- Reviews: 4
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Ocean Villas: The Sun, the sand, the OCEAN
After a close to 5 hours flight, we landed in Male Airport and what greeted us before the touch down was the blue crystal clear turquoise water and superb sandy beaches beneath our A320, visible during the approach to the single runway airport. For better views, select the window seats on the port side.
Custom clearance was smooth and within less then 25 minutes, we were cleared. Exiting the arrival terminal building are dozen of resort counters right outside and you if there's no one receiving you with a signboard saying 'Mr Handsome' this way please, look for the resort counter and there's always someone there to validate your reservations.
We waited for about 45 minutes as there are guests arriving from other different countries / flights and whilst waiting, there's food outlet for you to grab some munchies.
Our luggage were tagged 'OCEAN VILLA GUESTS' and safe-kept while we make ourselves useful roaming the waterfront for some airport pics.
The speed boat (carries about 12-15) took us 25-30 minutes and the trip passed by many other islands and resorts with similar 'ocean styled villas'. Upon arrival at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, the welcome drinks and a cold towel was quickly presented and it took us quite a while on foot, from the arrival jetty to the reception. Not because of the distance, but because of the walk-and-stop photo shots.
We were linked-up to our Butler "Mr Sunder" who took over our luggage immediately. As Ocean Villa guests, we were promptly ushered to an air conditioned restaurant for our lunch, which seats less than 20 tables.
After lunch, we approached the resort reception and contacted 'Mr Sunder' via phone and he appeared within 5 minutes in a buggy. Here, we started our mystical 5-7 minutes ride to our ocean villa. Along the way, we were given a introduction of the island, sea sports centre, house-reef, tennis court, coconut spa, the beach facing villas e.t.c
Our Ocean villa (813) was a sunset villa. (Odd numbers villas are sun-set facing while the even numbers awakens you with the magnificent sunrise view.)
Besides the basics of flat screen LG TVs, telephone, the rooms comes with a mini bar, in-room safe deposit boxes, tea / coffee maker, hair dryers, 2 sets of towels (beach and in room use), bath robes e.t.c.
We were given a bottle of champagne and we were glad that life vest were included for ocean villas, without the need of having to rent it on a daily basis from the sea sports centre.
We have our very own private ocean access wooden staircase and wasted no time in exploring what's in the water.
We had our morning visitors in the next few days; an octopus, juvenile black tips, sting rays, trigger fishes, puffers, a lion fish and schools of many others. Seated at the sun deck, we were fortunate to observe a school of dolphins bubbling up and down, having their morning swims but unfortunately couldn't grab a shot as there were simply too far away.
Having taken a full-board package which includes all meals, we also have private access to 'The breeze restaurant' which is just 3-4 units away from our villa for tea breaks. Drinks menu available at the pool bar close to the main reception, consists of a wide selection of cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), besides the basic coke, sprite, tea coffee, beers. And you could just walk up and order your unlimited servings.
Souvenir Shops are located near the main reception as well as close to the Sunset Restaurant with staggered opening hours, clearly stated at the entrance. USD$ is accepted for purchases.
Opt for the all-inclusive Ocean Villas if you would truly wish to be pampered with top notch butler services, reserved tables at meal time, buggy transport at just a call away (although it's a small island), private ocean facing balcony and the likes of 'feeling VIP".
I have e-mailed the resort a week before arrival. Our requests of a sunset facing villa was noted and were not disappointed, upon arrival.
The twice daily make up of the rooms and towel replacement is appreciated. Especially the 'Nightly turn-down service', whereby besides towels replacement, you returned to a villa with a very cosy-feeling setup whereby the room lights are dimmed, air-con temperature are adjusted, quilts are folded in a welcoming 'good night feeling'.
The 24-7 ocean access via the wooden ladder to the ocean is definitely something to scream about and you are always placed in a surprised mode, never really prepare or expect what marine livings may come by for a casual visit.
The villa setup is well-designed whereby as you emerge from the ocean swims, you step directly into the bathroom / wash up area and the doubled-door wardrobe, accessible from both sides (the rooms and bath room) allows you to grab your change of clothes, towels without the need of wetting your bedroom. (Thumbs up for the designer.)
Food served during the buffet lunch / dinners may bored you if you stay longer than a week as they are somehow repeated.
I find that the ocean surrounding the access from the villa is too shallow and the seabed is filled with rough dead corals and a pair of rubber diving boots is a must. It would be ideal if the surrounding is deeper and you will not have to snorkel out too far in search for more colorful marine fishes. Bear in mind that when your head is underwater, the currents are strong and before you realised it, you'd been pushed out for a distance.
Adaaran looks aged compared with most of the the surrounding newer resorts. The air condition at the Sunset restaurant where we had our lunch and dinner could be hardly felt, especially during the lunch, amid the afternoon heat.
