The Barefoot Eco Hotel | Maldives

The Barefoot Eco Hotel | Maldives

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The Barefoot Eco Hotel

(Indian Ocean - Maldives )

from: £1950 inc. flights*

*Inc all flights, 7 night full board Seaside room & 6 boat dives

  • Eco resort in remote Hanimaadoo location
  • Beach front, ocean view & family room options
  • Floating bar for exclusive resort use
  • Ideal extension with Amba liveaboard


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.

Resort Facts

  • Rooms: 52
  • Fridge: Yes
  • Room safe: Yes
  • A/C: Yes
  • Pools: 1
  • Restaurants: 1

Dive Centre Facts

  • Dive Centre: On site
  • Dive Courses: PADI
  • House Reef: Yes
  • Boat Diving: Yes
  • Shore Diving: No
  • Nitrox: Yes
  • Tech Friendly: No

General Facts

  • Season: All year
  • Air Temp: 25-29C
  • Water Temp: 27-30C
  • Visibility: 20-30m
  • Airport: 300km
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.

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  • 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.


September 2015

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! Adam

September 2015

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. Beverly D

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From time to time the resort and dive centre hosts a unique one off dive event. These will focus on a specific area of diving, covering a wide range of topics from underwater photography, technical diving, explore wrecks or conservation themed.

These special events are a brilliant way to learn from the accompanying experts (often a famous face!), improve your knowledge, develop new dive skills and of course, get to dive some of the most exciting destinations out there.

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