coming inside from being outside felt equally great each time. After having had the doors open for awhile, which of course disabled the A/C, it didn't take too long for it to get the temperature back down. The fans in each room helped A LOT to spread the cool air around. If the air conditioning was a bit loud, the fans were close to silent. Then again, if the A/C would have been more silent, maybe I would be able to hear the fans? Who knows.

2. Yes, I was too lenient. I should have let them know how bad I thought it was, and I was planning on talking to the GM when we saw him, but I was somewhat put off by his demeanor, so I decided to just ignore it. Regarding the allergies, I was about to talk to the F&B manager a second time about it, but was talked out of it by other people in our party. I don't really regret anything, but if I had a second chance I would have made a bigger deal out of both the issues. As I said before, if we wouldn't have had access to the second villa, things would have been very different.

3. The service needs to improve, the food itself was excellent.
Thanks for elaborating on the air con. Music to my ears, after hearing so many horror stories of poor air con in OW villas in the Maldives. I can deal with noise--I like white noise actually when trying to sleep--but I must have cold!

I do understand about the rest. Especially since you were with a group. I'm just more demanding than most.

As I said, we've had great experiences with COMO at the Halkin in London. Even after a rough first stay (with air con fail). They really came through after that. So I trust that they can fix the service issues you experienced. Here's crossing fingers.

I also would be apoplectic if anyone wanted me to wear a tux in the tropics. I do believe I'd murder people. COMO sounds to strike the right balance, along with some other casual-luxe properties already named.

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great report! id think/hope como would offer recovery re allergies

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GM when we saw him, but I was somewhat put off by his demeanor
hmm

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Como Cocoa...What am I missing?
two rarer things - house reef and low room count
(jani is adding a bunch of 1BRs and 3BRs on beach)
and pretty consistent here over long period of time
location means published boat transfer, some prefer

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I will be staying at Maalifushi in September for 10 nights.
I have previously stayed at the two Maldivian Four Seasons, which had generous buffets for breakfast.

Maalifushi's breakfast buffet looks modest in comparison - am I missing something here? Is it because it's primarily an a' la carte service?
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Old Aug 11, 17, 1:06 am
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I will be staying at Maalifushi in September for 10 nights.
I have previously stayed at the two Maldivian Four Seasons, which had generous buffets for breakfast.

Maalifushi's breakfast buffet looks modest in comparison - am I missing something here? Is it because it's primarily an a' la carte service?
It's definitely a smaller buffet as you can see from the pictures. The hot dishes you order from the menu are of a decent size, however.

Coming from FS Jumeirah Beach, which has a massive buffet, sure makes the one at Maalifushi look tiny, but no one ever left the breakfast hungry.
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Originally Posted by bhrubin View Post
Thanks for elaborating on the air con. Music to my ears, after hearing so many horror stories of poor air con in OW villas in the Maldives. I can deal with noise--I like white noise actually when trying to sleep--but I must have cold!

I do understand about the rest. Especially since you were with a group. I'm just more demanding than most.

As I said, we've had great experiences with COMO at the Halkin in London. Even after a rough first stay (with air con fail). They really came through after that. So I trust that they can fix the service issues you experienced. Here's crossing fingers.

I also would be apoplectic if anyone wanted me to wear a tux in the tropics. I do believe I'd murder people. COMO sounds to strike the right balance, along with some other casual-luxe properties already named.
I use an app called "white noise" on my phone and set the volume to max with the extreme rain sound on every trip.
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I use an app called "white noise" on my phone and set the volume to max with the extreme rain sound on every trip.
+1 for the app and the practice. Unless I am staying some place I know will be very quiet, and which has AC you can keep the fan on continually to generate the right amount of white noise, I do this too.
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I use an app called "white noise" on my phone and set the volume to max with the extreme rain sound on every trip.
Sleep Pillow is another good noise app.
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Originally Posted by hannisen View Post
It's definitely a smaller buffet as you can see from the pictures. The hot dishes you order from the menu are of a decent size, however.

Coming from FS Jumeirah Beach, which has a massive buffet, sure makes the one at Maalifushi look tiny, but no one ever left the breakfast hungry.
Thank you, that's useful - I have heard great things about the food at the resort, so I am looking forward.
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Which Water Villa do you recommend? It seems to be a few facing the beach with less privacy and perhaps not as much sun as the rest?
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Which Water Villa do you recommend? It seems to be a few facing the beach with less privacy and perhaps not as much sun as the rest?
If the Water Villa is your category of choice, and privacy is a high priority, then I'd recommend the ones at the end of the Tai Boardwalk (318-320):

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If the Water Villa is your category of choice, and privacy is a high priority, then I'd recommend the ones at the end of the Tai Boardwalk (318-320):

They look really nice! How's the water there? And does it become a hassle to go to restaurants and so on? How's 404 and 402?
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Old Oct 23, 18, 9:42 am
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They look really nice! How's the water there? And does it become a hassle to go to restaurants and so on? How's 404 and 402?
The water is great there, and you have the option of snorkeling in the coral gardens directly from your accommodations. You'd be a bit removed from the main restaurant where breakfast is served, but everyone gets bikes so it's not really an issue. Also, you'd be really close to what I would consider is the best restaurant, Tai, which is only open for dinner though.

Oh, forgot about the other rooms. I'd say they are not as private. One family in our party had 402 and even though it's private, it's not as private as 318-320.
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