A little tip at your dining table after meals is always encouraged and i can assured you that you will be remembered and extra attention will be paid to you, your glasses of drinks are always topped up, empty plates are promptly cleared.
After dinner, do return to the Breeze restaurant at the ocean villa and order a few drinks. The nights would have set in, and with the facade of lights shinning into the water, black tips and sting rays are always lurking around.
Take opportunity to enjoy the breeze, the moon-light and the sky filled with stars. Ocean villas are about 1.2km away from the main island, linked by a wooden bridge, away from external light distortions. Having a SLR plus tripod would get you some great shots of star trails.
Back at your private villa balcony. as you sipped away, close your eyes, listen to the waves and if you are keen for a night dip, wait no further.
There's a pool near to the main reception and if you are sick of the salts, (which i find that it's close to impossible), there's always a choice of pool water.
Adaaran has themed-nights whereby options are available in topping up the extras such as BBQ nights buffet, seafood À la carte menus. if you are sick of what you are having and would love for a change to one of your meals.
After dinner, head for the arrival jetty. Sit around the jetty and dangle your legs above the water. The lights shone at the seabed, entices black tips, sting rays to come near. And the feeding time for them is at 9pm daily. Be early to grab a good 'leg dangling seats' before the crowd builds up and you end up standing behind while the feeders throws in raw meats.
Paying activities that comes with addition costs such as, sunrise / sun set fishing, dolphin spotting, PADI Dives, Snorkel at other inhabited islands, canoes, jet skis are available. There are clip boards featuring the respective excursions and activities and all you need to to is to pen down your room number and number of pax on the A4 papers.
Activities will be charged to your room and remember, do clear your bills, the night before checking out (7.30pm) as you'd would not want to face a delay the next morning when your speed boat is departing.
- Reviews: 25
Diamonds resort: Ari atoll - Athuruga island
We choosed this island out of many others, as they offered an all-inclusive which suited our needs... Well, at the end we were more than enthusiast, even if we had almost 7/7 rainy days... Maldives are really wonderful, Athuruga is simply the typical island people see on brochures. We had a beach bungalow as we thought that overwater ones would be too loud, but it wasn't true. Over water there are very big, modern and you can enjoy the holiday at best. But anyway, also beach ones were good, with the particularity (?) of the outdoor shower, very beautiful.
The sand is white, the water is trasparent, what do u want more? :-)
- Reviews: 384
HULHULE ISLAND HOTEL ( AIRPORT HOTEL): Overwhelmingly Beautiful, but expensive.
Hotel is a bit older but rooms are clean. Maldives is a vacation spot tucked away for more travelers. Hotel resorts are very expensive and there are no real budget places to stay with the exception of on the island of Male, which is very overcrowded. Everything is imported, so hang on to your wallet. A soda or even a bottle of water will run you 5-6 USD. Not a place to go, unless your rich and money is no object.
Pool and food were a outstanding.
- Reviews: 793
Equator Village: Resort with history
Found on the Maldives' 4th largest island of Gan, Equator Village offers one of the only resorts in the Maldives with a real history. Until 29 March 1976, Equator Village was the Sergeants' Mess and quarters of RAF Gan, a Royal Air Force Staging Post.
These days, this is an adequate and reasonably priced 3* resort offering a different opportunity to experience the Maldives than that found elsewhere. Here, there are no beach bungalows or water villas, instead you are accommodated in the former Sergeants' quarters which are rows of rooms set out within a tailored garden area.
Rooms are adequate and have air-conditioning and ceiling fans, double beds, chairs, occasional table, dressing table (with stool), wardrobe and en suite shower rooms with WC.
Within the building that previously housed the Sergeants' mess you will find the reception, TV room, bar and main restaurant. Adjacent to the main restaurant area is the resort swimming pool.
I stayed all inclusive in February 2011 and had an excellent stay. Included in the AI package is one island hopping excursion and twice-daily snorkelling trips (although these are sometimes limited when the larger boats are being used for island hopping).
There are five beaches to the resort, some of which are more accessible than others. The house reef is good and offers a variety of sealife for the avid snorkeller.
Housed within the old hospital, you will find the resort dive school.
Being a 3*, the AI offerings aren't as extensive, but I was there for the snorkelling and the resort excels at this! I went out on the snorkel boat twice during my visit and really wished I could have spent longer and gone out more. I really enjoyed our session at Viligili (a neighbouring resort island) at low tide when the water was beautifully clear and the reef teeming with sealife!
AI included meals in the main restaurant as well as local brand alcohols and beers and the Cocktail of the Day.
As the island of Gan is on the most southerly atoll in the Maldives, a 1.25 hour domestic flight is required from Male International Airport. Staff from Equator Village will meet your flight on Gan and transfer to the resort is by minibus.
