Angaga Island Resort & Spa

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Reviews summary

4
Good
574 reviews
Brilliant
292
Good
215
Average
41
Poor
11
Awful
15
  • 1 room
  • 1 pool
  • 5 beach
  • 1 service
  • 1 dining
  • 1 amenities
  • 1 food

11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Very old, cockroach infested resort - nice reef though.

1
Awful
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Reviewed 24th December 2010

"Having read all the raving reviews we decided to visit Angaga Island for our second trip to the Maldives in May 2010. Previously we stayed in Veligandu and were impressed by the whole experience. We were expecting similar conditions, especially having paid more for Angaga. Accommodation After arriving and being shown our Water Villa we were in for a shock - apparently we have gone back it time and visited the early 1990s... and the maintenance people clearly had at least a decade off. The villa was very dated and badly worn - the wooden floor had big gaps in it, the glass door to our private terrace wouldn't close completely and there was a big gap under the entrance door (severity of which we would realize later). There was mold on the armchair cushions and in the AC unit, beach towels and curtains had noticeable tears. In the bathroom we noticed towels on the floor and were informed that there is a drainage problem in the shower (because of the sand clogging up the pipes) and the towels are there to stop the flooding. We were also advised to keep the bathtub and sink plugged whenever we're not using it (weird, eh?). We asked to see other rooms, but they were all the same - the staff openly admitted that they realize the resort is dated (according to them, mainly because of the climate and heavy weather) and might not be what we (Europeans?) are accustomed to. The wooden jetty leading to the water villas also hadn't stood the test of time - it was a big splinter hazard - definitely in desperate need of attention. The safe was only in the reception, and the hotel personnel went with us every time we wanted to put or take something from our safe, because the only way to open it was to use our and their key simultaneously. What's more when we opened the safe he was rudely watching what we have there. Food The food was basically the same every day. Eatable, but nothing special. Unfortunately the food in the buffet was not being covered by anything and there were a lot of flies on it. This forced us to eat only the things we saw being prepared, thus limiting our section significantly - not the All Inclusive we were hoping for. Insects (Cockroaches!) The second night in Angaga we found out why there was a big can of insect spray next to the door of our "villa". We encountered large (3-4 cm long) flying (!) 'American' cockroaches (and smaller 'regular' ones as well) in our room! For the same reason we were also not able to go out to our terrace after dark, or even open the door for that matter - shame, since the water around the villa is beautifully lit. Due to the gaps in the floors and under the doors were forced to fumigate the room and sleep with the light turned on - not what you expect from an expensive, relaxing trip to the Maldives. Ah yes, that was also the reason we were advised to plug the sinks - apparently cockroaches use the pipes to commute from one house to another. Island / House reef The island and the house reef are very nice. The beaches were very beautiful, although there was trash washed out by the sea laying around at places. The plethora of colorful fish at the house reef was impressive. We even got to swim with a very friendly turtle. Conclusion Being the Maldives the scenery of the Angaga island and its reef is stunning, having said that the resort itself is in desperate need of refurbishment and has an insect problem. Bottom-line is there are much better places to visit in the Maldives and Angaga can not be recommended in its current state. It is apparent that the owners of this resort are taking advantage of the very good reviews the place got in the past and are hoping to milk it as much as possible before finally closing the resort for a much needed major refurbishment."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 24th December 2010
  • 5 Beach
  • 1 Room
  • 1 Pool
  • 1 Service
  • 1 Dining
  • 1 Amenities
  • 1 Food

