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The resort is very comfortable and the style was very elegant. The island is wonderful and the water is crystal clear. The Italian Bravo's staff was amazing, very funny, providing all kind of enjoyment during the day, and in general the whole staff of the resort was very king and helpful to any request. The most important thing that characterise this resort is the food...huge buffet whith all kind of food, with fresh fish cooked in many ways.
Between the activities provided from the animation staff there were activities of low-impact exercises from the morning on the beach, then during the day they were providing activities like water-gym in the sea or group games on the beach, always the sound of funny music in the background. After dinner the day was ending with the unforgettable cabaret show of the animation staff, that sometimes were involving the children and with the music in the bar area, where people could stay till night.
One of the night shows that i saw was the traditional maldivian dance performed by all the maldivian staff people, wearing the tipical maldivians pareo.
The last but not least thing to talk about is the beauty centre, a wonderful, relaxing place where professionists provide you wonderful massages any other service of body care, especially for women.
Etihad was so friendly
I went Maldives by Etihad air line Dec 2013 from Tokyo with my 1 and 3 years old children.
It was good fright cause they have fright nanny program. She always care about my daughters and served meal and drink first and they gave them special toy bags. My children were not boring during 11hours fright.
And more every Etihad air lines CA are kind and friendly for me.
I did many effort to keep my children are nicely so I was very tired . Some CA sometimes encouraged me and they gave me drinks and sweets.
I have never met such are friendly CA!!
They have 3 choices meal. I love vegetarian meal was best cause I love wines.
In Biyadhoo the restaurant is located in the northern part of the island, next to the souvenir shop and the bar. In front of the entrance has a large space with palm trees that offer tourists a little 'shadow', when they want to sit outside to chat, to paint, to laze ... Next to the entrance there is a bulletin board where you can find all warnings that could be of interest concerning nightly activities offered by the resort. The door of the restaurant is always closed, because inside is always turned on the air conditioning, always at a comfortable temperature, in my opinion, never annoying and never exaggerated. When you enter into the restaurant you find a chef or an aide who receives you with a smile and wishes you a good appetite. You sit at the table, always the same, and the waiter asks you what do you want to drink. In the meantime you can go to the buffet tables where you can find a wide choice of dishes. In an oval table (like a boat) there are various types of sandwiches, snacks and pizzas, vegetables, and various salads. In a small side table next to the wall, there is always a soup, every day. Then, in another table in the centre, there are several thermal containers (I do not know their exact name) with pasta, rice (prepared in one or two different ways), fish (which honestly seemed to me always of the same type, maybe tuna, but prepared every day differently), meat, potatoes.... and then another table with fruit (watermelon and pineapple often) and many desserts, very very inviting, especially the mousse.
On special occasions, like birthdays, but not only, I saw the table prepared in a special way, covered with fragrant flowers. Our waiter brought a bottle of wine and at the end of the lunch he brought also a beautiful and delicious cake, personalised with the name and the candle. There were even the waiters who sang the good wishes! Our waiter even gave my husband (the birthday boy) a coconut painted by him, really friendly!
I liked very much the restaurant of Bathala! I have realised that they have changed chairs and tables, compared to when I was there last time. For this, I'm really happy, because they left what I think was the most characteristic and pleasant thing; the sand on the ground! Of course there were rare people who went barefoot to the restaurant, but also wearing flip flops, you could feel the sweet sensation between the toes of the fine sand that made you feel even on the shore of the sea. The restaurant was composed of two distinct parts; there were two almost circular buildings, separated by a narrow passageway. You can enter either way. Inside the restaurant there are various tables and every day we occupied in the same table. The service was a buffet. Around a restricted area at the bottom with respect to the two locals, there were countless containers with very many varieties of food to suit all tastes. A chef prepared pasta at the time, another prepared meat or grilled fish, another devoted to desserts or ice creams, and sometimes he prepared the ice creams upon request. The sweets and fruits were placed on a small table (like a little boat) in the centre of this restricted area. There was really a lot of choice of food, both in the morning for breakfast and for lunch and dinner. Desserts were really delicious. I am a bit ashamed to tell, but in 14 days have increased by 2 kg! While taking breakfast you could enjoy the sea view from the semicircle window of the restaurant. If you want to enjoy the view more, you could sit outdoor under the palm trees. Evening candle light dinners also provided here! We ate outdoors too, but only one evening with the company of our fellow fishing, when the chefs have cooked for us the fruit of "our" fishing expeditions. Certainly no one goes to the Maldives to eat, but I have really beautiful memories of the restaurant in Bathala!
