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Biyadhoo Island Resort
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“Excellent biyadhoo”
Reviewed 5 March 2012

After reading the mixed reviews I was a little concerned but didn't need to be. The island is tiny and very green, the rooms hidden among the trees. Rooms are in blocks, not very pretty to look at but very spacious inside, very clean , bed looked beautiful with flowers on it. Yes rooms a bit shabby, shower and bathroom certainly need updating, but we left the room before 9 and returned after 6 so not a problem for us. The best thing - the house reef really is amazing. We snorkelled for hours each day, a few currents but most areas were easy going, like swimming in a goldfish bowl! So many fish, saw sharks, eagle rays etc. diving excellent too. Nice mixture of ages and nationalities. Very relaxed, no one dressed up too much, no loud people in bar. Local food and curries very good at lunch and dinner, my son tried the more western food sometimes at the buffet and that wasn't so good. Most of the staff lovely, happy to chat and wanting to help. Definitely not posh or refined, but the place to go for a relaxed holiday, beautiful sand small beaches and the best snorkelling.

Room Tip: We stayed in 72 and 76; 76 better as upstairs . These rooms sited at the best place, on the sandy s...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Our second trip to this wonderful island. Thankfully nothing has changed dramatically. The House reef is quite simply superb, sunset fishing trip great fun and the snorkel trip to nearby reefs for incredible coral was well worth the early breakfast! We felt that even in the year since our last visit the coral had improved following the Tsunami damage and we were treated to spectacular numbers of fish.
We were greeted on the jetty by Nic (who also waved us off under the umberellas when we left!) and welcomed back by other staff members like long lost friends which made us certian that we had made the right decision to return.
The food was even better than last year - the bread products are quite simply exceptional and so long as you snorkel all day it seems you can eat them for breakfast, lunch and supper without worrying too much about the calories!
This island has no "extras" for children and we were saddened by the increased number of kids who were left/allowed to run around unsupervised and undisciplined by - quite frankly very selfish parents - Having sand thrown over you and your drink in the bar whilst Mum and Dad ignore their child is in my opinion unacceptable. If you have children and want to go to the Maldives and not take responsibility for them - please, please choose an island with a Kids club - we do not want to be pestered by your children either!!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vienna
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Do not go to Biyadhoo Island Resort if:

1. you are sensitive to mould (because all the rooms are full of it; the walls, the wardrobe, the bedding, the matrasses (they are also old and dirty) - everywhere. I could not stand it - after only 2 hours in bed i felt sick/headache/spitting/ ... , so I took a sunbed and slept all night outside in the garden area in my sleeping bag. Sleeping outside away from the mould polluted room was ok but not what you expect to do if you are on holiday on Maledives. Our first room was room 72. Next morning I spoke to the front office manager who knew about the mould problem, explaining that the buildings are 30 years old and not in good condition. He was helping me in providing a new room (room no 30). That one was better, it was located in a different building and on first floor instead of ground floor like room 72., but still this room was loaded with mould. It was really terrible. Headache/hard cough accompanied me for the rest of our stay. I was really happy to leave the resort.

2. Diving on Biyadoo: forget about all you have read about the fantastic house reef (these must be reviews of absolute non experianced divers who had there first dives ever there at Biyadhoo; the house reef is boring; no fish, less corals. We were very disappointed because we trusted the reviews in the internet. A big mistake. All you can do is to join the dive center on their trips to the outside reef (moring dives are really good). But be careful with their briefings. They do very short and incomplete briefings; ask about current situation and dangerous channels/parts - otherwise they won't tell you and you end up as we did in enormous hard current stranded on a reef plateau where waves of 2 meter washed us away. We carved our hands + our legs on the corals (even with the long wet suite). It took me and my buddy about 30 minutes getting out of this quiet dangerous situation. I am dive master - if i had knewn about the danger of this channel we would never ever had made our safty stop/ascend there. So don't trust them if they brief you - ask twice about all risk of the different divesites - that helps:) and protects you from unnecessary dangerous situations.

Positive: very friendly staff, good food, clean island, nice bar, nice beach - but if you can not sleep at night in your room because evering is polluted by mould it does not help having good food and nice/friendly staff.

