Atmosphere Kanifushi

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

Offering a unique premium all inclusive package, the sun-kissed Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives is an exceptional resort. It promises unlimited cocktails and mocktails, premium brand drinks and a choice of dining, with a complimentary fine dining experience at The Sunset every week. From the minute you’re personally met at Malé International Airport by the Atmosphere Team, you’re taken care of. Nothing is too much trouble, whether it’s filling your mini-bar twice a day, taking you on complimentary snorkelling adventures or packing your children's day with endless fun. And your spacious, detached villa or suite provides ample private space to relax and leads directly on to the white sands and turquoise lagoon. One of the largest resort islands in the Maldives, this 2km-long paradise features a swimming pool at each end to give you sunrise and sunset views as you swim — grab a bike and cycle between the two!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the Lhaviyani Atoll, along a large natural coral reef. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 30 minutes by seaplane.Please note: Sea plane transfers to/from your resort will only operate in daylight hours. Please ensure your international flights into and out of Malé fit with this schedule.

Hotel information

132 detached villas and suites. All with direct access to the beach and lagoon beyond, whirlpool bathtub, private outdoor area, ceiling fan, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, WiFi access, DVD player, 32" flat-screen TV and iPod docking station. Sunset Beach Villas are 100 sq m and have 1 king-size bed and either an over-sized day bed or 2 rollaway beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Platinum Plus All Inclusive of: breakfast lunch and dinner at The Spice - main buffet restaurant with live cooking stations, theme nights and grill. A selection of snacks at The Liquid & Sunset Pool bar. A la carte lunch menu available at the Sunset Pool Bar and lunch or dinner available at Just Veg vegetarian restaurant (pre-booking required). One à la carte fine dining experience per week at the speciality restaurant The Sunset (dinner only, pre-booking required). Premium brand spirits, beers & liqueurs at The Spice, The Liquid, The Sunset & Just Veg, unlimited cocktails, mocktails, signature drinks, juices, soft drinks, mineral water and selection of teas and coffees, plus a wide selection of premium wines. Activities include nightly DJ, one sunset fishing trip per stay (weather permitting), one excursion per stay from a selection (sunset cruise or visits to a choice of local islands to enjoy the nature and local culture, all weather permitting), organised activities at The Kids Club, access to The Club House sports and recreation centre, floodlit tennis court, gym, outdoor & indoor activities. Non-motorised water sports (windsurfing, catamaran sailing, canoeing, paddleboarding), unlimited snorkelling excursions (two trips per day, weather permitting). Plus in-villa mini-bar with beer, wine, soft drinks & selection of snacks (replenished twice daily). 50% discount on one couples massage from a selection. 20% discount on first two regular dives (PADI certificate required).

Please note: Platinum Plus All Inclusive will cease at 11:00am on your day of departure. 

Sunset Junior Suites feature a larger living space with natural wood and stone flooring, open-air bathrooms and private outdoor areas. These villas have 1 king-size bed and over-sized day bed or 2 rollaway beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children. Additional benefits for Sunset Junior Suites include direct check-in at your suite, welcome bottle of sparkling wine and canapés, daily exotic fruit basket, additional two bottles of preferred alcohol brands of your choice and two bottles of wine (1 white and 1 red, refilled daily), from the Platinum Plus menu. 

Sunset Pool Villas have an expansive outdoor area with private pool and direct pool access, with 1 king-size bed and over-sized day bed or two rollaway beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children. Additional benefits for Sunset Pool Villas include direct check-in at your villa, welcome bottle of Champagne and canapés, daily exotic fruit basket, additional two bottles of preferred alcohol brands of your choice and two bottles of wine (1 white and 1 red, refilled daily), from the Platinum Plus menu. Plus butler service (four butlers per 10 villas), dedicated buggy service for each villa segment, optional early morning muffin service with tea/coffee (until 8:00am), optional à la carte breakfast at the Sunset Bar (7:30–9:30 am) and complimentary dining at The Sunset specialty restaurant.

Sunset Family Villas offer extra indoor and outdoor space and are located closer to the sports complex and kids's club, with 1 king-size bed and over-sized day bed or 2 rollaway beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 4 children.

