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Coulinary trip Maldives
Small island with this nice resort, a lot of different bungallows, some on water. Service is very good, friendly and there are lot of possibilities what to do.
There is diving school aswell.
We travelled with a child and got great help over the normal service. Best buffet food I ever ate. I hate this kind of food, but compliment to this hotel. You can choose between planty of nice done small portions of different dishes and you can ask cooks to do your food in front of you.
Really great culinary experience.
A real jewel of a place
I cannot say nearly enough good things about Makunudu Island! Everything about our stay here was just perfect! We were definitely not looking for a large hotel experience in the Maldives, so this was just what we wanted!
There were only 30-something bungalows (beach-front only, no over-water), so even when the resort was full, it never felt crowded. The accommodations were comfortable and very clean, and the staff was so pleasant. The food was delicious, and they were even very accommodating for me as a strict vegetarian. Our server was just wonderful to us. I would recommend getting the all-inclusive dining & drink option, cause the drinks are expensive!
There were plenty of activities for those who were interested, including the option of private day or evening trips. The dive center was excellent, and there were great dive areas all around the island. I got my certification and made several additional dives, including my official deep dive. For almost all of my certification, I learned one-on-one from the same instructor.
I had difficulty with the travel company (Sunland) they run their reservations through however. While I told the agent we delt with that it was part of our honeymoon trip, he never relayed that to the resort. The staff was great about talking with the agent so that we could have our private beach breakfast & dinner! Also, a week before flying from Sri Lanka (we spent 3 weeks there first) to the Maldives, he tried to switch our reservations to their other resort, Coco Palm! He emailed something about not making the reservations correctly, but I pressed that I would not be switched! I'm so glad I did! I would probably recommend not going through their own website, and using another travel company if possible.
All in all, this was just the best vacation, and best lodging, overall, that I have ever experienced! I can't wait to go back someday! Pretty isolated, great diving nearby, great diving center, wonderful food
Very disappointing for service from front desk and beach erosion.
In our opinion four serious drawbacks and a fifth cause for concern in relation to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Island:
1 Very poor service from front desk
2 The very severe erosion of the beach of the north east sector (about 1/4 of the island)
3 The smell and disfunction of the toilets
4 Special Customer Service and nice rooms given preferentially to REPEATERS.
5 Disappointment in relation to the snorkelling where visibility was often poor - related to the roughness of the sea and currents and the movement of sand from one end of the island to another as in 2 above. This is a great pity as the fish life is very good within the lagoon - Beware access to the drop off which is too far out/potentially dangerous unless you are an extremely confident snorkeller. We are probably average in confidence. We saw very few snorkellers out on the drop off.
FRONT DESK SERVICE
The Front Desk is incompetent, rude and we often suspected that they were liars.
We were immediately asked for our departure details!!! I know they need these and we provided them but there are ways of asking which is not rude - perhaps after a proper welcome and some familiarisation with everything. I felt is was rudely done almost as soon as we were greeted. This was done by Shafiq at the Front Desk. He also failed to secure our requested departure seaplane so he did not properly implement the information he gathered.
They failed to respond adequately to the sewage blowing back into our toilet and it was not until the afternoon of the 2nd day that they agreed to initiate, at our suggestion, a changeover of the water from mixed sewage water to fresh water. This involved digging up the sewage pipes at the back of our villa (no 69) and the work was not complete until 5pm on the third day of our stay. In practice this meant that we did not have use of our toilet for 3 days and had to make trips to the reception toilets. This was an absolutely awful start to our holiday .
One Night in Lagoon Villa Suite
The Front Desk did not advise us of any details. Generally hopeless as we had to keep asking them. They continually contradicted themselves saying variously a letter will be sent to your usual villa (it was not), the details are in the Water Villa (they were not), a breakfast menu order sheet is in the Water Villa (it was not.) Finally we had to make a hurried order by telephone. The breakfast arrived partly incorrect.
They booked us on to the wrong seaplane on our day of departure despite having booked the last one when we arrived two weeks previously. This was very important to us because we wanted a leisurely departure and because we had a very late night flight. We had booked a day room at the Hulhule Hotel because of our late departure. The Front Desk, in particular Shafiq, who we found pompous and incompetent throughout our stay, chose to put us on a morning seaplane and WITHOUT TELLING US. Consequently late on our departure evening we had to pack our bags until 2 am. Naturally this was extremely annoying.
