Sun Island Resort

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Nalaguraidhoo Island, P.O. Box 2073, , 2100
Sun Island Resort
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 21% less than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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A Jewel in the Blue

by gracinda about Sun Island Resort

I stay in a Water Bungalow, but all the resort is incredible. We have many facilities, like Watersports centre, diving facilities, a gymnasium and also a lovely swimming pool. This resort is a paradise with white sand, clear water, coconut palms and many others things you don't imagine.
The bar at the beach offers a variety of drinks and a good music.

Great island

by titinha about Sun Island Resort & Spa

The resort has many activities including: Table Tennis, Badminton & Squash Courts, Diving School, Internet Cafe, Souvenir Shops.
There are two restaurants; one for guests staying the deluxe bungalows and one (much smaller and personal) serving guests from the water bungalows. Both serve oriental, asian and international dishes. In the seven days we were there, no dish was ever served twice.
The rooms have a mini bar and the prices are reasonable (US$5.50) for a beer.
Although we were on an All inclusive package we still had a meal the coffee shop which came to $18 for two people and the drinks were charged to the All inclusive. Well what can I say about the resort's location?...It's on an island, there's only the resort on it. The beaches are of white-sand like powder. the views are breathtaking, whatever part of the island you're on. All the rooms have sea views.

Sun Island Water Bungalows

by Conflictrealms about Water Bungalows

Sun Island Resort has four different type of room accomodations. One of them are the famous Water Bungalows. These little bungalows are situated on stilts above the water on the south side of the island. The location of them iusnt far from the main resort amenities. Infact, it has the all inclusive/full bopard restaurant on the island just before the jetty, aswell as a Thai restaurant at the very end of it, where many many fish and rays gather round for the feeding that goes on there.

The only flaw that I could see here was that the southern waters of the island were very corally, so it isnt great for swimming in, even though each bungalow has steps descending into the water. Mind you, this didnt stop people bathing in there beneath there bungalows.

Oh, and also, each bungalow has a little private terrace. But it would seem, because of the location of the rooms, depending in which side of the bungalows you're in, you will either get only the morning and mid-day sun, or the mid-day and afternoon sun, if on the west side of the jetty.

All in all, if you have the money, its worth the upgrade to these, as they are right next to the spa, and only a short walk down a well kept path to the resort lobby and other facilities.

Sun Island

by bluetang about Sun Island

We stayed at 492 at the Sunset Beach and it was marvellous!!! Excellent view, we were near in the Feeding of the Sting rays. We woke up and saw the fantastic sea and hearing the waves breaking at the reef!!
The room was very clean even it needs some kind of redecoration and refurbishment. Yes, the pool was fa-nta-stic!! It wasn't like a pool...
it was next to the sea so each way is perfect!

Choosing Your Resort

by Sally01 about Sun Island

We had a lovely time at Sun Island, and would definately not say that it's a bad resort. However, we found that this resort seemed to be very busy and although you are in the Maldives, you do not get the 'Robinson Crusoe' feeling.

There is an all inclusive option on this island, which decided to have as we thought this would save us money in the long run. We ended up spending quite a lot more while we were there though. This was mainly on the mini-bar, the hired bikes, cocktails and 'themed restaurant nights'. Although you are not forced into the 'themed restaurant nights' we decided to go along with it as the main restaurant can get a bit tedious.

You are able to keep check on your room bill through your tv, which lists everything you have bought and the cost. This bill is settled on departure from the resort. I know that you can go virtually anywhere in the Maldives and have fantastic views, but the view at Sun Island are definately outstanding.

I'm not sure whether this is very unique for the Maldives, but there were some HUGE bats. They tend to stay at the top of the trees so you never really get bothered by them.

Holiday Island, Ari atoll

by ElenaKKKK about Holiday Island

Nice clean and spacious room, air condition, fan, sat. TV, bathtub, shower at open air in a small private closed yard. few meters from waterfront, personnal beach chairs, private terrasa.
In fact bungalows are all on the beach, because the island is very small (20x80m), but do not recommend the ones in front of the island, very shallow waters, far from coastline and guests who lived there tolds that they couldn't sleep because of the music in the bar and smells of kitchen. In fact there is everything to good relaxing vacations - beach, bar, restaurant, gym, cafe, shop, medicine centre, photo lab, courses of diving, surfing, fishing etc. but if you need more "stars" there is regular shuttle boats (free of charge) which take guests to the nearest 5***** Sun island ( with a lot of facilities: swimming pool, restaurants, bars etc. You just need upon arrival to Sun island to register on reception and you'll be credited in all facilities there. All your expenditures will be included in your bill in Holiday Island. At least it was in 2001:-)))) The way to Sun island takes ab. 15 min.

