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“Warm Hospitality”
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Island Cottage
Ranked #44 of 53 Maafushi Island B&B and Inns
Cairo, Egypt
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34 reviews
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“Warm Hospitality”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

I stayed there for 3 days, and the staff made their best to make my stay a very pleasant one. They treat you as a family member. it is small, friendly, and with very warm hospitality.
Food is great, and rooms are clean with A/C and fan to make the warm and humid weather of the Maldives feel OK.
For someone like me, who was there mainly for diving, it is a very nice place to stay where you can direct your budget towards more dives rather that an expensive hotel or resort.

Room Tip: Make sure it is facing the beach. I guess it is not possible to find a room otherwise.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

I arrived with a booking from Booking.com. The hotel met us at the ferry, and with a cart carried our bags all the way to the right down the waterfront. As we sat with a welcoming drink the manager came up to two of us and told us their was a problem with the plumbing and our rooms would not be ready until noon the following day. They put us up at a much inferior hotel, not facing the water, and offered half-board as compensation. When I went for my dinner half-board that night I saw people going to the rooms that would be ours the following day. Lie #1. After dinner, it was a fight to get them to not charge me for dinner that night, and in fact they simply added it to my bill (that I then refused to pay). Lie #2 Yes, they did provide one dinner to me, but I heard them tell the other couple that what they ordered was too expensive. And finally I did pay for dinner the 3rd night - just too much hassle to argue about.

Room Tip: Try the White Shell Beach Inn, right at the beach, and only $20 more than this hotel.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Island Cottage is a great place to stay if you have limited budget and want to visit Maldives. Local people are really friendly and staff is very helpful, always try to do their best. Rooms were nice and clean, with AC, and cleaned every day. Food was nice too, we could choose between Continental and Maldivian breakfast. Hotel offers excursions to other islands at an affordable prices, and makes discount if you buy two or more. I had a great time there and definitely would recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2014

This guest house is run by local people - father and son. They try their best to bring the most. Room was nice and clean, equipped with air con as well as fan. Breakfast was included but was nothing special - eggs and sausages. We would prefer some local breakfast such as Mashuni. Nearby there are some local restaurants, I would recommend Sunset Cove Cafe about 200 m from the guesthouse.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

If you're looking for budget Maldives, this might be a tood option. The inn is situated on Maafushi island, where you can meet local people. Concerning this, bear in mind that Maldives are muslim country and you should walk around covered, but if you're at the beach, bikinis are okay. Rooms were nicely furnished and clean...

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

The people here is very kindful and helpful. The room is quite clean and very well maintained. The food also very nice, fresh and good cooked. The only shortage is the island doesn't have good spot for snockeling. But the hotel will provide affordable transport to bring to nearer spot. In general, it is value for your money. You also can cook at small kitchen if you want to do.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 August 2013 via mobile

If you're looking for budget Maldives, this might be a tood option. The inn is situated on Maafushi island, where you can meet local people. Concerning this, bear in mind that Maldives are muslim country and you should walk around covered, but if you're at the beach, bikinis are okay. Rooms were nicely furnished and clean, the ones with sea views are simply amazing. We were met upon arrival to the island and everything went smoothly. The hotel has a decent restaurant and quite wide variety of trips. I can recommend sand bank and picnic island. Staff of the hotel is very helpful in general (though the girl who is sometimes at the reception could have been more welcoming, she appeared to be bothered by us) and they try to organize everything to suit your wish. The only downside is the location, the inn is located next to a prison, so bear that in mind. It's not bothersome in general, but it might be a concern if you're sensitive to this. Also beach is located on the other side of the island (like 500 meters though), and it doesn't have any nice snorkeling spot, for that, go for sand bank. The hotel also provides snorkeling equipment and beach towels, free of charge, which is a nice touch. Overall, very good choice for budget stay in Maldives.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Island Cottage
Address: Bahaaree Hingun, 08090
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Maafushi Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Maafushi Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Based on Maafushi (Rep. of Maldives), we provide alternative accommodation in the Maldives. Our aim is to provide affordable holiday packages for budget travelers and let them experience all the luxuries of this tropical paradise. We invite you to experience the Maldives by staying on a local Island and see the real Maldives culture and Island life by living alongside the locals. ... more   less 
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