20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Wow me and my wife have just returned from a week of pure bliss, I have nothing but good things to say about this island from the food to the staff to how clean the hole island is. We found the island had everything, you could relax on your own on the beach and think it was just you on your own little island.The food was out of this world every night it was fresh and different. i would just like to say thank ou to everyone on the island for making it the best holiday ever."
- Travel date: 17th June 2009
Truly paradise. Our 2 teenage daughters ...
"Truly paradise. Our 2 teenage daughters and us had 2 interconnecting beach cottages on the west side. The rooms were clean. The beach excellent and we loved the outdoor showers. The food was excellent though the dining area was hot in the afternoon. The staff was pleasant and helpful. You are alloted a fixed table and waiter for your entire stay. Cool. The colour of your table card indicates your meal plan. Meal times are fixed in the main restaurant. Ecellent water sport facilities. Nice new boats."
- Travel date: 11th June 2008
What a holiday! From the minute you ste...
"What a holiday! From the minute you step off the plane and onto the speedboat, you just know you have arrived in paradise. I was so taken a back when we arrived on the island, pictures just donât do this place justice! Food was fantastic and always a great variety, brilliant service, and everyone very friendly and welcoming. Although we were all inclusive for the week, we tried the Italian restaurant at the end of the jetty (not all inclusive), and we loved it so much that we ended up eating there 3 times! As you sit eating your dinner, you can watch all the underwater life, sharks, rays and amazing fish swim by beneath you, and you can feed them over the edge. Fantastic! We have been back home only 7 months, and I still canât stop reminiscing about our amazing trip to Paradise Island Resort. We have both said we would definitely return. The Maldives impressed us so much though that we are returning in 2 months, we are visiting other islands to see what else the Maldives can offer us, we just hope they can live up to Paradise Island! "
- Travel date: 16th January 2008
Wow! What a holiday, loved every minute ...
"Wow! What a holiday, loved every minute of it. Arrived by speed boat which took 20 mins just right after a long haul flight! We are a young couple of 23 & 19 and thought we would be bored of a evening as we are used to clubbing etc. but the evening was spent in the lovely restaurants and in the beach bars, which suited the holiday perfectly! We spent the dayâs snorkelling, diving, doing watersport & sunbathing! Definitely recommend the diving we saw so much, the colours were amazing! The staff were lovely and we still email some members of staff. I would love to go back and am in the process of saving! Most amazing place I've ever seen! "
- Travel date: 24th December 2007
Although the ocean and beach are beautif...
"Although the ocean and beach are beautiful the rest of the resort leaves much to be desired. The rooms are very basic and customer service is poor. The amount of money spent should make it a very high end resort but it does not achieve this. The worst part is that after they have your money they do not care about you at all. You are just a number and they try to get as much money out of you as they can. I am sure there are much better resorts in the Maldives!"
- Travel date: 27th July 2007
Paradise Island is truly Paradise
"My wife and I had waited a long time for this holiday...having drooled over pictures of the Maldives for years and we couldn't wait for the experience. The wait was well worth it!!....This place was everything we'd hoped for and more. Truly it was a memorable experience and we can't wait to go back again. Whilst on this occasion we went on our own (our kids being left at home..well they are all teenagers) we would take then with us next time to share this wonderful place. The hotel was at all times totally clean and well presented, the rooms exceptionally clean and well fitted out, and the room service (cleaning & provisioning) superb. The food in the restaraunt is of high quality with enough choice to satisfy any appetite and taste with an ever-attentive waiter service which couldn't be faulted at all. We went on a half board basis and thought it suited our purposes very well..i.e. not wanting a lunch meal etc. Yes, mineral water for drinking is to be paid for but at $3 a bottle (roughly Â£1.50) for 1.5 litres this is by no means expensive. Drinks in general are also not expensive when comparing with UK prices. We stayed in a beach bungalow on the opposite side of the island to the water bungalows, where work to repair the damage from the Tsunami is due to be completed this year. At no time did we ourselves feel that this work impinges on the tranquility or beauty of the island. The beach outside our bungalow was beautiful with a small coral reef within wading distance offshore about maybe 50 yards..the marine life here alone was like fantastic, almost like being in someone's tropical marine aquarium. The staff at the hotel were just fantastic..very friendly, always willling to chat and share stories about family etc, but with a personality we here in the UK have been lacking now for a long time sadly. In short very nice people. Would we go again to this hotel and this island?..you bet..get me on the plane now!!"
- Travel date: 23rd April 2007
Lovely Island with a short transfer from...