Hidden Hovels

by Conflictrealms about Deluxe Bungalows

I stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow when I was at Sun Island. They are very impressive for what they are. They are serviced twice a day and come with all what you;d expect from a resort room. They are bigger then I first expected. The deluxe rooms are mostly on the water bungalow side of the island, which are more of a walk from the main resort facilities.

Don't let this put your off though. The beaches are still wonderful, and if not too near the water bungalows, the water is perfect for swimming in.

The bathroom is very impressive and the showers are very big. You have a little open air area at the back, which is perfect for hanging out wet clothing. It gets so warm there, as the area is only like 2metres squared with 2 washing lines.

I would not mind one bit visiting these rooms again, if I ever went back to Sun Island, so try them yourself!

Sun Island Resort

by Conflictrealms

"The Journey There"

Living in London, it was fairly easy getting to Gatwick Airport. It was simply a matter of just going to Victoria Station, and then getting the Gatwick Express to the airport. The express took us to the south terminal, and we needed to get to the north, so just around the corner and up the stairs was the transit which goes to each terminal every 3 minutes. After checking in, we got our boarding passes for our 1st class seats.

The flight took 10 and half hours. But luckily it was a nightflight, so it was quite calm and peaceful after the first few hours. The entertainment system were a good addition and took up alot of the time.

Once we eventually arrived in Male airport in the maldives, our luggage was taken onto a bus operated by Transmaldian, which is the seaplane service which flies to different resort islands.

We were then taken on a passenger bus to the seaplane airport neaby the main airport. After getting out boarding passes, we boarded the plane, and waited for take off.

The plane was suprisingly easy going, and didn't suffer any of the ear popping, or dizzyness you normally assosiate with planes. After 35 minutes, we arrived at a jetty between 2 resorts. From there, a boat met us, and took us on a 5 minute journey to the small marina of Sun Island Resort

"The Resort"

The staff on the island very friendly. They seemed to really want to put all their effort into doing their job and running the hotel. When we arrived, we were greeted with cold towels to freshen up with, and then coconut milk inside the coconut itself, served with a pretty flower and a straw. After filling out 1 or 2 forms, we were told a bit about the hotel by the customer relations worker. After that, we were taken on a golf buggy to our room, which was about 2-3 minute drive. Our luggage was taken on a seperate buggy, and taken right into our room.

When opening the door to our accomodation, i was very impressed and didnt expect it to be as big and clean as it was. There was a safe, minibar, tv with built in internet and 'view bill' function. Also, to my delight, tea and coffee making facilities.

We were then offered an upgrade to all inclusive, which was a very good idea, as drinks were quite expensive at the resort. I would expect this to be the same at any other Maldivian resort.

We then spent time getting to know the way to the main resort from our room, as our accomodation was on the other end of the island, so we had to remember a few turns to take. We got the hang of this pretty quick. Just have to remember that the big pathways are for the island guests, and the smaller pathways are what lead in to staff buildings and areas.

You get told pretty much everything you need to know, such as what daily activities are where, such as the fish feedings. And then you are just free to do whatever you wish.

We spent our time down by the main amenties, As this is where most of the bars were, and also the pool and main restaurant. We only really went back to our room a few hours after lunch, to shower and get ready for the evening.

You'll notice that when your there, everyone has their own way of doing things, so you'll never look out of place. While we were ready for the evening at 5pm, and made our way to the bar, other people were sunbathing, or in the sea untill dusk, and even playing vollyball and other sports.

There were around 5 different excursions altogether, some better than others. So keep in mind if you ever go for something like 2 weeks, be prepared to have something to do.

Leaving SUn Island to return to the UK was as easy as getting there. In the rooms, you have a button for the TV called 'Departure Details'. When you click this, you see a table of the rooms checking out the next day. All you have to do is wait for the screen that displays your room number. You then see the details telling you what time to settle your bill at reception, what time your minibar will be locked, what time your wake up call and luggae collection will be, and your actual checking out time.

The morning we left, we got up early to shower, and had packed our suitcases the day before to save us from getting up TOO early. Most departures are early in the morning, so you should expect to get up around 4am-7am. At 6:15am, we got our wakeup call on the phone, but were already dressed and prepared anyway. 15 minutes later, the man came to the door to collect our luggage. We then made our way to reception to fill out the checking out form.

Because we were getting the seaplane at 7:15, we wouldnt make it for breakfast, so instead, they prepare a mini little breakfast in the coffee shop for those departing early. This breakfast is just tea and coffee, with slices of fruit and a few rolls. I really appreciated this gesture, as I didnt expect it at all and thought I would need to splash out on something at Male airport.

