The Barefoot ECO Hotel

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The Maldives has changed over the years and the private luxury islands are no longer the only option. Now the market offers alternative accommodation for cost and eco-conscious travelers wishing to discover the traditional lifestyle and dive one of the world’s most amazing underwater realms. The Barefoot Eco Hotel follows the Ecotourism principles of uniting Sustainability and Conservation, involving Local Community within its activities.

The Barefoot is located within an almost untouched forest on the local island of Hanimadhoo in the preserved deep North of Maldives. This 4 stars Eco Hotel is well connected to Male international airport by numerous daily 45 minutes flights. The dense vegetation allows not only privacy but the opportunity to experience untouched nature and the genuine and natural Maldives along with all the amenities expected from a charming accommodation option. A half mile private sandy beach and a turquoise lagoon frame and invite to experience an authentic and relaxing holiday at outstanding value.

Hanimadhoo is located in the North and it is one of the most beautiful islands of Maldives: lush vegetation, long beaches and turquoise lagoon. It opens the door for an adventure and genuine gateway where to be spoiled with a true Maldivian warm hospitality. It is a quiet fishing village with lots of tree-shade and swings. Fishing and agriculture is what most of the 2000 habitants of the island do for work.
It is a typical island custom that everyone finish their work by late afternoon, take their daily shower or bath near their wells, dress the children in fresh clothes and go for a stroll in the island, visiting friends and relatives, delivering small bowls of fresh homemade curry or taking some time to relax at the beachside, watching the late afternoon sun while children play around the beach. Hanimadhoo community services: school, mosque, health center, climate observatory, local village, police station, airport.

Total of 52 rooms.
20 Beach Front
On the ground floor, with direct access to the white beach. Large size rooms (about 50 sqm including the veranda), double or twin beds.
Interconnecting rooms for families are also available
20 Ocean View
Upper floor with a spectacular sea view. Large size rooms (about 50 sqm including the terrace), double or twin beds
Interconnecting rooms for families are also available
Each room is spacious, creatively designed, comfortable and have an ensuite elegant natural stone bathroom with shower.
12 seaside rooms (Package room)
Affordable and comfortable accommodations (44 sqm including the veranda), nicely furnished with a modern and elegant double sink bathroom. They are part of the same complex with a sandy inner courtyard and just few steps away from the beach

• Full air conditioned rooms with individual temperature control
• Ceiling fan
• Tea and coffee makers free of charge
• Fully stocked mini bar on charge
• In room personal safe box
• Hair dryer
• Beach towels
• Telephone with direct external line
• Twice daily housekeeping service
• Wireless internet access free of charge

The Barefoot Restaurant takes pride in sourcing the best ingredients available, seafood arrives fresh and is served to the guests full of flavor. Two Italian Chefs specialized in Mediterranean dishes continuously
wow the guests with creative and unique combinations, textures and flavors in order to provide a memorable experience, full of heart, care and soul! The Barefoot Restaurant is fully committed to supporting local
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main sea view restaurant. For private and romantic dinners, seafood menus may be reserved at an extra charge.
Breakfast from 08.00 to 10.30
Lunch from 13.00 to 14.30
Dinner from 20.00 to 21.30

The panoramic “juice bar” next to the main restaurant is a gathering place to sip soft drinks, fresh juices and mocktails.
A new floating bar “Black Pearl” located in the hotel lagoon is offering alcoholic drinks.
The establishment of a Conservation Centre has enabled development of a series of responsible activities for guests (such as snorkeling, dolphin watch, turtle identification and more). This way, during the activities a double goal can be pursued: “fun” for the guests and environmental monitoring at the same time. In fact, during the excursions at sea, our marine biologists can carry out several projects of environmental monitoring, in order to collect data on the ecosystem and monitor the effect of tourism. Open lab sessions provide the chance to discover our daily marine research efforts and get involved with the marine biologists in their scientific work.
There is a well-stocked and original boutique (clothing, souvenirs personal care products). Two highly skilled tailors can do made to measure clothes of guests choice with typical material in a short time. The boutique always offers an excellent selection from the latest collection. We purchase quality local handcrafts as well.

The Barefoot SPA offers a natural health retreat, Ayurvedic, holistic treatments and classic massages services. Detox programs are research-based and combine medical science with holistic therapies.

The Barefoot diving center guarantees the highest level of quality and professionalism and offers complete sets of rental equipment including BCD, masks, snorkels, fins, wetsuits, dive computers and underwater
digital cameras as well as customized services, suitable for both adults and children. All level courses are available including “PADI ENRICHED AIR DIVER”. Free try dive. The water is azure blue, warm and the varieties of
dive spots (20-30 at a boat distance of 40 minutes) are stunning. The area is unique and renowned for the abundance of big aquatic animals such as manta rays together with the diversity of corals (soft and table), sharks and fish of all sizes.

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: Ruth Franklin

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  1. Secret Paradise Maldives

    We went to the hotel for 10 days for the yoga retreat holiday and were extremely happy with the experience. We booked the holiday with Secret Paradise and it saved us some money and the hustle of having to book additional yoga classes upon arrival in additional to the morning one offered at the hotel complementary.

    The eco concept of the hotel added a unique and engaging touch to the general exotic holiday experience you can find in other Maldives\’ hotels, as the hotel has a group of marine biologists who work there and organize guided snorkeling and diving tours with the detailed presentation on marine life and their work to preserve it.

    The chief in The Barefoot prepared delicious food every dinner and although the choice of food in the buffet is not huge, there was always a good selection of meals worthy a five star restaurant.

    The beach in The Barefoot is sandy and beautiful, however, there is no abundance of sea life right near the beach and the richer riffs are about 10-15 min away of swimming (or 5 mins on the boat). But it gives you an ability to swim freely is you just want to swim instead of snorkeling.

    The service at the hotel is good and the rooms are cleaned twice a day.

    The bar at the boat is worth visiting, as the boat itself has an exciting exterior of a pirate boat, while watching the sunset from it having a cocktail or star gazing at night is definitely a memorable experience.

    Marsha via Trip Advisor

    Average Rating
    27 May 2015 at 10:31 am

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