Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Dont really no what to say coz there so many fantastic comments on this hotel.
But I totally agree what everyone else is saying.
It was out first time to the maldives and we loved it. It was exactly what we wanted, a relaxing, chilled out, fantastic weather and good food. This is what we got exactly.
Sea Plane was amazing, dont forget your camera.
You dont really need shoes, lots of people dont even wear them!
Hotel is a 3 star in the broucher but should be at least a 4 star.
only slight down fall was the entertainment. however it is enjoyable and funny to watch.
make sure you go there, you will have a fab time.
yohan & lauren"
- Travel date: Mon 5th of March 2007
"Location is quite amazing and to arrive by seaplane makes it extra special. Really does appear as 'paradise on earth'. The sea is as blue as you see in the pictures/on TV.The lagoon is as warm as bath water,which you share with all manner of exotic marine life. (Take reef shoes with you).
Recommend the water bungalows, these are newly refurbished. They are large, comfortable and clean (room serviced twiced a day). They have a wonderful glazed floor panel to view the lagoon life below. Higher numbered bungalows are further from the main facilities, but have the advantage of being quieter.
Found the food in the restaurant to be excellent. The menu was varied, plently of choice, every meal was really tasty and most enjoyable. Themed meals featured each evening, but we did not participate in special beach meals as the restaurant provided choice enough.
All members of staff were friendly (permantly smiling), most spoke good English and couldn't do enough to please.
Weather (early Feb 07) was glorious.Over 100F in the sun, 90 plus in the shade, and mid 70s at night. Only one tropical down pour during the early hours one morning. (Understand February/March is the best time to go).
Did two half day excursions, island hoping and dolphin safari both worth it for the boat trips alone. Other excursions on offer diving, deep sea fishing etc.
Dress is informal, ladies don't bother taking high healed shoes, totally impartical both on the sand pathways and the boardwalks.
The only down side was that it's a very long way to go. As we were unable to get extra leg room with the charter flights that go to the Maldives we flew with Qatar Airlines, via Doha .The upgrade to Business class was well worth paying the extra for the excellent holiday we experienced."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of February 2007
Chaaya Resort ne Hakurra Club
"Xmas & New Year 2006/7
Reveiwer: Frank & Betty
Arrived to a few days of pretty awful weather but room was a delight - very clean - very private - own steps to lagoon - room service good - no compaints
Food good especially for an all inclusive holiday although predictable - restaurant and bar staff excellent
Bar location not good - too far from restaurant and you were discouraged from taking drinks to beach after dinner.
Spa and staff - excellent felt refreshed and relaxed
Once weather improved it was like paradise, water superb and ideal for children although reef snorkelling was limited to a boat trip twice a day and not as good as other resorts we have been to.
Dive facilities and staff again were excellent and diving was good but due to rough seas outside the inner reef we were unable to go past the outer reef, although what we did see was very good.
The deep sea fishing trips were successful as we saw and ate the fish caught!
Down side - noise of the rain on the water bungalow roof and the slopping of the water under the bungalow can be very noisy. The lagoon under the bungalows is too shallow to snorkel properly although there were a lot of sea life to be seen including turtles, small sharks and stingrays.
It is not a good island for serious swimmers as the lagoon is too shallow
The upsides massively outweight any downsides (this is the second island we have visited and many more to go)"
- Travel date: Sat 20th of January 2007
Can`t wait to go back!
"Just back from a fabulous 7 nights with my wife from this lovely resort island and really can`t wait to go back--as I write this my wife is on her lap-top trying to book for March!
I concur totally with the review by Rishi and Kamini already posted so won`t cover the same ground too much.
The water bungalows have a lovely outlook across the lagoon to the ocean waves crashing beyond.
The rooms are kept clean and look good in a Scandinavian way.The glass viewing platform is very cool,though be careful coming in from the veranda with wet feet because it`s mighty slippery and is really where your first step would be.
There is a tv with a few channels--actually quite a few but most are foreign so in reality about 4 for English speakers less for non-English speakers.Great for multi-liguists!-but who is going to watch much tv anyway.
