This was our second trip to this island, same time one year later.
My husband and I are both surfers, and think the setup and waves on this island are great, and there is nothing better than sitting on the decking after a day's surfing watching the sunset with an ice cold beer or cocktail.
The staff were equally as helpful and friendly - without fault, service brilliant.
However - and yes there is a but this year....
The whole island was looking a bit more tired.... our room (the same as the previous year) had more mildew and mouldy areas in it... the pictures were still warped and twisted where the aircon kept leaking on it, the bathroom separate shower only worked intermittently and the drainage kept getting blocked. We saw a few small bugs in the bed - no fleas but similar and fly sprays didn't seem to get rid of them. The TV was old and didn't really get a reception (not that we were really in the room that much, but worth noting for those with children etc).
Ask for a second sheet to keep your wife warm at night if you have the aircon on - i got chilly but my husband was just right.
The food seemed to have dropped a little in standard this year... the meat seemed very chewy or full of splintered little bones so beware! They have included a made to measure pasta area some nights which was good (if you like pasta) but after 2 weeks we were fed up of the same sauce and three veg in it haha.
The hotel was half empty during our stay this year - not sure why, but I cannot see it getting any busier next year unless changes are made.
There is still little entertainment in the evening... the same maldivian drummers once a week (they have been doing the same thing for years apparently), and the disco bar plays very loud music which some families found kept their children up at night - even if it was empty, which it was every night we visited it. The karaoke nights (tuesday and saturday) were the highlight :-)
So in summary great for surfers for the money but otherwise maybe try a different island.
We will be unable to go back as they are prohibiting surfing on the island unless you buy a surf pass from next year - even if you do not want to go on the boat trips... you can only book these on the Adaaran website or through world surfaris... this means the price has gone from roughly £3500 for 2 of us for 2 weeks all inclusive (including flights etc) to £6000+ not even including flights. Apparently it is to reduce the numbers o surfers to make it more exclusive and a luxury destination.
If i had that kind of money to spend I would definately be going somewhere else.
Shame - but good memories.
Be aware of the above surf policy when booking!
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