Cocktails at sunset on the sandbank
Participating this excursion has disappointed by a bit due to poor unprofessional arrangements and I will not participate again on this excursion. We left Bathala in the afternoon with two boats, because there were really too many people who wanted this hike. The trip was fun at the beginning, because the two captains of the boats competed in speed to outdo one another, egged on by passengers. The sea was calm, smooth as oil, and I was crouching or lying on the roof of the boat because I wanted to tan with the hot afternoon sun. Arriving near the sandbar, the boats have stopped far from the shore so as not to run aground. We went out of the boat... and here we had the first difficulty, because the water was much more on the knee joint, especially for someone who is short... : there was a person with a backpack with camera, the towels... etc, and he has risked everything really wet! Well, we arrived on the sand and there we found some guys of staff already there. They arrived before us to prepare some snacks and hot drinks. The place was gorgeous. I could see a little island in the distance, and the sun had its usual charm. There were some very big crabs which were running at full speed towards the water when they heard the footsteps of people approaching. We ate the appetizer, drinks, strolled up and down, watched the sunset .... eventually someone began to ask, "but when do we leave?". In fact, the water began to rise due to high tide, the air grew cooler, and no one invited the tourists to go to the boat. At the end we started to get on the boat, but with undue delay. No one could explain why the boys of the village expected so on the sandbar with so little brightness in the sky. As I said above : pretty, but not do it again.
Gem of the Maldives
We left Milan with Meridiana Fly April 24 and arrived on time April 25 in Male, where we started our second Maldivian adventure. I planned and longed for this trip, as far back as 2004, when for the first time I had met the Maldivian paradise , thanks to friends who on that occasion had planned everything for us , and I was madly and hopelessly in love ...
We quickly found the fast boat and we started the journey. I remember that the sea was quite rough (at least in my opinion) and after an hour or so almost everyone had seasickness. I, who boasted that he had never suffered from seasickness , I haven't done exception!
Upon arrival , however, we were greeted by a welcome cocktail and we were escorted to our bungalows . Our bungalow was the number 138 , on the north- east side of the island . Our room was a bit ' old , but clean and functional, with Maldivian shower and all the space needed to store a few things we needed . Outside the bungalow a porch allowed you to sit while relaxing watching the green sea , herons at all frightened by tourists, Dhoni , flying foxes , hens Maldivian who passed for crumbs or water to drink into a container placed next to the porch to rinse our feet from the sand.
We were in Bathala for two weeks, from April the 25th until May the 9th, and the weather is literally flew!
The reef is gorgeous, full of coral and fish of every kind and size , it seems to swim in an aquarium! Unfortunately our new underwater camera , bought for the occasion, is stuck on the third day , and I could not vent my desire to bring home every image of the fish, which seemed to me all wonderful ... but on the other hand we have photographed very the island ... and even a few fish , however , with a lower quality camera , but at least it was functioning!
The food was great (buffet) , and all the staff were lovely . The entertainment was very soft , just the right just enough to involve you not overdo it ...
We made several excursions: snorkelling safari , fishing expeditions, an aperitif at sunset on the sand , the desert island full day + the island of fishermen ... all beautiful!
Then the tour operator was Azemar , with Italian management , I now know that things have changed, but the island is and will always remain a hidden gem in the sea, with its beautiful corals full of life!
We made the return journey by seaplane ( given the experience of going ) , so we could say goodbye to our little paradise from above , capturing his last images of that wonderful journey!
