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Biyadhoo Island Resort
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

I visited this island in the Maldives with my fiance in Sept/Oct 11 and had the most relaxing holiday. We don't tan and we did here! The first day we arrived there was torrential rain but that meant we made new friends immediately at the beach bar! I worried that the rain had followed me and was glad I had a waterproof coat in my hand luggage but the rest of the holiday was perfect. This is a 'no shoes no news' resort I think and although I prefer flip flops you can kick off your shoes for 2 weeks and relax.
There was a range of nationalities at the resort and they seemed to put all the Brits in our own block, Germans in their own block etc which I found amusing. We had a ground floor room with patio doors onto a small beach by the jetty. It was a short walk to the reception and to the bar and restaurant. To walk around the entire island took 10 minutes. Before pre-dinner drinks we would walk the long way via the beach to see sunset each night. We went all inclusive and felt it was definitely right for us. The bar had one cd playing over and over so I'd recommend donating cd's unless that's changed by now! If you like turtles ask to be shown the baby ones at the hotel staff quarters too.
The rooms were basic 3* and there was a mini bar in the room if required. I felt the bathroom was the only thing that let the holiday down but although it was basic it was clean and did what it needed to do - wash the sand and salt water away after a day on the beautiful beach.
The beaches were amazing. I didn't miss a pool. We only went on two of the beaches. There was the long one by the bar and rarely did we have trouble finding a lounger. Once someone shouted shark and loads of us ran to the shore to see a 6 or 8ft shark in the bay. It didn't want to be there and got out to the ocean asap but the water was so clear you could see the black shadow and how fast they swim. Immense! Baby sharks swim along the shore feeding and are no danger. We preferred the small beach outside our room for the snorkeling. It was a short swim and you were past the eel and the titan trigger and then away to the reef. We even saw a manta ray below us once. There was a couple we met who went night diving there to watch the lobsters come out too. We hired a kayak once and it took us 20 mins to kayak around the entire island with one scary bit where the tide gets rough and the rocks protect the island. We saw one ray and a dead jelly fish so that is why we only got the kayak once or twice - much more interesting swimming or on dry land to be honest! I'm not an overly confident snorkeller but I really enjoyed the experience every day.
In terms of the food we didn't find fault. Breakfasts were enormous and we ended up missing lunch after a few days to ensure we were hungry enough for dinner. The beach bar does sandwiches which we enjoyed instead a few times. You are allocated a table for breakfast, lunch and dinner on arrival and that is where you sit for the length of your stay. At first I was a bit perturbed about this as we were put with our friends we'd only just met and it felt awkward at first. After a day or so it was great! It meant you don't have to look for a table ever, you get to know your waiter really well and your table is always ready for you. Dinner was buffet style and there was cuisine from around the world on offer.
We did the snorkeling and fishing trip which was part of the AI package. This was fun but the fishing trip was definitely not worth paying for. We did catch a fish each but they were hiding well and other people said they caught nothing. They cooked the fish I caught for me the following day at a small charge.
The entertainment was fairly fun but we are not overly keen on that side of things. We enjoy chatting at the bar enjoying a cocktail or two but they did get us up dancing once or twice which is no mean feat! Our new found friends introduced us to 'kicking the sand' where you see glitter at night....... and also we would feed the fish off the jetty at midnight before bed. One night a dolphin came along; there was great commotion in the water as it was hunting!!!Very exciting! We thought it was a shark attack! At the end of the jetty there was the largest red golden fish living there and it would live in the shadows and we'd entice him out with bread but he never ventured far. We called him 'old red'. Hope he's still there! There were a few cats on the island which were just as lazy as our own. One had a lizard and it would lay relaxing whilst patting the poor thing which would curse back at the cat! This went on for some time! Some cats were timid, some were not. We sneaked fish out at dinner time to feed them sometimes and we weren't alone.
Overall it was a lovely holiday and we will go back one day fingers crossed! I'd recommend if you like a quiet resort mainly for couples and are happy with 3* room to get the holiday of a lifetime!

Room Tip: I would choose the room near the small beach and jetty again, ground floor.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank sarah_mk
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We came to Biyadhoo after having an exhausting week in Sri Lanka. We were in need of peace and quiet and we certainly got it.
Our g/f room was less than 100 yards from our own tiny beach. Got up early every day to watch the sun rise and watch the hundreds of Ghost crabs running around.
The staff were helpful, respectful of our privacy and very accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble. we even had the opportunity to have a plaque made up and planted it with a Coconut plant which will forever be a reminder of our all too brief stay.
Phones off laptops turned off, no TV or radio absolutely what we wanted a total break from the rat race.
The buffet food and drink was extensive and of good standard.
Our room was kept immaculate by the staff. They serviced the rooms twice a day and gave us fresh towels for beach and room every day.

