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Holiday home for max. 6 persons
Fuvahmulah, Maldives, Maldives

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Alafehi Retreat

Alafehi Retreat, Fuvahmulah.

Welcome to Fuvahmulah island - the home of Alafehi Retreat!


Alafehi Retreat is an opulent three-bedroom holiday home, designed with immaculate attention to detail to provide a comfortable, restful and tranquil experience within an idyllic island setting. An intimate private space for families and friends. The living room and bedrooms are decorated using elegant hand carved timber furniture, and comfortable upholstery. The outdoor area encompasses a plunge pool, a barbecue seating area, a modern undholige (swing house), a pavilion and decked seating area.


Inside you will be pleased with the hand carved furniture and fittings, modern well-equipped kitchen, & separate dining area. The bedrooms are large, with the luxury grandeur beds, private bathrooms and outdoor private shower and seating areas.


The beautiful bathrooms offer each person their own personal mirrored hand-basin area, walk in shower with double showers in each and hot and cold water.


Outside one of the main features you see is the private pool which has a swim jet system for endless swimming.


A surrounding comfortable seating & BBQ area leads on to the undholige, the ideal spot to unwind in the open garden space, to be lulled into serenity by the atmosphere created by the swaying greenery beyond the walls of the house and the deep night skies, or by the chorus of birds visiting at dawn and dusk.


Our Alafehi butler will look after our guests with care throughout the stay. In addition to taking care of all in house living arrangements, we will be happy to guide through any experience our guests wish to seek from local food tastings, forest walks, bicycle trails, exploration of the island’s wetlands or beaches, farm visits, and shopping, to adventure and sports activities such as diving and night fishing.


Special Meal and Dietary plans can all be provided with enough advance notice so we may get the required produce in for you. 


You can cook yourself in the modern well-equipped kitchen, or we can provide a chef to prepare a menu and food based on your individual requirements.


Diving is the number one reason while Alafehi Retreat has to be number two. The surrounding outer atoll currents bring in magnificent pelagic creatures – bizarre-looking thresher sharks, large numbers of tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reefs, the occasional hammerheads, as well as gigantic whale sharks - to feed on the island’s healthy reef ecosystem. Oceanic manta rays use the reef for cleaning and mating, most commonly around March to May every year. The oceanic temperatures remain warm throughout the year - usually at twenty seven degrees Celsius. This is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with Tiger sharks every day of the year.



Facilities and services

 

 - 02 deluxe double rooms furnished with comfortable king sized beds, and 01 deluxe twin room, all with ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold water and bathroom amenities.

 - In-room open-air shower areas with private verandas and gardens.

 - A family plunge pool with a swim jet system for endless swimming.

 - A warm, comfortable living and dining area with TV.

 - Fully equipped kitchen, laundry, and pantry.

 - High Speed WIFI throughout the inside and outside of the property

 

Alafehi is Dhivehi for “taro-green”. Taro (ala) is the traditional staple food of the island, eaten with different varieties of coconut produce and fish. Ala is grown everywhere, in every inch of muddy fertile soil found in the island - around the freshwater kilhi and in the backyards of houses. The lives of the taro fields (ala olhu) of Fuvahmulah are symbiotically intertwined with the well being of its people and their subsistent ways of life. 

 

The home Alafehi Retreat is built on Maadhandige (translated as the home of vast fields), on Narugis magu, a quiet and airy lane in the middle of the island, leading on to the eastern beach.

 

The modern three-bedroom holiday home is designed with attention to detail to provide a comfortable,

 restful experience within an idyllic island setting - as an intimate private space for small families and friends. The living room and bedrooms housed within grand, solid structures are decorated using elegant hand carved timber furniture and fittings, and comfortable upholstery. The outdoor area houses a plunge pool, a barbecue seating area, and a modernised undholige ( swing house) - a pavilion and lounge area with a suspended undholi bed - an essential item of comfort and convenience in many Fuvahmulan homes. The undholige is the ideal spot to unwind in the open garden space, to be lulled into serenity by the atmosphere created by the swaying greenery beyond the walls of the house and the deep night skies, or by the chorus of birds visiting at dawn and dusk.

 

Our Alafehi butler will look after our guests with care throughout the stay. In addition to taking care of all in house living arrangements, we will be happy to guide through any experience our guests wish to seek from local food tastings, forest walks, bicycle trails, exploration of the island’s wetlands or beaches, farm visits, and shopping, to adventure and sports activities such as diving and night fishing.



