Advantages Excellent House Reef - Great Service from the Staff
|Value for Money|
|Ease of getting around|
The Maldives are off the lower west tip of Indian in the middle of the Indian Ocean. They are made up of several beautiful Atolls. Each Atoll has many islands and coral reefs, which look stunning from the air.
Embudu Village is in the South Male Atoll.
Flying time from the UK is average 10.5 hours. This time we flew with Thomsonfly (see my other review for details)Transfer from the Airport is 45mins by slow boat or 20mins by fast speed boat.
This Island is rated 2*+, But is worthy of at least a 3*+ we booked this Island solely on recommendations and great reviews. So we were not sure what to expect. The basic price ( with no upgrades) for 2 weeks in an Island room on Full Board, flights and transfers was a bargain £800 each. You can upgrade to all inclusive for $26 (£13) per person per day when you get to the island.Arrival
Type of roomsStandard & single rooms
The villas are reached via the jetty and board walks to all rooms with small board walks every forth villa back to the island. All built out on top of the reef but close to the island.Our Room
The Bath room
This was large bright and airy.
The sink was enclosed in a marble worktop with giant sized wall mirror.
Modern design flushing toilet was excellent.
Jacuzzi bath with a very large shower head. Plenty of hot water.
A glass panelled roof over the bath/shower that looked to the sky.
The windows were wooden slatted so you could listen to the waves lapping the shore and feel the breeze blowing in through them as you lay in the bath relaxing - ohhh heaven.
All the fitting were modern chrome.
Bath mats and Towels were changed every other day.
This was large with half open sides looking out to the islands beautiful trees and flowers and allowed a nice breeze to waft through. Ceiling fans and tiled floor, with good lighting.
All tables circled the buffet in the centre.
Tables were various sizes, but you would have to share a table unless you were in a water villa. (Mainly due to most guests in the water villas were on honeymoon)
We shared a table with my sister and her family for the first week, the waiter arranged it so we could all sit together which was nice.
Every night there was a separate outdoor area where the chefs cooked additional foods to the buffet. You never knew what you were getting until you got out there, all of it was great food and freshly cooked.
Various delicious Croissants
Various types of freshly baked bread to Toast
Jams, honey, syrups,
Rice and Curry (yes.. I did have some curry for breakfast)
There was an egg chef every morning, who would do fried or omelette eggs for you. It was amazing as he could remember what every person had ordered previously.
Mousse of various flavours- all delicious
Gateaux of every kind imaginable
Ginger cake and custard
Upside down pineapple cake
Fresh fruit cocktail
Chocolate cakes were outstanding
Treacle sponge pudding
There were far more than this but too many to remember.
This was by the beach. but also shaded by tall palms.
A semi circle shaped bar in the centre, with covered seating area with ceiling fans. There was a small dance floor with lighting, table football and table tennis.
Plastic table and chairs and wooden double seated swings that hung from the palm trees were outside leading on the beach and boat Jetty.
There was also a wooden terrace with chairs and tables the jutted out on stilts into the lagoon, this was ideal for watching the sunsets in the evening.
The desk was always staffed by smiling attentive staff. There was an array of information boards in all languages.
Cashier for changing traveller cheques if required for spending money on the trips.
An Internet room charged at $5 per 30mins.
A post box
A trips board detailed all excursions; simply put your name and room number on the list and it will then be added to your bill at the end of your stay.
Male shopping$25 pp
A Boat trip to the capital island, a small tour of the mosque, presidential gardens, the veg and fish markets. Then spend time some shopping and haggling.
A must for first timers to the Maldives.
The next Island was Biyadoo, this was another resort island. We had stayed on a sister island of Biyadoo, but never managed to visit it. This is a low budget island, but after walking around and spending some time on it. It was not for us, it was very dense with lots of mossies, and in need of refurbishment.
That's the best of island hopping; you can visit islands before booking a holiday there.
Other excursions are available such as Sea plane excursion and BBQ island trip.
All the information is displayed in the reception.
Run by Diverland (the same company as on Summer Island which we visited in June)
Always attention to detail, especially safety.
You have a normal 'check out dive' the morning after arrival. Then you just turn up morning or afternoon for a dive. This was good as with previous dive centre you have to put your name down the day before. Then you feel obliged to dive even if you don't feel like diving the next day.
My partner dived and was pleased with the service and dives. The staffs were very friendly and welcoming.
You can hire all your dive gear or just mask and fins if you are just snorkelling. A deposit is payable.
Nitrox is an extra €3 per tank fill.
All the prices at this dive centre were in Euros- All the other islands are in Dollars- So beware these dives are expensive in comparison with other islands.
In the shallow lagoon by the water villas baby black tipped reef sharks patrolled up and down the shore chasing tiny fish, improving their technique ready for the deep sea!!. These can be seen day and night. This often took us some time to get to meals as we shark watched along the way.Beaches
Vegetation & wildlife
The island is very lush with tall palms bursting with coconuts. The gardeners make an effort to remove the ripe ones, but sometimes you can still hear a rustle followed by a thud. Always check the palm tree before sitting under it!!
Beautiful scented flowers abound the whole island, especially the white frangipani's scent can be smelt in the breeze.
Every morning and throughout the day the gardeners work tirelessly bushing up the leaves that fall from the trees and shrubs. The island is keep beautifully clean and manicured, but still leaving the natural island feel.
In the centre of the island is a bird section full of bright coloured budgies, parrots and finches. You see their keeper every morning at breakfast cleaning and feeding them. You can see hollowed out coconut shells for their nesting boxes.
There are lizards and geckos, if you are quick enough to spot them before they run up the trees.
The fruit bats are large with big black eyes and have orange chests, you can see these hanging from the trees and fly in and out at dusk.
Beautiful bird song can be heard high in the trees during the day.
At night crabs of all sizes can be seen on the beaches, so take a torch with you. In the early morning you will see them digging holes and burying themselves from the days sun.
This island is an excellent value Full board resort.
Good basic accommodation with excellent water villas.
Great tasting food.
Excellent house reef with good beaches.
First class service from all the staff.
This is certainly on my list of islands that I would revisit- (So I have 2 on my list now)
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