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8/10

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Price rating 3

Highlights

- Private island resort with excellent reputation
- Prestigious diving centre, snorkelling, fishing
- Dolphin and whale shark spotting
- Numerous on-site bar and dining options

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Overview

This tranquil and well-established private island resort has an excellent reputation as one of the best in the Maldives. Characterised by its pristine white beaches, crystal-clear waters, abundant plant life and thoroughly peaceful ‘paradise’ atmosphere, it’s a stunning location for a relaxing break away from the toils of day-to-day life. The resort is home to the Maldives’ longest running diving establishment and is very popular with divers of all capabilities thanks to its abundance of high-quality dive sites. It’s conveniently located close to Velana International Airport and the capital city of Male, with speedboat transfers taking just 10-15 minutes.

There’s a range of accommodation choices to suit all budgets, from standard beachfront rooms, to deluxe water villas set over the sparkling blue sea. Common to all types of accommodation are air conditioning, a satellite TV, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Most of the rooms are by the beach, while those facing inland offer pretty views of the island’s rich vegetation.

A huge variety of water sports are on offer from diving, surfing and sailing, to snorkelling and even extreme water sports. Submarine dives, island-hopping trips, sunset dolphin-spotting cruises, whale shark viewing expeditions and a number of fishing trips are all on offer. Back at the resort, guests can unwind in the Orchid Spa, which includes a salon and even offers age-appropriate activities especially for children. With a total of four restaurants and three bars, there’s plenty of choice for eating and drinking. The Gallery Restaurant is the resort’s main eatery and offers international cuisine, serving up three meals a day. Other dinner options include Thai cuisine at Koon Thai and teppanyaki at Umi Yaki. For light snacks and continental dishes, there’s the 24/7 Sea Breeze and for drinks, guests have the choice of the Pool Bar, the Huvan Bar or the Sand Bar with its eclectic line-up of live entertainment.

The resort welcomes children and there’s a ‘kids club’ that’s open daily from 8am to 5pm. There’s an outdoor playground, along with plenty of games and toys and lots of fun activities on offer. A babysitting service is available on request. Some of the resort’s entertainment shows, such as the children’s magic show, are particularly geared towards younger family members and there’s endless fun to be had in the pool, games room and on the beach. Parents are reminded to keep youngsters under adult supervision at all times.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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