Ann-Marie was the Guest Relation officer and boy, do they need one. Ann-Marie was helpful and pleasant and owing to her intervention we were re-allocated a really nice Villa, No 80, to compensate for the sewage problems in Villa 69. Thank you Ann Marie. Unfortunately this did not occur until the 2nd week of our stay. But she did try.
EROSION OF NORTH EAST SECTOR OF ISLAND
This is now very severe and means that villas from about 54 to 71 have no beach and are unsightly with sandbagging. Although this is not the Hotel's fault, they do not advise customers before they arrive and are continuing to allocate people into these rooms, including ourselves into Villa 69. In addition, those allocated into this sector have no sun in the garden as well as no beach and are obliged to pitch their sunloungers elsewhere on the island. Guests finding themselves in this situation were very unhappy and disappinted including ourselves.
SMELL AND DISFUNCTION OF THE TOILETS
Mixed treated water is used (except in the water villas). There was a problem with blockages and a sewage pump serving 15 of the villas broke down during our stay. There is also a habit of pouring kerosene into the toilet if there are insects in it (our case as well). Surely this must be a fire hazard if you smoke?? and is also an unpleasant smell in itself perhaps also used to mask the sewage smell?
PREFERENTIAL SERVICE FOR REPEATERS
This is a particularly aggravating and annoying feature of Coco Palm's management policy if you are a first time visitor. It appeared that repeaters had preference for the best de luxe Rooms with beautiful gardens and long beach front ie villas numbered 74 to 86. Despite our problems we could not change rooms to Villa 80 until well into the 2nd week of our stay. Shame on you Coco Palm. If you had moved us immediately we would not have felt so very aggrieved about the sewage disgrace. But thank you Ann Marie for at least moving us in the 2nd week. It would have been so much better if we could have moved immediately. It seems the good rooms are very full and preferentially with repeaters.
Please see point above about the drop off being too distant to snorkel to unless you are accompanied. However reef fish within the lagoon very plentiful and varied providing roughness of the sea in the lagon does not prevent you venturing out.
The food was really excellent and the waiters and bar staff were all extremely courteous and very friendly (in complete contrast to the Front Desk!!) the room boys were excellent and also very helpful and polite. The snorkelling trips by dhoni were very good and well run with the marine biologist who supervised small groups and the reef visited very good and fish and coral very prolific. Mr Raj a the Conch bar particularly charming and nice.
Ros and Tony of United Kingdom.
We stayed for a week at Coco Palm in the past June 2004 for our honeymoon.
Very friendly staff, though it lacks some activity specially during the night period... i know, its honeymoon and all, but... at 10 p.m. theres is nothing at all to do outside your privacy.
Its a true hideaway, for peopçe who just want to praise nature and listen to the beat of the earth.
I trully recommed it if you are looking for peace and calmness.
Very nice island, noisy generator
We stayed on Coco Palm Island from November the 21st till 4th of December 2006.
Generally, we like coco palm more than the other island we saw before (Makunudu and Villivaru), also other travellers stated to us, that coco palm is one of the most beautiful islands.
The island itself.
Coco Palm has a very dense vegetation, small sandy pathways leading to the bungalows and the restaurants etc. On the beach, there are enough places to sit down under sunshades, at least the deluxe beach bungalows have their own sunshades and sunbeds directly in front of the bungalow itself. All around the island you have nice sandy beaches, but between bungalow 29 and 64 (see island map ->photos) they had to put sandbags on the beach, presumably to prevent the beach to be washed away. The year before, the „sandbag-area“ stretched only between bungalow 29 and about 45. All the other parts of the islands beaches are wonderful, you even have a very nice lagoon with lots of corals you could see when snorcheling. The only downside is the very loud generator, that is really disturbing in some of the bungalows
There are four kinds of bungalow, the normal beach bungalow, the deluxe beach bungalow, the lagoon villas and two lagoon suites. We stayed in the deluxe bungalows and one year ago in the lagoon villa as well. I would recommend the deluxe bungalows, because they are located at the most beautiful area of the beach and you have only a few steps to your own wooden sunbeds and sun shades, directly at the border between vegetation and the beach front. Some of the normal bungalows are also near the water, others are hidden in the vegetation. The downside is, that they are more densely packed and the sunshades are better in the deluxe area.