At Equator Village, you are given the opportunity to experience real Maldivian life. Addu Atoll (now Addu City) has a number of islands joined by a causeway and the resort offers free use of bicycles for its guests to go out and experience these islands.
Souvenir shops are also located immediately outside the resort, encouraging guests to venture off the resort and mingle with the locals.
- Reviews: 134
Club Med Kani: FUN! FUN! FUN!
Go to Club Med Kani and stay in one of the water villas. The sea is azure - simply gorgeous! You can be alone when you want to or have fun with the rest when you want to! Watch the baby sharks swim up and down from the restaurant by the water! :-)
BTW the sea is undisturbed in Jan-Feb = the best time for snorkeling/diving or just wade the water front to see wonders of the sea!
Have fun! :-)
- Reviews: 793
Reethi Beach - Water bungalows: Another little paradise
A stay in the Maldives is always going to be paradise - unless it all goes horrendously wrong for you, which it hasn't for me!
Reethi Beach is quite a small resort island with three different levels of accommodation. For my visit in May 2009 I stayed in a water bungalow on an all-inclusive package - affordable only because I was going in May, the start of the low season, and taking the risk of the monsoon starting early (which it didn't) which meant they were offering a no single supplement deal. I booked through Kuoni but this resort is available through other operators.
The water bungalows offer solitude at the end of the island - which also means they offer quite a walk to the main restaurant for meals - so you can work off some of those great meals. Each pair of water bungalows has a ladder to each side to access the sea for those early morning swims. The sunset bar is located at the access walkway to the water bungalows, giving great sunset views and a good place to have a last couple of drinks on your way back to your bungalow; as always, it offers bottles of water, fruit juices, cocktails and beers.
The island has a number of water sport facilities, including its own pool, guided snorkelling, windsurfing, water skiing, etc. There is also a small sports centre with a tennis court and gym.
A number of tours are offered from the island with all-inclusive guests getting a free half day tour included in their package.
Included meals are served in the main restaurant which has great views out to the dhoni dock.
The reef is highly accessible from a number of beaches - I took my own snorkelling gear and was out 2 - 3 times daily and saw plenty of marine life.
Reethi Beach is one of the further resorts in the Maldives archipelago, which means transfer is by seaplane. Seaplane transfer offers a great opportunity to fly over many of the resort islands of the Maldives, depending on your transfer, you may find yourself flying via other resorts either on your outbound or return journey - a great opportunity to see what else is on offer in the Maldives.
- Reviews: 23
Paradise Island Resort: A Good hotel for all
We stayed at this 5 star property for 3 N/4 D, we were on our honeymoon, they gave us a complimentary fruit basket and a bottle of champange, we stayed in a deluxe beach bungalow, the location of the beach bungalow is just 20 meters from the beach, the bathroom has a bath tub and also an outdoor shower.
There are also beach beds provided for each room to carry along with you when you lie on the beach, overall the rooms were quite spacious had most of the modern ammenities like any 5 star hotel, spacious bath room with a decent outdoor shower and a small balcony a few meters from the beach.
The island is relatively large in size, about 1 km in length and 250 m in width, so if your bungalow is located at towards the ends of the island then expect to do some walking to get to the main restraunt and swimming pool, lobby etc.
The distance from the airport is 9.6 kms, they offer speed boat transfers. The island has a huge beach, one swimming pool, gym, indoor sports and offered numerous excurisons, had a dive center too, they excursions were costly and so was everything else on the island including the gift shop and restraunts but i guess this is the same in other islands as well
- Reviews: 397
One&Only: Maybe the best private island
it was best, better than expected.. absolutely perfect!
both villas are nice - water and beach. Beach villas are with or without pool... was nice to 'have' pool but we never used as ocean is too nice with all those colored fish! still to compare, we can suggest to stay half stay in water villa and other half in beach villa to know the difference.
Both houses perfect! only maybe beach villa more quiet as water little bit away and is not as noisy ...:)
- Reviews: 428
Hulhule Island Resort: Expensive airport hotel
This is the most expensive hotel I have ever paid just to spend a few hours. Flights to Malaysia and Singapore leave close to midnight from Male and all dive safaris would come back to Male in the morning.
So in order to have a place to chill, sleep and shower, no choice but to pay US$170 for a room from 2pm check in onwards.
It's a nice hotel with facilities like pool, tennis court, gym, spa and they have recently added a small beach. Rooms have also been renovated so I was pleasantly surprised when they gave me one of these new rooms on the ground floor which opens up right to the beach.
Toiletries and the bathroom are nice too (Crabtree and Evelyn). Of course, these days you gotta have a LCD TV.
5 mins to airport.
- Reviews: 1506
The waterbungalow.: The waterbungalow.
