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Best 4.5 Star - Vakarufalhi Island Resort Maldives
Nobody will resist the temptation of visiting Maldives. Its striking beauty never fails to please the eye, while its entertainment venues are totally breathtaking. Yet, some people may doubt in making a holiday plan here, as they think that a trip to Maldives is a costly adventure. As a matter of fact, there are various kinds of resorts in Maldives that everyone can rely on. A limited budget should not cause any limitation in enjoying the wonderful adventure that Maldives offers.
One of the most visited resorts that every tourist should choose is Vakarufalhi Island Resort. It offers more than just excellent panoramic views. Instead, it accommodates the need of worldwide tourists in enjoying the paradise on earth. Anyone having already read reviews about this resort will simply want to fast-rack their holiday.
Everyone deserves to enjoy the real beauty of Maldives and Vakarufalhi Island presents itself with several charming aspects. This resort offers more than just the panoramic island views with lovely hampering white sands. It is popular for its over-water villas that allow all guests to enjoy the exotic tropical climate, without feeling uncomfortable with the heat. This small island that the resort sits on is also great place to wander around with the loved ones. It is often recommended as one of the better honeymoon destinations.
However, Vakarufalhi Island resort is not merely for honeymooners and retirees, parents too will find this an excellent vacation destination for their active kids. The lagoon side has a safe place to swim, in which the shallow reef will not do any harm to them. They will enjoy frolicking in the warm waters amongst all the sea life which is indeed a very colourful sight.
Vakaruflahi also boasts extraordinary outdoor adventures from snorkelling and diving to fishing and sea trip adventures. Nothing is more enchanting than witnessing an array of fish dolphins, sea turtles, and small white tip sharks.
Maldives authentic cuisines are what many tourists love to enjoy. Dining with an exotic panoramic view is more than just superb. The vibrant nightlife of the bar brings fun and entertainment to all the guests and the staff really go out of their way with an exemplary level of service.
This short review of Vakarufalhi Island Resort Maldives does not truly represent the whole charm of this resort, it’s only once you have visited that you can really appreciate it. For many travellers, this resort is has become quite affordable, particularly with the all-inclusive packages now available.
For this resort we got rates from http://www.maldivesresortdeals.com. But there are many other sites on the web where you get deals on. Also check out TripAdvisors rewiews to get more information.
An oasis of peace
This review is also an opportunity for me to thank Maldives Traveller's Team for creating a system that really 'invites' to write reviews, because every point earned has a real value when we decide to exchange it to receive gifts or other.
It is precisely my case. Having reached the sixth level with 65'000 points and 45 reviews, I received in return the use of the First Class Lounge Leeli at international airport Ibrahim Nasir and the title, I'm very very proud, of Maldives Ambassador VIP.
The Leeli Lounge is located at the end of the duty free zone, almost in front of the stairs that descend to reach the departure gates in the lower floor. At the time of our visit, it was little frequented, which immediately sent me a feeling of peace and tranquility. In short, a sort of silent oasis in the general bustle of the airport.
It offers pretty much everything you would expect from a First Lounge: fresh, hot drinks (non-alcoholic of course), snacks of various kinds, sweet and savory, wifi access and even some computers are available to those who do not have a wifi device .
Once in the lounge you can really relax, because even calls for boarding the various flights are clearly audible through speakers inside.
The staff is very attentive and polite.
Perhaps the only flaw is that.. it is a bit far from the smoking room .. but obviously this affects only those who, like me, smoke.
I really liked to still have this brief moment of peace, before the, always sad for me, separation from my beloved little islands.
PS: for those who still have not reached my same level, the VIP access pass to the lounge can be purchased in exchange of 10,000 MT points.
WAITING for EMIRATES
Dreaming the Maldives (how do you do, after you have visited them only once, not to fall in love immediately and not to dream every day when you can come back?) and having become a little (nay, very, very much) headstrong in wanting to see the manta rays, behold, I begin to study WHERE I might stay the next time to get more chance to fulfill my dream and, in parallel, I start to investigate prices and schedules of the airlines that fly from Venice to Malè. This happened at the end of January (this year, of course).
