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DelMK wrote a review Dec 2009
Milton Keynes11 contributions13 helpful votes
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So - I have just returned from a week in Gasfinohlu (Dec 9th to 16th 2009), and as there are no reviews I thought I would get one up there so everybody would know what to expect! I will try a keep this short and sweet and succinct. To put you in the picture I am in my mid thirties have travelled the world from both backpacking perspective and also top staying @ 5 Star resorts. I have twice been to the Maldives before to Meeru and Kuredu.

As you may already know on 1st December 2009 Gasfinohlu Island Resort was taken back from an Italian Company ‘Vaultar’ back into the hands of Crown & Champa Resort who also own Meeru and Veligandu, this can only be a good thing as Meeru is a good Island!

The island in my opinion is pretty good (we had a great week) as long as you are aware that at the moment it is really at the budget end of the Maldives and is 3*, it’s a very small island with quite limited facilities, so if you are looking for a good budget Maldives holiday with a “Robison Crusoe” feel, excellent food and just want to relax, read books on the beach, eat and be with you loved one(s) it will suit. I would not really recommend for kids or really active people. Also as the Island is really small I would only take a week there, two weeks may become a bit boring ! FYI we paid just over £700 each for the holiday on an all inclusive basis.

So first of all the good bits:

1. The Transfer is quick from Male 30 mins by Speedboat.
2. The food is Top Class, you will not have any worries there – each day there is an excellent buffet choice - Steak, Chicken, Roast Dinners, Freshly caught fish, Curry Nights, Fresh Salads and vegetables , Fried Noodle/Rice and Pasta Station + Deserts to die for !! The variety is good and plentiful – if you have been to Meeru it’s very much the same menu.
3. The dive school is excellent with Rene, Anya and Samier, with a good location to some excellent reefs and diving.
4. The island is very small + friendly only 40 x Bungalows, all staff are great and it is easy to meet people and talk in the Ihaa bar.
5. All rooms are currently beach bungalows and nearly all face the beach – rooms from about 19 – 24 are probably best as they are at the end of the island with the best bit of beech.
6. The beaches are beautiful powder white sand
7. Water sports are great Kayaking , Windsurfing etc
8. All inclusive is fine – if you want UK spirits etc you will have to pay, we drank tiger beer and house wine on the AI all week and it was great.

The Possible drawbacks to consider:

1. There is not a House reef accessible from the Beach or Jetty; you will need to get a daily boat to the house reef 10:00 am and 14:00 pm to snorkel. The house reef is about 400m from the end of the Jetty
2. If you are not a fan of swimming in the sea there is not a swimming pool on the island
3. The water around the Island are very very shallow if the tide is out it can be hard to swim at all, so be ware there may be times that you cannot really swim at all.
4. The bungalow rooms are fairly tired at the moment, although I think there is a plan of action underway to renovate – to be fair you don’t spend long in them and they are adequate.
5. Facilities – This can be a plus or a negative depending on your view, but the facilities are much more limited than other larger islands – only one buffet restaurant, no swimming pool , no Gym etc
6. You can’t really walk around the island – it is split into two halves the top end for staff and the other end for residents, so you only really get to see one half of the island and that takes about 2 minutes !
Hopefully this will help you make your minds up. To sum up we had a great relaxing week with lovely sun, great food, great diving, and a beach bungalow that opened up on to a white powdery beach. If you want a bit more than this I would think about looking at a larger island possibly. Hope this helps!
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Date of stay: December 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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0james0 wrote a review May 2010
Plymouth, England70 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's hard to even describe how fantastic the island is, any review simply won't even begin to explain just how perfect it is.

If you want somewhere with lots do then this probably isn't for you. If you want somewhere where you feel welcome, relaxed and rested then you can't find anywhere better.

The island is tiny! Just 65 metres in width, we kayak'd around the entire island in about 30 minutes! But despite it's size, it still feels empty. We were amazed every day at meal times just where all the people had come from, they appear for food and then vanish again. Lots of times you would not even know there were more than four couples on the entire island.

