We spent 14 nights at the oh so friendly Biyadoo Island resort and had an absolutely excellent holiday. We were a little worried about the accommodation after previous reviews here but were pleasantly surprised as they were basic but clean and everything worked just fine and more than we expected for the excellent deal we got with Marks Travel/ Kuoni. Yes the beds are a bit hard but after a night in the bar we hardly noticed. There are some little touches which are nice e.g you get clean beach towels delivered to your room each night.
The Island is kept very clean, is very lush and with seven good routes to the edge of the reef, the snorkeling was amazing. You can walk round the island in about 20 minutes along the well kept paths and the accommodation is in six two storey blocks with three each on either side of the island. The staff were all extremely friendly and were a very happy bunch of people who gave us excellent service. In particular I should mention , the brilliant three cooks in the restaurant and the head chef plus Mufeed , our always happy and attentive waiter for the fortnight. We should also mention in despatches the hard working bar team who we kept up very late on a couple of nights. Last but not least the room boys who made very clever shapes/flower displays with our bed sheets and though we are not divers, found the dive team a very friendly bunch also.
The was good variety in the buffet food and it was all very tasty. The only disappointment
was that the fish was always tuna, but the head chef explained that other fish was difficult to obtain in bulk at that time of year. The house wines were unexpectedly good and the all inclusive beer options in the bar were draft San Miguel and bottled Becks, so no complaints there. There were also half a dozen cocktails included in the all inclusive plus all the local brand spirits. In fact with 90% British , hardly any children and most in our age range, it was a bit like a party every night in the one bar. BTW apparently the loud Italians all seem to arrive in November.
There was some sort of entertainment almost every night and in particular there were two exceptionally good bands who got everyone up dancing, plus the staff drum and dance night. Also the Kuoni rep, Stewart plays a mean guitar and has a very good Cat Stevens singing voice.
There were only a few improvements which could be made on the island. Firstly the shop is a complete rip off so try and take reef shoes (plenty of broken off coral on the sea bed) and a lilo cos those loungers are pretty hard on the backside if you havent got much natural padding , and you can also have fun with it when the sea is a bit choppy. we didnt try the spa but a few people said it was good but it is over expensive.
However overall and excellent holiday and we will be going back at some stage.
- 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