I thought that I would NEVER have chosen Emirates, because, unfortunately, this Airline has good times on the outbound travel to Male, with a stopover in Dubai for 2 hours and 55 minutes, but TOO waiting time at the same airport on the return journey (seven hours and 40 minutes !!!!!). And unfortunately this is the time which is always the same every day of the week and which I had also noticed last year ... .I hope it will change, at least in the future ... no one complains, besides me?
I checked other airlines, but they did not give much other choice ......they have or disproportionately higher prices than Emirates (which at that time brought really good offers), or in any case higher prices and stopovers only slightly more advantageous as duration, when even not worst.
Pulled a deep sigh of resignation (in having to spend so much time in Dubai, after you are already tired of the trip), I booked on Emirates.
The trip will begin on April 30.
Thank goodness Paola made her beautiful review on this airline! With her experience, I refrained from selecting a "special meal"! ... Already I did not care much, let alone think about spending a lot of time with the tray in front because I was served among the first ... it is better to avoid it!
However, that, to which I really have not wanted to give up, was the window seat, during both directions, when we get at around seven thirty in the morning, and when we depart at 23 in the night and maybe we will not see anything because it is dark ... but you never know, maybe I can see some illuminated island .... I will tell you how this my first experience "Emirates" will be , in May, to return
Meanwhile, I hope I don’t encounter difficulties in transit in Dubai, which I don’t know and that I guess is huge ... maybe Paola can reassure me or explain to me how to do to not lose us ... perhaps, from this point of view , it would have been almost better that the duration of stop was on the contrary, the longer in the first part of travel, ... ..but no, we would have arrived later to Male and we would have lost precious minutes to live in this paradise !!!
It has taken me sometime to write this review in deed another holiday to the Maldives to a different island as I was not quite sure of my feelings.
Angaga is a lovely island and we were extremely lucky to be given a room next to the walkway to the water villas other people thought so too and on a couple of occasions I found them peering into our room!!!!the room itself was very well appointed and I liked the walk in wardrobe and the out side shower with access to the shower from behind so you did not have to drip water across your room after a dip in the sea.
it was very nice to have the choice of 2 bars and the A.I. option is very good here with all cocktails included,the room boy was excellent and friendly but the waiting staff in the restaurant not quite as friendly as I have found in other islands.
My friend was poorly whilst on holiday and the reception staff arranged fro her to see a doctor quickly and efficiently.
we went on the whale shark excursion but I did not enjoy seeing all the boats racing towards the poor creature or the totally overloaded Chinese dhoni from which young children were thrown into the ocean with only rubber rings on regardless of sea currents
just to get a photo.
The most enjoyable part of my holiday is snorkelling although I am not a strong swimmer and I have to admit I found getting across the reef difficult without clear exit and entry points marked I think also there were very low tides during our visit.i am sure other people will disagree but I found the snorkelling quite difficult with very choppy water at the entry point by the jetty.
I would return to Angaga but with reservations I think it is quite important which room you are allocated as I say we were extremely lucky with ours but around the corner many were experiencing very strong winds blowing sand everywhere.My husband is not a great lover of the sea he enjoys lying on the beach and reading which would have been difficult outside many of the rooms with such strong winds.
So sad dollars before guests
Have been to Biyadhoo 5 time Maldives 13 still my favourite island such a welcome from the friendly staff. Sad to say the Management are more interested in dollars than their loyal repeat guests. Yes it's the day trippers, the majority have no respect for reef, island, guest or staff, destroying the reef leaving dirty nappies on the beach etc. at 30$ a day 58$ if they eat in the restaurant, with sometimes 40 trippers a day on island do the maths!!!!
minimum or no extra cost to the Island, will they stop it I doubt it they will make as much money as possible regardless of the consequences to the beautiful island & reef as their intention is to completely refurbish the island in 3 to 4 years time.
Very upset with KUONI who were aware of the problem but didn't inform us that our beautiful quiet island is now just a SEASIDE RESORT for cheap B&B day trippers.
We returned to the Maldives for the 13th time in March and to biyadoo for the seventh visit after a gap of 3 years when we visited Filitheyo and Angaga.We love Biyadoo because it has a wonderful reef for snorkelling and friendly staff.After a 3 year gap we were amazed to be welcomed back by familiar faces in the restaurant and bar.
Our room was kept spotless by our roomboy.The heavy furnishings of the past have been replaced by light curtains which made the room seem larger and brighter.the beds were also more comfortable.
