- Reviews: 54
Embudu Village- basic but great
22nd April to 9th May 2008
Just returned from a wonderful 18 days visit to Embudu. Rooms:- The rooms are basic, but who spends time in their room? They were spotlessly clean. We were staying in No. 26 which has no view of the beach and if we were staying in the Beach Bungalow for the whole holiday, we probably would have asked to move. They had indoor bathrooms, which is quite unusual in the Maldives. However, we upgraded to a Water Bungalow for the last 10 days and it was lovely. The shower was better in this room and there was a jacuzzi bath. It was still an indoor bathroom, but has a glass roof. There was also tea/coffee facilities and TV in the room. The balcony over the water and the glass floor were great, however, it is almost impossible to sit on the balcony for any length of time in the morning, when the sun is on it - it is just too hot!!!! This is the less windy side of the island. But don't be fooled - that is NOT a good thing!!!! The heat can be unbearable without the air movement. There was no access to the water from the balcony, but the reef is shallow there. Food:- The food was excellent. I am a fussy eater and there was always something for everyone, plenty of variety over the holiday. We had MOOSA as our waiter. He is the BEST !!!! He was great fun and always had a smile. Ask him to show you his magic tricks!! In the restaurant, you sit at the same table for each meal and share with other guests of the same nationality. Staff:- All the staff are very friendly and react when you give them a smile and say hello. Special mention to Nadee and Udani in the bar. They really looked after us. Diving:- The Diverland dive centre was good and very strict on safety. Paul didn't do any of the boat dives, but just stayed on the house reef - there was plenty to see. We got to know the staff quite well and were sorry to see Manuel leave and happy that Arjan (Stretch) arrived while we were there. What a lovely man - he will be a great asset to the centre. Snorkling:- Plenty to see all around the island even at the waters edge. Lots of small sharks skimming the shore and loads of variety of fish just a short walk/swim away. Some people saw turtles and a Manta Ray while snorkling. Even if you don't go into the water, there is lots to see just off either jetty. Mozzies and other wildlife:- They sprayed the island whilst we were there. I still got bitten, but I usually do. Embudu is no worse than any where else I have visited. There were a few cats on the island, which I assume was to keep any nasties at bay- we didn't see any. There is an Aviary near reception with loads of budgies, a few cockateels & finches. A few fruit bats on the island. Entertainment: Disco night on Sunday, Diverland slideshow and a magician/acrobat. Guests:- There are a variety of guests staying on Embudu. German, French, Swiss, Dutch, Japanese, American (only one - the lovely Lisa!) and of course now British (yes Richard, this includes the Welsh!!). Apparently, this is the first time in the Thomson brochure, since it's merger with TUI. There are not many British guests at any one time, the island is predominently German. To sum up:- This is our third visit to the Maldives (previously Lohifushi and Kuredu). Although Embudu is a budget island, there is nothing missing. The only thing that I could possibly say that was disappointing, was the vision of the sandbags as soon as you arrive. It sort of spoils the 'natural/paradise' feel, but I understand the reason for them and they are necessary. Whilst we were there, the sandbank changed shape completely. Would we go back to Embudu? Definately.
- Reviews: 4231
ALL OF THEM: AT LEAST 4 STAR
A lot of people who have never been to the Maldives ask 'how good are some of the hotels?' Rest assured thee Maldives in essentially an island nation that offers nothing other than luxury 4 & 5 star hotels to tourists (outside of Malé Island). Essentially what you should expect is a hotel resort with its own island and 24 hour reception. Rooms will either be on the beach or a water bungalow (more expensive). You will have a couple of restaurants and bars with special meals on the beach a big extra charge. You do not need cash until the last day. Everything is charged to your room and a 10% service charge on top. Free activities include wind surfing and canoes. You can take a 1 day scuba diving excursion or book a whole certification course. You will also have access to the island health & beauty spa for a huge range of services. The gift shop will sell you disposable underwater cameras, expensive snacks and luxury jewellery. There is a nightly activity or cabaret and movies are shown in the bar during the day. And the best part? They Call it ‘No news – no shoes’. You have peace and quiet all the time.
Thinking about a honeymoon or just a romantic holiday? You just picked the right country.
- Reviews: 190
The level of service in the Sangu Resort was excellent as was the selection of food. There was a buffet style breakfast with various hot and cold selections as well as a cooking station where the chefs would prepare omlettes, fried eggs, scrambled eggs etc.
We chose to stay in a Jacuzzi Beach Villa because in order to use the facilities of the Sangu Resort your accommodation had to be either a Jacuzzi Beach Villa or a Water Villa. Our personnal thoughts were that the Water Villas were possibly at the wrong side of the Island whereas the Beach Villas had a fantastic uncrowded beach and the sun virtually all day.
