The Hilton Iru Fushi Resort is located in the Noonu Atoll, a 45 minute seaplane journey away from Malé. It is a fairly large resort in relation to other Maldivian hotels. We gave it top marks for hospitality, children's activities, and water sports. It is also based on a beautiful island full of tropical vegetation with beautiful powdery beaches. However, it is not the best of hotels to stay at if what you're after is gourmet food, and breathtaking diving and snorkelling sites. Design-wise, it is simple and neutral; nothing too flashy or contemporary. The highlight of Iru Fushi is the successful 'split' of the hotel to create two distinct atmospheres - one for families at the exotic Jungle Pool and something completely different at the infinity-edged adults-only pool, which is a stunning location to watch the sunset. The resort is ideal for couples, groups of friends, and families alike, seeking something not too fancy yet affordable with good beaches and those inescapable mesmerising transparent turquoise waters. In terms of accommodation, although all categories have something to offer, we would opt for a beach bungalow which is good value for money and offers more intimacy than the water villas.
Images: Stéphanie Poli.
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