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Very good place
We were in Maaya the first two weeks of August 2012. The village is small (max 178 persons) , it is densely " lived " because the bungalow , in groups of 4 units, are lumped together. The privacy here is really low ( also because of the Maldivian open-air bath ) . In front of the rooms there is of course the beach, where in some places the space between the beds is less than one meter ... let's say that it's hard to feel alone on this island ( especially if it is full) . A note on the sun .... a disaster! They should be ashamed ! Not even in the worst resort I've seen anything like it! Cots plastic insufficient, dirty , old, broken and patched with wood and screws. No mat to separate the cloth / leather from the couch , so being able to be comfortable lying becomes a business. Perhaps we should remind friends to Francorosso , and the owner of the property , that change 170/200 beds is not a big expense ... after all we are in a seaside resort and the sunbeds are important, and staying here is not exactly cheap ! Also advisable to number the beds according to the rooms to avoid quarrels Italian free beach !
ISLAND : The island is small , but very murettata . There are moles / walls / pontoons at a distance of about 50 meters ( and even less) for the entire perimeter , and also about 15% of the island ( overwater side and towards the tongue of sand ) has concrete walls that separate containment the beach from the sea (no waterline ) . In every corner you can see stone walls , piers or sand bags ... erosion is relentless in this island. During the period of our stay was also activated a pump to move the sand and rebuild a bit of beach.
OVERWATER : not recommended in all respects ! Do not have a private beach area , they have little privacy and are too close to the generator (which feels and how , both at the level of smog that noise - and unlike what has been written previously by others, works 24 hours a day ) .
RESTAURANT : perfect, nothing to say! All good and well cooked ... amazing if we think that we are the Maldives ( notoriously poor country and with difficulties in finding food). The chefs are all delightful . Raw fish at will (there is the blast in the village) . Never eaten so well in the Maldives in many years of travel .
ENTERTAINMENT: soft but never mind. The guys are not even able to organize anything for the day mid-August ( with an afternoon of bad weather ) ... the face of animation soft , maybe it was better if it were not in place and there was a biologist or possibly one more person to diving . Great and cute boys instead of diving ( Fluffy in the first place) . Francorosso : it is detected very bad . First, they had the bright idea to sell the resort , last minute prices less than half of the list price (in the face of trusted clients who buy before the holidays - that seriously ) , filling to capacity the village (the other years in the village same period was 50% of capacity) . Result: people who have in the village of Maldivian spirit had very little and spent the day at the beach screaming , exchanging bags of garbage into the sea to maintain etc ... mah (meta wrong ? Targets to be reviewed ? ) ! Guests ranged from couples on their honeymoon in families with very small children (the two things do not go well together ... surely seen the tears and lamentations of the young) . In this sense we see that in Francorosso have ideas a bit ' confused about the positioning of the village, ok .. the business but also a bit ' of seriousness would not hurt every now and then .
SPA: good but very expensive in basic services . However, there are packages that are able to lower some prices of individual services . Recommended in the days of bad weather ! Under water : everything ok , good barrier ( easily accessible ) , although the lagoon is very poor ... apart from some shark rarely seen . In any case , this is the point that repays all the downsides highlighted previously . Recommendation for couples looking for a little ' more than solitude and tranquility would recommend you look at other facilities of other operators (possibly remaining in Francorosso Dhiggiri I would say that it is probably better). "
Bad, very bad experience
Let's start by saying that the resort was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami , so it definitely suffered from this event. The problem is that , while in other resorts the reconstruction started and finished, here it seems that time has stopped.
The buildings have been restored in some way and in addition it was an open yard absurd that occupies one third of the island (or maybe even half) . This site seems practically stationary for several years.
The island is quite large but little exploited for several reasons that I want to describe for points.
Half of the island is occupied by the yard, and this is reflected in the fact that the area south and east are not accessible. The western area , the one occupied by the dock , it should be set to the northern tip , the one for guest use but the whole stretch of sea from south to north , on the west side , has an immensity of algae in the sea that are the envy of Tunisia . In addition, the entire shoreline is covered with a layer of immense coral ripped from the sea during the tsunami . On these corals, and therefore, on this part of the beach you need to walk with the shoes . The corals are in turn covered by algae that the current port on the beach. The result: virtually no beach for swimming ( and remember that we are talking about the side dock area , the best in theory ) . Algae also considerably dirty the sea, which is not transparent and crystalline .