The Spice (buffet and grill, live action stations, theme nights, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Teppanyaki Grill* (open for dinner), Just Veg (Mediterranean, Indian and Arabic vegetarian dishes, open for lunch and dinner), The Liquid (near main pool, snacks and finger food), The Sunset Pool Bar (à la carte lunches), and The Sunset (fine Asian and Mediterranean fusion). 50-metre swimming pool overlooking sea. Adults-only pool. Akiri Spa by Mandara*. Sunset fishing*. The Club House (tennis court, full gym, recreation centre for activities from Dhivehi language classes to cocktail making, and table tennis, subject to change). Dive & Sail (non-motorised water sports). Snorkelling (complimentary equipment and 2 excursions per day, weather permitting). The Kids’ Club. Various seasonal activities. Excursions*. Morning Yoga. Nightly music and DJ. Babysitting service*. Complimentary WiFi.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Magical Kanifushi

Jul 16, 2019 RuthMcV Northern Ireland

It says it all that we have now completed visit number 4. The standard continues to be very high, the food outstanding and the service really couldn't be better. As many have said, it's the staff that really make this place what it is but there is no denying the beauty of the surroundings or the many blues of the warm, clear waters of the ocean… Read more
It says it all that we have now completed visit number 4. The standard continues to be very high, the food outstanding and the service really couldn't be better. As many have said, it's the staff that really make this place what it is but there is no denying the beauty of the surroundings or the many blues of the warm, clear waters of the ocean and sky. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with everything you could possibly need. We were delighted to be reunited with many old friends this year again and also meet a few new faces. I hate to name names as the staff in general are so warm, friendly and professional whether they know you or not, but it was our utmost pleasure to see the wonderful Gomes again in the Sunset bar ably assisted by the beautiful Hazzel who we all adore, Raja, Thapa and Nisham, not forgetting Abdulla who knows my fussy eating habits and makes sure I have my favourites (and the lovely chefs who obliged his requests for me)! Shakshi looked after us in the Teppenyaki and we were very pleased to see her in Sunset a few times as well (especially Matthew even though he wouldn't show it!). The lovely Vijay (his laugh is infectious and unforgettable) is still taking care of the Liquid bar and the wonderful warmth and smiles of Arpana are enough to make anyone's day! Sandeep was new to us this year but is a great barman and has the outgoing personality to go along with it. I'm afraid I missed the other lady's name at the Liquid during the day but she was also a delight, such genuine lovely people throughout the entire resort! And not forgetting lovely, smiling Majid who looked after us again so well this year. Nothing is too much trouble for any of the staff and he had a little extra hassle with us this year with having to arrange for our 8yo to see the island doctor (nothing serious thankfully). And the other Thapa (the buggy driver) who picked us up mostly in our last couple of days when we were tired cycling in the heat!! There are several new faces in Spice but as we spent very little time there, I failed to get most of the names but rest assured you'll have no complaints there either and special thanks to Gobi for sorting the coconut ice cream for our 14yo! The building work for the new over water villas appears to be well under way from what you can see from the jetty but for anyone who is worried, we had no disruption from the building work nor were we able to hear it from the pool, our room nor our position on the beach. It was also a pleasure to finally meet Maurice this year and of course to see Carlton again. You don't need us to tell you what a fabulous team you are running. My only ask would be for more lighting at the vanity unit area for applying makeup as it's too warm to do that outside in the bathroom but I'm really nitpicking there!! It's our sincere wish that we can come back and see you all again next year and hopefully we will be able to make that happen. Oliver, Ruth and family Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Such a special and memorable Honeymoon!