The restaurant now has tables outside to eat although most guests preferred to eat inside.Since our last stay there is a lot more fresh fruit and quite often fish and meats were b-b-q'ed outside in the evening.The breads and salads as always were excellent and the desserts always plentiful and delicious.
We snorkelled 3 times a day and saw all our favourites eagle rays, turtles,octopus,sharks,triggers,clown fish,box fish etc.etc and in some places the corals have improved but in others sadly they have been spoilt by people who do not care about the reef.
The bar as always is the hub of the island with staff always ready to serve you most evenings entertainment was provided and appreciated by the guests.
Sadly this year my enjoyment of my holiday was greatly spoilt by the number of day visitors allowed onto the island.in the past I have been aware of day visitors coming and going but they have blended in and treated the island and its guests with care and considerationThis year however groups of day visitors would put on raincoats trousers etc to snorkel and then trample and walk over the reef and its corals I found this so upsetting I did not enter the water between 10.30am-4.30pm so I did not witness any more of this ignorant behaviour.However on one day a group of them sat close by me on the beach and after they left I noticed they had left behind a soiled childs nappy which I cleared away before it entered the sea.These guests in the restaurant pushed my friend away so they could get to the food first they were not polite. The management of the island just gives the day visitors a picture to advise them what to do but they do not enforce any of their rules.I have a great love of Biyadoo but my holiday was spoilt as I witnessed the island not being respected by the day guests and more so that the manager did nothing to stop it.
Just got back from our second visit to Makunudu island 3rd to 17th February the last one was 2012. We were met at the airport straight off the flight and within 15 minutes we were on the boat for the roughest crossing to an island we have ever had (8 visits). On arrival we were met by some of the management team and taken to the reception for a cold drink and fill in the paperwork. Prior to our visit I had e-mailed the island to request a room on the southern side of the island to our amazement we got the same room (30) we had on our last visit which was excellent thanks to Makunudu and Adrian Labrooy the reservations manager. Nothing on the island seemed to have changed much from our first visit, the island is still as beautiful as it was. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had the same waiter Rafeeu who was great always willing to talk and have a joke and always filled us in with the football results, our room boy was Ibrahim who again was great and kept the room spotless and even did a couple of bed decorations especially on Julies Birthday. Being repeaters we got special treats in our room and even got a special plaque outside the room with our names on to replace the number what a great touch. We also got a special meal on the beach on our last night. The bar staff were all great and again were always happy to talk and its still amazing how they always remember your room number and your exact drinks order. The managers of the island were always about and again were very friendly and happy to stand and talk to you especially Danni the customer relations manager.There seemed to be a good mix of nationalities on the island and quite a lot of English couples. The snorkelling was good and saw plenty especially the turtles which we saw every day. Thanks to all the staff and Management on Makunudu Island for a fantastic holiday and hopefully we will return again next year. If you are in any doubt about booking this island don't be it is fantastic and well worth a visit.
nice vacation but ...
Went to Biyadhoo aware of finding a resort but with very basic
a still very lush and beautiful coral.
Indeed, considering the quality / price ratio you can not wait that long ...
We stayed two weeks and since we love to spend hours in the water to snorkel we were good. Great beautiful coral easy to explore and a myriad of fish of all kinds.
Our room was dated but everything worked properly, only negative our room-boy who in addition to tidy up the bed and sweep the bulk of the sand ..... undertook not great either (a day is not even got to the room to make this one ...)
Very friendly and helpful bar staff, waiters and cooks.
The day of my husband's birthday, our table at the restaurant was decorated with flowers and beautiful objects in cardboard products from our friendly waiter, a very nice surprise!
The only thing quite negative for us was the restaurant, an enclosed, air-conditioned strong enough, very spicy food and little variety, only the desserts deserve a separate discussion .... really delicious, a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Finally, advice to those wishing to stay in Biyadhoo, to ask for a room on the west side because the beach is only present on this side, the rooms on the east side are closer to the sea but the beach is not there!
We arrive in Male at 15.20 after a perfect flight with Omanair, offerred practices in the airport waiting for us at the exit our contact person to whom we have "stolen" 10 minutes to go to take the sim and recharge .... way race to the fast boat just waiting for us to leave.