The food is varied and tasty. Every single meal impressed me, the food was plentiful and the flavours sublime, this in my opinion should be shouted about by the hotel as the combination of great service and good food made us look forward to meal times everyday. If you love your food, you'll love Gasfinolhu. The service would not have been out of place in a 5 star resort and if the food was not buffet style, you would have believed it was 5 star. The buffett only serves to give you more choice, there is no compromise on the quality of the food. My partner is a very fussy eater, yet every day found something to eat and enjoyed it. Believe me, this is very rare for us!

They are also very generous with what you get in your all inclusive, plenty of alcohol, bottles of water, but also free excursions and a massage. You could have turned up with no spending money at all and still had a great time.

I'm suprised there are not more reviews here, it seems to be one of the best kept secrets of the Maldives, many other guests we met had been to the Maldives many times and declared this their best island by far.

Everything about it is well thought out and the staff are constantly trying to please, the staff are very well chosen and have a natural friendliness, they come across very genuine, that they want to be nice not because they have to, not for tips, but because they actually enjoy being there and enjoy your company. The staff completed what was a perfect holiday.

When we booked, this was actually one of the cheapest resorts so you expect things to be slightly on the poor side, but everything was perfect. The rooms might not be as new and as snazzy as higher star resorts, but each is located perfectly next to the beach, giving privacy but still being four steps from the sea. The rooms are basic, but with the coral walls it just felt natural. Who wants something so modern on a quaint island? Like a country cottage, modern features would have ruined the rustic feel.

This is a true Maldivian holiday and one that I think we will struggle to ever beat, I have recomended this place to anyone who will listen as the island deserves all the praise it gets for going above and beyond my expectations.
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Date of stay: May 2010
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nuno D wrote a review Aug 2014
Barcelos, Portugal92 contributions106 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
For those who want to spend a few days away from urban confusion and is willing to give up luxuries to live a few days in paradise.
Staff very attentive and spectacular water, ideal for beginners of snorkling spot.
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Date of stay: September 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reloaded786 wrote a review Oct 2014
London, United Kingdom12 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This island and hotel is ideal for couples who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, it's small and very private, not to mention extremely peaceful.

The staff are very friendly and amazingly helpful, the rooms are very old and not up to our standards but because we liked the island so much we just didn't care about it after the first day.

Food in the restaurant is very average, decent selection but menu is repeated every so often, but I wouldn't call this a complaint.

Location is good, only 25 mins from the airport by a speedboat.

Overall it's great value for money, and if you want to experience the Maldives with limited finances, this is a very good option.

Please note I travelled before the hotel closed for refurbishments in December 2010.
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Date of stay: November 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mulberrykent1 wrote a review Apr 2011
Kent12 contributions24 helpful votes
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11th trip to the Madlives and I would usually comment on the 'hotel' aspect of the island (they all have white sand, palm trees etc) but as they are just about to change the entire infrastructure of the place there seems little point.

The current charm of the island is due to its smallness and limited numbers - with only 40 rooms it never seemed crowded and is extremely peaceful and quiet. This is about to change, They are closing the island after April to totally re-vamp the place, knocking down everything that is currently there, building 80+ water bungalows (there goes the view) and replacing the (admittedly slightly shabby) 40 beach rooms with 25 new ones.

The current restaurant \ bar will not be able to cope with these numbers so will be replaced with larger (obviously more crowded \ noisy) ones. For people who prefer the smaller \ quieter islands take this one off the list.

The island itself is not good for swimming (too shallow water and lots of broken coral in the water) and the reef is reached by twice-daily free boat trips - once there the snorkelling is really good with multitudes of different fish, good coral and (usually) turtle spotting! Dive centre is really good with brllliant people, good dive sites etc.

The hotel staff are very good and attentive - hopefully they will be staying after the renovation.