- Reviews: 20
Laguna Beach Resort.: A return journey here is on the cards.
Beautiful surroundings is standard fare in the Maldives, so you shouldn't be disappointed in that respect if you choose Laguna Beach.
We stayed at the Laguna Beach resort which is only a 40 minute boat trip south from the airport and we were very impressed with this island. You will certainly have the choice of water bungalows or opt for land villas only a short distance from the water's edge. The resort has its own dive centre and has 5 restaurants including Chinese, Italian, BBQ and a la carte.
You will be able to walk round the complete island in approx 15 mins and the capital Male is within easy reach for a day trip.
The Laguna resort is part of the Universal Group and is equipped with modern facilities, good choice of dining options and has a small number of small shops which sell local hand made crafts and hire snorkelling gear. There is also a spa for those who want to pamper themselves and a tennis court for those who feel energetic.
There is a small pool area. However, when there is beautiful clear crystal waters and white sands only a few strides awy, it is unlikely that you will be spending much time here.
You will also be able to hire a speedboat or paddle a kayak round the island. I went round our island twice and wondered why I had stiff shoulders the next day!
In common with the majority of the islands, Laguna has its own coral reef and it is possible to snorkel out 150m and still be in only 2 feet of water. There is an abundance of fish in the area so make sure you take an underater camera. Even the cheap disposable cameras produce surprisingly good results.
In summary Laguna is an excellent resort and one which I will be visiting again in the future.
- Reviews: 4
Sun Island Resort & Spa: Great island
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.
- Reviews: 306
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Resort: Great Resort!
I stayed 3 days at the beautiful Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, on North Atoll. Instead of a sea bungallow I chose a Beach Bungallow with Pool.
The bungallow was right on the beach, just steps from the sea, on the susnset side of the island. We always enjoyed an amazing sunset!
It was huge, with an outside shower as well as an inside tower and a large tub enough for two. The pool was right in front of the bedroom and we had a large deck with sunlounges, table and a "bale".
Service, as always in the Four Seasons chain was second to none, just excellent. Many restaurants, good food, amazing breakfast and many facilities.
An amazing "spa island" you could reach in a short boat ride from the main island.
This resort was destroyed by the tsunami and was totally rebuilt , having reopened again in October 2006.
- Reviews: 84
Male City: careful making your resort selection
my stay was paid by my company as I was there on business.
So I will not refer to the exact resort I stayed in by name as we may do some business with them in the future.
I did not enjoy our dinners with 100s of other people and the buffet food grew tiresome very quickly and for full board, I thought it was nonsense you had to pay for water etc
If you are not a diving enthusiast, I would strongly question a stay of more than 3 days.
Many resorts are enlarging their number of rooms to accommodate the influx of budget tourists primarily from Russia, China and France, from what I saw.
The best destinations are served by seaplane and more remote, in my opinion you should try to find the extra money to splurge and avoid the larger resorts.
nice beachside bungalows, nicely kept grounds
- Reviews: 7
Eriyadhoo Resort: Resort in Maldives
The only reason we picked this resort as our choice was because apparently (as one of reliable travel agent said) it’s the only one that has room available for us. Actually we made our reservation after we arrived at male airport. Very short notice, huh? I was thinking that there’re so many resort in Maldives, there must be many available rooms, but sadly, the thought that Maldives is a destination from tourists around the world didn’t come into my mind..
We stayed for 2 nights. The hotel didn’t have a swimming pool. You will need that on rainy season when you can’t enjoy swimming in the lagoon.
The rooms are nice, foods are good, some staffs are friendly, some are not. The 55 minutes speedboat trip to this resort were very bumpy (it’s a rainy season, anyway). Overall, its quite beautiful, but there’s nothing spectacular about this resort.
- Reviews: 447
Palm Beach Resort: Top class Italian resort
Palm Beach Resort in the Laivani atoll offers what a tourist expects from Maldives: relax in a terrif place, accurancy of the service without being oppressive, every kind of services at reasonable price (pls consider "reasonable prices" by comparing it with other resorts. I know it's definitely very expensive). First of all, this island is the biggest of the atoll and 2km long. Every guest can utilize a mountain bike (free of charge) or, if you are really lazy, there are golf-car that everyone can call from the room. there are more or less 100 rooms which are small single houses but the island is relatively big so, in every place you stay, the impression is to be in perfect solitude, you with your sweet-hearted-half! (I do not reccomend to go there ALONE or with a group of friends...for honey-moon is perfect, for a family too). Beaches are wonderful, basic rooms are very big and spacious (with the typicaly maldivian bathroom), the food is very good (both Italians and Maldivians in the kitchen) and the animation group very discrete. Just a solo-singer after dinner!