After a first time when the sea was heard a lot, once nell'atollo South Male navigation was quieter and we were able to relax watching the various islands we met along the way.
Just landed we were greeted by the resort staff with cool towels, snacks and the inevitable cocktail coconut, key delivery (wow .... just the room I had asked !!!) and the pleasant surprise of the package containing the giveaways MT ..... thanks again!
We speak of our room: Comfort room, basic but very clean and spacious, with arm chairs and coffee table, mini fridge, safe and other surfaces very useful as the cabinet is not very spacious, quite large and comfortable and the bathroom on the front, right on the beautiful beach the porch with two chairs, a coffee table, the drying of wood and hand shower x rinse your feet also present at the entrance at the back. On the inner courtyard we found our deckchairs numbered that can be accommodated on the beach where you want.
About the beach ...... unfortunately not around the whole island, but where is this is pretty plentiful. candida ... well ....... wonderful!
Taking as reference the arrival jetty, on the right you meet the first 4 units to 1 floor (room 1/8) close enough to the sea but no beach then from 9 to 35 (the best) unit with 1 or 2 floors that overlook beach big and deep and close to the reef, from 39 to 64 are standard rooms, very nice but smaller and immersed in the vegetation but far enough to the sea which is accessed by trails like the one that leads to the small SPA and the 8 ow very cute! Continuing on the beach are the Surf Cafe, Blue Lagoon Bar, and Aeolus Water sports. From this point the beach is almost absent, there are some small creeks hardly accessible and anti-erosion walls (84/136) continuing meet the diving center, the Restaurant Palm Groove, Fisherman Bar where the evening entertainment are offered very soft, the Reception and we're back at the pier of arrival! (It 'another small jetty service that is used by diving)
At the Restaurant Palm Groove are consumed all meals, at breakfast the choice is varied on salty, a little 'less on sweets. Lunch and dinner are always cooked pasta at the time, grilled meat or fish and a decent selection of foods often spiced, cooked and raw vegetables, fruit and pastries. We enjoyed the experience, to note that the table will be allocated on arrival at your disposal for the duration of stay and if you are a couple, you'll have to share a table with other guests.
The island is very well maintained, excellent cleaning in rooms and common areas, all the staff are very nice and I want to congratulate the guys on reception because they are all very well prepared and efficient (there is also a guy who speaks discreetly Italian).
The weather was beautiful, days with clear skies, calm seas and evening starry sky and moon that illuminated the lagoon! Only the last two days we had some clouds and a few showers, but overall, being August, we were really lucky.
Finally ..... the sea !!!
I kept it for last because this year the Indian Ocean has given us many wonderful emotions, spend hours and hours to snorkel and discover something new, we met turtles, sea eagle, moray eel, octopus many there have joy in their ability to change appearance and color to blend with the environment, many anemones with their clownfish about ..... beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Furthermore, aided by the flat sea, we have seen many times the dolphins pass in front of our beach and it is always exciting to watch their evolutions ... and one afternoon we saw also an orca that has hovered in the sea between our island and Biyadhoo. .. and then disappear and come back later in the evening ....! What good memories! About memories ..... will you find in the evening on the beach illuminated by the moon, many hermit crabs, crabs, the whisper of the sea ... that gently brings the sand many blue lights ...... plankton that lights the beach!
Stayed August 2013, in the room: 21
part 2 dinnet at Vihamana
After my review on the breakfast by Vihamana here is my review on the dinner Vihamana.
At the entrance to some waiters in white uniform welcome guests and accompany them to the table. If you are equipped with umbrella invite you to leave it in the pots at the entrance or next if they are full time in busy times. Despite the choice of restaurants at Kurumba is very wide there are many guests who benefit from this restaurant.
At the table you will be asked for the room number and drinks you like that are served immediately. the drinks are excluded from half board while water is included, pleasant surprise. if you are not interested in other drinks they won' t stress you to sell them as happens elsewhere. The dinner is buffet served but waiters will pass to control the drinks and clearing the dishes several times during dinner. Hardly does always attentive service. At night the lights are dim and the 'atmosphere is soft. tables are filled and crowded room but there is no queue at the buffet. There is one buffet that serves the whole room. the left side is set up with salads and cold appetizers.
