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We have made this beautiful island our yearly family holiday now after just two visits. The staff and ALL amazing and go out of their way to make it as special as possible. We stay for 2 weeks and there is enough to do if you want to be active too. The food is some of the best I we have ever eaten. Battuta is our all time favourite place to eat. A real gem. Recommended for couples or families, we have a 20 year old son who loves it just as much as us.
Value for money but prices going up November 2020.
Our 3rd visit to the Maldives ( previously Reethi Beach Resort and Ozen ). First impressions very good as they have a dedicated air conditioned lounge at the seaplane terminal which is VERY welcome after a long journey. Seaplane took an hour including a brief stop at a nearby island. Check in smooth, our beach villa looked very familiar in layout to the Earth Villas at Ozen ( although not as well equipped ). The island is larger than either of the other 2 and a bit disappointing to find that you can`t walk all the way around on the beach because the sea comes in as far as the tree line in places and piles of loose rocks have been placed to stop erosion/shap the beach. We were also disappointed with the lack of many fish compared to the other 2 islands ( maybe due to sea being a bit choppy or different month? ) although we did see a few larger than usual sharks ( 4 & 1/2 feet to 6 feet ) . No rays though :-( The restaurants are all very good and the food standard is up with Ozen ( much more expensive ). The Dine Around A/I is essential is you like an alcoholic drink or two and wine quality is very good ( Babich sauvignon blanc and Underraga Cab Sauv are really good ). The 2 bars have a reasonable range of cocktails but the staff find it difficult to understand when guests request they are made in a certain way. The frozen Margaritas and Daiquiris are made with a ridiculous excess of crushed ice ( about 300 g at a guess) which completely swamps away the taste of the more interesting content! Nevertheless, with a bit of persistence, you can eventually get things done to your liking. Haali Bar has the sunset in a very informal setting although it would be nice to lose the music and just hear the natural sounds of the waves occasionally . East Bar is rather dull, tbh and only reason to go there is for a pre dinner drink if you are dining at Jade next door. They have a couple of shuttle buggies which move around the island and can be seen in real time icons on screen maps at `bus stops`. Usually you only need to wait up to 8 mins but it can be longer. Walking from end to end only takes about 10 to 12 minutes but it can be very hot and humid. Check out was OK although the final instructions didn`t come through until the evening before departure which was at 0545 which didn`t leave much time for any problems to be sorted if required. We asked for an early morning wake up call which DID NOT HAPPEN! Very poor! Seaplane back to Male again very good, Dhigali staff making sure we got on their own bus to return us to the main airport. We notice that Dhigali is becoming All Inclusive as from Nov 2020 ( more comprehensive than the DAAI package we had ). This will probably be much like that at Ozen and prices seem to similar too.
Two weeks in paradise
We had an amazing two weeks at Dhigali. Our arrival was smooth and easy, being greeted at the airport and taken to our seaplane transfer, before cold drinks and towels on arrival at the island. We opted for a Beach Villa, which was perfect - a modern, spacious room, lovely open-air bathroom and great terrace with views of the beach. We were on a lovely stretch of the beach and glad we had upgraded to this room choice. We were All Inclusive, and were pleased on the whole with what was included. The vast majority of food on the menus was included, and whilst included wines were only by the glass, there was a good range of really nice wines (staff were quick to top you up anyway so it didn't make much difference to having a bottle anyway). A few cocktails weren't included which was a shame, but there was still plenty of choice. Odd that smoothies weren't included though, as would've been nice to have a wider choice of healthy juices/smoothies as an alternative. The food was really good - and despite us being gluten free, there was lots of choice. The GF bread they provided us was always delicious and there was GF pasta etc. I think the labelling in the buffet (for breakfast and dinner) could've been better to help people with dietary requirements (particularly if you had an allergy, as opposed to an intolerance) but we were pleased on the whole with how we were catered for. Breakfast at Capers (the buffet restaurant) had a great selection. We also ate dinner at Capers a couple of times - the food was really good. They rotate the 'theme' each night so you can mix up the different cuisines and get plenty of variety. Jade was good for lunch and dinner, but whilst the staff here were lovely, we found they were perhaps on the whole not quite as proactive here as the other restaurants. The lunch menu was nice enough, but dinner was better quality here than lunch. Battuta was amazing. We really loved the experience of walking through the jungle-y interior of the island, lined by candles and incense. The staff were always brilliant. The food was delicious, and we loved all the little 'extras' which made it such a special experience. My only thought would be that perhaps there could've been a bit more variety for starters and soups (more so that you could follow through one cuisine e.g. Moroccan for starter / soup/ main etc). Faru just pipped it as our favourite though - amazing grilled food on the most beautiful beach setting. Great for lunch and dinner. The freshly cooked pizza bar was also a great idea! The pool was great, and we enjoyed using this area of beach - there was great service from the beach bar, and the team brought round cold towels, fruit shots and ice lollies each day - a lovely touch. We also enjoyed a treatment at the beautiful spa which was amazing (thanks Ciri and Dyan!). The sunsets at Haali Bar were amazing - we loved watching the sun go down with a cold drink here each evening before dinner. Every morning we LOVED doing the sunrise yoga sessions - Ciri was absolutely lovely and always so smiley. A perfect way to start the day!! All of the staff were so lovely - from the groundkeepers to the cleaners to the reception team and the waiting staff. We wanted to do a special shout-out to a few key members of the team though who went above and beyond to make our stay so special - Ruby and Asra at Capers (who both greeted us every morning with such lovely smiles and were always so warm and welcoming!), Siva who kept us refreshed with drinks on the beach, Shammi & Husen in Battuta who always looked after us so well and were always one step ahead, and Ravenna, Ali and Hassan in Faru (Hassan was always keeping our glasses topped up and gave excellent service, and the whole team here gave us a wonderful send-off for our last night which was very special). A big thank you to everyone at Dhigali for such an amazing holiday - we loved every minute and can't wait to return.