The only true part of the beach and sea exploitable is the north tip of the island , but even here there are problems . The sand is quite coarse ( not your typical Maldivian white talcum powder ) , and the tides are the masters . You may find yourself with 30cm of water for most of the day . The advantage of this is that the shape of the low tide sand banks in the lagoon. Of course, being the only part of space, is full of guests, and even that is a Maldivian little item .
As far as the area east of the beach , the situation is slightly better (there are no corals on the shore ) but the sea is muddy , dirty and full of algae.
Walking in the lagoon to the north ( always with the shoes because the sea is full of coral ) , you can reach the deserted island. This island , touted as paradise , is the best beach resort but has little paradise. The deserted island is in fact dirty and full of plastic .. of course this is due to dirt brought from the sea, but the challenge that I would do is the management of the resort, which does absolutely NOTHING to clean up the dirt ( 10 minutes would be enough a day) . In summary we can say that the sea is nice, but these are not really the Maldives would expect ... Result in a week we were there only 1 time !
THE VILLAGE AND THE STRUCTURES
The village should be composed of bongalow beach , in practice, however, the bungalows are all of the garden as a good part of them can not see the sea. Between the bungalows and the beach there are about 30 meters of sand (which is more like gravel ) inhabited by mangroves and coral mountains abandoned. The bungalows " best " are those to the north ( up from 135 ) because closer to the beach beautiful , but they are all pretty tranandati . To the east there are 300 bungalows that are "new" , but even those are not at all inviting , although the most characteristic .
The bungalows are very similar to chicken coops , are quite large but uncomfortable mainly for sheet metal roof , which will not let you sleep in the rain , and that does not allow proper air-conditioning in the room. The bathroom in our room looked like it was designed by an extraterrestrial from more than un'umano , it was virtually the opposite of comfort!
The rest of the facilities of the village would need a beautiful work of maintenance, but also in this sense, it does very little .
The impression one gets from seeing the resort is that everything is left just as nature has changed, so corals everywhere, ill-kept gardens , plants etc never pruned .
In the yard there is also another whole mountains of coral. The strange thing is that the village has a device to break them and make the sand (probably fine) but such equipment is not used. The yard is also still, I've never seen anyone work and this further degrades the island. The structures that have begun to build or should be terminated ( and quickly) or be destroyed, as they are now is not good !
I think it's the absolute worst thing in the village . Food is scarce , of poor quality and continuously recycled . Do you go to the Maldives to eat, but not for sick or make fast !
You understand that the village did not impress us. It 's true that we have been to the Maldives, in structures of another level, and so it may be wrong to make comparisons , but here we are talking about a resort that really should be closed and rebuilded , instead you continue to send people and take advantage of what little remains .
These are not the Maldives , the resort is fine if one finds an interesting last minute ( less than 1000 euro ) and never saw the Maldivian paradise , or if you want to take a beach vacation "out of season " , but pay attention , do not you think then that these are indeed the maldives !
For the first time in maldives me and my partner decided for Maafushivaru, and with this experience we started to love maldives.
The resort was a pearl, everythings is perfect, starting from ambiences to the foods.
We found the island very clean, everything is always exposed in the best mode, starting from sunbed to the flowers around the island.
The rooms are big, well furnished and with a beautiful view on the lagoon.
The first 5 rooms have got some problem with the erosion, but the island is beautifull in any case.
Lonubo is the little island near maafushivaru, you can stay there when you want and often the island is completely empty, so you can feel alone like Robinson.
I suggest you to choose this destination if you are looking for privacy, isolation and to breath the maldives scent.
Arrived by domestic flight from Male then 15 mins by speedboat and would do the transfer again no problem..
Arrival.. cold cloth cold drink then shown to our room 168 which we thought was a perfect location..
The room was spotless cleaned twice daily
The island is beautiful, clean and welcoming nothing is a bother for any of the staff who all go that extra mile to make sure you have a great holiday..
Food is lovely lots of choice salad pasta meat fish bread and fresh fruit always available...
Beach is amazing each room has sun loungers and parasol snorkelling is great lots of colourful fish plus sharks turtles and rays ....DONT miss the ray feeding...
Would we go back ? YES already looking at prices for next year....
This place is fabulous and really good value.
The all inclusive is breathtaking, we had five free excursions including the whale shark trip and also 30 minutes spa treatment per day. You have to consider this when you price up the resorts.
Our 2 bedroom beach villa with pool was a perfect base so much so we never used the main pool area.
The snorkeling here is fantastic, lots of reef sharks, saw several turtles and the reef is vast. We did a night snorkel as an extra and that was also great we saw the biggest Moray eel ever.
