The Barefoot Eco Hotel - Indian Ocean

  • Guests Boutique resort on a local island in Hanimaadoo for only 100
  • Rooms 52 rooms across 3 grades including family option
  • Restaurants 1 buffet restaurant with Italian and international cuisine
  • Food and Drinks Floating bar boat (transfers) - no alcohol on island
  • Facilities Private beach, spa, yoga, kayaks, bike tours of island
  • Diving On site dive centre offering boat diving
  • Diving Extras Resident biologist, dolphin and turtle snorkelling tours
  • Internet Access Free wifi in rooms and communal areas

About The Barefoot Eco Hotel

The Barefoot Eco hotel is on the remote, northern island of Hanimaadho. An hour's transfer from the hustle and bustle of Male, this 4 star resort is private, intimate and surrounded by lush vegetation. This is a boutique hotel, where the emphasis is on personal service and total relaxation deep in the north of the Maldives. It is also an ideal spot to extend your holiday after the Amba liveaboard.

The Barefoot Eco hotel is a 4 star option with only 56 rooms. There are only 20 beach front rooms, with a further 20 ocean view rooms set above. Alternatively, there are 12 new seaside rooms. Rooms are around 50sqm. Each of the 52 rooms at Barefoot Eco hotel is modern and stylishly finished, with a mini bar, air con, tea & coffee making facilities and safe. The beach front rooms open straight out onto the resort's private beach whilst the ocean view rooms boast incredible vistas onto the turquoise lagoon. Both the ocean view and beach front room grades have interconnecting options - ideal for families or friends who would prefer a shared space.

The whole resort has been created to have minimal impact on this undeveloped, local island and the ethos of sustainability and conservation underpins everything the resort does. The resort boasts an on site conservation centre, staffed with resident marine biologists. This is brilliant choice for snorkellers. Looking for relaxation? Head to the spa or join the daily open air yoga sessions. Or why not organise a kayak tour if you are feeling more active. Grab a bike to explore the island. The resort grows a lot of their own organic ingredients and the homemade pizza and ice cream are a must whilst in resort. Meals are served in the ocean view restaurant whilst you can enjoy a sun downer on the "Black Pearl", the floating bar. And with free wifi, you can torment your friends and family with the blissful views.

Please be aware: as Barefoot Eco Hotel is located on a local island, there is no alcohol permitted in the resort itself. There is "boozy boat" with a fully stocked bar moored approx 5 mins from the resort - a water taxi runs at half hourly intervals, so you can enjoy a tipple at any point in your holiday.

Ocean view

Upper floor with a spectacular sea view. Large size rooms (about 50 sqm including the veranda), double or twin bedded, with the possibility of an extra bed.

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 bedded, with the possibility of an extra bed.

Seaside room

The Seaside Rooms are affordable and comfortable accommodations, nicely furnished, with a modern and elegant double sink bathroom. The rooms (44 SQM) have a wide patio door looking onto a cosy wooden veranda just beside our endless white beach. They are part of the same complex with a sandy inner courtyard. Ideal for groups and families.

Open air restaurant, juice bar & chill out area

Adam

2015-09-14 09:37:35

stayed at the Barefoot for 4 days with two of my friends. The staff very helpful to help us arrange our transfer to the hotel. When the arrived, we were warmly welcomed. The room was nice and spacious with a good size terrasse. The white sand beach near the hotel is amazing and well kept clean. The big plus for us during our stays were : the food that was just delicious, the great staff, the activities- snorkelling, diving, and the bar boat near the shore where we have had much fun. Our stay at Barefoot was memorable and we wish we can go back next year to enjoy even more the facilities, the food and perhaps meet again the same nice great staff. Congratulations to the Barefoot team!

Beverly D

2015-09-14 09:32:58

Having just returned from a two week holiday at this hotel, I can safely say that all of us in the group that travelled (two adults and three teens) would happily return. The rooms were clean, spacious and comfortable, while the main building with the dining, chill-out, library and conservation zones was amazing, and right next to the beach. We were especially impressed by the tireless work of the hotel's two marine biologists, who are obviously passionate about improving the environment, not only for people, but also for the local wildlife. Whilst the idea of taking a holiday based on a small island was different for us, the range of activities available ensured we always had something to do. Most of us in the group were qualified divers, so obviously the fact that there is a dive centre at the hotel was a major positive. The team running this centre were helpful, and arranged a dive where the one person in our group who was not qualified could join us on a Discover Scuba Dive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500 miles from north to south. The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male's airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels. The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

Weather and Climate

Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round. Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Maldives are typically quoted with Sri Lankan flights from Heathrow (via Colombo) to Male. We are however able to book most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Male, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it's a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards. Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour. The choice is yours! As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight. Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer. It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport. We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights. The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals. This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe. You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals. The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg. The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall. You will check your bag in here and then be transfered to the seaplane terminal by bus. This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male. Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.

Departures

You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight. Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time. There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.

Info

Included in your holiday

International flights and transfers, accommodation and meals on a full board plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including complimentary water in your room and with food. Please refer to your booking confirmation for details on any prebooked diving services.

Excluded

All additional soft and alcoholic drinks, local services, tour or excursions are arranged and paid for in resort. There is a 12% local tax (GST) on all local purchases. You may be charged for excess baggage on the domestic flight if you are above the weight limit for your hold baggage.

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

USD are the preferred currency. Credit & debit cards accepted although a surcharge may apply.

Phone coverage

Typically the Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout, although it is not 100 percent

Plugs and electricity

Either UK 3 pin or European 2 pin plugs

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

A wide range of PADI courses, snorkelling tours, dolphin and turtle ID excursions and special trips can be arranged locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox and nitrox courses are available in resort for a local charge

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to The Barefoot Eco hotel is £400-£600 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions. 

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Few divers have yet to discover the secret underwater paradise that is diving in Haminaadhoo. But now from the comfort of the Barefoot Eco hotel, you can explore over 30 dive sites in the region. This is an ideal choice for snorkellers too - Turtle Cove is a must do experience for everyone!

Diving around the Barefoot Eco hotel is diverse. The coral life is rich, with opulent reefs and pinnacles. Manta, sharks and eagle rays are all commonly seen, alongside turtles and napoleons. You can even find nurse sharks resting on the sandy sea bed. Hang out in the current watching the action or bimble across the shallow pinnacle tops. Between dives keep your eyes peeled for dolphins.

  • Remote location with few other divers
  • Up to 30 dive sites accessible by boat with great snorkelling too
  • Resident marine biologists
  • Dedicated dive boat
  • Dolphin and manta monitoring trips
  • Unmissible snorkelling


The dive centre is on site at the Barefoot Eco hotel. The experienced dive staff guarantee the highest level of professionalism and quality, from the standard of their rental equipment to their courses and guides. The resort is also home to resident marine biologists, adding an extra interest level to all of your diving activities.
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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at The Barefoot Eco Hotel.

Daily Diving

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Scuba Diving Courses

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  • PADI open water course from: Price on request
  • PADI advanced course from: Price on request
  • Nitrox Specialty from: Price on request
  • Other courses available on request

Dive Equipment

  • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): Price on request

These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.

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