The house is a short distance away from several community facilities including the hospital, bank, and post office. It is about five minutes’ walking distance from the main road, Ghaazee Magu, running in the middle of the island from its eastern seashore to the highway on the western edge. On this main street, you may come across some small shops, cafes, even taro fields, and the main entrance to Bandaara kilhi, the freshwater mangrove area located to the south of the street. The home’s green, breezy surroundings and neighbourhood are pleasurable to explore. Narugis - the name given to the road - is the Dhivehi name for white rain lily, a common garden flower seen on the sides of roads. The alleys leading away from the few main roads are made of meandering pathways, adorned with specks of colour from varieties of flower pots arranged in a pleasing disarray at the entrances to houses. The houses found here are mostly simple vernacular structures, tucked away comfortably beneath shady mango, breadfruit, jambul, or ambarella trees, to name a few. A short walk among the back alleys of Alafehi Retreat will lead you to the lovely wetlands of the Dhandimagi kilhi, teeming with aquatic insects and lush vegetation characteristic of the unspoilt ecosystem. A minute’s walk eastward will take you to dynamic eastern shore of the island, where the oceanic waves break vigorously against the island edge, blowing a refreshing island-ward salty breeze through the coconut tree groves, evoking a mesmerising, meditative effect on anyone who stops to observe the the panorama of the horizon.




Exploring Fuvahmulah


The island’s name literally means “areca nut island”in Dhivehi language. “Fuvah” is the name for areca nuts, and “mulah” is a way of referring to an island. It is the third largest inhabited island in the Maldives with an area of 484 hectares and with a population of about 14,000 people who speak a unique dialect native to the island.


 Fuvahmulah’s enthralling natural atmosphere and its people's long held affinity to the tradition of understanding the elements of existence are deeply interlaced with the daily lives on the island. The island’s traditional learning system includes teachings on herbal medicine, navigation, and metrology, as well as written works of an esoteric nature of astrology and magic. Fishing and farming have been the main activities of the economy until the recent introduction of tourism to the atoll. Being located in the Indian ocean’s equatorial seafaring route meant that Fuvahmulah, like the other southern atolls, had a well established direct trading tradition with the neighbouring countries up until the middle of the twentieth century. The southwest monsoon winds took the locally built sailboats northwards, to the southern shores of Ceylon, where they sold their produce and engaged in enterprising encounters, as the native rhyme below expounds. The boats set sail to return home with the winds of the northeast monsoon, loaded with goods and riches for families and fellow islanders waiting in anticipation.


“Let us set sail on the odi, it's the first fortnight of September, the prices are fair in Ceylon, and we can sell our fish and sweets.”


Island trails from the Fuvahmulah Rashoveshi.


The “rashoveshi” translated as “island environment” - originally written by the late Ibrahim Fikri Didi of Fuvahmulah (commonly referred to as Kariyya Kalhuthuththu Didi) - is a composition that captures the essence of the island, its geography, landmarks, memories, and historical accounts. Composed in 116 verses, the rashoveshi describes a bird’s eye view of the island as its verses navigate through locations on the windswept coastlines of the island, changes of the seasons, historical remnants of the island’s ancient Buddhist tradition, knowledge of their traditional medicinal system, the ways of life in the island, its birds, its crops, and dwells on stories of deep sea legends and songs of the forest. We have compiled below a list of notable features and concepts of Fuvahmulah, as well as poetry found in the Rashoveshi and in other commentaries written about the island.

 

The island peripheries.


There is no lagoon around the island, but a reef flat that cuts off at the edge with a sharp drop into the deep blues of the sea. In the old days, it was extremely dangerous to reach the island’s shore by ship. There are eight man-made channels (neru or elhe’) opened around the island fringe to gain access by boat. There is a fanno on the beach in the direction of each channel - a fanno is a communal point among the shade of coconut palms where the island’s interior pathways meet the breezy vista of the ocean. This is the point where people come together in anticipation of arrival of a vessel, or to catch up with neighbourhood friends as they wind down for the day before the sunsets in the horizon. The names given to each of these channels and fanno - such as Rasgefanno, Bodufanno, Anbulefanno, Maaneyre, and Badahalufanno – elucidate the historical view about the events that happened around each point and the people who inhabit the area.


“By the fanno of the Gen Mosque,

the people make their alms and break their fasts. Betel leaves and areca nuts, young flesh of coconuts,

and trays full of delicacies, garlands of Indian lavender and pandanus flowers, fill the air in the late afternoon light...”


An idyllic wetland habitat.


