this was our 5th visit to the Maldives (Fihalhohi, Full Moon, Vilu Reef, Ellaidhoo). We specifically look for a simple, small island because all we want to do is dive. No need for a pool or spa. This is getting to be a big challenge, it seems. We were glad, when we found Asdu. This is truly a 'no frills' island. However, at the most a 3*. When we arrived, we were at first kind of taken aback. Reception area and restaurant could use some maintenance. The roof looked like it had seen better days. The same feeling when we saw our room. It was just old. Sheets didn't look white, but yellowish from having been used a lot. There is only one brown towel per person. It, too, was worn and didn't smell clean. We knew there wouldn't be any beach towels so we brought our own. Reading through the various forums, we knew to also expect some insects. I brought a fly swatter which came in handy for the big ants in the bathroom.
The worst thing was probably the noise from birds and bats starting exactly at 4:30 in the morning. They were really loud and woke us up every morning. Annoying! We asked the owner of the island about this and he said it was part of the Maldivian flair. We had never experienced this on any of the other islands we visited. After all, on vacation one wants to sleep in a little and not wake up even earlier than usually.
Food: breakfast is basically non existent. No buffet! A couple of slices of toast are brought to the table with some undeterminable marmelade, some butter, cake and fruit like an apple cut in 6 wedges. I am not a sweet tooth when it comes to breakfast so there was nothing for me. I did find out, though, that i could order an egg. So every morning I had fried egg on toast ;-)
The other meals were in buffet form. Not a whole lot of different dishes because the nice thing about this island is that there are at the most 60 people when booked completely which it wasn't. There were about half that many people. Food was really good. Well prepared and tasty!
Diving: this was the worst diving of all 5 islands we've experienced; if you can call diving the Maldives bad, that is. Very little soft coral so not a whole lot of colors. House reef was nothing to write home about! The best dive we did there was Meeru Reef. We even went twice since colors were really nice there. No big fish but lots of smaller ones and lots to see.
What made this vacation a nice one after all were the people. Due to the size of the island, you got to know just about everyone, sit together after dinner and have a good time. This was probably the best company we've ever had on vacation. There are mainly Italians on this island. We live in Italy and speak the language so it wasn't hard to mingle.
This small island is for you if you don't expect any luxury; if you don't mind nature's early morning noises; if you like good food and a laid back atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Asdu is probably the smallest resort in the Maldives with an affordable price, apart from just one other more luxurious resort. This is by no means the cheapest resort. You may find other larger resorts of equal standard or of even better facilities with lower prices. We believe the small size of the Island ensures a certain degree of exclusivity, well worth the price we quote to our prospective guests. But we assure you that we have maintained a very consistent price structure over the last 10 years.This Island is especially ideal for those who love to be in a natural setting and prefer simplicity and informality on their vacation. Although the facilities are not deluxe, they are more than adequate and comfortable. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Asdu Sun Island Hotel North Male Atoll
- Asdu Sun Island Resort
- Sun Island Maldives