This resort is a mixed environment Island. Multiple nationalities. couples and family groups, although limited activities for the under fives. We stayed for 10 nights in March and apart from two rainy sessions, (which were quite welcome to be honest), the sun shone down with a vengeance. There's the first warning, factor 50 for the fair to middle tone skin types (European and Mediterranean), else the first day will spoil the rest of the holiday. This resort is very well equipped for the accomplished and budding diver. Diveoceanus is run by Ali Shafiu, an excellent instructor along with a multilingual staff (English being the primary language). We did our PADI confined water and basic training with the Oxford Dive Centre in the UK to take full advantage of the referral path to Open Water Diver. I would recommend this path for anyone staying 7 nights or less, else your diving experience in the Maldives will be taken up with training and not a lot else. This was a fantastic experience and is like swimming in an aquarium. The water was warmer than the 2013 English summer! 32c. There is a free bubble maker taster session at the resort, so you wont find yourself financially committed to trying this and hating it. All gear is supplied for training and all is available to rent. If diving deep is not your thing, snorkelling along the house reef will certainly open your eyes to the undiscovered world under the surface. again, all gear is available to hire or the shops on the Island have gear to buy. (Fins, mask and snorkel... or bring your own, we did). I bought a second hand 5 mega pixel underwater camera for £20 on e-bay and with the superb visibility even at 18 mtrs,(viz 50mtrs plus) got some superb shots. Higher spec gear is again available for hire at Diveoceanus.
Along with the warning about factor 50, I would also recommend getting a rash vest which gives an additional factor 50 protection, whilst snorkelling. (second warning) You very quickly lose track of time and a blistered back is no fun... do your tanning on the beach or by the infinity pool.
We went for the full board package (non-drinkers). Loads of food, although the main restaurant menu did become a little repetitive after a week.. but that's only to be expected. Fresh fruit, vegetables, hot and cold choices, cakes, pastries.. . Be aware that drinks not available at the servery are extra at meal times.
There are themed nights and several other restaurants on the Island at extra cost but are well worth the visit. They are discounted for the all inclusive holiday guests. Pool side bar for the drinkers. Bottled water supplied to your room each day. Free internet access at public areas, golf, gym, spa and pamper sessions.
Rooms, even the bottom of the range, are spacious, clean and well equipped. Seclusion is there if you want it, your own private beach section, in amongst the tropical canopy, the occasional screech from the birds or bats... that's quite a sight, seeing the bats flit between the Islands in the twilight...
Go swim with Whale Sharks, go Island Hopping, visit the villages on nearby Islands.. or laze in the sun. Go feed the sting Rays .. they eat out of your hand..
Learn basic sailing skills and take very stable catamaran dinghy's out in the lagoon.
We came back with a shed load of memories and photos and really miss the place and especially the people. They certainly know how to make you feel welcome. Its where the politicians go for conferences, so even the Maldivian hierarchy holiday here.
This is a Muslim country, so don't expect to go topless here. Ladies, do bring a lose shirt or blouse and a thin wrap around skirt or knee length shorts for the restaurant.
If this is the most expensive trip you ever take in your life, then pick the right season ( march - april), come prepared to try something adventurous, second honeymoon? This is the place. It wont disappoint.
Total spend for two for 13 day holiday, ten nights on the Island, £4800, which included our diving costs. You can make it cheaper half board and still wont go hungry. This is probably the better bet for those using the dive centre throughout the stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sun Island measuring about 1.6 km in length and around 380 meters in width has 350 elegantly furnished guestrooms, including 72 water bungalows, out of which, 4 are Presidential Suites, 218 Super Deluxe Beach Bungalows and 60 Deluxe Beach Bungalows. All Deluxe and Super Deluxe Beach Bungalows are built on the beach ensuring a direct view of the shore and sea. All Water Bungalows are built on stilts in the lagoon overlooking the vast horizon of either the sunrise or sunset view, from your private deck. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Island Hotel South Ari Atoll
- Sun Island Resort Maldives
- Sun Island Maldives
- Hotel Sun Island