Just got back from our third trip to Biyadhoo (4th-18th Feb).We chose this island for its laid back, casual and friendly feel.Had a longer than usual wait at the airport for the boat as we were waiting for a late flight.Soon got to the island in the usual 40 minutes or so. When we got there we were greeted by guest relations and the Kuoni rep Daisey. Soon checked in and were given a large family room (50) in the first block on the West side of the island. This opened out onto one of the best parts of the beach. We had two weeks of brilliant sunshine with no rain. All the staff were brilliant as usual, our room boy Zahir was brilliant he kept the room spotlessly clean and had bed decorations every day. Our waiter this year was Moussa who again was brilliant and kept us amused with his stories. The bar staff soon got to know our drinks orders and even had them waiting for us when they saw us coming they even remembered us from previous visits.All the other staff were also very good and all so friendly. The Chefs also remembered us and all the food was very good especially the bread and the sweets. The reef was good as usual although we thought the water on the drop off seemed a bit colder this year but did not stop us spending hours in the water. Met up with plenty of repeat guests which speaks volumes for the island. Daisey the Kuoni rep was very good and was always willing to talk and make time for you.If you are thinking of booking a holiday on Biyadhoo do it now the rooms might be a bit dated but are very clean and comfortable and everything is in working order. They were doing a lot of painting while we were there so everything looked clean and fresh. The reef is fantastic and so easy to access.Thanks for another great holiday and we are already thinking of booking for next year.
Departing from Venice on 15 April, with Qatar and we arrived punctually in Male on16th to 7.50.
Flight convenient and enjoyable. Despite all my fears, being my first time with scheduled flights and speaking little English, the transfer from the airport of Doha was easier than I thought. The airport in Doha, which is great, it is much more organized than our Italian airports; there are always people who ask you if you need help.
Quickly we found our Dertour contact, who immediately escorted us to the fast boat. I needed to buy a refill from Dhiraagu (which opens at 8), and the guy waited for me, while I was buying. In the fast boat was just us and within 25 minutes we arrived at Biyadhoo, where we met a cordial Hadhy, who explained us everything about snorkelig on the island, excursions, restaurant hours, etc. .... and despite the my poor English, we understood very well.
We were allocated room 120 in the morning, because our room, the 90 would be available from 2 pm.
For the room I have to thank Aisha, to whom I had written asking just for a room on the top floor, west side, etc. etc. and that accomodated me big time!
The room was in the corner of the building, very spacious, with two beds (one obviously we did not use), a small terrace with two chairs (never used), and a wooden drying rack. The decor was old-fashioned , but functional, ditto for the bathroom. The cleanliness was meticulous and towels were changed daily, both for the sea than those for the bathroom. We were in Biyadhoo for 14 nights, and for a good 4 or 5 times we found the bed decorated with flowers, each time in a different way!
All the staff (front desk, rooms, restaurant ....) was really friendly and did everything to make us feel at ease.
About the restaurant , it is enough to say that I grew up 2 kg .... the desserts, especially the mousse, were divine! For the rest there were always spicy foods or not, a lot of different types of vegetables, pasta ever (even if overcooked, but good) and rice served in increasingly different ways, meat and fish, watermelon pineapple almost always ...
The island is really very green, with a real "micro-jungle" inside, with towering palm trees and lots of plants growing under their canopy and under other huge ficus. It has a small street that runs parallel to the gritty sand beach along almost the entire circumference of the island and many trails that cut inside, generally reserved for the staff. One of these paths, rather wide, also leads to a very small mosque very accurate and the sports field.
The animation is really nothing, but it was so that was fine for us.
We were there mainly for snorkeling, and we had got to make a complete tour of the island a couple of times. Corals were, however, in several points very gray and lacking in color, although there are corners really alive and beautiful. The gray area is more to the south, while to the east, north and west are the best corals. The fish are in my opinion the strong point of the island: there are all kinds and for all tastes, never seen so many fish, whether individuals, which in mixed groups, which "clouds" of the same species. I state that we were in the water at least 3 hours, 3 hours and a half a day, but every day we saw at least 4 to 6 titan triggerfish, moray eels 2-3, if not most, one or two octopuses, and then countless fish surgeon, other species of triggerfish, butterfly, groupers, fusiliers, starfish .... We saw turtles 4 times in 14 days, then a shark reef, plus other "puppies" in shallow water in the morning, I was sorry not to have seen sea eagles, but it will be for another time ....
