Rated 5 out of 5 by JULES111 Great hotel - all round
great all round experience. beautiful island. lovely atmosphere, excellent staff. my wife and i were spending our 10th wedding anniversary and this was an ideal location to catch up after hectic busy life in dubai with 3 kids !
December 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bruno3 The place to be on the Maldives
Great Hotel to relax and enjoy watersport.
Wnderfull rooms directly at the beach.
First class house riff for snorkeling!
Excellent food and bar facillity!
Perfect and friendly service!
December 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by davidpan It's amzing hotel for honeymoon!
Amzing island. hotel staff are all kind and helpful, easpecially for JJ and Tony. Quite a lot of them can speak chinese. Let us feel belong. We went diving with Roy and he is very nice. It's an wonderful experience. Hope we can come back again in the future. Thanks for the honeymoon champagne and chocolate and all arrangements. Suggest to WiFi in room will be more faster.
December 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by nsdg The location was good,….but
food more expensive than I would expect and on top of it the food was not really that great, only option for good food was the fresh fruit, and fish, other than that , it was average for the cost of the room and travel to get there. staff were all pleasant and very nice and did their best bottom line, its far to get to and would not suggest that for the price
December 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Naaf good for Honeymooners
I really recommend this hotel for Honeymooners and young couples. the strength points are the location, facilities, activities, and the restaurants.On the other hand, I have experienced an annoying problem during the first two days, unfortunately, I have found some living ants,spiders, and weird insects inside my water villa all over my bed and inside the closet. I have reported this problem to the management and they have tried to satisfy us to web out this experience from our memory but I don't think so that any one can forget such a bad experience.
October 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Zach8989 This Retreat is good but not WOW
- Food selections can be better.
- Shouldn't be assigning guest a retreat that is near one that is doing renovation as the renovation seems to be dropping debri into the ocean, posting danger to guest doing snorkelling around the area.
- WAVE staff is less than friendly.
- Algae forming in the showers
- Amenities in the room is good.
November 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Domas I expected a lot, but hotel expected me too :)
Though definitely I had a package of expectations (as much as I try to avoid that when I travel), I could throw them all out pretty much on my first day, as it wasn't fair to use them for anything :)
Starting with my arrival to passing the security gate on my departure, hotel staff, including the awesome GM, was extremely helpful and welcoming, and I could relax at pretty much every moment without having a single negative thought.
It was a bit hilarious when we were taken around the island in a cart though, it looked much bigger that way, than on foot.
We stayed in lagoon-facing Ocean Oasis, the suite itself had enough of space in it even if you didn't want to go out to the terrace or other parts of the island.
Bath facilities were great too, both outside pool/shower, and roomy internal one with huge bathtub and spacey shower. Romance stuff (candles et al) were provided as well ;-)
Living room had a good enough sound system, WiFi was of much higher quality than Starwood-standard, and could easily drive Spotify connected to in-room Bose sound system, albeit outside speakers were a bit silent, for sake of neighbors...
The ocean can be a bit loud, depending on weather, especially at night - though I loved it, for someone who doesn't stand nocturnal noises probably beach villas are better choice.
I didn't try SPA facilities, but my spouse did and was extremely satisfied by them. I chose instead to take out the catamaran - lots of warm wind and not too choppy waves make it one of best activities you can do, if you are not into windsurfing (there's also kite-surfing, kayaking, and seabob for the lazy).
We did snorkel a lot (house reef is quite amazing), though lagoon-facing room did not have that easy access to the reef - had to cross the lagoon, and I "lost" in a dead-end once, when trying to figure out the safe passage. I took a introduction to scuba-diving that was easy way to go a bit deeper. I went with a group that had one panicking person, so I guess I got way more freedom than usually... Though probably it isn't the best spot for die hard scuba divers - for a casual dive there're plenty of opportunities.
I should definitely highlight an expedition with island's marine biologist - while we were heading towards more interesting reef we had great conversation - he sure qualifies for a biologist position. We got to see a shark, a turtle and a ray circled us few times within a very short period of time. Plenty of excitement :-)
As for food - breakfast was truly superb, and dinner options were great too. Sushi cooking lesson was a decent introduction to their Fish restaurant, which definitely has better chefs than me - a truly delicious fresh seafood is what you should expect at premium Maldives property.
Fire grill was rather unexpected experience - all you can eat meat was really tasty and plenty. An easy way to get into meat coma though - there're just way too many grill choices (and styles) to taste, and all of them are great. There was one tiny moment where waiters suggested waiting for order at the table and forgot to deliver, though (thats the only negative moment I decided to lie about at the introduction of this review).
Bars served great drinks, and a complimentary drink here and there was always nice. I truly failed at going to their nightclub (decided to go there on Friday, which is probably bad idea in a Muslim country).
Last but not the least, the vibe at this hotel was exactly what I wanted for my vacation - nothing too posh, all the luxury was in the simplicity and understanding needs of a young traveler.
Music, design, etc - definitely reminded of bustling W lifestyle in large cities, yet it was properly adjusted for a holiday destination.
I didn't feel just welcome, I felt expected, so I could simply relax and escape.
February 23, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by JustinandTania Will definitely be back!
A bulleted list of pros and cons
- can spend the whole vacation not seeing any other guests. Veryyyy private villa setups.
- breakfast buffet is awesome.
- Believe it or not we actually loved our beach villa more than our over-water villa. Stunning accommodations, GREAT bathrooms and resort music
- saw turtles and reef sharks while snorkeling right off our deck
- gorgeous grounds, great service staff
- We are a young couple, and attribute this to the reason the manager greeted all other guests and dinner every evening and snubbed us. If we are spending large sums of $ at your resort we deserve respect as well. A simple "good evening" would do
- beverages and breakfast amazing..... Dinner was so-so.
January 14, 2012