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Kalaafaanu Retreat
Hosted by Ali
Ali is the host.
16 guests
7 bedrooms
14 beds
7 baths
16 guests
7 bedrooms
14 beds
7 baths
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Ages 2 - 12
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Kalaafaanu Retreat provides affordable accommodation .
The guest house offers Fishing, Snorkelling, Picnic Island, Sand Bank Trips, Sailing, Whale Shark, Manta ray and Dolphin exploring Trips with many water sports activities.

The space

Offering a peaceful getaway on the white sands of Hangnaameedhoo, Kalaafaanu Retreat provides affordable accommodation. It features an on-site convenience store and WiFi access.

Kalaafaanu Retreat is just 1 hour 15 minutes Speedboat ride from Male International Airport. It provides airport shuttle services at an additional cost.

The rooms offer air conditioning and a fully furnished kitchen.We have an attached bathroom.

Our staff at the 24-hour front desk will be happy to assist you with meeting facilities and grocery deliveries. Fishing, Snorkeling, Picnic Island, Sand Bank, Manta Ray exploring, Dolphin Exploring, Whale Shark exploring can be arranged upon request.

Enjoy local Maldivian-style meals at the in-house restaurant. For alternative dining options, Kalaafaanu Retreat also provides room service and barbeque facilities.

Guest access

Kalaafaanu Retreat arranges guest transfers via speedboat ferry, public ferry boat, seaplane and chartered speedboat from Malé International Airport.

#Chartered speedboat (1 hour 15 minutes) - USD 750 per way (Maximum capacity of 18 guests)
#Public ferry boat (4-5 hours) - USD 05 per person per way
#Seaplane (40 minutes) - USD 300 per person per trip (advance request is required)
# speedboat ferry (1 hour 15 minutes) usd 30 per person per way.

# Speedboat Ferry everyday, Departure from Male @ 16hrs (9am on Fridays) & from Kalaafaanu Retreat @ 7:30 am, usd 30 per person per way.
# Public Ferry on Transfer schedules:

Airport to Island/Hotel
Saturday 09:00 (Public Ferry)
Monday 09:00 (Public Ferry)
Wednesday 09:00 (Public Ferry)

Island/hotel to Airport

Sunday 09:30 (Public Ferry)
Tuesday 09:30 (Public Ferry)
Thursday 09:30 (Public Ferry)
# Chartered speedboat available 07 days a week

Please note that all transfer fees are to be paid directly to the hotel.

Interaction with guests

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Other things to note

We have a binikini allowed beach just few minutes away from us. The island shore is just a minute walking distance from us and our beautiful house reef is just 3 minutes away from us.

We accept all major credit/debit cards.


Extra people $19 CAD / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 14%
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House Rules

Communicate upon request.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

27 Reviews

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Maxime User Profile
May 2016
Summary: For my girlfriend and I, it was a dream to see the Maldives paradise island and ocean. Since we didn't to spend a big amount on the accommodation and more on activity, we choose to go to a inhabit island instead of a resort-island. Here a few highlights of our 5days stay. Localization & People : - Near : it's a small island with not much service on it. No atm. We didn't felt that the population is so happy to see tourisms and the island. There is a sad atmosphere on the island so it kind of kill the paradise mood of the island. The bikini beach is 4-5 minutes walking distance next to a small harbour and a boat repair place. Beach is correct and the reef is amazing for snorkelling. - Safety : really safe - Staff : everyone was very helpful and very friendly. It was a big plus of the whole island. A+ Transport: cheap boat transportation offer but bad hour (7am to male and 16pm from male) we lost 2 full days :( Room : - Cleaness : very clean - Noise : very quiet, at one end of the island - View : none but a nice garden - Bed : comfortable - Bathroom : clean with hot water Facility & Activity : - Food: average, don't expect fresh fruit/vegetable and healthy dishes. Not available anywhere on the island - Gym & Sport : kayak available for charge - Free Service : snorkelling kit and umbrella for the beach - Extra Service $ : they offer many activities. The sand bank was a very nice experience. Sunset fishing was pricey and we didn't even catch a fish. Manta/whaleshark trip was a complete disaster !! We haven't see any and we still had to pay the full amount and it wasn't cheap at all. We were really looking for it so it was very frustrating. They should offer another trip the day after or a big rebate. Picnic island wasn't available on our last day but it seems nice. We've tried to go to resort island for a day but it seem complicated and pricey by the staff maybe I should personally contact the resort around before our trip. They should offer low cost snorkelling on nice reef close to the island. We have done one on our way back from the manta and it was amazing. To summarize, nice compromise if you want to see Maldives in low cost accommodation. But it needs some fine tuning to make the experience a little more paradisiacal !!

Jaap User Profile
December 2015
We were welcomed by the harbour for our 4 night stay. Our luggage was taken care of and we walked to the retreat. The retreat is more like a youth hostel than a hotel, in that it has kitchen facilities and you can cook your own meals if you want. If you would like to eat other food you can order from the menu (it contains a lot more items than the local restaurants make). It is a bit dim inside, there are no windows to outside from the rooms. We came here for freediving and snorkeling and were very happy with the awesome house reef, which has a vertical dropoff to 20 - 25 meters. Ali was SUPER helpful to us, before, during and after our stay in Kalaafaanu retreat.