In the first week there were a few Italian people, many more in the second week. The guests were mainly German and English, but also French and other nationalities. There were also children of the island, especially in preschool (even 1 or 2 years), but there was no entertainment for them.
We did two tours: dolphin (and they were a lot) and sunset fishing (a disappointment, we took only some insignificant little fishes ....but fishes were happy !). A foreign lady had fished with hook an octopus, who did not want to give up and stay in the bucket ... poor octopus, do not tell you how that turned out.
The weather was really good: 12 days of full sun; ½ hour of an afternoon thunderstorm, then sun, the penultimate day, half day (the last) of the rough sea.
I have been very pleased with my stay at Biyadhoo, especially for snorkelling, and I would go back again tomorrow, if it were possible!
The overall experience was great. we the media team stayed in a Jacuzzi Pool Villa which was beautifully designed, although i must say the flooring are very dangerous.
the beach is super clean, visitors can engage with a lot of activities or chose to sit back and relax. the food was great, tried some local Maldivian dishes, almost similar to what we get in Malaysia.
speedboat trip from airport to resort and vice versa was a brilliant too. From the moment we landed everyone we met was friendly and helpful. and i actually returned to Bandos Island again few months later.
Went on a once in a lifetime trip to see whalesharks and was fortunate enough to see around 5 of them. We were the first and only boat there when we enetered the water and swam with one for a whale. There was a rather large girl who kept swimming into me, pushing me closer and closer to the whaleshark making it impossible to keep the 3m rule distance. She kicked me in the head and pushed and shoved me, not sure where in Europe she was from as I never heard her talk, but this seemed typical behaviour for the trip. I later found out my other half had his full mask and snorkel kicked off his head whilst in deep water and luckily he managed to retrieve his own Mask, but in the process kicked off ones of his fins, kicking so hard to get back up to surface after retrieving his mask. Someone else found his fin, but he returned back from the trip with no snorkel and had to buy a new one on the island at $30, plus he missed a large part of the trip.
When we surfaced we were surrounded by approx 8-10 boats, with everyone diving off. One boat load of Chinese tourists jumped in with lifevests, and couldn't even put there face in the water, either through buoyancy issues with the vests or fear? Consequently there were rapidly finning and kicking violenty whilst floating upright, and kicked the whaleshark, which consequently swam off. Obviously there is no need to fin with a life jacket, especially when you head is above the water? Maybe its fear? But I don't think they should be on a trip in open water if they can't swim, I think it is totally irresponsible of the tour operators and should be banned. Its dangerous to the whalesharks and dangerous to everyone else.
When I surfaced I felt sorry for the whalesharks, I felt they were harassed....and I'm not sure I would repeat the experience.
Great flight with Ethiad from Manchester to Male travelling via Abu Dhabi. We have been to the Maldives 4 times previously and have flown with Emirates twice and Thomsons once. Ethiad compared well with Emirates, they both offer exceptional levels of service.
The Crew was amazing, a lady found out it was our honeymoon just through chatting to us and brought us a complementary bottle of champagne which was very thoughtful. When we flew with Thomsons/first choice we saw SO many couples who had paid for champagne, who had to keep asking for it. It was so nice to get it free without asking and to be the only ones on the plane with it, rather than one of many,
We didn't like Abu Dhabi airport as it was overcrowded, inefficient and we didn't feel the staff were very friendly. We do prefer flying via Dubai.
Ethiad Coral Economy has one of the world’s most spacious and ergonomically designed economy seats. Generous meals made from quality ingredients accompanied by a complimentary bar service.
Three meal choices rather than two. 10.4-inch touch screen on most flights In-seat power sockets
Audio/ethernet connectivity. Cradle recline ensures more comfortable ergonomic seating position.