My advice: do not go there!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

This was our 7th visit to the Maldives (Paradise x2, Kuredu, Veligandu, Mirihi x2) and the 1st to Biyadhoo. Agree with many other reviews that the accommodation is a bit tired, particularly the bathrooms but it is all kept very clean; The staff are friendly and accommodating; The island is beautiful - very tropical forest; The reef is amazing - the only other reef we've visited that comes close is Mirihi and it would cost 3x more to visit there and the sea is much cooler; The food is full of flavour although every day is much the same by way of ingredients - reef fish, chicken, salads, pasta.
The air conditioning not only works but is quiet (we were in room 30)
The downsides for us - rooms are only made up once a day so when you come in from the beach to shower etc the bathroom floor gets soaked and the towels wet and it remains that way till the following day. I borrowed the broom that was by the stairs each evening to sweep the sand from our beach gear from the floor.
There is no view of the sea from the rooms due to density of vegetation despite only being a few metres from the beach.
The chairs on the balcony were very uncomfortable and the varnish has softened to such a degree it comes off and leaves a stain on legs/trousers.
Very little variety of fresh fruit at mealtimes. Pineapple, apples, occasional watermelon. Tinned peaches and pears at breakfast!
Beware of the strong currents in the sea, mostly when the tide is on the turn.
Of all the islands we have visited it comes a very close 2nd to Mirihi but is much cheaper and we booked to return the day after getting home.

If you want 5* accommodation and attendant luxuries go to another island and be prepared to pay several thousands of pounds more but if you want a simple, friendly, Maldivian holiday, go to Biyadhoo.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Have just returned from a wonderful relaxing week on this lovely island. Totally agree with the last review.Please don't upgrade this island, an occasional coat of paint and the odd tile replaced is all that's required. We didn't go that far to find the Holiday Inn at Brentwood. We went and found an unspolt, small, quiet desert island with friendly staff, perfect snorkelling and excellent food, especially the rolls and pastries. Congratulations to the cooks, Nic and all the staff.Would definately return.
Pat & Peter
Brighton

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Returned home yesterday 17/02/12 after 14 nights of complete satisfaction and a truly relaxing holiday in a very well run resort with a fantastic beach. On arrival we were allocated one of the larger rooms on the west side (lower floor) as previously requested before we flew out. These rooms are on the end of the block and have more space, both a large double and a single bed and very big bathroom. They are set right on the beach nestled behind a few palm trees and a few steps to the edge of the lovely beach. The room boy Ali did a great job every day and always took time to decorate the bed with flowers-nothing was too much trouble to him and provided extra pillows and blankets at our request.

On the the second day there was a problem with the tolilet and as soon as we reported it to reception it was replaced immediately with a brand new one, all plumbed and fitted within a couple of hours of reporting it.

The restaurant was very good with a wide choice of food at every meal time. The chefs would go out of their way to point out the choices of the hot meals even though they were clearly marked. The home-made porridge was a particular favourite and the museli and yoghurt was another delight. The chef made omlettes to your design and liking each morning and always served with a smile. We didn't tend to have lunch most of the time but on the days we did go there was again lots of varierty. Our waiter "Moosa" was always pleasant and took time to teach me some greetings in Maldivian. Another waiter "Labeel" (Not even our waiter) went out of his way with his friendliness/hospitality and even arranged for us to watch the live premiership football on a big screen in their private quarters. He used to keep me updated on all the football scores back home and was always smiling and pleasant.
At meal times the waiters will take your drinks orders and fetch them for you to enjoy with your meal, whether it's beer, gin "n" tonics, wine or whatever. Both the red and white wine was very good and not cheap table wine.

The lads behind the bar worked very hard and quickly got to know what your favourite drinks were at different times of the day. They were all very pleasant and courteous and not at all like some of the unfavourable comments stated by previous reports on Tripadvisor. A few dollars every now and again is much appreciated and they all share the tips. We found that we never had to wait or even ask at times for a drink-they instinctively knew what our tipple was and it would be poured as soon as we got in the bar. Even what sandwiches we liked, which are available at the bar between 4pm-5pm.

The Kuoni rep "Zoe" is a credit to the company, always had time to chat and keep us updated with events/times etc. She has a very good sense of humour and likes a pint of lager. (Good girl!) She continually checked everything was ok with your holiday(even when she wasn't on duty) and always took time out to speak to people in the bar/beach or wherever.