We, Fuvahmulans take immense pride in our island home. It is one of the richest natural ecosystems in all of Maldives - the largest producers of Maldivian mangoes and taro. The island’s farms, nutrient-rich soil and marshlands in the backyards of homes produce varieties of fruits and vegetables; guavas, pineapples, bananas, pomegranates, breadfruits, papayas, coconuts, brinjals, pumpkins and many more are eaten fresh, daily. It is one of the most self sustaining island communities across the archipelago. The two eerie freshwater lakes - Dhandimagi Kilhi and Bandaara Kilhi - as well as the surrounding, swamps and marshes, are protected area. Jambul groves, dense growth of mature Alexandrian laurel (funa) trees, and endless spreads of taro and kan-kun fields extending outwards from these water sources give Fuvahmulah its distinct identity. Taking a mud bath among the banks of the lakes and swimming in its freshwaters are still favourite activities of leisure and therapeutic healing for children and adults. Treading the meandering pathways on a bicycle could be the best method to encounter the quiet lives that inhabit these wild and sheltered, moss covered habitats. Sitting quietly at the banks of a backyard pond for a minute will most likely make you aware of a rustling presence of a discerning moorhen - valikukulhu - dipping in and out of the water, foraging around nonchalantly.


Most island homes are built with modern amenities but women and men still collect firewood in the deep funa groves for types of traditional cooking such as smoking tuna fish. Dense bouts of vegetation spurt out like wild wet sanctuaries between scattered homes. Wandering through narrow alleys of neighbourhoods often lead to dead ends of roads covered in white gravel or to an unexpected encounter with the afternoon light in a sleepy backyard, where a mother quietly rocks a swing, lulling a baby to sleep with melodic prayers and songs of faraway seabirds.


Thoondu - the pebble beach at the north.


“Brightness of its colour white

 like the brilliance of diamonds,

 the smooth luminous sand of the thoondu makes me happy at its sight.”


The thoondu beach of Fuvahmulah is one of a kind. The seasonal temperament and movement of the vast pebble sands of thoondu reflect a crucial attribute of the Fuvahmulan geomorphological identity.

The lively body of white coral pebble sands polished to smoothness by the vigour of the sea waves are a

 perpetual playground of amusement, illuminating the senses of children and adults alike. Everyone gathers at the Thoondu for picnics and celebration with the formation of the Bissaaveli - a natural phenomenon that occurs with the movement of portions of the sand on the beach towards the

 reef, resulting in the creation of a temporary lagoon cushioned by pebble sands and shore. The annual sighting of the new moon of Ramazan is also celebrated on these sands. On the day before the first day of the fasting month, from afternoon onwards, people from all districts of the island gather under the shades of the shoreline trees. Carrying on with the old age tradition, we celebrate this day amidst the presence and glory of nature’s elements that have blessed the island in its abundance for

millennia; alternating between dips in the wild sea waves breaking on the thoondu sand and tasting homemade steamed coconut and jaggery patties, smoked fish, boiled taro and breadfruit, pandan fragranced rice pudding, and the many delicacies prepared according to age old recipes passed on from generations. And every year, the vast night sky and the new moon yet to be visible to the human eye, bear witness to this harmonious spectacle of the people who have coexisted among this land and its seas for generations.


The Havitta and its legacy of an ancient culture.


 Ruins of a Buddhist stupa known as Fuvahmulaku Havitta are found at the northern end of Fuvahmulah.

In Fuvahmulah too, the Vasho-Veu, an ancient circular bath with stone-steps skilfully built out of porites coral stone, sits still, now veiled by the moss of time in an old mosque compound. Ruins of a Buddhist stupa known as the Fuvahmulaku Havitta are still found at the northeast side of Fuvahmulah, at the location where an ancient monastery was said to have been. “Stupa” in the Sanskrit language means “heap". It is usually built as a hemispherical structure - a dome shaped silent abode for meditation. The Fuvahmulah Rashoveshi in its verses refers to the ancient Havitta and relics found inside in past explorations.


“The havitta was looked upon, a portion of it dug open, two or three containers made of stone were

found, inside them were golden tins, haikals, and lamps, smaller artefacts of gold, bronze and copper.

Witnessed by the eyes of the people, big and small from each ward,

Chants of praise sung in rhapsody,

for the leader of this esteemed endeavour, who would duly transfer to Male’ the capital the relics of Fuvahmulah found inside the ancient Havitta mound.”


These verses, adapted from its original Dhivehi text, reflect on the circumstances relating to the sites

and artefacts of our ancient heritage. The sites have been covered with sand after the Maldive islands

converted to Islam and the temple structures in the adjoining grounds converted to mosques. The

elegant coral stone mosque, Gen Miskit, with its neatly structured water well and surrounding graveyard

is said to be one of the oldest mosques in Fuvahmulah, adapted as such after the conversion to Islam.