We went to Biyadhoo in Sepptember 2012 for an 11 day holiday and whilst there we decided to sign up for some trips. The best one ever, has to be an amazing trip to Manta Point! We swam with endless Mantas for approximately 1 hour whilst they circled around us scooping up Plankton. It was probably the most magical memory I have of the Maldives due to the intimacy of the experience and being almost alone with them in deep water in the middle of the Indian Ocean! They weren't frightened of us, and almost bumped into us, before briefly dipping down below us to scoop more plankton! They are such graceful magical creatures and I find it hard to comprehend how anyone could chop them up to use their gills in Chinese Medicine, something which has never been approved, so clearly doesn't work.
NOTE: It seems that the Manta Ray is very curious when it comes to humans. They tend to gather around those that are scuba diving. While these creatures don’t pose a threat to humans the interaction can be deadly for them. When a Manta Ray touches a human their mucus membrane that protects them can be removed. As a result they are very susceptible to various viruses and bacteria found in the water. SO DON'T TOUCH THEM - There is no need to. We could of, but didn't? Why do you need to touch them? What does it prove? What does it gain? Nothing, but may kill one, so please treat them with respect if you do see them. Manta Rays are highly intelligent and these harmless rays have a short tail and no stinging spine. So just remember to respect them.
Anyway it was a simply wonderful experience! We even saw a turtle!
kandholhu (KANDHOLODHOO) snorkeling trip
We visited kandholhu on a snorkeling trip from Athuruga. I'd read some impressive stats about kandholhu and was really looking forward to the snorkeling trip. Unfortunately we had to stay as a group and swim at the pace of the group which was incredibly frustrating! Due to this, we only actually saw half the reef and then after around an hour we were asked to get back on the boat. Its a joke that Athuruga charge US $38 dollars each for what is described as a 3-4hr trip. In reality you never step foot on land, so you don't get to see the island and you spend 2 hours travelling, only to be dragged out of the sea after less than 1 hour of snorkeling. The half of the reef I saw was good, but certainly not the best in the Maldives - as I've seen it described.
Thudufushi - pretty island
We visited Thudufushi in May 2013 as part of our honeymoon. Its a pretty little island and the sister island to Athuruga. It has lovely wide beaches, but very similar to Athuruga in terms of rooms, water villas and island layout. The food was similar to Athuruga, maybe slightly better. It had more variety in terms of ice-creams and ice-cream toppings, fresh mint for mojitos etc, which Athuruga seems to lack. The snorkeling was awful when we tried to swim around the entire island due to virtually no visibility. The weather had whipped up white sediment and you could virtually see nothing, so in turn we literally saw nothing on the reef! Also we tried to get out near the water jetty footpath, and really really struggled despite being extremely competent swimmers and snorkelers. The bad experience may have been down to the bad weather, but it did put us off returning, as we would be very dissapointed if those conditions prevailed for 2 weeks.
Stayed two weeks in Athuruga for our honeymoon. We spent the first week in a beach villa and the second week in a water villa. Athuruga is a beautiful small island and the smallest of the 4 islands we have so far stayed on. The beach villas have lovely bathrooms and everything you need. They are quite dark, but lovely. When we arrived we were greeted by a lovely Korean girl, who took us to our room, where there was Champagne and a fruit platter. We spent most of the day snorkeling the housereef which is lovely. I had high expectations of the housereef and it was good, but not amazing.
We did go on 2 snorkeling trips to Thudufushi and Kandholhu, which were ok, but spoiled by the fact you have to stay in a group and snorkel together like kids? Must be an Italian thing and totally put us off wanting to do any more trips, especially as some of the people in the group were pretty poor swimmers/snorkelers. The visibility at Thudufushi was non-exsistent the day we visited and everyone was really disappointed. Although it was great to spend some time on a different island and sample the rooms and restaurant.
The second week we moved to the water villas which were great, absolutely stunning and light. We loved staying in them and having the walk in closet and having breakfast outside. But the big put-off was seeing 3 cockroaches in the watervilla bathroom in one week - Yuk!
I would visit Athuruga again, but maybe in a fews years depending on price.
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