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Beautiful island and reef
Just back from our first stay at Biyadhoo ... Over the years we have stayed in a range of hotels from the local B&B to 7* hotels so feel we can give an unbiased view on 'our’ experience on the island. We appreciate that others 'may' have had different experiences if things went wrong but some of what we have read seems to have been exaggerated. Ok, where to start ? The island is located about 30-45 minutes by speedboat from Male (weather dependant). The process from picking up luggage to transferring to your boat is sleek and painless. When arriving at the island you see it is very green and welcoming ... check-in at reception was swift and once we had completed it and finished our welcome coconut drinks we went to the room. ROOM : Basic and a bit tired but has everything you require (although could do with a few more plug sockets). Air con works well but be aware when it rains the tiled floors can get a layer of condensation on them ... they aren’t really set up for rain !! Room boys very good at cleaning and providing water (and even do a turn down service each evening). I will say that any issues we had with our room was remedied immediately. FOOD : Cannot fault the food at all - not the biggest selection we’ve ever had but always enough to eat and the food was varied and VERY tasty. All the staff here were amazing ... very friendly and welcoming. BAR : Nice bar area off of beach with sand floor - staff were fantastic ... very attentive and remembered what we drank from day 1 ! (not sure if that was because we spent too much time in there !?!). A BIG THANK YOU especially to Sreekanth and Abu. WIFI : We were able to get WiFi over most of the island except for the restaurant (which is a good thing). STAFF : Overall staff were excellent - welcoming ,friendly, happy to chat and helpful. ENTERTAINMENT : Fairly low key - bonfire on beach, disco, live band, local musicians / dancers etc. KUONI REPS : Jacob and Fay were fantastic ... always available to answer questions and remedy any small issues encountered. OVERALL : A big draw to this island is the reef ... it is excellent - so many varieties of fish, turtles etc. They also have small shop on site and spa. TIPS : Go to end of jetty around 21:30 each night to see them load the boat with food scraps from restaurant ... Tiger sharks know when the boat starts and follows it out to sea for feeding (impressive sight as very big !).
We have just returned from a Kuoni holiday to Biyadhoo island, it was a fabulous experience. Although not a big island there was everything we needed as a couple. The sea is crystal clear and although i didn't scuba dive on this occasion i didn't feel that id lost out, within inches of the shoreline the sea is teeming with marine life.You can snorkel ,swim or just float above and relax watching turtles sharks and rays drift by. The seabed is shallow for the most part on the westside before the drop off and generally this is the main beach, the east side is slightly more tidal but with some secluded spots, we never felt crowded anywhere. The food throughout our stay was exceptional with a selection for just about every taste, one of us has serious seafood allergy and the chefs took great care in finding alternatives. Overall the attentiveness and level of service from all of the team was refreshing by Uk standards although the room staff could be a little sporadic in they're approach. The only flies in the ointment during our stay where the bugs especially mosquitos ,however this is a tropical island, take loads of repellent! And be prepared from wildlife in all forms. The other downside is the all pervading presence of smokers,everywhere,there is no escape from smoke or vapour ,non smokers be warned! The rooms as mentioned in other reviews are really very very basic although some are in a better state of repair than others they really are at the stage where they need a major overhaul not just a flick of paint. If you look closely at the buildings you'll see that general repairs are required throughout. Therefore not a five star review but close so very close! This didn't spoil our stay in anyway and we came away thoroughly relaxed even after a 23 hour return journey ,thanks in no small way to the superb service from Sri Lanka airlines .
Perfect in every way
It's impossible to criticise this beautiful haven. Everything makes you smile, partly because the staff spend all there time smiling. The room was as described by others but we loved it and the bed was hugh and comfortable. I think the cleaner came in 4 times a day, where else could you get that? The bar staff remembered you and were very attentive. Occasionally the red wine wasn't great but all the cocktails were lovely. The best part was the snorkelling, loads to turtles, sharks and every colour and size of fish. Ok, a lot of the coral has died, but there is plenty of live coral and the fish life is thriving and vibrant. A big thank you to the chefs. Nowhere else has staff who take such obvious pride in their work and rightly so. It was a pleasure to walk through the door to their welcome smiles. The food is of a very high standard, varied and delicious. Jacob the Kuoni rep gave us the best and most relaxed introduction to the resort. Hope his toothache is better now! Best place we have ever been to? Well it's up there and we have been to some fantastic much more expensive places. Will be looking to return.
Return to paradise
We have just returned from Biyadhoo, this was our 2nd visit and the resort delivered again, if anything the whole experience was better 2nd time around as we thought the food was better, I am a very fussy eater and always managed to eat. All the staff were amazing, special thanks goes out to our waiter Rameez, who went the extra mile when we needed him. Also the Kuoni Rep Jacub always had a smile on his face not withstanding his toothache :-(. The best thing about Biyadhoo is it's lack of attitude, what you see is what you get and that is amazing sands, blue sea, great snorkeling and lush green vegetation on this small island paradise. We traveled as a couple, met many friendly and wonderful people and all of this together made this a great stay on the island. TIPS - ask for west side ground floor room TRIPS - the Dolphin trip is a must All in all truly amazing and we hope to return in the new year to complete the hat trick of visits. Tony & Adele
Slice of Paradise
There are no superlatives or photographs that could ever do this resort true justice. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel comfortable, greeted with coconut water and a cool towel during a very efficient check-in process. We were then led to our room, which as people have said in other reviews, is rather basic but when you are less than a minute's walk from the beach, the room becomes irrelevant. They are clean, spacious and tidied twice a day. The bathrooms are a decent size although are dated, but has the necessary amenities. The bar is well stocked and the bar staff are efficient, polite and quickly learn your order! They are very attentive and deserve high praise. Moving onto the restaurant, the choice of food is plentiful and differs each day. At breakfast, "The egg man" is fun and greets everyone with a smile. There are other members of the catering team who are also available to assist with any questions and talk about the various food choices. A special mention to Rameez, our appointed Waiter throughout our stay who couldn't have been any more efficient! He was truly excellent, very professional, had a sense of humour and was also able to educate my wife and I about the Island and the Maldives in general. He is credit to the Resort. Finally, the beach. As I mentioned when I started this review, there are no words to describe the beauty of the island and the views from the surrounding areas. The ocean is crystal clear which makes for great snorkelling - my wife swam daily and saw all manner of sea life: turtles, sharks and tropical fish. The beach itself offers many choices for those who wish to be secluded and offers plenty of space for bigger parties. There are plenty of loungers, however as other reviews mention, they don't have any cushioning but it is such a small price to pay when you are lazing on a paradise island. The island offers a tropical feel, surrounded by palm trees and other tropical plants, birds and wildlife. There is plenty to do if you like to be active: there is a dive centre, optional trips (which include visits to other islands, fishing trips and a trip to Male), water sports, and a Spa. We took a couples massage and came away feeling revived. Finally, as we were there for our Wedding Anniversary, to mark the occasion we had a romantic beach dinner in candlelight looking out onto the ocean which was simply incredible. The food was amazing, and of course our waiter, Rameez was brilliant and looked after us as he did the whole of our holiday. For anyone who might be concerned about visiting in September, we were there early to mid September and experienced ten minutes of rain during one afternoon in which we went for a swim in the ocean. Weather reports focus on Male which is just over thirty minutes away by speedboat and aren't necessarily accurate for Biyadhoo. The staff and service are exceptional and I am so grateful we chose Biyadhoo. We will be certainly be returning!
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