Jul 15, 2019 Juicerounders London, United Kingdom

We visited Atmosphere Kanifushi for our honeymoon on 31st May 2019 and stayed for 2 weeks. It was the most amazing holiday and honeymoon that anybody could wish for! We had a lovely warm welcome at the jetty and enjoyed drinks in the reception on arrival on the island. We then chose to have an island tour on the buggy and it helped us get our… Read more
We visited Atmosphere Kanifushi for our honeymoon on 31st May 2019 and stayed for 2 weeks. It was the most amazing holiday and honeymoon that anybody could wish for! We had a lovely warm welcome at the jetty and enjoyed drinks in the reception on arrival on the island. We then chose to have an island tour on the buggy and it helped us get our bearings. I-gie was our personal service representative and she really looked after us. Nothing was too much trouble and she always kept in touch on WhatsApp. I-gie helped us with restaurant reservations and rebooked us onto the sunset cruise when the weather was bad one day. She ensured that our fridge was replaced to cool our drinks in the room and she helped us to hire the bikes (which was a great idea as our room was at the opposite end of the island to the buffet restaurant). I-gie was very kind and thoughtful and we loved the little touches that she provided for us! Thank you I-gie for making our honeymoon so special. At Atmosphere Kanifushi the staff are such an asset and they were always so helpful and friendly. Everybody would say hello and smile; the atmosphere on the island was lovely and welcoming. A very positive happy place to be. We just want to mention some people who really stood out and made our holiday memorable. Thank you obviously to I-gie for all her hard work in co-ordinating our amazing honeymoon. Thank you to Hazel who was always smiling and even had a sing song with me on an evening! We loved watching her sing and she looked after us so well at Sunset. Thank you to Raj at Sunset who always anticipated our needs at the pool and looked after us so well when we dined at Sunset in the evening. Thank you to Hussain who kept us laughing day in and day out around the pool at Sunset and for making our Honeymoon beach meal so amazing. Thank you to Gomes for making my husband some lovely non-alcoholic cocktails and for making me some yummy alcoholic ones! He was always so happy and looked after us every evening. Thank you to Dhanushka, the chef at Ceylon Bliss. Your food was absolutely amazing and we loved to pop in and see you on an evening before dinner! The flavours and spice was mind blowing! It was lovely to see you in Spice restaurant too. Thank you to Emaaz in Spice for looking after us each day at the buffet! We loved chatting with you and appreciated your hard work. You (in our opinion) are a great asset to the breakfast team and have outstanding customer service paired with a friendly gentlemanly manner. A big thank you to Rohin, the chef in Spice, for co-ordinating and making us the most delicious Korean meal. He really went out of his way to make sure that we enjoyed the food we love and he is such a talented chef....capturing the flavours and presenting the food so authentically! We were so so impressed and grateful for all the efforts he went to. Lastly thank you to Carlton for making our honeymoon special and for always being there, ensuring that everything was ok. We loved seeing you out and about around the resort, especially when you come and go on your batmobil like scooter! We stayed in a Sunset Beach Villa which was beautiful. We loved the outdoor bathroom and the room was so spacious. The mini bar top up twice a day was great too. We went on 2 snorkelling trips which were included in the package. One of them we were taken and lead by a Maldivian man who unfortunately we didn’t catch his name, but he was such an excellent guide who waited for us all to enter the water before he swam on, unlike the next tour where the guide swam off to do her own thing. He did an excellent trick with his hands which made the fish more visible for fellow snorkelers to see and we felt really comfortable and safe in the water with him. We also very much enjoyed the sunset cruise and the sunset fishing. All were great fun! The food and drinks that were included in the platinum plus package were at a very high standard. We were impressed. We loved the Teppanyaki restaurant which is chargeable but well worth a visit! Ceylon Bliss is a must and it’s worth visiting as a pre dinner meal as many times as possible. They are open a few times a week and they alternate their menu offering. Everything there is so tasty! Sunset was equally tantalising and the beach barbecue was phenomenal also. The best meal for us was the honeymoon meal. One of the best touches to our holiday. Toward the end of our holiday we also returned from dinner one evening to walk into a prepoured, perfect temperature floral bath. The wildlife on the island was really interesting and we particularly enjoyed seeing the friendly fruit bats throughout the day/evening which were a sight to behold. The staff always ensured the grounds were swept and kept nice. We even had a fresh coconut after breakfast which a member of staff had cut from the tree! Everything was just so perfect we will never forget such a special place. We hope to save many pennies over the years and hope we get to return. We hope we get to see this wonderful island and most importantly you fabulous staff again soon. We miss Atmosphere Kanifushi, but the dream come true will be forever lasting. Thank you. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good but not fantastic