Room Tip: choose an end room on ground floor they are slightly larger rooms
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Debbie Y
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Just got back from our third trip to Biyadhoo (4th-18th Feb).We chose this island for its laid back, casual and friendly feel.Had a longer than usual wait at the airport for the boat as we were waiting for a late flight.Soon got to the island in the usual 40 minutes or so. When we got there we were greeted by guest relations and the Kuoni rep Daisey. Soon checked in and were given a large family room (50) in the first block on the West side of the island. This opened out onto one of the best parts of the beach. We had two weeks of brilliant sunshine with no rain. All the staff were brilliant as usual, our room boy Zahir was brilliant he kept the room spotlessly clean and had bed decorations every day. Our waiter this year was Moussa who again was brilliant and kept us amused with his stories. The bar staff soon got to know our drinks orders and even had them waiting for us when they saw us coming they even remembered us from previous visits.All the other staff were also very good and all so friendly. The Chefs also remembered us and all the food was very good especially the bread and the sweets. The reef was good as usual although we thought the water on the drop off seemed a bit colder this year but did not stop us spending hours in the water. Met up with plenty of repeat guests which speaks volumes for the island. Daisey the Kuoni rep was very good and was always willing to talk and make time for you.If you are thinking of booking a holiday on Biyadhoo do it now the rooms might be a bit dated but are very clean and comfortable and everything is in working order. They were doing a lot of painting while we were there so everything looked clean and fresh. The reef is fantastic and so easy to access.Thanks for another great holiday and we are already thinking of booking for next year.

Room Tip: pick a room on the west side for best access to the beach.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank dogz61
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

This was our second visit to Biyadhoo and it was even better than our first.

Travelled with husband and children aged 7 and 4. Our room led out onto the beach and was for us in a perfect spot on the quieter side of the island. It felt like we had our own private beach.

The chefs and staff in the restaurant are great - even making chips every evening for our youngest. All the staff in the restaurant are very friendly and welcoming. Daisy the Kuoni rep was also helpful. My husband had a chest infection and she arranged for him to see a doctor on another island.The spa is good and the manager there even looked after the children for us so we could enjoy the spa treatments as a couple.

It really is a great place to go on holiday - the island maybe seen as basic but has everything that you need and you don;t go away to the Maldives to sit in your room. The rooms are basic but cleaned twice a day and our room boy was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for him. The beach is beautiful and the water calm for the children.

We all said it was our best holiday ever and did not want to come home!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank b0012
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

This island does not claim to be anything but 3 star, and lives up to that rating.
We stayed for 5 nights and got a room on the west side, not far from the beach.
Room was spacious and kept clean, basic toiletries, shampoo and body lotion, no shower gel.
VERY hard bed, contributed to me hardly sleeping whilst there, we did ask for a mattress topper,as we had seen on a previous review that they would supply if asked, we did not get one.
The shower was like a wet room room, don't know why but our shower 'pulsed' water which i found strange, not much power to it, but adequate and warm.
Air con was nice and quiet and a welcome relief from the heat.
Mini bar and fridge. items taken from the mini bar has to be paid for even if you are all inclusive.
Tea/coffee facilities provided.
Food in dining room sufficient but nothing special, although i do understand that food has to be brought to the island, i did miss the lack of veg on some days, chefs and waiters always had a smile, and our waiter John 'Terry' was lovely.
Beer was good, and i found the wine to be 'drinkable.
The bar area has basic garden chairs to sit on.
A great reef, my husband and i are novice snorkelers and were amazed at the wonderful world under the sea. Be careful of the coral, the water is shallow in places, and i took a 'wrong' turn and got stranded, which caused me to cut my toes, even though i had appropriate footwear on.
Sunbeds are basic and towels are provided.
The island is lovely and unspoiled by huge telephone masts which blighted other resorts, and is a real retreat getaway from it all.
The only thing that spoilt our stay were the snooty 'penny millionaires' who 'quote' "the level of clientele has lowered since our last stay"
Well all i can say to that comment is. "is you want 5 star clientele, then pay for it!!"

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank soniaroberts05
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