As cited in the Rashoveshi, the mosque yard and adjacent shores were used by the islanders as holy

sites for making alms and bestowments to ancestors. Prayers were recited and incense sticks burnt to lull the atmosphere while the people shared a feast of local delicacies and made acquaintances, strengthening bonds with each other and their surroundings. The tradition of alms giving and incense- burning recitals was stopped since the early nineteen eighties, but the annual feasts continue by the thoondu beach just across the compounds of the mosque, the former temple site.



Fuvahmulah, the solitary atoll island, peaks out of the deep blue, a green speck surfacing from a vastocean, south to the equator. The seas, known for their omnipresent ferocity, rise in waves of oceanic midnight blue, pulsating and crashing over the edge of the island’s reef. Frothing like a body of possessed water, it surrenders onto the reef flats, deep oceanic hues turning into a turquoise blue before dispersing at the ragged edges of the eastern reef. On the western edge, the waters pass


through shallow waters vibrantly alive with blotches of coral and sea life until they gradually merges with the thresholds of an endless sandy white beach. The island is said to have been settled by seafarers who must have braved the immense powers of these seas to be able to come ashore and find refuge. Two hundred years ago, Fuvahmulah had a natural harbour-like lagoon seeping into the atoll ring through a channel at its southern tip. Over the years the opening to the lagoon closed naturally. The altered, naturally enclosed structure of the island gave protection to the vegetation growing along rim of the lagoon. The ecosystem that was formed around these plant species gradually made their way inwards through the lagoon, merging with pure rainwater, forming two freshwater lakes. Wet taro fields and various mangrove species nestle around the fringes of the sunlit lakes.

This high ridged concave island of green protected from the pulsating tempest of the seas is known for all types of captivating flora and fauna, making it one of a kind in the Maldives. 


Winding walkways have been imprinted over time among thick forests by generations of settlers who sought refuge in this island home. The esoteric lives lived among this thriving ecosystem and the stories told by our ancestors, form the unique identity of this island and atoll named Fuvahmulah.

House information

  • 6 persons
  • ground floor
  • detached (house)
  • type of building: Single family house
  • total number of floors in the building above the ground floor: 1
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms

Distances (linear)

  • bars/clubs/going out approx. 100 m
  • airport approx. 500 m
  • grocery store approx. 100 m
  • sea approx. 100 m
  • nearest town centre approx. 100 m
  • cafés/restaurants approx. 200 m
  • sandy beach approx. 100 m
  • beach approx. 100 m
  • water sports approx. 200 m
  • bicycle hire approx. 100 m
  • jet ski hire approx. 150 m
  • canoe hire approx. 100 m
  • surf hire approx. 100 m

Floor plan

further rooms

bedrooms 1 - 2

  • 2 single beds (0.90 m width)

bedroom 3

  • king-size bed (1.60 m width)

bedroom 4

  • king-size bed (1.60 m width)

bathroom 1

  • shower
  • hairdryer
  • basin
  • toilet

bathroom 2

  • shower
  • hairdryer
  • basin
  • toilet

bathroom 3

  • shower
  • hairdryer
  • basin
  • toilet

Features

Living area

  • number of dining tables
  • 6 number of seats
  • iron
  • Living room
  • Living room is dimmable
  • TV

Kitchen

  • oven
  • freezer compartment
  • gas cooker
  • fridge
  • microwave
  • coffee machine capsules/pods
  • toaster
  • electric kettle

Other

  • on an island
  • no youth groups
  • child's chair
  • air conditioning: Everywhere
  • non-smoking property
  • 6 fans
  • washing machine
  • Complete Wifi coverage
  • pets not allowed

Outside area

  • outdoor shower
  • completely enclosed
  • garden: For sole use
  • grill/barbecue
  • terrace
  • verandah
  • 2 Total of private car parking spaces
  • 2 private outdoor parking spaces

Special feature of this property

  • private pool

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* Unless otherwise indicated, this property is not equipped for the disabled.
  • max. 6 persons including children  
    No pets allowed.
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General terms and conditions of provider

Cancellation ist possible according to the general terms and conditions of the provider e-domizil AG .

20% of the rental price if cancellation is made up to the 61st day prior to arrival
50% of the rental price if cancellation is made up to the 35th day prior to arrival
80% of the rental price if cancellation is made up to the 2nd day prior to arrival
95% of the rental price if cancellation is made on the day of arrival
The cancellation costs amount to at least EUR 40.

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