The lagoon villas are even more luxurious, also with a plunge pool (which we used to have champagne with view to the sundown, very nice. The deluxe beach bungalows also have these pools, but you will prefer the beach). Inside the lagoon villas, there is a nice equipped bathroom with whirlpool. Espresso machine and hifi-system are at your free disposal inside the rooms. Very nice when you open your windows in the morning and have a lookout to the sea. I would recommend the lagoon villas that are near the suites, they have the best views. The suites we didn't visit, presumably they are even more beautiful. Anyway, we liked the deluxe beach bungalows more so we decided to book them this year.
You have two restaurants to chose from, one buffet style with various life cooking and a very good selection of other dishes, ranging from salads, sushi, sashimi over freshly prepared mostly indian or asian influenced meal up to very good deserts. The other one, a la carte, offers very tasty thai cuisine. You could have snacks in the bar and also in the spa. Overall, our recommendation is to take half board, if your are hungry at lunchtime, the bar offers good food at reasonable prices.
Nice setting, good cocktails, try the mohito-martini.
The diving Centre
I tested it last year, this year i have been too lazy. Anyway, very good service, they are providing towels for you after the dive (when taking the boat), also some water, they carry all your belongings to the boat and back.
We had a lot of treatments. We most liked the balinese massage, about 55 minutes at 65 dollars (all plus 10% servce charge).
Very good, to be recommended.
I dont know what they do to reduce the insects to a minimum, you even don't see them poisoning them, but you really have to search to find any mosquito or other disturbing insects (you event wont find them when you search). You also, to be on the safe side, have a mosquito net in the deluxe rooms.
Our friends had a really big spider in their room, but we didn't see any spiders or cockroaches.
Excellent Service, the food is wonderful (be careful to not carry to much weight home :-).
The staff is very nice and helpful.
Overall a fantastic island we always can recommend, with only one exception:
Major downside: The Generator is very loud, depending where you live its intolerable. This is the only the reason why the island didn't maximum rating by us. Without the generator problem a fantastic island, superb to relax and recover.
We researched very carefully using TA, and were recommended Coco Palm by friends who we had met on Baros. We were not disappointed in any way. Weather in November had been terrible but the day we arrived it was beautiful so our spirits were lifted when we sat in the calm tranquility of Coco Palm's airconditioned lounge at the TMA seaplane terminal and sipped a cool drink. Our seaplane stopped at two other islands on the way so took about 50 minutes, but that was all part of the fun and when we landed at Dhuni Kohlu the island looked exactly as it did in the pictures. The only disappointment was that we had asked for a room on the lagoon side and got one at the top. Erosion is seasonal, but there were a number of rooms closed for maintenance" and we had one in the middle of those with sandbags outside - so not the best arrival. They said they were fully booked so couldn't move us that evening. However after a telephone call to reception and our Kuoni rep we were moved the following day. Our new room was in a great location. The beach villas are set a little bit back from the beach along private sand paths. The rooms are lovely - simply decorated and light and bright - they have 5 windows and two sets of french doors. I felt quite at home with all those roman blinds to arrange! The ouside toilet took a bit of getting used to - a bit weird in the middle of the night. However, the vanity basin and dressing area is inside so it means one can get ready in air conditioned comfort.
First impressions on walking around the island were good although a shame to see so many sandbags which had been placed to help with erosion. Everything was immaculately kept and more importantly everyone we met was friendly. Without exception all staff greeted us, and most of the guests too. We were B & B, which is how we prefer to travel as we dislike buffets. The a la carte restaurant is very popular so it took us two days to get in. Meanwhile we ate in the bar, which was very good and in the main restaurant. The buffet was $40 each which unless you want to eat three courses is more expensive than eating a la carte. Main courses in the a la carte varied from $10 to $45 and we often had no starter, so for us it was better to be on B & B. It also gave us maximum flexibility, which is what we prefer. We gathered, however, that those on meal plan had a generous allowance which enabled them to eat a good meal in the a la carte. Some people on mealplans complained that the buffet got a bit boring, but I guess after 10 days or so that's always going to be the case. Breakfast buffets were fabulous and eggs, pancakes, waffles and french toast were freshly cooked.
