- Reviews: 71
All villas have a water tap outside to wash the sand from your feet before entering, but refreshing anytime.
- Reviews: 26
Chill by the Pool
Now we're not the types who like to spend our holiday sitting round the pool when there's an entire ocean full of wonderful things to see surrounding the place where we're staying. However, a lot of people still prefer the cosiness of a pool and Meeru certainly caters for those folks.
Situated beside the main bar area, and with a great view over the lagoon the pool certainly looked the great!
- Reviews: 29
Inside water bugalow
We thought the room was good, although the lighting could have been better.Looking out over the lagoon and reef whilst having a shower was a nice touch.
There is a easy to use safe in the room and a mini bar( but the prices are a bit steep $3.50 U.S for a small can of beer)
All the sockets are 3 pin 220v so all your appliances work witout adaptors.Room service is twice a day so make sure you use the dnd signs if you want a bit of privacy.
- 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: 64
Embudu village: The cheapest resort in Maldives
Embudu village is among the CHEAPEST resorts in Maldives, I paid US$100 for a double (July 2001) + transfer US$50. It's hard to find anything cheaper if you don't want to stay in Male'.
Note that you have to pay for the transportation to the resorts, and if you stay only for a couple of days, it can actually be more expensive than the hotel bill.
Embudu village is nice if you're into snorkeling or diving, but there isn't really much going on at night time. The food is ok but not anything special. Drinks are US$3-4, tip at least US$2 per day. More info available here: http://www.visitmaldives.com/resorts/is_embudu.html
- Reviews: 3
Fun Island: Fun Island Resort, Maldives
This Hotel is on a small Island approx 700 mtrs long, it has 100 rooms,
This Hotel has the following facilities
On a very nice Island, which has a very nice house reef and is excellent for snorkelling or scuba diving.
- Reviews: 10
Walk along a wooden jetty out to your Water Bungallow ,in a sheltered lagoon, water about waist high, clear and full of exotic fish and a few Sharks (small and young,no danger)And only appear at nightime. Room clean,airy with mini fridge BUT? you have to pay for the contents (they are double if not more than shop prices,so beware)
Beautifull view, balcony with steps leading down to the water for you early morning swim! Your own sun loungers, large bathroom, Room always kept clean and tidy. And air conditioning,a must.
- Reviews: 7
I have only been to the Banyan...
I have only been to the Banyan Tree in Vabbinfaru.
This is a five star hotel. The most unique thing is that the whole Island, though small, is occupied by this hotel, and hotel residents can walk round the Island on its beautiful beaches, or kayak in the shallow waters surrounding the Island. The seashore is neatly prepared such that you can even order a sunset dinner under the shelter by the seaside.
- Reviews: 2
Kanuhura Sun Resort & Spa in Maldives, opened in February 2000, is a luxurious five star hotel, offering the highest standard of accommodation, service and culinary experience.
A well planned nationality mix gives the resort a truly international feel and brings together interesting people from diverse cultural backgrounds and various walks of life.
Every effort has been made to retain the natural beauty of the island, and wherever possible natural materials have been used. Only one third of the island surface has been used for buildings, leaving a feel of spaciousness and tropical splendour.
Complimented by its size and layout, Kanuhura offers a choice of pure relaxation, or for the more sports oriented, an active holiday experience.
- Reviews: 3
On all but the main island a...
On all but the main island a hotel is an island resort that occupies all of the island ( afew islands have 2 or 3 resorts). Most islands are small enough to walk round in 20-40 minutes. Most are expensive and need booking before you arrive.
Bandos is good, but there are so many....
- 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: 141
Water Breeze Resort: Cozy place to stay
We stayed in this place for 2 nights. The place is so cool. Everything is clean. they provide towels and the staffs is so accommodating.
- 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: 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.
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