My husband and I stayed here from 28th September 2013 until 5th October and left early, and as many other people, we read other feedback on trip advisor. This is an honest and true review about this resort. When we arrived at the small island before our speedboat trip to the island, we were met with white sand, clear blue sea, we thought, paradise, that was short lived, when we arrived at J Resort, after the formalities of the welcome drink we were taken to our water bungalow, when we went in we both thought, where has the paradise gone, the bungalow was not very clean, and we were told that the cleaner would be sent to clean the bungalow properly, we did not see him until the day after, the tops were all dirty, the fridge was dirty inside, the fabric on the furniture was dirty, the air conditioning unit was very dirty, the jacuzzi did not work, we had no TV, DVD, and internet for two days, as it was wired up wrong, we had no duvet for the first night, just a sheet, no hot water for four days, no electric several times, no water several times, the fridge was not stocked as advertised, no teaspoons, no tea or coffee, we had three different fridges, all of which worked until they were plugged into our water villa, then nothing, just warm everything. On the fourth night, my husband went upstairs to use the bathroom, he heard scratching noises, when he turned the light on, there were hundreds of cockroaches, all running around, all over our toothbrushes and personal stuff, I had taken some bug spray with me, so I sprayed every where, and killed quite a few, I rang reception, they sent the cleaner with some mosquito spray, he cleared up the dead cockroaches, but they are all in the woodwork it is all rotten. We were moved to another water villa on the fourth night, we had hot water, a working fridge, a duvet, what more could we ask for, we did not expect even more cockroaches all over my husbands clothes in his wardrobe. The island is full of rats, it is infested with them, and also infested with mice, wherever we walked at night time, the rats would be playing all over, running across the reception floor, no one seemed to be doing anything about the problem. The hot food was always either cold or lukewarm, and no variety, the same things over and over again. We were looking forward to using the Jacuzzi on the decking of our water bungalow, but none of 244, 245, or 246 were working, there was no pool at all until our last day. There is no proper lighting at all, and when walking over the water on the walkway to reception, or the restaurant at night it was very dangerous. There is no health and safety at all, when getting on and off the speedboat or other boats it was very difficult due to no proper steps, on two occasions I nearly fell in the water. Some of the higher management just seemed to just want to get drunk every night. We were taken on a sunset trip to the sandbank with two people we met, that had the water villa bungalow next door to us, on the trip were the MD, another manager and some young men who were to clean the sandbank up, the MD arranged for cocktails and some canopies, both the MD and the other manager were drunk, and when the other lady and myself needed to go to the toilet we were told by the MD that if we walked just a short distance away we would have privacy, luckily I had taken my torch with me, when we had walked some distance, we turned around and found that the MD had followed us, we shooed him away, and in my opinion, he had followed us to see things that he should not have seen, us being older ladies 48 and 61. After six nights we asked our tour operator to take us off the island which they did on our seventh night . In our opinion this resort should be bulldozed down to the ground as it is not fit for purpose. It is a dirty disgusting place, We are now taking up this matter with our tour operator as we do not think that anyone should be sent to this disgusting place. We read a review from two young ladies that went earlier this year, and I must say that we went with an open mind, but we now believe all they said to be true. The photo's of this resort look stunning, but they are old photo's from Cinnamon Island, not up to date true photo's, of what it is like now. We do hope that you do look up all the facts regarding this resort and will not be so disappointed as we were.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As you take your first step towards an unforgettable experience let us escort you to your very own personalized hideaway. Lose yourself in intimate luxury and choose and illuminating experience as we offer you to unwind yourself in harmony. All our rooms are located in the beach front or in the ocean waters. The island boasts of 45 Beach Villas, 7 Duplex Beach Villas, 46 Ocean Villas and 1 Presidential suite. The villas are designed by magnificent architectural craftsmanship symbolizing a harmonious delight for Him & for Her. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- j Resorts Alidhoo Hotel Haa Aliff Atoll
- Cinnamon Island Alidhoo Hotel
- Cinnamon Island Alidhoo Resort