Second visit to the Maldives - superb island
We spent 9 nights in a water villa after four nights in Sri Lanka, so it was a short flight from Colombo and then 40 minutes in a seaplane to Dhigali. We had previously visited the larger Kuramathi (also part of same group) so some comparative observations that may help previous visitors to Kuramathi considering a first visit to Dhigali: - decent towels (a slight bugbear at Kuramathi); - better food; - water villa slightly smaller, no jacuzzi but higher spec; - wider range of TV channels incl. several sport; - waiter service on beach with call buttons provide free fruit shots and popsicles; - good quality Wi-fi throughout even by pool; - more exclusions on All Inclusive eg cocktails, dishes, wine only by glass (but good quality), can only use cafe once per day; - seaplane jetty arrival as against a pontoon at Kuramathi; - the ice cream at Kuramathi still wins; - could snorkel at all times, unlike Kuramathi, as water levels seem higher and snorkel equipment better quality; - mini bar has beer, unlike Kuramathi, but wine by the glass means you can’t really take back to the room; - dedicated rep at Male airport who escorts you to seaplane check in & takes photo of your passport to speed check in at resort. Lounge access at seaplane terminal. We thought the quality of food very good, lots of variety. We only went to buffet dinner one night for Chinese, which was very good. Breakfast has lots of fruit, cooked breakfast including pancakes, pastries. We visited the bar by the sandbank at sunset several times and sat on the bean bags, which are easier to get onto and off than they look. There are mosquitos and they provide an in room diffuser, but they still got through so if you're attractive to them you should take a spray. We noticed an interesting habit (enabled by the good wifi) of FaceTiming the family back home in the bar or restaurant, which we found slightly off putting. We chatted to the friendly General Manager at the weekely management cocktail party and he indicated Dhigali would be going totally all inclusive next year around Nov. as their contracts renew. In truth, we were slightly perplexed by the AI exclusions (range of cocktails, wine by bottle, one cafe visit per day) but it didn’t bother us as the wine by the glass was good and the included cocktails and drinks were fine. We would definitely return, particularly if they make it genuinely all inclusive without pushing up prices significantly. Our thanks to Ikraam for keeping our room very clean and all the chefs we didn't see who produced great food.
Very Happy holiday
This is our first visit to this island. A lot bigger than previously visited islands, What a big impression you have made. Met by friendly staff, with hand shakes and smiles before being whisked to the sea plane and a 45 minute flight, that passes very quickly. The plane stops right at the jetty on the island with again warm welcomes, hand shakes, cooling flannels, refreshing drinks and lots of smiles. We were driven to our beach villa by buggy to find our bags were already in the room. Our beach villa was amazing, very good size room, very peaceful, with fantastic view of the turquoise ocean and silky white sand. There are multiple places to eat, we had chosen a full board package and ate at Capers and Jade. We had additional options but very limited veggie options so didn’t suit us. Staff could not have been anymore welcoming always met with a smiles and cooling towels at lunch time, (very nice touch). All staff that we came across, from raking the beach, to reception always had a smile and said hello. Reef was impressive, with a good amount of species seen. Dolphins passed on a few occasions very gracefully without a sound (just keep a look out). Lots of hermit crabs that are entertaining, few fruit bats and various other geckos, birds etc. I am disappointed with the amount of plastic that appeared from the ocean, we should all do our bit to protect this peaceful beautiful place. Water sports available (at extra charge) so tried paddle boarding for the first time. There are areas for music and watching films if you wish. We stayed away from any noise and surprisingly we didn’t hear a thing from our room (336) If you’re prone to mosquito bites, You need to bring mosquito spray and be well covered when outside to stop the little blighters from having a nibble of ankles etc. In all we are very impressed with this island. Without sounding too cheesy Dhigali you made our stay a memorable one that’s for sure.
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