"Lovely Island with a short transfer from Male airport by speedboat. Good food, friendly staff and a wide range of activities and facilities that suit many different types of holiday maker. We enjoyed the mixed atmosphere created by having couples, families, and people stopping of on transfers and individuals who were there to get away from it all. The bungalows are a good size and clean, the plants are arranged around them in a way that makes you feel that you have your own private beach when you look out the windows. From the beach the plants provide a screen offering privacy to the bungalow occupants and adding to the desert island feel. We dived with Delphis diving on the house reef and enjoyed seeing a shoal of parrot fish, a striped lobster, a turtle and many other fish in one dive. Numerous snorkelers took advantage of the good visibility and conditions that we had to view the sea life from the surface. The main restaurant offers buffet style food that is of a very high quality and the Christmas Eve gala dinner was a superb feast with exotic carvings in fruit and made of butter on display. We left the island feeling refreshed and totally relaxed."
- Travel date: 14th April 2007
We enjoyed our first trip here
"Just returned from a week at Paradise Island,stayed at Club Dolphin Sri Lanka the week before. The rooms are clean and spacious but did need a lick of paint, the beach is nice but not powder sands, lots of shale and broken coral and no umbarellas on the best and main part of beach. That said the service and food were outstanding and we had a great week. The dive center was great, my husband did his advanced diving course there and was most impressed with the service. For what we paid we got what we expected, the food and service were way above other resorts of 5* we have stayed at in the Caribbean. We would return although there are so many other new places to try!"
- Travel date: 13th April 2007
Not Bad but room for improvement
"We booked our Honeymoon with First Choice. We paid the extra so we could be guarenteed to be sat next t one another on the long haul flight. During the year my then fiancee now wife, upgraded us both to Premium Class which was a real treat as we checked in. As we checked in though, we were told we would not be sat next to one another. After a fantastic wedding, it all came down with a bang. We went through our details with the check in girl, I explained we'd only just got married and showed the pre paid tickets which ensured we sat next to one another... she said, "well everyone gets married". We downgraded to economy so we could sit next to one another on the flight. Then as we boarded we were told some of the seat screens were'nt working. (guess what) ours didn't work. After speaking with the very helpful flight attendants we chose to sit seperated in Premium where everything was working. After 11hours of flight we finally landed at Male. The blistering heat took over as soon as we stepped off the flight. The staff were very helpful in taking our luggage and we set off for Paradise Island. Upon arrival we walked down the long jetty leading to reception. We were greeted with a cold drink and wet towels. After completing a brief questionnair we takien to our room. It was a long walk to the east side of the island (room 242) but when your on an island, you have all the time in the world. The rooms were basic but had everything we needed. The outdoor shower was fantastic. Tea and Coffee in the rooms would of been great though. There is a mini bar in the room but this was VERY expensive. Having gone ALL INCLUSIVE we didn't realise until week 2 of our stay that we could drink the water from the mini bar (2 bottles per day). But you get water with your meals and we were taking this back to our room and popping it in the fridge. Daily we checked our room bill with reception and on one occasion they did charge us for water but this was quickly put right. They told us we should'nt need cash as everything can be paid for at the end of our stay. Although we were all inclusive (drinks excluding cocktails etc) we did lots of water sports and my Wife had some massages but we paid cash as we went along. No-one seemed to mind this. There is a small gift shop where we bought snorklling equipment. This was used everyday and worked out cheaper than paying a hire charge of around $10 per day. (Make sure whatever you buy, you have enough room to pack it when you leave) The snorkeling for me was fantastic (having never done it before) I was swimming around and saw a rief shark. I'd never swam back to shore so quickly!! But soon you get used to them and they don't bother you. Sting Rays come in for feeding late in the day at sunset. I stayed out the way of these but got some good pictures. After a week I got brave and went on a snorkelling trip with my wife and other friends we'd made. Fantastic... out in the deep blue see, swam with a sea turtle. Buy an underwater camera from the gift shop! The common spider here in Britain is replaced with Crabs in the Maldives, they are everywhere but soon scuttle off when your walking along. Lizards seem to wallpaper the outside of the bungalow at night. I just sat with a beer staring at one for hours one evening. Food was great, something different every day and there was so much choice. One problem I had was breakfast. It was served daily between 7am & 9am. No chance of a lay in unless you went without. Being a coffee nut, I couldn't miss out and the long walk in the mornings certainly woke you up even though it was very warm. There were obviously set times for all the meals and the honeymoon started to feel like an eating trip. No time to get hungry no matter how much swimming was involved. But there was food for everyone. Our waiter: Ali was very polite. Always looked over to see when our plates needed collecting. I read reviews prior to going and was advised to be careful when being seated for the first time as this table would remain your table for the duration of your stay. Well this is right but your not bundled together with other people. Your table is seperated from everyone elses. You also have the same waiter for 2 weeks so you do build up a good dialogue and get to know them very well. We left Paradise Island Christmas morning. Christmas Eve was excellent. The chefs really go to town on all the food. I counted over 150 items