“If your looking for a small island that has everything you could ever want then look no further!”
What an amazing time!
We returned home from our holiday to chaaya reef about a week ago. Where to start with this island of perfection in the Indonesian ocean. We booked with virgin holidays and flew with emirates, all were superb and would recommend using them. We took to sea plane, which was a must, the views from the plane amazing, make sure you have your camera. The journey from the airport to the air taxi is about 10 mins, then we waited for about 30 mins for the sea plane departure.
The sea plane lands next to a little pontoon in the middle of the sea, where a small dhoni boat collects you and takes you to the island. The whole management team greets you on the jetty, which is a really nice touch and gives you an idea as to how attentive all the staff are going to be with you throughout your stay.
You are then checked in at reception and quickly shown to your room, we were shown to the water bungalows at the top of the island which was around sunset and we had our first views of the amazing island. The water bungalows are amazing, large rooms high ceilings, large bathroom which is outside. The rooms are done to a high standard but are a little dated, each have a balcony with a sea-view.
The restaurant is specifically for those in the water bungalows, the food is very nice and varied. The chefs special pasta is definitely worth a try, the waiters are extremely attentive and if you have a special occasion while you are there make sure you tell them as they will make a big fuss.
The pool is amazing and has amazing views out over the sea, the pool attendant was brilliant always sorted your beds out for you in a morning and the bar man looked after you making sure you always had a drink in your hand.
The best bit of the beach is in-between the dive centre and the bungalows, plenty of sun beds and shade if you needed it. The sea is amazing, full of all sorts of fish, sharks, turtles, stingrays, eels plus lots more. Make sure you take your snorkelling equipment, plus reef shoes as the coral can be sharp, oh and make sure you take your fins / flippers as the currents can be quite strong.
We booked two trips while we were there, the sunset cocktail cruise which was nice and the night fishing was brilliant we only caught small fish but they do cook your catch for you the following night which was amazing. The were a little expensive but I think they were worth it! Oh my girlfriend also had a massage which she said was brilliant and would recommend it.
We also met Prem the general manager who walked round all day making sure everyone was happy and enjoying their stay, this was a lovely touch and made you feel valued.
On the day of our departure, in the early hours the management team again came out to wave us off to our sea plane this was a lovey touch and made us both feel emotional about leaving.
Overall this is an amazing place, has everything you want from an island, brilliant accommodation, food amazing, staff really attentive, reef beautiful with massive array of fish. If your looking for a small island that has everything you could ever want then look no further.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
28 May 2012
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Greetings from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo..
Thank you for sharing your review “If your looking for a small island that has everything you could ever want then look no further!” on Trip Advisor.. We are very pleased to know that you've had an amazing time! Reading your review, gives us great pleasure, because we know that we've made your vacation truly memorable and that you felt emotional about leaving.. Looking forward to welcoming you back for more of the brilliant accommodation, amazing food, attentive service, and our precious reef with its myriad collection of fish and corals.. :) Until then, Cheers from the Management and all the staff out here.. :)
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