We'd read some poor reports about this lovely little island on here, and wondered whether we'd made a mistake booking it. We were meeting up with friends who I dive with who had been before and had liked it enough to return, so we went ahead.
It is true that the reception is a bit dire. We were told initially that although all 3 couples had booked and paid for superior rooms, one of us would have to have a standard room for the first night and all they were offering as compensation was a refund of the difference in price! We all stood firm and said none of us were accepting this. After a while they came back and said they did after all have the 3 superior rooms although only one was ready. We had lunch and got into our room after we'd eaten.
The rooms are a bit tired...bathroom especially, but the hard wood flooring is rather nice, the room was comfortable and perfectly adequate for the amount of time we spent in it. There was a tv, but all we could get were local channels, so it wasn't of much use. We knew there were no shampoos etc provided so we'd taken our own. They do provide face flannels and bars of soap though. Our room (134) had some vegetation between it and the beach but there was a clear path out to the sand. In some places where sand has shifted there is no beach immediately outside the rooms, but that's the luck of the draw. The pool is a real sun trap and can get rather hot but the pool is lovely.
The staff in the restaurant were very helpful and obliging. The buffet had a wide variety of food and the curries were very interesting, and tasty. There was always plenty to choose from and a good amount of things for vegetarians. The desserts were lovely, and we partook at every meal! I and a friend had birthdays while we were there and they decorated the table and produced a very nice birthday cake...they also decorated the bed!
The bar was a great place to sit and watch the sunset. Service was a bit hit and miss...some waiters were excellent, others a bit slow. We were all inclusive. You really need to keep an eye on what is included and what isn't. For example, you can get as many 500ml bottles of water to take back to your room but not the 2 litre bottles! Most spirits were included, but no brandy, and coffee and tea is only available between 4-5.30, which is a pity as the coffee was rather nice and a mid morning coffee would have gone down well!
The dive centre is excellent and the sites within easy reach are amazing. We had some fantastic dives during our stay...and if you don't want to do a boat dive, you can dive the house reef instead, which is lovely.
Despite the general ineptitude of reception, on our last day they were excellent. Our flight was delayed by 3 hours. The airport transfer was put back and they offered us a standard room for the entire day if we would vacate our superior room by 9am. We thought this was perfectly reasonable. We also got to see the standard room which had been refurbished, was a little smaller, but had a very good shower and a/c unit. It meant we had a relaxing last day with an extra 3 hours sunbathing! Our all inclusive expired at 12 noon and we bought lunch in the bar. I have to say, it was pretty good and not too expensive.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay. We really didn't mind the "tired" room as the island and its house reef were just lovely. We would definitely go back as long as they don't hike the prices (and we fear if they were to refurbish the prices would rocket like they have elsewhere).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The bounty of an exorbitant coral reef, an adobe laying atop a tropical island & a gold tinted stretch of your private beach while the day slumbers into the dusk. In the heart of the Indian Ocean, on the end of Malé atoll, lies the island resort, Eriyadhu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eriyadu Island Hotel North Male Atoll
- Hotel Eriyadu Island