Just got back from a 10 day break at Maayafushi Island Resort. We were the only other English couple staying on the Island - the majority of guests were Italian and some Swiss and French too. We felt this was an advantage as we like meeting people from other parts of the world. Everyone was great. The guests were a mix of couples and families. The children were v well behaved.
The reef of the Island is simply AMAZING - we swam with baby sharks, mantas, found Nemo! and an abundance of beautiful tropical fish literally outside our door step. We even saw dolphins one evening, swimming about 2 meters from the edge of the reef. You can walk around the entire island in 10 minutes. The beach is huge and beautiful with powder white and. It is simply breath taking.
The rooms and the beach were kept clean at all times. It was literally spotless. The rooms were very basic (only shampoo provided in bathroom, no soaps or creams) but cleaned x3 a day. Location of beach bungalows is excellent - literally with the sea at your door step.
Entertainment staff were fantastic. You are on holiday to relax and have fun and laughter. And they certainly provide that. Plus you can do yoga, pilates and water aerobics daily which was a bonus. We took the night fishing excursion, turtle island and desert island which were v enjoyable, well organised and v good value.
Fresh fish served everyday which we loved.
Things that can be improved:
- The food was plentiful but lacking in variety and quality of bread (for breakfast) can be improved. Also invest in some hot plates to keep it warm!
- The deck chairs are plastic and do not have any mattresses/cushion. I expect that in a 4* resort for added comfort and does not cost much.
- The caged birds: this was v upsetting! We are not living in the middle ages here. There is so much emphasis on preserving marine life and it is a shame that this respect cannot be extended to other wildlife. These beautiful tropical birds are packed up in a small cage and it is v disturbing. The guests are not interested in seeing trapped wildlife. I wish management would set them free. It was deeply upsetting.
These are our only 3 criticisms but we want to end on a positive note and say that this really is a beautiful island with fantastic staff. It is not the lap of luxury but you get what you pay for and it is v v clean and comfortable enough. We went for the snorkeling and got more than we expected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the northern part of the Ari Atoll, the little island of Maayafushi is a crescent of soft white sand, protected by the reef and by clear water lagoon. The VOI Maayafushi resort surrounded by calm and crystalline water and by a coral reef filled with a coloured fauna is well known to snorkelling enthusiasts, while its proximity to seabed of magnificent beauty, makes this island the perfect destination for diving lovers. Typical Italian dishes are served in the main restaurant, together with international specialities. For water sports lovers, windsurfing and canoeing are available free of charge. Catamaran, snorkelling gears and tours are available. For guests seeking a relaxing holiday, gymnastic, table tennis and volley. Daily and night entertainment program and piano bar music together with a professional animation team. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maayafushi Island Hotel North Ari Atoll
- Hotel Maayafushi Island