We then took the same route in reverse, so it was a boat to the jetty, and then the seaplane to Male.

The only bad thing about the main flight to the UK, this time, was that it was at 11am, and travelling west on the globe, It stayed light out the whole time. This meant we spent 6 hours travelling for 10 and half hours. The best thing about the dayflight, was that there were good oppertunities to take photos. Unfortunatly, I didnt manage to get my camera out intime to take photos of some beautiful photos of Dubai from the air.

I am pleased to say that everything on this trip went very smoothly, and we had no problem whatsoever.

Sun Island

by sioux2

"View of Paradise"

The sea plane and its views were awesome, sea is blue and 30 mins transfer is worth the money

"Room and island"

Room was cleaned twice a day , we were on the far side of the island , you had a choice of either staying by your room, or going to the main beach and bars.

"room service"

Sun Island

by Sally01

A picture perfect island, with absolutely stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

A relatively busy resort, with over 350 rooms and plenty of facilities, including tennis courts, gym, basketball courts, shops, hairdresser (the list goes on).

Surprisingly, most of the people on the islands seemed to crowd around the pool all day so the beaches were more or less deserted.

"Our Opinion..."

Although we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, we found that Sun Island was very commercialised. Our idea of the Maldives is a tiny island with very few people, very few facilities and no contact with the outside world. The beaches and views more than make up for this though, it really is like heaven on earth.


The rooms were quite basic, but were always kept spotless. They were cleaned twice a day by our 'Room Boy' and he made an excellent job of it. There was never any sand in the room at all!

There are TV's in all the rooms and access to the internet (payable locally).

The mini bar in the room was always stocked up, but unfortunatley this didn't come under the 'All Inclusive' deal. We did get a free 2 litre bottle of water in our room every day though.

Had a great view from our room, and we were only steps away from the sea.


The lobby bar in the Sun Island ResortThe lobby bar in the Sun Island Resort

The lobby bar in the Sun Island ResortThe lobby bar in the Sun Island Resort

The lobby bar in the Sun Island ResortThe lobby bar in the Sun Island Resort

The lobby bar in the Sun Island ResortThe lobby bar in the Sun Island Resort

Forum Posts

Sun Island - Maldives

by BlackShark

Hello Everyone,
Me and my partner are off to The Sun Island resort on May 14th, and i was just wandering if anyone could tell me about the weather in may as ive just noticed its the beggining off the wet season ..... ??

Re: Sun Island - Maldives

by reeley

Lucky Devils!

The rains arrived mid April whilst we were there, and we lost one day of sun to the rains, but it did not ruin our holiday. It did delay our departure from Male airport to our resort as the transfer could not take place during the peak of a thorm.

The weather varies greatly from resort to resort, it can be sunny on one, raining on the next. We were advised locally that at this time of the year, rains rarely last more than a few hours.

You have a SO, I am sure that you can think of something to do if it is raining outside.....

If all else fails, go scuba.

Yes it rained when we were there, but we still had a fantastic holiday!

you lucky people!

Re: Sun Island - Maldives

by Gard


My wife and I went to Sun Island in the beginning of April and we had a lovely stay there. It is of course always hard to predict the weather. We did have some rain while we were there and a real thunderstorm one night. But in general it was pretty nice with a bit of clouds. It was still quite warm (30 degrees) and the sun was really strong. I have posted some tips on my VT page and on my homepage you'll find lots of pictures from our trip. I hope that it can be of some use. Have a great trip to the Maldives :-)

Stavanger, Norway

sun island resort the maldives

by helenwa

Hi everyone when i go to sun island resort in May can any one give me any advice on how much extra money to take with you, i am going all inclusive but for extras could any one give me a idea what to take thanks again helen

Re: sun island resort the maldives


The only time i found i needed any cash, was leaving tips at the end of my stay to the butler and waiter, i think it was about $30 each a week, but it is only a reccomended gratuity, is up to you how much you leave. A bit of money when you arrive at the airport as is very hot there, but Male is very small so there isnt much to spend it on. There are gifts to buy on the resorts, or swimwear etc, so cash is needed for those too.

sun island resort the maldives

by helenwa

hi helen here i forgot to ask when we go to sun island in may we have got the boat for transport from male which i understand takes about 3 hours can we upgrade to a sea plane when we arrive at the airport and could anyone tell me the cost or is it better to do it before we go. thanks again.

Re: sun island resort the maldives

by Telboy1966

Hi Helen, its Terry again. Past this link into your browser - this guy has obviously spent some time reviewing Sun Island - plenty of info here for you!


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Address: Nalaguraidhoo Island, P.O. Box 2073, , 2100