My wife and I spent a nice and relaxing week in Giravaru in March 2007. Giravaru is a very small island very close to Male's airport. This is both a good and a bad thing : it's only 15mn speedboat transfer but the east end faces the city of Male which is very industrial. Not really paradise...
The hotel is quite old and could use some refurbishing (planned for late 2007 ?). The rooms are simple but clean. The bathroom is average (low water pressure in the shower !). Small TV sets with 5 Indian channels and 1 US movie channel. No safe, so bring lockers.
The quality of the food varies: breakfast are minimal, lunch were not good, buffet dinners were ok.
The main beach on the west side is very nice. Snorkelling is OK, lots of nice and big fishes, corals are not very colourful. Saw a stingray once. There is a bar (cocktails are average), a nightclub (very noisy until 2-3am 2-3 days a week so try to get a room far from it), a tennis court that can be lit at night for $10 (free of charge during the day) and a small swimming pool (useless).
We did a couple of boat trips: dhoni trip to Kodiparu where we saw sharks, a stingray and a turtle in captivity and cata sailing trip to the Sand Bank (a bank of sand in the middle of the ocean which is quite paradisiac). On both occasions we went snorkelling near the edge of the reef which was really good. Don't forget a strong suncream. Didn't do any scuba diving.
Probably 90% of the hotel customers are Italian (lots of pasta and pizza at dinner). Some staff barely speak English (but good Italian).
Giravaru is probably one of the cheapest hotel in the atoll that was available at the time we booked but in absolute terms remains quite expensive. Are Maldives overpriced ? I don't know but would not recommend this hotel unless you are on a budget. Would probably not recommend the Maldives if you are on a budget.
PS: direct Sri Lankan Airlines flight from London to Male was very convenient on our way in. connection in Colombo on our way out was a lot more painful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Giravaru Tourist Resort presents you the opportunity to experience the unaffected charm of the Maldives in surroundings that have been developed to give you the best of modern comforts, while in no way detracting from the island's natural beauty. Giravaru, the island of your dreams, is easily accessible, located just 15 minutes by speed boat from the Male' International Airport. It offers you a choice of over 20 of some of the world's most talked about diving sites, with experienced international divers to escort you and guide you to some of the best kept secrets contained in the depths of these sites. Giravaru wraps you in comfort, provides you with the best of culinary delights, and leaves you to have some of the most exhilarating experiences you have ever had in your life time - either on land or at sea. So, why wait? Take the opportunity to realise your dream at Giravaru Tourist Resort. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Giravaru Hotel South Male Atoll
- Giravaru Resort South Male Atoll