I highly recommend this resort - we had a wonderful time and would go back in a heart beat. The staff were great and the service wonderful. Great food and good selection of wines and cocktails.
The only complaint would be the air con units which were extremely loud and immediately above the beds in both bedrooms - we eventually left them on in the day and switched off at night to sleep better.
Life time holiday
The visit to Adaaran Ranalhi with my family was the best holiday we have been to. The view from the plane as you approach Maldives is breathtaking. The water is so clear its almost unreal. The hotel was nothing fancy, but offered great service and good food. The excursion to see the dolphins was beautiful beyond words.
Sunset In Ocean Villas are fabulous
We had a great stay at the Angsana Velavaru Sunset In Ocean Villas.
We were met from the seaplane (40 minute flight) by Reiner, the ever present manager of the In Ocean Villas and taken to the bar for a refreshing mango sorbet after which the concierge took us to the Villa for a tour and explanation of how to operate the air conditioning and fans etc. The villa which sits on the reef is contemporary, stylish and more than lives up to the fabulous images shown on the hotels website virtual tour. The bed is comfortable, the air conditioning is excellent, there is constant hot water, there are plenty of English electrical outlets (and also round 2 pin) and of course your own infinity pool, your own access to the reef and comfy rooftop cabana.
As we were All Inclusive and so comfortable in the villa which was kept spotlessly clean by Adam, we settled into a lazy routine and only twice ventured to the Island where there are two further restaurants, the beach, the bar, the water sports centre, the dive centre and the spa. The Azurro bar and restaurant at the In Ocean Villas was great and we only eat elsewhere once - we went to the buffet at the Kaani restaurant for a change and it was good with a chef at the barbecue station but we preferred the fantastic service from Nadeem (our waiter for the week) at the hustle and bustle free Azurro.
The All Inclusive meal plan at the Azurro consisted of Breakfast: a European and Chinese buffet with the waiter taking orders for eggs and pancakes. Lunch: any starter, main and desert from the excellent a la carte menu (Mediterranean, Asian, American). Dessert: mainly Italian. Dinner: Set menu choice of 4 starters, Soup, 4 Mains plus 4 Asian alternatives and 4 desserts. Drinks are limited to a good selection of wines, beer, water and soft drinks plus filter coffee and tea and are available from 11am to 11pm (the only place I found mention of this on their site was at http://www.angsana.com/destination/maldives_diving_holidays ). For non AI guests drinks and food was as you would expect - $8.00 for a glass of wine and $20.00 - $40.00 for a main course.
While we were there the In Ocean Villas were mostly populated by young Chinese couples who were a little reserved. It was interesting that the girls would come to breakfast in smart and stylish long dresses whereas they may dress down for dinner. During the day the Chinese couples wore matching shorts and tee shirts.
As the villas were 30 metres from the reef wall the snorkeling was great and while the coral was not as colourful as the red sea the fish were in abundance at the wall. Here you could swim among shoals of fish and see reef sharks, rays, turtles and dolphin etc. As most of the Chinese were not confident swimmers and practiced around their decks I had this mostly to myself. I think only three of us ventured out to the reef wall for the week I was there.
We found the 32 degree temperature and 76% humidity a little hot and it felt like Dubai at 37 degrees and much warmer than the Caribbean.
We were too lazy to join any organized activity other than feeding the Rays and skipped the group snorkeling, spa, rooftop dining, visits to local and deserted islands etc. We checked out with a zero balance bill.
Overall we had a great time in quality accommodation with excellent food and excellent service from the well trained and friendly staff and appreciated the goodbyes from the Manager and Concierge staff as we left to catch the seaplane back to Male.
Please speed up the waiting
This was the third transfer we did with TMA, and any time we must wait at least 1 hour before take off. They must improve the organization for the transfer because every time is a lost of time. We arrive in international airport in the early morning but never be in resort before 12.00 am, with at least 3 hour for a tranfer of 70/80Km.
In any case the take off is always good, as the landing, and the personal is always smiling.
For our fourth visit to the Maldives we decided to go to Vakaru . After evaluating several other villages we opted for what was to be our village for the honeymoon ( unfortunately it was closed for renovation ) .
What can I say , we have not regretted choosing it ! The resort is great, the beach is well maintained , the rooms are perfect , not lacking anything (oh yeah, maybe a bidet .. that the Maldives does not exist) . There is television (a huge 50-inch LCD I believe) that we never turned on , a ceiling fan in the ceiling, an air conditioner and a quiet bed plentiful . The room is great and privacy is excellent even in the bathroom Maldivian . Every day they are delivered in two room comfortable bottles of water.