Eva User Profile
September 2017
Kalaafaanu Retreat has the best grilled reef fish, you should try it when you're there! Ali is extremely helpful when giving me information about how to go to Hangnaamedhoo with public ferry; he's very responsive. The staffs picked us up from the ferry terminal and helped us with the luggage. We rented snorkel equipment and had a blast snorkelling at the bikini beach (which is a short walking distance from the guesthouse). The island is full of mosquitos; we appreciate the staffs that they always burn the incense to repel mosquitos when we dined (we recommend future guests to bring mosquito repellant). The cooking for lunch/dinner takes 1 to 1.5 hours so we always order our food in advance. The only thing we weren't comfortable with was the presence of rubbish at certain areas of the guesthouse. If you're looking for quiet island life with clear ocean water, Hangnaamedhoo is the place to be. But if you're looking for variety and social happenings, you'll find this island to be too boring.

Trish User Profile
May 2017
We went to Maldives last 20th - 23rd May 2017. We met up with Ali at the Ferry Terminal in Male. He clearly explained the weather situation and the risk it will take for us to transfer from Male to his resort. He gave us the best option there is and the best part is it was of NO additional cost. We were transferred to his friends' resort which is very close to Male and happens to be on the same island as that of the airport. Ali made all the arrangements for us. He was courteous enough to even brought us to a resto and sort all things out over a cup of coffee/juice. Maldives Trip would have been a nightmare. But thank God, Ali has made it sure it is one of the most memorable trips ever! If given the opportunity to visit Maldives again, we will definitely make it a point to stay at Ali's place. We highly recommend that you guys experience the same hospitality we have received from Ali. Cheers!

Naren User Profile
May 2017
Good place for budget stay , it is quite far from Male airport, we have to plan our own activities

Ricardo User Profile
February 2017
Our stay at the Retreat was great! Thanks to Edam who gave his best to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The island and accommodation is nice and quiet. The beautiful bikini beach is just around the corner. There were never more than 15/20 people there at the same time. Every sunset we took to chairs, put them right in front of the water and watched it all alone. The snorkeling is great as well. But please watch out for the corals and don't take any shells like most of the stupid tourists did! We also went diving, on a snorkel safari to a tiny island and on a fishing trip with a following BBQ using our caught fish. All in all, if you are looking for a 5 star tourist resort and island, then you have to go somewhere else. But if you are looking for a quiet, indigenous experience with some adventure possibilities then you won't be disappointed. P.S.: Ali just set up the first Diving School on that island. It looks great and diving at the house reef is awesome! Good luck with everything!

Briyef User Profile
January 2017

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Ali User Profile

Ali Azim is not only small tourism related business entrepreneur but also a corporate lawyer by profession. After pursuing his LLB he went to the University of Kingston, London to compete his LLM. He has completed his LLM major in commercial law from Kingston University London. He came to the tourism industry during 2003 while he was doing his A’Level is CHSE, Male’. He was obliged to get involved in running his uncles safari boat. His uncle is a well known businessman from Ari Atoll of Maldives. While his uncle was running his buisiness successfully, Mr Ali’s father was actively involved to take care of everything. Ali’s father played a managerial role in his uncles business. Mostly, his uncle was doing dhoani (boat) renting business to resorts. He was holding several boats at the beginning of 19’s. Also during then he was the head Lesser of Ellaidhoo resort and minor shareholder of the resort. Later in 2003 as there was no one to take care of safari boat operation, Mr Ali was obliged to give some of his time in his studies for Safari Boat operation which was targeted for European cruisers coming to Maldives for vacation. While studying in his A’level, during his teen age Ali managed safari operation and made it a great success during his tenure. Ali was also one of the Co-founders of Liveaboard Association formed in developing cruising vacations and safari boat industry in Maldives. Even later, during his LLB, Ali played a vital role in running safari operation business. After completion of his LLB in 2009, Ali was serving to government as a lawyer at different offices. Even at the beginning of local tourism in Maldives, Ali was looking for an opportunity to start local tourism at his native island, Alifu Dhaal Hangnaameedhoo. After several market researches he started a small three room Guest house in his island during 2014 in the name of Kalaafaanu Retreat. He opted that name in the vision to promote cultural tourism of the island and the country. King kalaafaanu was one and only son of national hero of Maldives, Mohamed Thakurufaanu. He was martryed in 1608 nearby hangnaameedhoo during a battle with Malarbar Fleet and buried in Hanganaameedhoo.The Kings shrine is in hangnaameedhoo and it's in the top heritage list of the country. Sultan Kalaafaanu was the king of Maldives for more then 23 years, after the regime of his hero father. Mr Ali was the first one who started local tourism in the island to that extent by opening the island to several renowned online booking platforms for the first time. Within three years of operation he managed to extent the business for 07 room with a diving and water sports Centre in Hangnaameedhoo. His diving and water sports Centre is the first of its kind in a local island of that area certified by PADI. The Centre is open for many water sports activities with 15 people diving capacity. Ali has also recently started cafe service in a well enough standard to cater the growing local tourism in the island. Although, Mr Ali is based in capital city due to his legal profession he oversees and actively involved in day today running of his business. Ali is also making a huge effort in helping his island community while doing local tourism business in the island. As he has been elected to the one and only non-profit association of the island as the president he is making a lot of effort to develop his community in different angles.

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