The central part for hot and cooked on the spot right pastries and breads. The left tower is fitted with bowls and glasses containing small salads of vegetables and seafood, really nice to vedersi. Below bowls of salads with olives, capers and everything you want to prepare a salad varied. Faced trays of sushi and cooked vegetables. Do not miss steamed rice and corn. the warm foods containing baked pasta, macaroni messy cheese (good) .meat and codfish stew. Soups with oriental flavor. Potato chips fried at the moment (delicious). A chef is available to prepare fabulous tortillas stuffed with anything you like, you can dine only with those. As for breakfast wide selection of delicious bread and striae. Simply delicious home made bread sticks. You can choose fresh fruit in a wide selection of products, whole fruit or already ready. also you can enjoy delicious fruit desserts served in pretty glasses. If you prefer extra-large portions, there are some nice slices of cakes and puddings that await you. All of excellent quality '. Every evening the menu changes and you will find different types of salads, different types of sushi and cooked vegetables.
Unfortunately the tuna sushi is not offered every night. Also vary the dishes of pasta and fish or meat soups. The pasta always good and cooked correctly. You will always find a good choice of bread and cakes always fabulous, both in appearance and taste .. It is just that we could define not positive is that the ice cream is missing, perhaps because they serve at the bar or in the other restaurants and saw the price can 'be that they prefer not to serve buffet. Too bad, because it is very good.
I will not bore you with the choice of our courses but I must reiterate the 'attention to detail, good food and a wide selection of buffet. all of excellent quality.
top of the breakfasts
the Vihamana is the main restaurant of the Kurumba. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner if you buy the full board .the atmosphere is elegant although there are no towals on the tables. There is always a person who greets with a smile in the beautiful and wide entrance. there are, not missing, two large pots that stand at the sides for your umbrella on unlucky morning .you can choose the table you prefer. THE most of the tables is set equal to the buffet but there are also tables on two sides raised, very nice to see because it gives movement to the room giving it a look more 'croppy despite the size of the room. The tables are well spaced, there is space between the various tables also to pass with the stroller. Very convenient for families with small children in tow. There are also several tables to accommodate large families or a group oriental. Table selection is free, close to the entry or at the buffet or sides ... for them is indifferent but when you are in three people they would prefer that you use a square table, a little' small in reality 'but not too much not to allow us to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. We have taken advantage of the half and even at dinner the choice was clear. Breakfast is superb.
Hot drinks are served at the table while the rest is buffet. on the left side next to the raised central buffet There are dispenser of fresh juices that taste of juice and not the sachet diluted typical of many resorts. the left part of the buffet is the light part. Staged with cereals fruit vegetable cold milk yogurt. The central part is the part of the cooked food, some already 'ready other when cooked. The right side is prepared with sliced bread and pastry machine for toast. The food is varied and meets the needs of the Eastern palates as Westerners. you can enjoy other salty or sweet.
in both cases, the choice is not missing.
Lovers of hot breakfast and salt will typically oriental soups, cereals, eggs cooked on request, bacon, beans in sauce. Those who prefer a breakfast more 'light can' choose vegetables and fruit already prepared and slided. 3 varieties' of cereals and various types of muesli. or you can prepare a sandwich with meats and cheeses. Only yogurt is probably done at home was too acidic to satisfy the palate of the child, luckily there was the ham of which he is greedy and with a toast he had settled. the good looking 'installation of the pastry and the quality' are a pleasure to the eye and the palate. A large number of varieties 'of brioche to satisfy even the most' demanding. Wonderful pastries with cinnamon and tasty cakes chocolate. For lovers of nuts there are pastas and crispy.
the audience is so large, the Kurumba is a resort that welcomes many guests and probably in the morning is the time when there is the greatest concentration of guests at this bar.Il service as always is great and on time, drinks served with rapidity'. Dishes cleared away with equal rapidity '. The tables are always clean as soon as you get up, and so there are expectations it 'was forced to wait for that release a tavolo.Indubbiamente to offer a service of this level there are many waiters to work and also the' order in which the buffet is maintained is a sign that many are working to give great service. The trays are always directed and full of food and it's nice to find pliers for each course.
