As you can see, we couldn't even give some aspects of this island resort even a single star - it truly is this bad.
We were on a whistle stop tour for 4 nights at this resort and left after night 1. The room was dark and dingy, there was a smell of mustiness in the main room, and one of sewerage in the bathroom. The final straw was the damp and dirty smell coming from the pillows.
The beach (use the word loosely) is so tiny on all sides of the island that it is difficult to find anywhere you would wish to sunbathe. The beach is littered with broken plastic loungers and a general feeling of neglect.
The island away form the beach is dark and oppressing - include in this the restaurant and bar. We totally agree with comments that the vegetation needs a good haircut - in fact no forget that, just knock the place down and start again.
We understand that this place is meant to be a great diving and snorkeling resort, but surely this does not mean you need to forgo cleanliness?
The restaurant - woo! It's lit by a dingy orange light. You are allocated a table according to which room you are staying in and it seems to be fairly regimented that you can't change (please bear in mind though that we did only eat here for 1 dinner and lunch).
If you are after paradise on a budget think very carefully, this place is neither paradise nor much of a budget break in reality - it is so bad.
The only redeeming feature of this place was waving goodbye from the boat out - hallelujah!!
Please note that poor reviews in 2007 were similar to ours, we thought the island would have smartened up their act by 2010 - how wrong can you be!!!!!
This place has completely soured my view of the Maldives and I doubt if I shall ever go back to any of the islands - so bad was this trip. Manchester airport has never seemed such an appealing place to be once back home!!
- 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