For our 6-day, 5 night Maldives eco-resort stay, we’ve chosen the excellent Barefoot Eco Hotel on the north Maldives island of Hanimadhoo. This is a ‘local’ island as opposed to a private resort island, and so the unique Barefoot forms a stepping stone between village guesthouses and the more well-known luxury resorts and provides a lot more than just your traditional Maldives sun, sea and sand holiday. This 4* eco-resort offers the experience, service and comfort levels of a traditional Maldives resort along with the opportunity to explore the island and experience local life and culture.
All activities offered are under the supervision of the Conservation Center and resident marine biologist and have been developed both to reduce environmental impact and also to contribute to the monitoring of biodiversity, and the local community’s economy. Guests have the chance to actively participate in the process, for example joining the “conservation snorkelling” (dolphin/manta or turtle). There are also evening presentations, given for locals and hotel guests alike, should you wish to learn more about the local and global marine life and conservation efforts.
Note, although we’d originally designed this island stay as an add-on to our Sri Lanka itineraries, the Maldives are very easily added to any of our Southeast Asian tours. As well as being less than an hour’s flight from Colombo, the islands are situated approximately half-way between Dubai and Bangkok and offer excellent flight connections.
(Please note that as a ‘local ‘island Hanimadhoo is alcohol-free. The eco-resort does have its own floating, offshore, bar serving beer, wine and cocktails but, as with all of these kinds of set-ups in the Maldives, prices are not cheap!)
Also, note that the stay is on a half-board basis and so includes breakfast and dinner while your return flight from Malé to Hanimadhoo is also included.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Hanimadhoo Atoll - arrival and transfer to resort
Arrival in Malé and transfer by domestic flight to Hanimadhoo Atoll, one of the Maldives’ northern islands. Short drive from the airport to the Barefoot Eco-Resort.
Extra accommodation in Malé or Hulhumale (airport) prior to your tour is available if required.
Overnight: Hanimadhoo Transport: Plane, Meals: D,
Day 2 to 5 - Hanimadhoo Atoll - at leisure on the island
Optional activities – some complimentary, others subject to supplements – include, walking and cycling tours of the island, snorkelling, scuba-diving, canoeing, night fishing, sandbank picnics, spa visits and opportunities to participate in some of the resort’s conservation projects.
Overnight: Hanimadhoo Transport: Walk, Meals: B, D,
Day 6 - Malé - return flight to Malé and departure
Transfer to airport for a return flight to Malé and end of the tour.
Extra accommodation in Malé or Hulhumale (airport) is available if required.
Malé has daily direct BA flights to the UK, Emirates flights to Dubai, Sri Lankan Airways flights to Colombo and Bangkok Airways to Bangkok so exact timing will depend upon your destination.
Overnight: Departure Transport: Taxi, Plane, Meals: B,
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Ideal option for those seeking perhaps a comfort level above a village inn yet wishing to avoid a flashy but hermetic, private island resort and looking for a mixture of interesting and varied activities with quality relaxing time
- 'Local Island' location so an ideal stepping stone between village guesthouses and the more hermetic luxury resorts
- Wide range of optional activities available during your stay
- A great resort combining the experience, service & comfort of a traditional Maldives resort along with genuine eco-credentials
- Convenient transportation links to the capital Malé and the international airport for onward travel
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Barefoot Eco Hotel Hanimadhoo view
- Located on secluded Hanimadhoo Island
- Forested island, 1/2 mile beach and turquoise lagoon
- Genuine eco credentials and communtiy involvement
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
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Here is what out guest have to say about their experience on this tour...
James and Carol
" Our arrival and transfer to the Barefoot Eco were seamless and the joy of sitting in a comfortable chair, with cool towels and a fresh fruit drink to hand eased the simple check in process.
Aishath and her team were first class. There was a paid for snorkelling trip nearly every morning and a free, shorter, snorkelling trip each afternoon. Canoes and a Hobie cat were available for hire.
We did the village cycling tour with afternoon tea with a local family; great fun and informative.
Rooms, food, service and general attitude of all of the staff were delightful. This is one of the very few hotels that we have stayed at over the years that we would be happy to return to. That says it all.