The waterbungalow is a great experience. For me it was the first time I had this kind of accommodation.
The relaxing sound of the water under your room....
- Reviews: 1506
The bar.: The bar.
In the resort there is a bar. Because I had all inclusive, I could go here and have a drink/food.
Most of the time I had a sandwich. The other times I had a cake.
For a drink I had most of the time a coke (coca cola). A few times I had a cocktail (non-alcoholic) and once I had a milkshake).
- Reviews: 1506
Food at the resort.: Food at the resort.
When I booked the hotel/resort, I also booked the food as well. So, it became all inclusive. The first day I appeared in the restaurant, I had to show the card I got. This was the proof that I had all inclusive.
Every day the lunch and dinner were different. For lunch there was one day a buffet and the next day you had to pick between a meat dish or fish dish. This was the same for dinner (one day buffet, the next day between meat dish or fish dish).
- Reviews: 1506
Blue Lagoon.: Blue Lagoon.
There are 3 resorts on Kuramathi Island. They are: Kuramathi Village, Kuramathi Spa and Kuramathi Blue Lagoon.
I stayed at the Blue Lagoon. This resort is at the end of the island. Because the resort was at the end of the island, it was pretty quite. Which I liked.
There are 20 rooms on the water (water bungalows) and there are 36 rooms on land (beach bungalows).
The water bungalows have Air Conditioning, Mini Bar, In-room safe, IDD Telephone, Hair Drier, Balcony/terrace, Shower only, Pipe-in Music and Beach Towel. You have a shared stairs to the water.
The beach bungalow have Air Conditioning, Mini Bar, In-room safe, IDD Telephone, Hair Drier, Balcony/terrace, Bath and Shower, Open Air Shower, Pipe-in Music and Beach Towel.
I had a water bungalow. This was the first time I was staying at a water bungalow. But I have to say it was quite a nice experience. I didn't had trouble sleeping at night above water. It was more relaxing.
- Reviews: 24
ISland Resort: Chayya Resort
OF all the places you are visiting; I'm sure you will enjoy Maldives the most. If you get a chance to spend few extra days than I strongly recommend you extend it by at least two more days.Too and fro from the airport to the resort is only by a speed boat(if the resort is closer - Paradise Island, etc) or is by a sea plane if the resort is far. Some tips:
1. Must take a full package (not just food) but should include water, s/drinks, etc. Or else the extra's are very expensive - atlease make sure that water is included in the package.
2. Water sports: snorkeling, night fishing, island hopping, etc should be included in the package.
3. You will have enough activities on the island resort; carry sun screen lotion, swimming trunks, camera with extra memory/film.
4. The resorts have several boat/sea plane options to and from the resorts connecting your plane timings. You can choose from the schedule. Note: there is nothing in and around the airport - try avoiding to spend time at the airport or even Male, the capital city.
We lived in Chayya resort in Hakuar Hura island which is around 2 hrs by sea plane . This resort offers "FULL PACKAGE" which is unlike most other resorts who make money on extras.
Have a good time in the beautiful island.
- Reviews: 1
Vilamendhoo island Resort: Paradise
We travelled out on 7th June 07 with First Choice . We had upgraded to Premier Class. I can only say first class. I am 6ft plus and the extra leg room was really good. The seats were extra wide as well. All drinks were included throughout the flight and were served in glass not plastic- as were the meals- on china. The staff looked after us very well, on call all the way. Well worth the upgrade. Once in the airport at Male our cases were unloaded first so we were not in the airport long . transferred to the seaplane terminal .Cases weighed again then boarding cards given. We had to wait about 45mins for our flight. I really enjoyed it as this was the first time I had been in a small plane. Great views for the 25 min flight at about 1500 transfer from plane to island by boat. We were meet on the jetty with a cool towel and drink. Filled in paperwork then we were taken to our room by our roomboy ,luggage followed shortly. We had room 121. I think this was a great position midway between restaurant/ main bar and sunset bar ,10 secs to a lovely stretch of beach. You have your own sunbeds with a mattress as well Our waiter was Shafeen and he looked after us for the 2wks. Changed our table for as we were not keen on it. In the main bar Jack looked after us 95% of the time (can't remember his full name we called him Jack ) he would never see us without a drink. Alli was in charge of customer relations and would come and sit and talk to people . There is not a lot to do at night -disco on fri night, We had live music one night and crab racing another, but most of the time we just sat and chatted with people we had met. Mostly English and German guests.
The days were spent on the beach snorkeling and being lazy. There is a dive school on the island. We did get some rain but knew this would be the case in June. The dress code is casual. We went bare foot or just flip flops for 2wks as you are walking on sand all the time. Don't go here if you want a wild time. just chill out time. It was our first time in the Maldives and we loved it . A big thank you to all the staff at vilamendhoo that made holiday wonderful
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