on the menu. The whole restaurant was breathtaking. That night we sat with all our friends we'd made on the island. An evening I'll never forget. Sun Cream! Take lots of it. We only had about 3 days of clear sunshine (VERY HOT) and very warm even when raining. High factor cream is a must. It may become overcast very quickly but you will burn unless you have protection. If you run out, the gift shop has plenty and it's reasonably priced. Drink.. All our drinks were included apart from some whiskeys etc but we were'nt drinking heavily in the evenings due to the heat which does tire you out and a few early nights are welcomed. Walking back in the air-con room was great. The beach is not lit at night, as we were quite far from the main area, we stuck to the paths. A couple of nights we tried staggering back after one too many in the bar. If all inclusive, upon leaving the bar, the waiter would stock up a carrier bag with beer etc and I popped this in the fridge in our room. (great for having a beer the next day on the beach) Being all inclusive, I wasn't prepared to pay $10 for a bottle of beer from the mini bar. All inclusive means wearing a wrist band all the time. You soon forget about it though. Everything you have you sign for and I mean everything. This didn't bother us though. Room boys didn't speak great english but we tipped them every other day. They changed our towels twice per day and kept the rooms very clean from sand we'd dragged in. The bar staff were very funny. Always polite and curtious. Crab racing was fun to watch. The Kareoke was interesting to say the least. Check out the Magic Show... it was so cheesey (something you'd expect on a butlins holiday back in the early 80's. The swimming pool was very small considering the amount of people the island can hold. But when you have the indian ocean at your feet, why be by the pool? Beach Boys swept the beach daily, getting rid of dead coral etc following on from the tsunami. Much of the coral including the local reef was all but dead but there was still an array of fish. (having never done it before) I found it all to be very good but can see why experianced divers would be dissapointed. The water sports bar was very good. We took out a jet ski on a couple of occasions along with riding some weird rubber thing behind a boat. Not so fun when you fall off in the middle of the ocean but thats all the fun of it. The staff made you feel very safe. If your looking to get away from the rush of day to day life in the uk then I reccomend the Maldives. Although it rained alot when we went, it was great to find the peace and quiet we'd longed for. I probably wouldn't go back to this island again but would certainly try others in the future. I've written complaints to First Choice about our flight problems but they just seem to fob you off. (not finished with them yet) but their check in staff certainly need some customer training in how to be polite. Any questions you may have then please do contact me."
- Travel date: 1st April 2007
Avoid Paradise island resort
"Maldives is a glimpse of paradise but stay at Paradise island resort is the worst mistake to make. This staff is cold and gruff and often rude. The prices for everything are astronomical and the hotel manages to charge you for everything without informing you in advance. Paradise island resort is supposed to be 5 star hotel but nothing there convinces you of the same. There are billing errors and so do check your bills very carefully, as some of the errors look intentional. The staff speaks very little English and is by no standards trained to deliver courteous service. We went on a full board package and would recommend that you get everything in writing before you pay for this resort. We had a serious issue about drinking water charges. It was supposed to be included in the package but till last minute of checkout , the hotel kept insisting on charging us. There is some amount of racial prejudice towards Indians (Europeans are certainly given a smile). DEspite this, The beach and the view is amazing and Maldives is a must visit destination."
- Travel date: 25th March 2007
"Don't stay at Paradise Island. Our family of 5 stayed in 2 beach bungalows and we will never go back. The cleaners were very good but so grumpy ! The bar and waiting staff were often non attentive and always looked at us disapprovingly. Bascially be prepared to spend a lot of money on the island even after you have paid 5 star 'all inclusive' deals. You even have to pay to use the 'games' room. Don't bother to visit the capital Male island unless you like being stared at and followed by strangers. We couldn't wait for the boat to take us back to the resort spending most of the day camped at the dock next to the police station ! Don't bother with the deep sea fishing either unless you enjoy getting your hands cut by HAND lines. Yes, buddy no fabulous rods and reels here. Go to Cairns in Queensland instead. A quarter of the price and fabulous Aussie hospitality."
- Travel date: 23rd March 2007
Do Not Stay Here
"No matter how many good reviews you read about this hotel, DO NOT stay here. The location is beautiful but the hotel is run horribly. Everyone who works here is rude and uncooperative, especially the management. The rooms, all of which are called 'super deluxe" are hiddeous with dirty decor and ants all over the place. The hotel is owned by the Maldivian Minister of Finance and it shows. There are hidden fees all over the place. It is 5 USD for a water bottle and no water is provided for you anywhere at the hotel in the searing heat. They provide absolutley nothing and charge for everything: the gym, snorkeling, airport pick up. It is unbelievable. Their only pool is tiny and has maybe 20 chairs around it for the 600 people staying here. The beach is dirty and unkept. The hotel staff insisted on holding our return tickets for us and then LOST THEM and would take no responsibility for the missingn tickets. And i could continue with all of the disappointments for hours. The bottom line is, with the low price,you think you are saving money but with all the extra fees, it is better to stay at a nicer more expensive hotel and actually enjoy your trip."
- Travel date: 20th March 2007
Paradise Island Resort & Spa is also called
- Paradise Island Resort
- paradise island hotel
- paradise island resort maldives