The main bar had a superb location at the south of the island and during our first week we had a couple of days with intermittent rain, so it became quite a popular spot. The barmen were great fun and made excellent cocktails. It was also near impossible to get a spa treatment without booking about two days ahead. The spa was very simple and not the best I have seen, but the treatments were very good and the therapists excellent - how can those tiny Balinese girls inflict such pain, I ask myself?
The diving was as good as my husband as ever experienced in the Maldives and was very well run by Ocean-pro. The house reef was the best we have seen, although a bit tricky to get out onto the drop off when the sea was rough. However there was a boat trip to a nearby reef, which was worth doing when the sea was choppy. We saw plenty of turtles, eagle rays and lots of pretty much everything else that one would expect. We were amazed at how the soft corals were coming back as when we were in Baros 3 1/2 years ago everything had bleached.
There was a recreation area with jaccuzi, but no pool. A couple of previous reviewers felt there should be a pool, but we prefer natural islands without one. At Coco Palm the lagoon offered about 400 metres of calm water in which to swim. It was more than enough for us. There was a small gym which I confess to having visited twice - on two days when we had some rain! When the sun came back out I preferred to get my exercise outside.
There are no TVs, no newspapers and sand floors in the a la carte restaurant and the bar. After a day or so we followed everyone else and went barefoot for the rest of the holiday. That was not something we could have done at the other Coco Palm, Bodu Hithi, which had poor quality sand which was sharp underfoot. Our days passed amazingly quickly just walking around, meeting people, lazing on the beach, snorkelling and in my husband's case, diving. I was glad that they are 1 hour ahead of Male time as it gave us an extra hour of daylight before we sat at the lagoon bar watching the sunset.
So, great memories, met some super people, lovely staff and all in all a fab time. It's rather sad that the natural islands are gradually going and being replaced by the more sophisticated westernised style. We are betting that in the next couple of years CP will be closed for "refurbishment" or "upgrade". As we said to the staff, better fittings in the bathrooms and maybe some new furniture in the rooms is about all the resort needs. Everything else fits our view of the ideal Maldivian island.
Like Paradise, don't be put off by bad reviews
Have just returned from our first visit to the Maldives.
Coco Palm was like Paradise. Everywhere was so clean, calm and peaceful. You hardly ever saw another soul on the beach, our photos look like we were the only ones there and they were taken at all times of the day. The food was excellent, the best presentation we've ever seen. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms and public areas had an air of understated elegance about them whilst being casual at the same time. No mozzies! Not many English, but we liked that - no noisy horseplay on the beach or in the sea, just people quietly respecting everyone elses privacy. No pool culture - great! No entertainment to speak of, just a local band for an hour or so at dinner time. Two more reasons why we chose it. We researched for months before making a checklist and choosing this resort and it absolutely ticked all the right boxes.
We booked the holiday through Jim Forrest of ---.uk.com and he was very knowledgeable and
helpful - have a look at the website.
Have read the previous reviews and yes, the erosion didn't make for a very good first impression (we had Villa 45 the first week, badly affected, but on the plus side we had a lovely cooling breeze on our patio all day which you don't get if you're on the 'premium' main beach side of the island, and believe me, you need that breeze!) but that's nature and you have to look at the whole picture. If I'd read those reviews before we'd gone I'd have been really worried, but don't be put off. There is a recent review that is nothing but one big moan - that's the reason we like to get away from the English - and we're English!!
Lovely honeymoon destination
Had a wonderful honeymoon here last year.
Staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. The personal service of our 'boat boy' was excellent. We had a different design of flowers or towel art every day.
The hours the staff worked was phenomenal. If the hotel's busy they can go a couple of months without a day off.
Meals were lovely either buffet, restaurant or the bar.
If you want somewhere lively then this is not the place to go. Everyone keeps themselves to themselves. The bar is set up with 2 chairs to a table with board games on each. The bride got fed of losing at scrabble after a while ;)
The rooms are fantastic, the open air bathroom was a novelty & the plunge pool at the front got plenty of use. You have you own sun beds/chair by your plunge pool & also on the beach with your own umbrella. Everything is cleaned regularly.
As honeymooners we got champagne on arrival plus a fruit bowl (some very exotic!) & free trip - we took the romantic cruise which was great (+ more chapagne). It's was also the breadknife's birthday while we were there so we got more champagne!