The bakery pastry is like another flower to 'eye of this restaurant, you will find many different kinds of bread for a leisurely breakfast, of course the choice of jams could not be outdone. You can match them to waffle or cake pan but suggest trying some different kind of bread, really good.
May I invite you to Try cooked eggs at the time and as more 'you like, you will not be disappointed. In conclusion we must be careful not to get caught by 'greed and taste everything or you'll have to wait too long before going to snorkel. I would Do not recommend to go for breakfast at about 9. It 's time more crowded and so in my opinion the least pleasant, in the morning I prefer tranquility' and little fuss. The buffet will still 'always perfect and there is no risk of long files to be served or to find empty trays, as I said the staff is well trained and efficient.
As far as I'm concerned the best breakfast in the Maldives either by choice or for the quality 'of the products that are used. it is true that this is the 'only resort to this level that I visited, but I must say that Italians often for food and stars do not go d' agreement. We are a nation of picky all 'foreign. Yet even if it is not managed by the West have found more choice than in other resort more 'European. So congratulations for this attention even for western guests who are a minority among the guests of Kurumba.
My news about TMA
For the "scenic" part, I refer you to my review (here on Maldives Traveller too) from last year .. this fact remains unchanged.
In this review, I consider more what, I have noticed, is changed in the management of the service since the two seaplanes' companies (TMA and MAT) are fused into one.
After the exit from the international airport, the reception's formalities at our resort's counter and the check-in of our baggages, we are accompanied to the shuttle bus to TMA airport.
Already inside the bus, it happens something new! Passengers are notified in which terminal they must step down! A, B or C, depending on where is located the waiting place (waiting lounge or common area) of the resort that we must reach. A quick look at our boarding cards for the seaplane reveals the right stop. Not that the terminals are located in a big distance (indeed they are very close) and be distracted about when getting off the bus, could damage the process of our journey.. but, this is already a sign of how "things" go towards to a management of a "real" airport.
My intuition, in fact, is strengthened by the various monitors, present in the waiting's places, displaying acronyms for each single resort, revealing us the take-off time and the course of our flight, including stopovers.
Now, I will make you laugh.. But I'm, personally, developing a certain allergy to Palm Beach! Because in my last two visits, it was always set, as stopover, in the middle of my transfer! I have already enough aerial, sandbank and arrival jetty pictures of Palm Beach (without ever having set a single foot on it!!) to publish a decent photo gallery.
The waiting time at TMA, in contrast to many, is for me never a problem, in fact, I enjoy wandering through the terminals, the various lounges and take pictures, especially if I have a 'buddy' that would never board without me!
For me, this waiting time, which many of us hate, becomes a time of discovery. My curiosity about the different resorts is, in part, satisfied when I discover their lounge at the seaplane terminal. For
us, who work in the hospitality, the very first contact that the customer has with a structure is fundamental. It happened to me, to see a lounge's entry of one of the most luxurious resorts adorned with a nice lot of junk! Okay.. probably, they did not have their customers using the lounge that day.. but.. I had to pass in front it to reach my lounge.. and I assure you that, knowing what it costs to spend a night in that resort, I was appalled and I still haven't 'digested' the 'crime'. Moreover, if we recall the fact that TMA is moving towards a modern management of its airport, I do not know to whom attribute the failure to properly clean the common areas!
My last two seaplane's flights brought also a huge surprise for me (and still I am here, wondering why TMA never official mentioned this!!). The windows of seaplanes are decidedly .. "widened"!!
Perhaps not all of you have noticed (I did!!), and perhaps not all aircrafts are changed. Surely, were the last two on which I boarded! A pleasure for those who does not sleep, tired from international flight (yes, there are!) and photograph the amazing panorama below.
Another new feature is a kind of last waiting room, air-conditioned, external to terminals, located right at the beginning of the jetties to reach the seaplanes. A final gathering place for passengers before the flight.
That's all for now. I'm just curious to find out what will be new at TMA in my next trip, in 2 weeks.
Eriyadu: Small island, big dreams
My titel is the sentence that adorns, since a while, the cover of Eriyadu's fb page. A kind of state of mind, which is currently and actually on going!
When it appeared first, some italian friends of mine, who visited before, were really skeptical about...
But I knew that there had been a changement in the management..
More: "I knew the new management (from a previous visit of mine in Maldives) and completely trusted him and his team!".