Very big island to be at the Maldives. You can walk for an hour or make jogging. The ratio quality/price is very good.
- Reviews: 1285
After the first 4 days of our stay, for the last 3 days we moved to the water bungalow! What a great experience!Going to sleep and wake up with the sounds of the sea!
- Reviews: 1285
Beach Bungalow: Velidhu Island - Beach Bungalow
For the first 4 days we have been in a wonderful beach bungalow, we had room No. 130 with a spectacular view and only few steps on the sea.....then for the other 3 days we moved to the water bungalow.....(room No. 213) with a gorgeous view of the blue crystal water.....
Very simple furnitures but very very clean...every day....
- Reviews: 65
Vilu Reef Resort: Vilu Reef Resort
We stayed in Vilu Reef Resort 2 weeks in 2003 and it was a really nice resort in all aspects.
We came there mainly because we were looking for a good diving resort and it proved to be very good indeed.
There are three typoligies of bungalows: garden, beach and beach de-luxe. For 3 days, because of an over-booking, we stayed in one of the garden and it was OK, but for the rest of the holiday, we stayed in the de-luxe and it was really de-luxe! It was the best bungalow Ii have stayed in!
The restaurant is open air, with only the roof, but there's no sand on the floor as in other restaurants in the Maldives. Once a week a dinner on the beach is organized and it is very beautiful and romantic. Just be ware of crabs that could mistake your toes for food!
There's also a SPA, but we did not tried it. Also a tennis court is available, but we do not play tennis.
The only facility we have used is the diving and it's really good. The oceanic pass is very near and some very good dives with lot of big pelagic fish can be organized. I would not recommend these dives for less experienced divers, as the current can be very strong!
- Reviews: 5
Full Moon Maldives: Natural and Friendly Atmosphere
It is generally a fantastic resort. The staff are very friendly from the cleaners to the front office personnel to the excursions officers - always greeting and chatting with you.
The snorkelling guides will encourage and guide you especially the weak or non -swimmers.
Service is very good esp. the room service. We ordered just a burger and asked to be cut into half so 2 people can share but the order came in 2 plates with half a burger and same potion of veg and fries in each plate.
I'd highly recommend this resort.
The water bungalows are a must-try but other rooms set-up are just as good. They offer stunning views.
The environment is pleasantly natural with nice flaura settings.
The resort thrives on its friendly and caring staff. The resort has 4 restaurants and a bar- great food and live band on 2 nites.
The resort has a nice waterfall pool.
- Reviews: 7
W Retreat and Spa: Indulge
'W' meanining 'whenever whatever' is truely the theme of the hotel...
Cooling Stations' dotted over the island offering unlimited ice creams, sorbets, softdrinks, milk and even cold towels!!!
- Reviews: 1
Meeru Island Resort: Magical Meeru
I went here on honeymoon with my wife in May '07 and loved every minute of it. The staff are excellent although some of the waiters can be a little forthright when trying to get you to sign off for all inclusive drinks even if you are going to be back later in the evening - you will get tired of signing your name if you are on an all inclusive package. The facilities are very good although if you want to play football, you might need a pair of wellingtons rather than football boots if its the rainy season. I think they will be installing an all weather pitch in early '08 which might solve the problem though. If you are thinking of hitting some balls on the driving range, bring a glove as the clubs are very worn and there are no gloves available to use. The spa is amazing. There are actually two spas - the land spa and the spa over the water. Its a little extra to go to the spa over the water but its worth it for massages as you can just stare down at the fish below and drift away. You can book spa treatments for the water spa at the land spa and vice versa as they are a 10 minute walk from each other. The food in the restaurant was very good. I would recommend this resort for a honeymoon or holiday, although it might be best to go in the dry season - we went at the beginning of the rainy season but were lucky that only one day was a washout. Other Dos and donts ... Do the night fishing trip - its very basic but well worth it if you catch something to eat for dinner or lunch the next day. The sunset cruise is also really good if you get a lot of dolphins swimming by the boat. The sea plane trip is slightly expensive and you can be left waiting around in reception for quite a while to be taken out to the plane. It is cheaper in the airport for souvenirs than on Diffushi (the local island next to Meeru), although the guys on Diffushi are a bit more dependent on the trade, so maybe its better to put a little extra money their way. Don't forget some dollars for tips etc.
The driving range is something that not all the islands have. Apart from this its pretty similar to other resorts although slightly bigger so less claustrophobic (the island was fully booked while we were there, but it didn't appear crowded at all).
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