We did the overnight on a desert island trip which was good. We were waited on by lots of staff & fed a ridiculously huge (but delicious) meal & then left overnight on our own on the island. It was at that point I started to miss the airconditioning & lied awake listening to the fruit bats etc - an interesting experience !
We also did the dolphin spotting trip. Chased them round for an hour and a half but I was the only one that didn't get a decent picture !
I'm sure there's more ! Any questions feel free to send an email.
We have lots more photo's - better ones but couldn't upload onto trip advisor - may try later if it lets me !
Get away from it all and relax
We found the resort purely by chance while looking for a last minute holiday in August 2006 and again in December 2006 so we ended up staying at the same resort twice in four months. We will combine both visits in this review with the differences we noted.
After an 11 hour flight from Frankfurt we had a quick transfer to the water taxi terminal where a private air conditioned waiting room awaited us with free drinks and a laid back registration process. After approx. 45 minutes we took a 35 minute flight to the resort. The flight is interesting in itself with great views of various islands so don't forget your camera. Use the provided earplugs as its loud and don't be shocked in the slightest at the pilots flying barefoot.
On arrival we were quickly transfered by dhoni to the island and welcomed by the resort management. Another 15 minutes of formalities and we were then off to our villa. From this moment on we never wore shoes for the rest of the time and we felt life slow down and we could not have asked for more.
In August we had beach villa #59 which was well positioned on the house reef side of the island which we preferred over the lagoon side which received little wind during the day. The villa offered enough privacy even though the villas on both sides were quite close to ours. The beach was visible from our bed which was great and reachable via a 15 meter sand path.
For our return visit over Xmas we went for a deluxe beach villa with a plunge villa and that was great for cooling off during the day or spending time in watching the stars after a leisurely evening. With it being our second visit we discovered numerous presents had been delivered to our villa every couple of days ie. champagne, wine and a monster fruit basket that took us three days to finish!
The beach is pure white and in August one could walk all the way around the island in 20 minutes. On our return trip we saw that a big storm at the beginning of December had washed away a good 150 meter of the beach which had been sandbagged from villas ~64 - 55 (take a look at one of the uploaded pictures to see the erosion). We were told that that part of the shoreline would be protected by some kind of sea breaker system during the coming 12 months.
If you like good food and drink you will love this place. Everything we ate during each of our visits was great. Food was top notch and we ended up having sushi three times a day and curries for breakfast! The variety provided in the buffet restaurant with its live cooking stations, large selection of starters and even larger election of deserts is something one has to physically experience and enjoy.
In August we did the buffet every evening while in December we tried the ala carte Thai restaurant once but that was a bit if a let own as we asked for it to be hot and it was anything but and the portions were small after we had been spoiled by the buffet.
One difference we noted was that in August they provided a more varied selection of vegetable dishes while over Xmas there was more fish and meat dishes.
We also tried the beach BBQ which was not cheap ($75/person) but was really romantic and one could eat lobster and steak all night long!
In August we did a snorkeling trip with a marine biologist who really showed us the marine life on a nearby reef. Good price and worth it.
Over Xmas we took the PADI open water scuba diving course which took up more time than we originally thought but it was well worth it as the house reef is really colorful and within 30 minutes are a number of great dive sites. If you want to-do the diving course try and get the instructor named Zeus who is from Japan (speaks perfect English) and really made the course fun while we were doing it.
Nightlife is split across two bars with both being pretty quiet and laidback which we appreciated. One of the bars is situated in the lagoon and a great place for catching the fantastic sunsets. The other bar also does bar meals during the day and a good election of cocktails in the evening. If you are looking for action filled nights you will be disappointed but one can easily get that in Spain etc. so we really appreciated the laid back style and privacy which the resort provided.
In conclusion we will be going back again as its the nearest we have found to our idea of paradise but we plan on trying a few of the other islands first.
Honey moon! What a magical place!
"Sorry its not much info!"
We went to the Baa Atoll islands and the Coco Palm resort, was our home for 2 weeks.
What a beautiful place.
We had crystal white sands, and the most gentle waves that lapped the shore the sea felt just like a warm bath.
It was very idyllic, we had all inclusive, and by the end of the two weeks we knew the barmans first names for a re-fill!