My visit to Eriyadu was placed at the end of a quite rich itinerary around Maldives,
touching mostly 5* properties and I can say that the level of service and cares on this small
pile of sand is nothing less than 5* as well..
But let's start with the natural part.
The island is blessed by an easy to reach (through well visible entrances), lively, colourful housereef! I am not a diver and, as only snorkler, this is so important to me.
The perimeter consists of wide beaches and picturesque spots where the vegetation borders the waters.
The inside is natural, rich, wild green. A small jungle to explore.. The banana plantation was absolutely my "wow" factor!!
Have I already listed a lot of reasons to visit Eriyadu? Didn't I?? Mother Nature has well done her part of the job in this small island..
She always does.. It is always "up to us" to have the right attitude to appreciate and notice this..
Now let's add the icing on the cake.
Eriyadu is on the way to its new level (changements and refurbishing is currently going on) and I well know that I was so privileged to have the chance to fully experience the future 'face' of Eriyadu.
Starting from my accommodation: brand new interior and bathroom! Comfortable, practical and cozy! Placed on the best corner ever of the island: you cannot imagine how much I enjoyed my "home"!!
But also all the rest of the facilities are under a massive uplift (partially already successfully ended):
- the reception area (now polished with nice corners where to stop and enjoy for a while)
- the overwater Blitz bar with its new terrace and adjacent swimming pool
(still smelling the air with a scent of freshly cut wood).
In both this areas there is free Wifi connection available.
- the Bougain Spa (where I discovered that "Hot Stones" is my fav massage ever..
only if practised in the perfect harmony of temperature, scents and sounds).I still can close my eyes, right now and refresh this experience! Because, I was given (as present) the eye-mask soaked in the oil essence, which I had chosen for my massage.
- the restaurant (where a 'Prince' and Chef Kumar managed to make me learn how to cook a Vegetable Masala Curry! No.. I mean.. I am a real disaster in cooking and now I have even a diploma!). Let's add Zahir, my waiter, who was also "forced" to learn all the ingredients that I need to create my fav drink at meals.. and he learned them perfectly!
- the new room start-up category (this still under constuction but heavenly located, which case is not usual in Maldives)
- the new.... No! I am not going to tell you everything.. I prefer you to discover and enjoy the difference yourself! Visit Eriyadu!!.. For sure it has, currently, a great, great value for money!
There is only one crucial point.. which is very, very important to me in Maldives and I will never stress enough about:
"Get an island where managers and employeers are passionate about their job.. Get an island where workers are proud and happy to be there.. Get an island which soul is respected and not exploted.."
I was very lucky to meet Eriyadu in this state of mind.. and body!
I am very lucky and grateful to share my passion with the people that I meet, everytime, in Maldives..
A small PS.. I MUST underline this, because I am already sure!! I will never, ever have such an incredible, amazing, smooth " very,very late check out" as the one I had on Eriyadu!! Thank you Aaron and Reservation Team Eriyadu! This was a 'care' that 5* and more can still long dream of.. ;)
Island of Smile
FUvahmulah - The Big ISland of Maldives is the most beautiful and Different island I ever been.
Being the nearest atoll to the Equator and the first atoll in the Southern Hemisphere among the Atolls of the Maldives, Fuvahmulah has many distinctive features which make the island unique and more beautiful than the rest of the islands. As H.C.P Bell says in his Monograph, throughout history Maldivians themselves have fairly judged Fuvahmulah to be the most beautiful island in the Maldives
Being a one-island atoll itself and the second largest island in the Maldives (if not for land reclamation), Fuvahmulah includes a diverse range of habitats ranging from tropical woodlands and wetlands to freshwater lakes, well-vegetated marshland areas, white sandy beaches of different variations and pebble texture plus gravel beaches and fertile lands of humus greater in area than any other island in the Maldives. The two freshwater lakes in the island plus the many number of swamps and marshland areas in the island give habitat to different plant and animal species not to be found anywhere else in the Maldives. Among such species, the Common Moorhen (locally known as Valikukulhu) is a bird natively confined to Fuvahmulah only in the Maldivian archipelago. Also, the dense forest of Syzygium cumini (Jambul), locally known as "Dhanvah Baal".
That's the one island i never want leave if i go there.
