Came across this place on facebook by accident, and finally decided to stay with them mainly cos the price was unbeatable and you get to stay in a village unlike other resorts.
Please note that, this place is a small place, and is not a resort but a smaller lodge that is located in a picturesque corner of Island of Dhiffushi. This island is about 2.5 hours by local ferry if you want to save the cost of an expensive speed boat ride. I decided to take this very long and slow journey as I was travelling solo. Ferry departs from Villingili Ferry terminal on the other side of Male's main ferry terminal. (No one in the main airport ferry terminal knows about the ferry to Dhiffushi so asking them was a bit of a time waster). Ferry cost about 20 rufiya which is great, and leaves in the afternoon (sorry I cant remember the time).
Lodge is a short stroll from where the ferry arrives and a staff member was there to pick me up and take me to the lodge. The lodge itself is a nice small place, and has coral sand in the main restaurant area. Although its quite open, you don't really feel the heat because of the fans.
I thought the rooms were impeccable, given that I was the only one to enjoy the very big room which usually accommodated for 3 people. It was fun! Bathroom was spotless and I admired the whole room setting. Only downside to the room was the tiny staircase which is quite steep and the lack of views from the 3 windows (yes 3!). Room was air conditioned and is great to avoid the day time heat if that's what you prefer.
Lodge is located next to a run down boat repair workshop and I think this gives its bad charm. However, the place is located very close to the beach, although you cannot consider it as a beach-front property. Price I paid included 3 meals and was well worth it. Food prepared by staff was tasty and I liked it. If you need more, you can always head to the numerous local cafes and have some hed hikka like I did. (I think I had more than enough). I even bought some local dried fish and 'mas mirus' (a local chillie paste equivalent) to take home.
Beach nearest to the lodge is excellent with crystal clear waters and you can just lay in the beach and admire the great view. Local women usually hang around the beach during the evening and clean it so its always clean. It is great for snorkeling too if you can as you can see some small fish around. I was able to see some baby shark very close to the beach. You can just borrow the kayak and go around the Island or close to Meeru Island resort.
You are free to walk around this island freely considering this is an actual village and you can see people going about their daily routines. Hassan will be happy to arrange anything else you want to do in the island like fishing, etc. Unfortunately I was too scared to go fishing at night with locals so I had to give it a miss :( (not that they are bad people, but because I am not a good swimmer). Prices seem economical so please ask Hassan!
If you prefer to go back to Male' by a speed boat, ask Hassan about the Sun Island resort speed boat service which would be cheaper. I decided to take this option as leaving around 5am in the morning by local ferry that takes 2.5hours is not worth it. (especially if you did it once!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our modern lodge was built in 2011 and we opened our doors in January 2012.We are striving for nothing less but your perfect dream holiday! Our mantra is "No news, no shoes" and we offer you the real Maldivian experience. In other words: we are the ideal, affordable alternative to unpersonal, big resorts. This piece of paradise offers everything you need to be happy! From relaxing on the beach and tranquil village life, to unbelievable dive sights, fishing spots and of course amazing unspoiled waves for the perfect surf experience. With us you'll enjoy the local island experience with a la carte flexibility and the personal touch of a boutique guesthouse. We offer four double rooms, each with en-suite bathroom and ocean, beach and palm tree views. The beach is only 20 meters from your doorstep. Our local chef Umar and his crew will spoil you with Maldivian specialties such as sea food dishes or, if you like continental cuisine in our beautiful outdoor restaurant. Happy Life Maldives Guesthouse is also available for exclusive bookings for groups and big families. ... more less
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