It is a very special place in our hearts, as even though it was a honeymoon, we were made to feel as if we were the only people on the island. If anyone was considering a holiday for a special occasion, or just a holiday to be made to feel special, this is the place to go!
Once I have my scannerworking, i will scan the photos on here!
Coco Palm Dhuni Kholi
Hi - has anybody stayed at the Coco Palm recently? We have visited the Maldives twice before (Komandoo & Angsansa) both were beautiful and have booked Coco Palm for next Jan - but am concerned after reading reports that there is no beach on the east side? Any comments greatly appreciated(have booked a deluxe beach villa and want some beach!!!!)
RE: Coco Palm Dhuni Kholi
Beach depth varies from month to month according to the monsoons. One island we used to go to had all its beach at one end at Christmas and the water was lapping the tiles of the bungalows at the other (several were left empty because of this). A few months later it was even all the way around, then back the other way next time. That's partly the reason for groynes and walls at some islands - depending on the currents the beach shifts around. Some islands move the sand around, some try to prevent it from shifting in the first place.
We went to Coco Palm (Dunikolu) in June 2002 for our honeymoon and they had put some sandbags to try to stop the erosion at the corner by the lagoon villas but in January there will probably not be a problem as some of the beach will have moved around. In any case, although quite a large island by Maldivian standards, it's not exactly a long walk to get to the 'fat beach' side of the island if your bungalow happens to be on the 'skinny beach' side. Or you could, depending on availability, ask to be moved to another room. The rooms are mixed around the island.
You can see the area I mean in the picture at http://www.slh.com/maldives/dhunikolhu_island/hotel_duncoc.html - just to the left of the lagoon villas - but it was still easy to walk around - you might just get your feet wet!
You'll love it.
RE: Coco Palm Dhuni Kholi
We stayed at Coco Palm 2 years ago and it is beautiful. The beach on the east side is not as good as the rest of the island. The beach to the front of the island is very big and to the side also. They used to have a beach bonfire on a Sunday night which was so relaxing just mats on the sand with a small candle lamp for light. Soft music and a good waited on Bar service. The food is fantastic and so much variety. The rooms were very very nice. We absolutely loved it here.
However this was 2 years ago and I don't know how it compares to the other resorts you have stayed at. We had been once before to Meeru and could not believe there was anywhere more beautiful so we were suprised.
RE: Coco Palm Dhuni Kholi
Hi lovely luci i am a Maldivian man.first of all i thank to your guys for chose my putiful country for yuor vacation.coco palm is very nice resot have nice beach like cristal clear water.sure your guys will enjoy very much.it has a beach around island.if u cum pls informe befor.ur pic.is so beutyful.
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anyone stayed at the coco palm resort?
hi ..... we're getting married in sri lanka and then honeymoon at the coco palm ....any advice? is it nice? kuoni made a bit of a mess up on our booking so no water villa's left. All help appreciated
Re: anyone stayed at the coco palm resort?
Hi, yes we visited Coco Palm in 2000 and it was by far the best holiday i've ever had. The resort is amazing and I don't think you will be disappointed with the beach villas they are all to a very high standard and all within a few steps of the beach. I would advise you go all inclusive as it is VERY expensive to eat and drink if not. If you have paid extra to transfer from Male by sea plane it is worth it beacaue i've heard the speed boat can be a long and rough ride depending on the seas. Hope this helps, i'm sure you will love it!
Re: anyone stayed at the coco palm resort?
hi my partner and i are doing the same thing but not booked any thing as yet hoping for next july. could you let me know what wedding was like and did you have to to a lot of waiting around for transfers
Pleas help! Coco Palm or One&Only question
I've trawled the web for price guides to the restaurants and cold drinks for these resorts but cannot find anything!
Can anyone tell me the average cost of an evening meal on either of these resorts and maybe the price for bottled water or a beer?
Re: Pleas help! Coco Palm or One&Only question
have you done a forum search and a keyword search
seems i remember someone asking this a few weeks ago.
Re: Pleas help! Coco Palm or One&Only question
hi - I recently went to coco palm - there is a buffet restaurant is $35/per person. the a la carte restaurant has main courses for around $12. Water is about $3, same for soft drinks. try the vanilla milkshakes - they are yummy!