Lux is Paradise!!
I started out my search for a honeymoon resort very early in the year!! I looked online and researched several resorts. I settled on the Lux after a recommendation from Purely Maldives. The price was great compared to what I had seen so to be honest I wasn't expecting a whole lot... I figured the nature in Maldives will make up for any inadequacies!
Oh boy...How wrong I was!!!! Lux is amazing!! The welcome we received, the brilliant staff, the activities, the snorkeling, the view, the cleanliness! Everyone goes the extra mile to please you.
We went with my 4 year old son and he had the best time at the Kids club!! Barbara and Shaama are wonderful!! My son woke up each morning asking to go to the kids club and we were so confident leaving him there! He had so much fun with the hermit crabs and we even went on a free excursion on the glass bottomed boat! Barbara and Shaama truly love kids its so clear to see by the dedication they put into the kids club. I cant thank them enough for the time they spent with my son. I actually had tears in my eyes when I had to say good bye to them because I felt like we had known them for ages.
All the staff were so nice to my son as well. Most of them would call him by name and would stop to chat with us or suggest activities he could do. It was like being in a little village. Strolling down staff would call out a hello and I guess this was infectious because other families and couples would also say hello as you walked past them. It felt so homely and warm. We also never felt like the Island was overcrowded. We would walk for miles on the beach without seeing anyone on the beach. Maybe it was the time of the year we went. It also rained on a few nights and the resort provided umbrellas...but I tell you what...we didn't mind! To be honest , we didn't mind a lot of things!! I'm so squeamish about bugs and ants but I found myself in such a good mood that I actually started rescuing the ants and placing them gently on the leaves instead of screaming as I would usually do...LOL!!
For the food, you should definitely go all inclusive...My husband and I had more cocktails than we have had in a whole year...he!he! Well considering we live in the Middle East!! There was so much choice for the food. My husband is vegetarian but he was more than happy with the selection. There were theme nights in the restaurants through the week. The swiss roll was the best I ever tasted. There was also the home made Island Icecream Ici.....OMG!! Delightful. I think I have added several pounds.....it was all too tempting.
For the honeymoon package we had a cocktail making class, a dinner by the beach and a starlight cruise all complimentary. There were a myriad of activities, we had a movie night and a karaoke night...what a laugh!!
The Island was also very clean, Ali kept our room spick and span and all the sand we brought in from our daily walks around the beach were banished quickly..he! he! He made us an alligator on our last night there. The Island was kept really clean , there were loads of staff out cleaning frequently. We ate al fresco most of the time and we weren't bothered by bugs or flies. Flies for me are a big NO NO. The Island gets fumigated every evening...I read this in the weekly schedule which Betty handed to me.
Getting around was easy as there Golf buggies which you could hop on and off.....we were really lazy and took these quite often. For the more athletic minded there were also yellow bikes you could use if you found one lying about. You could also hire silver or blue bikes for a fee a day. My husband thought all the bikes should be free, but I wasn't too phased out with this.
I am an environmentalist and care a lot about the environment and I was really happy seeing all the effort that went into keeping the Island green. No plastic water bottles! Yes!
There was an herb garden and a marine biology center . There's also a water sports center. We didn't get to do any water sports but did go snorkeling. It was my first time snorkeling and I was mead to feel so relaxed and it was really great!! The instructor even put on my mask himself to ensure I had a perfect seal. It was a great experience I will remember forever!
There was also a table tennis, pool/ snooker table and just as we were leaving they had put in an air hockey table. There was table tennis available with a very nice Australian tennis instructor. I tried my hands on the French game with the balls but I gave up after a while.... found it too boring. I'm sure someone out there would love it though....lol!!
There was baby shark and giant ray fish feeding every night. We never made the shark feeding but we did see a few tiny baby shark swimming. I believe they are harmless so no need to panic...LOL!! There were also bats and hermit crabs. My son was completely fascinated with the hermit crabs and wanted to take them home with him....we had to tell him they needed passports to come home with us and that would take us a long time to get them sorted. If we didn't I believe he would have refused to get on the plane home!! Phew!! My husband came up with that one.
If you are looking for honeymoon/family holiday then you should definitely book the Lux Maldives! It was an amazing holiday and we will never forget. Waking up to the greatest sunrise!
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