Holiday Village Retreat is a four-bedroom guesthouse and only 5 minutes from the beach. Each room features a balcony with a garden view and a seating area, and boasts traditional Maldivian design elements and local handcrafted details. Every room also has an en-suite bathroom with shower and bath amenities, as well as cable television and a minibar. From there you can request a turn-down service. The guesthouse also has a shared lounge, a garden filled with a wild assortment of tropical foliage plants, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi access. The rooms are slightly smaller but it is the perfect cozy size to contentedly snuggle after a long day’s wandering at the beach. For the best of both worlds, there are two hammocks hanging between palm trees at the garden that provides a place for guests to unwind and tune in to the soothing rhythms of the waves crashing on the nearby beach.
The focus is on regional dishes, including locally sourced seafood, there are treats from barbecued lobster that’s sure to impress to a to-die-for grilled fish incorporating Maldivian influences. Even the fussiest of eaters would be satisfied here; the chefs at the kitchen are more than willing to accommodate your needs. Breakfast is served all day with options such “roshi” and “mashuni” or french toast with honey to fuel you for the day’s activities.
Apart from relaxing and soaking in the beauty of this serene island, you can take part in one of the many activities at Bodufolhudhoo, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, picnic island excursions, resort trips, dolphins, manta rays and whale watching. The island’s geographical location is responsible for its spectacular marine life, bordered by an exotic house reef, providing home for hundreds of species of multi-colored fish. The guesthouse offers daily snorkeling trips led by experienced divers that will make the most nervous swimmers feel comfortable, the island also has its own dive center for hardcore dive enthusiasts. For adventure-seekers, customized motorboat trips can also be arranged to venture the neighboring inhabited and uninhabited picnic islands or to visit the nearby “finolhu” sandbank. There’s also a yoga pavilion offering spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and breathtaking sunsets. So, whether you are 10, 40 or 70, seeking pain relief or relaxation, there really is something for everyone and if you don’t feel quite Zen enough, try sunset fishing and cook whatever you catch on the grill.