Jul 15, 2019 Sunseekers-TRIP Desborough, United Kingdom

We visited the first 12 nights of July, travelling with another couple. We were pleased to be placed next door to our friends in our Sunset Junior Suites which were situated on a lovely section of the beach. First impressions were good but as we were staying 12 nights we began to find little things that were not quite 5 star. We did address these… Read more
We visited the first 12 nights of July, travelling with another couple. We were pleased to be placed next door to our friends in our Sunset Junior Suites which were situated on a lovely section of the beach. First impressions were good but as we were staying 12 nights we began to find little things that were not quite 5 star. We did address these issues with the management and in their defence immediately started to rectify some of the most pressing issues such as the poor air-conditioning and ceiling fan moderation. I believe that the resort will be modernising the villas soon as ours was certainly showing signs of wear. There were a lot of families staying on the island, especially during the second week. The Sunset pool and bar area should really be adults only and maybe consider making the Sunset restaurant adults only dining on selected days of the week? Likewise, an adults only section at the Liguid restaurant could be a good addition? The water villa construction site is at the arrival Jetty end of the island and we heard occasional hammering noise but in the main did not detract from our stay. The island is beautifully maintained by a team of landscapers that work tirelessly racking the beach and public areas. We walked along the beach many times and enjoyed the wonderful uninterrupted views out to sea. The sun rises as one end of the island and sets at the other end, so full sun on the beach all day. Food quality was very good, we particularly enjoyed the Just Veg and Tapinyaki restaurants. I think that once the water villas and beach villa renovations are finished the resort will be an even better place to visit, although it is clearly focused on families rather than couples. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating AMAZING, FANTASTIC, BRILLIANT !!!!!

Jul 14, 2019 Andyt1313 London, United Kingdom

We visited this Island Paradise, last Feb, to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. While on resort my wife had an accident, and fractured her foot.... The whole resort team were absolutely fantastic, Carlton and his team , left us wanting for nothing, and did all & anything to ensure, that the accident did not ruin our stay, in any way. They… Read more
We visited this Island Paradise, last Feb, to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. While on resort my wife had an accident, and fractured her foot.... The whole resort team were absolutely fantastic, Carlton and his team , left us wanting for nothing, and did all & anything to ensure, that the accident did not ruin our stay, in any way. They team were there for us 24/7, They were Brilliant ! The resort it self is, well, lets just say "HEAVEN" Food in all of the restaurants is Top Quality, the Whole place is Spotlessly clean, Even the beach is cleaned up on a daily basis. Our beach villa was immaculate and the wine fridge and mini bar were topped up each and every day, with out fail. This whole resort and all about it, are "OUT OF THIS WORLD", Cant wait to go back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Found Paradise on our 10th Anniversary

Jul 14, 2019 momo81_a

First time writing a review as have never been so overwhelmed by a holiday experience before. We booked Atmosphere Kanafushi after extensive research online and from traveler feedback from multiple agents that we spoke to. It was a 10th anniversary surprise for my wife so choosing the right resort from the multitude of islands on the Maldives… Read more
First time writing a review as have never been so overwhelmed by a holiday experience before. We booked Atmosphere Kanafushi after extensive research online and from traveler feedback from multiple agents that we spoke to. It was a 10th anniversary surprise for my wife so choosing the right resort from the multitude of islands on the Maldives was essential. Management were always present and eager to help and fine-tune our experience. A special thank you to Carlton Fomesca, the resort manager, for taking care of all our requests and needs pertaining to our 10th anniversary but also the children when they became unwell (as they periodically do). There is a 24hr doctor available for free on hand at all times, so getting my 2yr old seen to couldn't have been easier. The staff were incredibly quick in getting medication to us as well. There was construction work going on (we had been notified by email months before our visit), but we simply would have not have known unless they told us - our trip was not affected in any way whatsoever. Rest of the review continues on the details page: Read less