This was our second island we have been to the first in 2007 being Maayafushi and it is so difficult not to compare the two but each island has its own personality so I will do my best to write an impartial review.
We had a wonderful stay at Biyadhoo (April 2012). I apologise now if this turns out to be a bit of an essay! We had read many reviews so had a pretty good idea of what to expect with regard to accommodation and facilities.
We flew British Airways and had no complaints about the flight the attendants were always on hand and we preferred the direct flight as to stopping at Dubai, which we have done before. At the airport we only had to wait about 30 mins until we boarded the transfer boat to Biyadhoo on the way we were surprised to come across a pod of about five whales, unfortunately I don’t know what they were, but great to see and what a great start to a holiday.
On arrival we were greeted with lovely cold towels to freshen up and a fresh coconut which was greatly appreciated, a bit of form filling later and we were taken straight to our room on the top floor with a balcony which was located in the first block on the west side, nearest the bar with a nice beach just a short walk through the trees.
The rooms as has been said many times are very basic and reminded us a little of 2/3 star self-catering accommodation in Greece, especially the bathroom but on a tropical island, However the rooms are kept lovely and clean, everything worked and we had beautiful bed decorations left most nights thanks to the wonderful job of Saeed. Our only complaint would be that the mattress was incredibly hard, we’re not usually picky on this sort of thing but it did get a little uncomfortable. But we do not go away to spend hours in the room and we fully aware of how basic they were so there was no disappointment at all.
In the restaurant there was no problem with the food not an amazing selection but there was always something to eat such as soup of the day, pasta, a curry or two and a selection of rice, meat in various sauces, vegetables. There is a salad bar and lots of lovely fresh bread, my favourite being the cheese topped ones. Again a good selection of deserts to choose from. Breakfast is the usual pastries, fruit, chicken sausage, beef bacon, beans and a chef cooking eggs any way you liked. Lunch was pretty much the same set up as dinner. The chefs always had a smile on their faces and our waiter was very efficient.
The bar was a nice place to relax in the evening with a sand floor and the staff soon get to know what you drink, no real entertainment so to speak, one night we had a singer and guitarist and another was a bodu beru night.
Finally the beach was fabulous however the west side was very busy at times so lacked the Robinson Crusoe feeling, not a complaint though as this had been written about so again it was expected. You cannot walk around the island on the beach as there is a boat yard and on the east side there were more small coves than a beach and some areas on this side did not have direct access to the beach or sea and what looked like a concrete barrier to protect against erosion which would be slippy if you tried to get in or out just there. Snorkelling was great we preferred the passage to the right of the jetty (No 7) where we saw a turtle, moray eel, rays, sharks and as usual plenty of colourful fish.
Just one thing I would like to say is please don’t hurt the coral or any sea life whist snorkelling we came across a piece of coral which had ‘graffiti’ on. Why I ask?
Anyway to sum up this long review If you are considering Biyadhoo it is a wonderful natural resort no heirs and graces and down to earth, go with an open mind and you will have a fab time. One day we will return but there are many more islands to try yet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Biyadhoo Island Hotel South Male Atoll
- Biyadoo Island Hotel
- Hotel Biyadoo Island
- Biyadoo Island Resort