Most people we spoke to said that they would not return to this island after the up-grade (and some were on return visits) but this is because we were all people who preferred the smaller, quieter islands and the beach-front life style. If you are a water-bungalow lover this may be the place for you next year. Our holiday was really great and we really enjoyed the place - its just not going to be the same next year so is difficult to review something that will no longer be available.
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Date of stay: April 2011Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DarrenG-7 wrote a review Sept 2010
Dereham, United Kingdom28 contributions77 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a week on the Atol Explorer, then a second week at this lovely island with our friends Kev and Meryl. We came to dive and on the day of arrival we dropped in to the dive centre, on the off chance of a dive, as we had just left the boat. Jurgen met us at about 11am and we were on the boat at 2pm for our check/first dive after the customary paperwork checks. Well, what a great first dive here, Jurgen said we would see some good stuff and we did on the East side of Gasfinolhu (house reef?). Three nurse sharks, white tips and Mantas, along with a few turtles for good measure. The weeks diving just got better each day with Samir being a brilliant dive guide too. Ocean Pro divers were the dive team here. The Dhoni charges were the only dissapointment as it seems more and more islands seek to squeeze extra cash from the visiting divers, but snorkel trips are free? Apart from that diving was great. 6 days diving for $474 (kit extra but we had our own).
The island itself has only 40 bungalows and is long (about 300m) and narrow. We could see both sides of the island from the restaurant.
If you were to imagine what the perfect desert island would look like then this is not far off the mark. Turquoise water around the island spreading out to 400 metres as there is no house reef as such is great to look at and is shallow for most of it (60cm-1m deep). But, because of lack of reef in part the wildlife is limited.
Food: choice is good and varied with snacks in the bar (cake and sandwiches) between meals. Coffee is available all day and is in all rooms. The island has only been available since November as before then it was Italian only, I believe. New management would like to completely rebuild the accomodation and facilities starting maybe next April, which is a shame as that will probably mean water bungalows, higher star rating and bigger price tag... Progress, I believe they call it!
All in all if you get a chance go it is great for couples of all ages.......enjoy.
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Date of stay: September 2010
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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longstockings wrote a review Aug 2010
London, United Kingdom12 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There are so many great things written about this fabulous island already that I'm just going to say that I agree wholeheartedly with them all. I feel so lucky that we found this island and experienced what it had to offer before it gets closed and expanded next year. We couldn't believe that there were enough small beaches that you could effectively choose your own for the holiday! True bliss. Ladies - you really don't need to take anything more than basic flip flops - if you try and wear shoes, the sand only rubs under the straps anyway!
After staying in a few 4/5 star AI resorts around the world ,I was a bit sceptical that this island would not live up to our expectations but we were not at all disappointed, just pleasantly suprised by how charming the island is. I must mention that we were there from 31/08/10 to 06/08/10 and the weather was fantastic every day. There had been windy weather and a storm the week before we got there but the changes in weather are said to be very shortlived.
I must mention in particular the dive school which helped me complete my PADI OWD. What is so great is that because the island is so small with so few guests, it is possible to dive in either very small groups or 1:1 with the dive instructor.
I would defy anyone to not be delighted by this island. If you want somewhere calm, quiet and relaxing but with plenty of things to amuse yourself with then go for it!
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Date of stay: August 2010
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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chinaplates wrote a review Jan 2014
Lowestoft, United Kingdom60 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were one of the last people to visit before they changed everything, hope it is still amazing, this island was absolutely lovely we will never forget it. The location, service, weather, everything was perfect, we loved it and loved us. Maybe one day we will be lucky enough to return, have to save up again!!
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Date of stay: February 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don't know what new rooms are like, get a room next to ocean but not in it
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SAspi wrote a review Aug 2010
Edinburgh54 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My hubby and I stayed at Gasfinolhu in July this year for a few weeks and found it to be exactly as we expected; typically Maldavian, not commercial (as many Maldive resorts appear) and very laid back and relaxed.

There was a mix of nationalities, the majority of which were Italian (not surprising given that it was an Italian resort til Nov 2009) with Scandinavian, Russian, Czech and British guests too. Contrary to other Brits there, I really enjoyed the diversity and everyone got on!

The resort was basic and the entertainment was limited to crab races, disco night (very odd music), interactive games (weather permitting) and movie night - we accepted this and knew beforehand that it would be like that - we never wanted to be in a Butlins/Blackpool type resort in the Maldives!!. There are other resorts that offered activities that you can get in virtually any other Med or Caribbean resort - why not go there instead? Personally I wanted the whole "getting away from it all" experience and we totally got it.