Bathrooms are fine-not terrific but towels every day and toiletries and is clean.
The mini-bar is a bit basic and only the water and soft drinks are free but the other drinks aren`t expensive.
Like most all-inclusives only local alcohol and draught beer is free but at the bar they will give you good measures of the local licquor--too much at times so ask them to go easy if like my wife you like cocktails fairly weak.
Snorkelling is fantastic ,both going out in the boat or from your room,down the steps into the lagoon.You have to swim maybe 30 yards or so to get to a variety of fish but that`s no problem except at low tide.We did see some people walking out on the coral rather than swimming to it--a big sin for my wife who is a diver and is so careful of coral she makes me nervous!It would be better if there were more signs telling people to keep off the coral so we and our children and their children can enjoy it.
The food is all buffet style and is excellent standard with plenty of variety.get a table near the window(no glass but it is a sort of window along one side of the restaurant) if you can.
The gym is pretty basic but is ok for all but serious trainers.
The island is small,about 6 acres and so 15 mins gets you all the way round.The strange thing is that though it is small and though there are about 70 water villas apparently and some beach villas,the island never feels crowded.
Dress code is relaxed for meals though most men wore long tousers in the evening and a shirt rather than tee-shirt.
Evening entertainment was low-key--nothing grand but in keeping with a relaxed atmosphere.Don`t go if wild night life is your thing(especially don`t go in March in case you run into me!)
All in all this is an excellent choice .It seems to be rated 3* which it probably would be in many parts of the world but its setting takes it to 4* I think and it has a real charm that other more sophisticated resorts in the Maldives don`t maybe have..Certainly all the other people we spoke to ,and they ranged in age from late 20`s to over 60,all enjoyed it very much.The staff are friendly and really don`t seem interested in a tip--though perhaps the mix of nationalities there amongst guests fosters this-they tend to be Brits,Italians and French in the main,all known to be fairly restrained about tipping.
Just a final word on the dreaded Monach flight which we had to take.It` was about an hour leaving both ways.It`s pretty basic-communal tv screen,limited food for such a long flight and not much leg-room.If you can get a premium seat do so -it`s worth it.Maybe take sandwich`s because they will be better than the food you get.Take some cash for alcoholic drinks if you want them because they are extra.The flight is just one of those things to be endured but go with a different airline if you can get a direct flight at a reasonable cost."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of January 2007
"Our stay at the Hakuraa club now renamed the Chayaa Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa was excellent from beginning to end. It began with our flights over on Emirates which were superb, great service, good food, seat back TV on demand system, and complimentary drinks.
Once we had arrived in Male we were then transferred to the sea plane departure point. This is an experience in itself especially as the departure building has its own check in desk, electronic departure board and gates! My Wifeâs words said it best 'very cute'. As all of the other reviewers have expressed, make sure that you have your cameras at the ready as the views from the sea plane are just awesome. On arrival at the Chayaa Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa we were met at the hotel reception by Raj the resort manager together with a cold towel and refreshing drink (a great touch we thought!).
We were then taken to our room and it was exactly as in the brochure, large, very clean, and of simple modern design. The glass panel in the floor was an instant hit with both of us! Through the patio doors at the rear of the water bungalow is what the holiday is all about, a wonderful lagoon with waves breaking in the distance. Literally the best fish tank in the world!
The weather was great and the views and snorkelling were absolutely breathtaking, and as you would expect the sand and sea were picture postcard!
Our room was cleaned thoroughly every morning by our room boy Aslam, and it was always a pleasure to go back to the room in the evening to see the wonderful petal pattern he would leave on our bed after his turn down visit. We felt like it was our Honeymoon again!
The hotel complex is quite small and this is not surprising as the island takes only 15-20 minutes to walk around. The island has a main building which houses the reception, and dining area, and three further buildings which house the Gym, Spa, and Cafe/Bar (However this was hardly ever used). The bar is a separate area which is built over the lagoon and it is here where the entertainment in the evenings is held. Finally at the end of a 500m pier is the dive school and equipment hire building. Entertainment tends to be low key, with social events like crab racing, bingo and disco nights. However the bar staff are entertainment in themselves and you will soon be on first name terms with Sampat & Fernando.