I can see why people return to this resort on a regular basis, all the staff go out of their way to be helpful, always smiling and nothing is a problem to them. In fact if you do have any problem whilst you are their-Tell them and it'll be put right.

If I could suggest any changes it would be that the mini-bar in the room was included as part of the all-inclusive. It only stocks water, juices and cans of beer-all which are available at the bar so why not just have it included with everything else. The other small matter would be for the resort to ban those annoying little ball games on the beach, in particluar those little irritating bats and balls and the noise they make.- I have to say there was only the one couple who played bat and ball- a foreign middle aged miserable looking pair who sat not far away from us at dinner. I don't think I saw either of them smile once the entire holiday.

To summarise this is a really good, value for money resort with excellent customer service skills from all employees. If you have read other not so favourable reports on Biyadhoo the IGNORE them. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

This was our third visit to Biyadhoo. We stayed there in January and July last year and returned this January for three weeks. Once again, we were thoroughly delighted with all aspects of the island. Sunshine and blue skies for three weeks with a constant temperature of 30 degrees C, made it a lovely place to be in January!

Nikki made sure that all the guests were well looked and the fact that so many of the guests were 'repeaters' speaks volumes for the resort. All of the staff, without exception, were friendly and could not do enough to make everybody happy. Our Kuoni Rep, Zoe, also ensured that we were all happy.

Our room boy, Roaga, was really friendly and had a lovely sense of humour as well as doing a good job of cleaning the room. He found the time to decorate our bed nearly every day and he also surprised me three times with little gifts of woven palm leaves in the shape of a lizard, a bird and a pendant. Our room boy from last July was also still very friendly with us and remembered which room we were in.

The bar staff were also brilliant at remembering what we liked to drink and also served us with smiles on their faces. I'm amazed at how they can remember who is All Inclusive and which room you're staying in!

Our waiter, Moosa, looked after us very well in the dining room and frequently sang Maldivian songs to us and presented us with some coconuts when we left.

The staff in the Spa were also friendly and their treatments were lovely, even their free shoulder massages that they did on the beach!

The food was varied and there was always plenty of choice, and even after three weeks we were still looking forward to meal times.

They have reduced the entertainment in the evenings since our last trip in July 2011. Friday night was my favourite evening when the staff play drums, sing and dance with the guests. The Dive Centre also put on a DVD once a week. There were also a couple of guys who entertained us once or twice a week with easy to listen to music which was good for dancing to.

The Dive Centre was very well run and all the staff were, once again, friendly and helpful. Moosa was brilliant at advising us on the currents and helping me to get my BCD and tanks into the water for shore dives. We did two boat dives and the crew on the boat were also very helpful, but mostly we did shore dives. The house reef really is brilliant and we saw turtles on quite a few dives.

I noticed this time that on some days there were day-trippers to the island from other islands and I preferred it without the day-trippers as the main beach area on the west side got a bit crowded at times, but that is the only negative comment.

The majority of guests were all friendly and easy going but I was quite relieved when one oriental group departed as the constant gobbing up of phlegm by one guy all over the floor where we were walking bare footed was rather gross!

The rooms were basic 3* and we stayed in a block that had been renovated in the past six months. It is difficult in an area of such high humidity to keep the paint looking decent, but we didn't spend much time in our rooms, so we weren't really bothered. The beds are pretty solid, but I still slept like a log every night!

Can't wait until next January when we shall be returning for another three weeks!

Room Tip: West side, ground floor - but not next January when I shall want one of those!!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Biyadhoo Island Resort
Address: South Male Atoll
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Biyaadhoo Island
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Hotel Class:3 star — Biyadhoo Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 96
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Just 30 minutes from the airport by speedboat, a tropical haven is enclosed within the turquoise folds of the Indian Ocean. Located in South Male Atoll, the island of Biyadhoo offers a fascinating glimpse of the simple, yet breath-taking beauty of Maldives. Fringed by a crystalline lagoon and powdery white sandy beaches, Biyadhoo is blessed with lush tropical vegetation and famed to have the best house reef in the Maldives. Popular among the diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, the island provides peace and tranquility to the weary soul. ... more   less 
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