Great restaurant , never eaten so well in the Maldives . A praise to the chef always present and always attentive to the guests , but also to the rest of the staff goes a big round of applause .
Animation fortunately nothing , although Henry , marine biologist proposes some information evening ... and then there's the Maldivian band that plays once a week and choreographic Maldivian evening .
The beach is cleaned several times a day (but here you could do a little ' more and more attention would be enough ... ) , in any case, it is beautiful! The lagoon is quite large and " nuotabile " even at low tide . The wide stone walls , so that left me puzzled are virtually invisible for most of the day and not at all disturb the view.
Reef : The reef is good , like the much-vaunted Maayafushi here ... maybe the difference is only in accessibility ! It can be reached only by the two piers, and the transition between the walls is not recommended.
Well-colored corals and fish much larger than the other villages attended. We saw pretty much everything ... moray eels , turtles , eagles ( in the lagoon ) , titan triggerfish , clownfish and sea anemones etc. .
We would stay again ... but first there are all the other resorts in the Maldives ;-)
Very good resort with fantastic reef
For our fifth trip to the Maldives I choosed Vilamendhoo Resort.
The choice was a little bit difficult because in this price range we found at least four other interesting solutions. This time we gave much more importance to the reef quality .
I start by saying that the island is the largest we've seen so far, but its size didn't scared us, it was very pleasant indeed turn the island during the day (and also the night).
The shape and orientation to the Ari pass generate some major problems of erosion, in fact the island is "consumed" by the sea, and the beach is very small.
From this point of view, the island has just two different levels: the best part, with a beautiful look is near the jacuzzi villa (beach and water ), the other part is not so dreaming.
Let's say from 175 (at north part) to the western tip and back down to the restaurant you find yourself in front of a beautiful island, the other part with the walls, the bags and the barriers may make it less Maldivian atmosphere.
For those wishing to sunbath the area to recommend is that north or the extreme point to the east (near asian wok).
The rooms are not very big , but they are equipped with everything you need ( even bathrobes ) and if you have an all-inclusive also includes the use of the minibar.
The outdoor bathroom is rather huge and very comfortable.
The entire resort is decorated during the night with colored LED lights that create a very pleasant athmosphere .
In the resort you will find 3 restaurants, including the asian wok where you can attend very pleasant show cooking.
The food is good, you can find anything, and being an international resort, there is limited solely to the Italian cuisine.
In August, the resort was full, but the beaches were always empty. The proposed tours are all good, recommended and appreciated (there were many tourists on all boats).
The barrier is the strong point of the island, sure! Beautiful , colorful and well attended ... easy to see titan triggerfish , spotted eagle rays, turtles, reef sharks and especially beautiful colored anemones .
Also suitable for those who cannot swim well because the lagoon side of the reef is very interesting (the lagoon where you tap standing up) and you can see anything.
Outside the barrier we found ( for the first time in many resort ) to hold onto the buoys to repost when you are tired ... a big plus!
In short, if you just want the island with large lagoon and breathtaking color data low water this is not your island (try rather to orient yourself on Vakarufalhi or if you can Taj Exotica / Gili Lankanfushi ) , in all other cases you can not not going to Vilamendhoo .
Room Tip : Choose the rooms from 175/180 forward, on the north side that have the sun all day
The better way to get to Maldives
I fly with my wife five time in the last three years with Emirates Airline, always in economic class but the services are always to top level.
Onboard entertainment, services, staff and seats are the best over any other experience.
The dubai airport is very cosmopolitan and you can find any kind of service (restaurants / hotel / shops).
Clear indications for any traveler and support from anyone from staff.
You can find something better to the same price.
Having said that we visited the village only for a couple of days (thankfully), then we moved in close Vilamendhoo.
The village is a former Veratour, which is now run by Maldivians. It breathes an air of neglect, especially in services (catering and beach).
The rooms are large but the decor leaves things as they are. Are not very Maldivian as style, also for the fact of being located inside of two-story buildings. Obviously there is no bathroom Maldivian eye ... and that the hot water in the evening is practically non-existent.
The beach is pretty tiny, only a fourth of the island! E 'equipped with old and broken wooden beds that would be good only for the fireplace. In return, the beach is fairly clean (as well as the rest of the village) and very fine sand.
The bar on the strip of sand is left to itself, and in the area of the musty smell is nauseating.
The restaurant is better to remain silent ... impossible to find something good for us Italians, it's okay just to feed themselves.
The barrier is nice but nothing more ..