We were on an all inclusive basis which meant that we were never without in terms of food or drink. Meals were all based on buffet style with different theme evenings. Examples being Mexican, Indian, beach BBQ and Italian. The food was of very good standard and thanks have to go to Nalin the Executive Chef and the kitchen staff. The drinks on the all inclusive plan were basic; however there seemed to be something for everyoneâs taste, even some cocktails. As with all AI packages premium foods, drinks and cocktails are available at an additional but very reasonable cost.
As mentioned above there is also a Spa at this hotel, and the massage treatments are brilliant. Alice and her team will leave you completely relaxed! As with any holiday there are number of trips and excursions that you can undertake, we went on two this being the island hopping and night fishing. The island hopping was a great insight into real Maldivian life and the night fishing was just great fun!
However the best thing about this resort is the friendliness of all of the staff and fellow holidaymakers. You feel at home the minute that you are there. We would highly recommend this hotel and holiday to anyone who is looking for an amazing location, total relaxation and staff friendliness something that you donât always get at the premium resorts.
All in all a wonderful holiday
Rishi & Kamini"
- Travel date: Sun 7th of January 2007
"We went to Hakuraa now renamed Chaaya Lagoon on the 26 November. To our amazement the Monarch flight was okay, having been very worried from previous reviews. Stayed in a water bungalow and although the bathrooms need an unpgrade they were clean with plenty of hot water. Only one down side if you stay in a water bungalow, no: 150 upwards there tends to be a very nasty smell at times from the disposal of waste. We were staying in one of the lower numbers, so it wasn't a problem.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, food was beautiful, but the entertainment is not very inspiring. I would highly recommend this resort if you are looking for a peaceful get away from it all holiday where shoes are not required. If you are looking for a lot of nightlife, noise, organised activities and super luxury choose another resort."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of December 2006
A bit disappointed
"After a whopping 24 hour delay from Gatwick (!!**) with lovely Monarch (not!) we finally arrived at the resort a day later than expected (having spent 24 hours in the Gatwick Hilton (not as glamorous as it sounds). We must have had high expectations as we were quite disappointed by the quality of the resort. we understood that it had been rebuilt after the tsunami not just refurbished. Th exterior of the water bungalows was a bit scruffy, the bathrooms were clean, but rather tired. Saying all that, I suppose for one of the cheaper destinations in the Maldives you get what you paid for. The choice for food was great, local drinks a bit cheap and cheerful but plentiful. Unfortunately we had a further 22 hour delay returning (thanks to My Travel) -we got as far as the run way an due to a technicalproblem with the plan,meant after about 3 hours on the plane we had to disembark. We were put up in a hotel a 20 min speedboat transfer from Male. According to our itiniery, our plane was due to leave at 12:15 - we found out the night before it had been delayed until 3.40pm. - we eventually got to the hotel at 11.30pm which was the most disappointing part of the holiday - the room (Club Med) was disgusting but unfortunately there was no alternative other than to spend the night there.
All in all, we had a lovey time, but would never, ever flly with a charter airline again but would definitely go to the Maldives again as it is paradise."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of November 2006
"Hakuraa Club which is now known as Chaaya Lagoon can only be described as paradise. All of the staff are wonderful, in particular Raj the manager, Sujau our room boy and Fernando the barman. The water villas are modern, spacious and everything you dream of. The bathrooms are a little tired but nothing that you can't live with. It was my 30th birthday while we were there all all the staff made sure that I had a perfect day.
On arrival we discovered that they had overbooked the water villas and was asked by Raj the manager if we would be happy to stay in a beach bungalow for 2 nights. At first we were disappointed but the rooms were lovely and Raj compensated us by giving us all the trips for free along with the Candlelit dinner on the beach. The Candlelit dinner on the beach was lovely and we did this on the evening of my birthday. We would however have been a little dissapointed if we had paid $150 per couple for it as you didn't get that much seafood but the whole experience was worth it.
