Find it difficult to write the review ... But will try to be objective and you can judge what is important for you . Upon arrival service was not really good . Hotel is in the middle of a village . Local people are extremely warm and nice , but the village is very "basic" . But you do get to experience real Maldives , kind of unexplored territory . But village is far from what you would expect from a Paradise Island .
Hotel it self located o. Small private beach . Water has beautiful color as you would expect in the Maldives . Unfortunately there is a sewage pipe going in the sea next to hotel beach and with the wrong wind it smells pretty bad :(
We rented the beach villa , which had a very nice view and was clean . There was not a single cupboard in the villa , so we had to ask for it as we were two people staying for two weeks ... We got it after few days ...
Food: we complained about the frozen microwave pizza for dinner and other stuff as we had purchased half board and wanted our money back . We could not get a refund, but the chef Mamoon after that was going out of his way to please us . He was truly the high point of the stay , helping us with everything incl doctors visits etc . He is an absolute gem ! He was really trying but with the limited resources he has , the food is really basic there . Best thing are the fresh fish .
Apart from Mamoon only two other staff members seemed to care for the guests . Hotel is small so it was really nice to talk to these people . Main hotel is NOT located on the private ground as the villas and the beach , and has very small windows . Guests staying in the main building were very disappointed .
We did not have any problems with transfer , but other guests were overcharged for speed boat transfer - hotel tried to charge them 100 usd per person although they were 9 people !! After lots of discussions they reduced the price .
Would I go back again ? :) beach very nice but smelly sometimes , staff nice but food so so , . So probably not , but it was an experience that was worth trying . You experience something different than on usual resort vacation - more local and traditional feeling that is hard to find now a days where all places are very "touristic " . Really loved the smiling local people .
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