Anyway, I digress. What's good about Gas? The people (brilliant bar and restaurant staff-especially Frankie, Sumesh and Shahin), the atmosphere, the lovely water and beaches, great snorkelling in the lagoon (many folks say you can't see much there but I saw LOTS of gorgeous fish and baby sharks), diving (my hubby did his full course and had a ball with the fab dive school staff (Sammi was a star) and most of the time it was one on one as there were so few people doing it, lovely food (I am SUCH a fussy eater and I ate well every day) and the general feeling about the place, I have never felt so relaxed on holiday. The spa was amazing - I had several trips for facials, massages and manicures whilst my hubby dove and loved them-the girls are really lovely and made me feel fabulous!

The bad bits? The weather wasn't great for the first 4 days (expected in July but maybe not as torrential and thundery-it was pretty scary!) and the bungalows could have been a bit better; they were tired, old and we had ants and cockroaches to deal with.

Overall, I'd say go to this resort if you want a quiet, peaceful and relaxed holiday that is not overly commercial - I doubt I would like other resorts in the Maldives as I have experienced this unique place and would measure them against it. If you like pushy, expensive, OTT and luxurious places don't go to Gasfinolhu....try the bigger resorts.

Not that you may have the choice, seeing as it is "meant" to be getting refurbished next year to meet other islands' levels (the usual cheesy water villa's, jacuzzi villa's, people getting rooms to make them look better/have better restaurants than others yadda yadda yadda) ....according to the staff I spoke with, this may not happen due to costs and guests opinions.

Fingers crossed people.

Hope this helps.

SAspi x
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Date of stay: July 2010Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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EastMidsGirl74 wrote a review Jul 2010
Leicester, United Kingdom54 contributions50 helpful votes
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We only booked to go to this island after all the late deals to our 'first choice' went - I am so glad fate intervened!! Gasfinolhu only has 40 rooms so therefore only a max of 80 guests, which made for a perfect, peaceful holiday (no children when we went!). The bungalows are built in a charming traditional style, and those who like brand new, shiny, perfect 5* accomodation may be slightly disappointed, but really, how much time do you spend in your room when paradise is on your doorstep?! We had two concerns before we went away: What will the weather be like in July? and Will we get a bit bored on a tiny island? The weather was a mixture - sunny when we got there, swiftly followed by very heavy rain for 10 mins, warm & cloudy for a couple of days & then sunny for a couple more. I can genuinely say that a lack of sun on a few days really didn't spoil our enjoyment one bit - the sea is still warm enough to swim in & there are trips to go on & activities to enjoy. There is a free boat out to the house reef twice a day, every day & we thought the snorkelling was great there - we saw eagle rays, green turtles & every colour of fish - no sharks though! We also enjoyed the organised trip out to another three reefs where we saw dolphins as well as all the other amazing sights. One evening we indulged in a 2.5hr long spa treatment & it was nothing short of excellent - and great value when you compare how much it would have cost at home - a real treat! The food was also first class: my partner is a vegetarian & was worried he'd be living on bread & cheese but it was quite the opposite case - the selection of fresh salads, soups, pasta & fruit was fantastic - always a great choice & so fresh - I really don't know how they did it! And sitting in the bar afterwards, listening to the sea, and watching the crabs with the new friends we made always topped the night off perfectly! So all in all this was the perfect holiday for us & we have no criticisms - the only thing that worries me are the plans to shut & refurbish the island in 2011. I think this will take away all the charm of the place & make it exactly like all the other islands - which might not necessarily be a good thing. Go while it's still got its rustic charm!!
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Date of stay: July 2010
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Claireabella10cc wrote a tip Dec 2015
Chesterfield, England, United Kingdom60 contributions48 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bar sid eof the beach quieter and go for furthest away"
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chinaplates wrote a tip Jan 2014
Lowestoft, United Kingdom60 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't know what new rooms are like, get a room next to ocean but not in it"
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