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Last 5 reviews
2.5 stars is the correct rating.
Not so accurate websites advertise this hotel as a 4.5 starts (yes, hotels.com, that is you) when this hotel is at best 2.5 stars. The rooms are old and not super clean; the hotel charges for transportation even when one is arriving by their own private means; in the middle of the day, the hotel and hosts are fumigated with insecticides (it took two hours for the smell to go away)... I have stayed at worse places but they were $20/night. After one night, I requested to go away. The hotel promised to refund me for the unused night but I never saw the color of the money.
Visit to Biyadhoo
Biyadhoo Island Resort is ver very good to visit. Hospitality was very good n reasonable also. We r vegetarians so they arranged ao many varities of veg food n desserts. Mr. Ram Kumar, chef in Biyadhoo was very good. He prepared so many veg items for us. Thanks to him n Mr. Jebo for very good hospitality.
Not one single negative thing about this paradise island, rooms maybe basic but they are spotlessly clean and who goes to the Maldives to spend time in a room? Snorkelling = perfect, Staff = perfect, beach = perfect, food = fabulous. All the staff are absolutely lovely and can’t do enough to help you and offer a fantastic, attentive service, special not to Jacob our Kuoni rep, he’s just the best rep ever and we’ve holidayed all over the world staying in 5* hotels not this guy is brilliant and pays so much attention and he’s boyind helpful, 1 last special mention to the omelette/soup man in the main restaurant, his friendly service is just so heart warming :)! AT AGED 46 this is the best family holiday we have had.
Good and Bad Points
The speed boat transfer was efficient with someone waiting for us at the airport and taking us to the counter, signing us in. The staff were good on the boat, everyone had life jackets and it was a pleasant way of travelling to the island. Staff were good with the check-in process and the room was ready straight away. The rooms are basic, but there are clean white sheets and a porch or balcony area. There were three plug sockets in the room, two of which had lamps plugged in and one with the kettle which was not allowed to be unplugged. This isn't ideal when you have devices to charge and the plug socket was coming out of the wall by the bed. The air-conditioning is great, very effective and can be made very quiet. Also, you can't drink anything out of the fridge which is silly... We were given a safe key but there was no safe in the room, this should be rectified for valuables. The bathroom is indoors but has a small vent to the outside, unfortunately this makes it rather smelly at times almost of damp due to the shower curtains. The toilet system is rather odd with water running constantly unless you use the tap to turn it off. The room boy kept it very clean with some flower decorations on the bed on certain days. Personally we had no mosquitoes, ants or other insects in the room but I know other rooms did complain of this despite many methods of deterrent. As a whole this was a let down of the island, yes they fumigate twice a day but it doesn't help when you use 50% deet spray and still get absolutely covered in bites. It made the holiday far less comfortable and was incredibly annoying. Maybe try a different method? The beaches were rather small also, especially at high tide when there was one alcove near the bar and was often filled with large groups of loud Chinese visitors (which were incredibly rude to staff on multiple occasions, noticed by numerous other visitors). The chairs on the beach were fine, not too hard for us so it isn't essential to bring lilo's to put on them! The bar staff were amazing and very attentive, always checking if you needed a drink and bringing everything to you. Again there were some people clicking at them or clapping for them to come over, which is unnecessary. Our waiter was very good, went above and beyond, would answer general questions and tell us about the Maldives in general which was really nice (Ramieez). Food: The chefs are clearly talented and food is prepared to a high quality and kept warm for consumption, it is always topped up too. However, the range is bitterly small and I couldn't eat anything at some meal times. It is blindingly obvious they are on a budget either potato, spinach or frozen vegetable gratin for every meal, a very spicy curry, and some other form of potato. Multiple people had pasta cooked separately for them - surely this is an easy thing to put in at every dinner time. Even chips would be a good addition. There were a variety of very nice desserts - different every day. Desserts had more range and variety than the main meals! Breakfast cannot be faulted however, it had great variety and something for everyone. The AI menu is rather abysmal if you don't drink but want something different. It is soda, water or juice. No mocktails are on the AI menu, an 'Italian Soda' could be done which is simply different flavoured syrup with soda water, very cheap and would be different for people to try. Just got very repetitive, along with the food. Also if you want to sit in the main bar it is a smoking area, the non-smoking area is to the side with plastic chairs... Doesn't seem fair. Also, some guests decided to smoke or vape in it anyway when the other one was full. The water sports was rather over priced in comparison with other islands we have visited $60 more dear for some trips! Fishing was a good, free thing to do and buoyancy aids were free for snorkelling use which is good to provide extra safety. The reef really is not the best in the maldives, it is mostly dead, very shallow until you swim far out and it is a thin line of coral with some fish before the drop off. We didn't see any turtles or manta rays, although there is a turtle around. Was very disappointing. I would not return again due to the disadvantages I listed, I would rather pay more for a better reef, beach, no mosquitoes, food and bar. If you just want a sunbathing holiday with a nice view and warm sea water, don't care about food or drink or mosquitoes, then it is the place for you. I would rate it poor if it wasn't for the excellent staff.
Exorbitant prices for transfer be careful!
I just booked a stay at Biyadhoo Island resort. Not there yet and the price I paid has already gone up by 27%!!! I will be staying in Guraidhoo the week before (3km away from Biyadhoo). Biyadhoo resort is making their transfer mandatory and they request me to pay 225$ for the 3 km transfer (2 adults and 1 child). And you have no other option as they say it's mandatory!!! So transfer Guraidhoo-Biyadhoo 225$ and transfer to airport (mandatory as well) 280$. TOTAL = 505$ (27% of the price of the hotel for 6 night). That's UNREASONABLE.
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