This was our sixth trip to the Maldives and I must say that the resort is next to last in the ranking of the six.
So good for the Chinese island ... better for us to look at other (to be on low prices gaurdatevi Fihalohi, Sun Island or thereabouts).
Fantastic stay at Reethi Beach
Well What a Fantastic Two week Holiday, for our second Visit to the Maldives,
Stayed in a Deluxe Beach Villa, Which are fantastically located with your own private sun lounges just yards away.
Check in was done very professionally by The Reethi team, and welcomed with open arms. On the other hand I wouldn't necessarily Book with Hayes and Jarvis again as when we arrived we had no welcome from a rep or easy contact with any Hayes and Jarvis Representative during our stay.
Though after saying that the Reethi team made up for this in so many ways.
The Rooms are of a high standard and would recommend the deluxe Beach Villas over the water villas, but that's just personal preference.
Outside shower and bathroom very well maintained and cleaned twice daily, so could not have anything bad to say on that. Though we did have a few problems with cockroaches, but that's to be expected within the climate and outside toilet facilities, so no complaint.
The Restaurant facilities are fantastic, food to a high standard, especially if you upgrade the Reethi Select when you arrive, the choice is amazing.
Choice of premium beers, wines, spirits and cocktails to choose from its actually to much hahaha.
Would Recommend the Wishbone NZ Sauvignon if you are a wine drinker and the butter chicken from the Reethi Grill.
As for the rest of the island its perfections in it's only natural beauty, Fantastic snorkelling and dive opportunities , the only things I would say is that when on a select package I would of expected snorkelling equipment to be included but this was not the case. But that's only a small criticism.
As for the snorkelling I was a nervous snorkeler to begin with but as the days went on and other friendly holiday makers (you all know who you are) Encouraged me to go beyond my comfort zone to see such fantastic sea creatures and coral. Having saying that I am very happy that they did as seeing the house Turtle was incredible.
There are a variety of excursions available, we went and did the Dolphin Safari which turned out to be incredible, But I suppose its a little but of luck also.
We also had professional Photo's done whilst we stayed on the island by the local photographer, who made it such fun, relaxing and made us feel comfortable. Though dressing up in the mid day heat was to be laughed at.
All the staff at Reethi Beach Resort deserve a BIG thank you for giving exceptional service to a very high standard.
A personal thank you goes to Nic for making our welcome such a personal one, Thank you to Tom (F&B Manager) for going out of his was to make sure we had certain drinks we liked available.
And I can't mention all the team but you girls alongside Nic (you know who you are) made us have such a laugh.
And last but not least Thank you to all the bar and restaurant team who, delivered exceptional service.
Will be returning in the near future without fail. xxx
Actually stayed in August 2004 but unable to choose that option! Went for our Silver Wedding Anniversary and had the most remarkable time unable to fault the island and the staff everyone was just amazing so much so this holiday has stayed in our hearts and minds. The food was delicious with so much choice and the rooms together with the public areas were spotlessly clean (even the beach was swept daily). We are trying another island next month and are so looking forward to the warm hospitality of these wonderful people.
Flyme have only recently started to operate to Dharavandhoo, the local domestic airport in Baa Atoll.
They are now one of two Domestic airlines in operation.
The check in closes 45 minutes before the flight but opens 90 minutes in advance which means those convenient 17 minutes flying time is prolonged a bit too much.
Check in was smooth, boarding card issued and one small security check and you're in the waiting area for the flights looking onto the runway while you wait.
The staff have been exceptional on both flights I have taken, they seem very well trained and professional. On both flights I experienced there was around 50% of the seats occupied only so it's possible to grab a window seat. The seaplane views tend to be a little better but if you have traveled often to the Maldives this may not be something that will influence your choice of transfer.
The ground staff on both ends (Male' and Dharavandhoo) have also showed the same level of service and the transfer from the airport to the jetty once in Dharavandhoo is coordinated really well.
Sadly the flight is just a short one and I'm not sure if I would say it was more convenient than the seaplane option to resorts but it is slightly cheaper which will be important for more budget travelers.
The opening of such domestic airports and routing by the two domestic airlines is really opening up the Maldives to a range of guests and introducing tourism to previously remote area's so this is a real positive for the domestic flight experience.
I would always check with your agent which transfer mode has been booked for you as the domestic flights have only been introduced recently to the islands in some cases and it's useful to be clear which option your tour operator or agent uses.
In general most islands will have a contract with one domestic airline or the other so it may not be an option to select Flyme over the alternative but for those that have the choice I would use Flyme every time!
As always, any questions please ask.
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