Regarding trips - all were fun although the deep sea fishing was a bit of a bore, however that is just our opinion. If you are into fishing, make sure you do the night fishing as they let you bait your own fish whereas the deep sea fishing the boat never stops and they bait the fish for you which takes all the fun away. We also did the Dolphin Safari which was amazing, we saw around 20 and they stayed with the boat for around 1/2 hour. Tip however, you also see the dolphins while out deep sea fishing so I would combine the trips if you are thinking of doing both.
The food was great - lots of it, including curry!!
I would definately recommend this resort - hoping to return sometime in the future!"
- Travel date: Sat 21st of October 2006
Heaven on Earth
"Having read some comments about Hakuraa which weren't very good, we set off excited but wary. We needn't have worried, but first we had to fly with Monarch!! The flight was delayed by 3 hours due to broken toilets, which in the end weren't fixed, one working toilet for approx 300 people, for 12 hours, not nice! and due to the delay it was too late for the seaplane transfer.We were taken by speedboat to the Dhonveli Beach Resort for the night, lovely island, and were looked after really well. The transfer the next morning was well organised, and we were at Hakuraa for about 9.15am.The seaplane was fantastic, have your cameras ready, we were welcomed by Raj, the manager, with cocktails and cold towels. All the staff are really polite and friendly, and want to do as much as possible for you, nothing is too much trouble. The bar staff are great, they really try hard to make your evenings enjoyable. The water bungalows are very spacious and clean, yes the bathrooms could do with an upgrade, but everything worked well, we had no complaints. The room boys came in twice a day to tidy up, top up the fridge and do lovely patterns with the sheets!! The food at all meals was really good, lots of choice even for the most picky eater, and the waiter is always there with a big smile for you. It was my 50th birthday while we were there, and they made it really special. The lagoon does get shallow at low tide, but it didn't stop us snorkelling and seeing some fantastic sea life. We had parrotfish, triggerfish, bannerfish and even a lionfish under our glass floor, which you can light up at nighttime. If you want to try scuba diving, the dive team are excellent, Tim was especially patient when I couldn't get the breathing right and panic set in!! It was well worth it as we saw 3 turtles, 2 manta rays, shark and all manner of big fish, on our first boat dive, brill! If you have chosen Hakuraa Huraa (as it is now called) you will have a fabulous time, no doubt about it. I can still remember the fantastic sunsets!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 18th of October 2006
Water Bungalow Fantastic
"Water bungalow fantastic, very big, huge bed, air condition that worked, glass floor ( mind blowing ) and a houseboy that kept the room immaculate.
Weather was excellent, food was very good and varied, Ociuddin (the junior chef) always had a great big smile to greet you at any time of day and is a credit to the hotel.
Bar service was excellent where you are looked after by Fernando and Sumpath, again a credit to the hotel.
If you would like to learn diving or are already an experienced diver this is the place to be. Adam, the island instructor is excellent, with an attitude people would die for, he is so prefessional and yet laid back he gets the health and safety training done in a fun way and his knowledge is unbelievable, he makes learning to dive a pleasure and to those who can dive he knows all the right places to visit making each dive more memorable than the last, he's just a fantastic person and you won't get anyone better to train you.
You can stroll round the island in about 15 minutes, nice beach and beautiful clear water.
Couple of things on the down side, the last 2-3 steps leading from the water bungalows into the water can become slippy so be careful, also bring a pair of jelly shoes to wear as there is a lot of dead coral outside the bungalows and it makes it uncomfortable on your feet. We were informed this was the result of the tsunami, also to reach the reef you have a 15 minute free boat ride which can be a bit of a nuisance if your used to islands with the reef within walking or swimming distance, but these things are not really an issue as your on holiday with time on your side, but worth noting so your not disappointed.
All in all we had a fabulous holiday and Raj the island manager makes you very welcome and is always available for you.
If you want a taste of paradise this is it.
Trip Advisor Member England"
- Travel date: Tue 15th of August 2006