fabulous honeymoon on Angaga

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 8th November 2012

"As a start to a holiday the seaplane transfer and short boat trip across the lagoon, followed by a warm and friendly greeting, cool scented flannels and a cocktail, has to be hard to beat. And the rest of the holiday really lived up to this standard, as follows: 1. the Island With a very laid-back, relaxed atmoshere, Angaga is fabulous if you just want to do nothing or very little. The island is extremely beautiful, with soft white sandy beaches all the way around (although as a previous reviewer points out the beach is rather eroded on the one side, with sandbags in evidence). Away from the beaches there's not much to see other than the path between the jetty to the water bungalows and the bar/restarant. This is lovingly landscaped on either side, with lily ponds and informal planting and of course shaded overhead by palm trees. The snorkelling was excellent with a wide range of marine life in evidence, reef and nurse sharks, rays, turtles and so many different kinds of fish easily seen very close to shore. 2. Accomodation We had a water bungalow, which was spacious and relatively private, with a large terrace. The bamboo theme and the prints on the walls are a bit strange but it's a nice space with dark wood floors, a large bathroom and a terrace looking out over the lagoon or the reef depending which side your bungalow is on. To be honest though I would have been happy with a beach bungalow, they looked lovely. Apart from the location in the water bungalows you get bathrobes, wooden sunloungers with cushion instead of plastic ones and tea and coffee making facilities, also they are larger. It's personal preference whether you feel it would be worth spending the extra. 3. Meals Meals are buffet style and taken in the main restaurant. You keep the same table and waiter throughout your stay. The food was very good, with a large amount of choice at each meal, however if you becaome tempted to try everything every day then the menu could becaome a bit samey so we learnt to pick and choose to avoid repitition. The home-made type cakes were a particular favourite for us. In addition a wide range of snacks are available from the bar/coffee shop between 10-12 and 3-5. 4. Bars Service in the two bars was uniformly excellent and a good range of drinks was available. the house wine was fine if sometimes a bit warm and the cocktails certainly had a kick. 5. All-inclusive option You can upgrade to all-inclusive from half board on arrival for $44 per person per day. They let us do this from day 2 because we didn't arrive until 5pm on the first day. For this you get lunch, a limited range of snacks in the bar (really just sandwiches and toasted sandwiches), beer and wine by the glass, water by the large bottle, soft drinks and cocktails. spirits are not included. For comparison, beer is about $3.50 a glass, as is house wine, spirits are about the same, mixers about $2. Cocktails range from $5-$10. there is a 10% service charge to be added to all these prices. 6. Facilities The island has a water sports centre where you can hire canoes, hobie cats and windsurfers etc at what seemed to be reasonable rates. They often offered free taster sessions. I visited the excellent and beautiful spa and had a very relaxing treatment. I was treated fabulously and left feeling very pampered. Prices were reasonable. The shop is well stocked (souvenirs, snacks, stuff you might need like sunglasses, sarongs etc) and again I was surprised it wasn't more expensive (probably because the pound is so strong against the dollar). A small range of sporting facilities (table tennis, dartboard, football pitch, badminton and tennis court) complete the picture but really a holiday on Angaga island resort can be summed up by their own slogan "the art of doing nothing"."

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  • Travel date: 2nd April 2007

Wonderful and Relaxing

4
Good
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Reviewed 21st December 2012

"We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Angaga - just the tonic for a stressed IT executive and his wife! I'm already planning my next Maldives trip having returned to snow and now rain. Outward journey: Flew with Sri-Lankan direct from LHR to Male. Good airline with plenty of legroom and decent food/entertainment (tip - join their Skywards club and you can reserver your seats in advance). Usual slick transfer to seaplane flight - within two hours of touching down at Male we were on the island with cool towels and a fruit cocktail - then straight into the lovely clear water. Island: Lovely and peaceful with lots of palm trees and wide beaches around most of the island. However on the North side the strong winds had eroded the beach so that the tree roots were showing but it wasn't unattractive. The Lagoon on this side is very narrow and shallow but very close to the reef drop off. On the opposite side the lagoon is clear, large and perfect for swimming with quite a few fish (we saw rays and large eels right next to the shore). Its a very peaceful island with most people either sunbathing snorkelling or out diving. No evening entertainment which was just how we wanted it Rooms: When we arrived we spent our first night in their Garden rooms. Not on the beach and no sun-loungers for perfectly ok for one night and they moved us to our Beach Villa at 9.00am the next day. They offered us a free upgrade to a Water Villa as compensation but we were happy with our Beach Villa. We were in Room 139 which was facing the sunset on the wide beach near the large lagoon area which was perfect for us. Room itself was lovely and spacious with an outdoor bathroom. There was a lovely swing seat outside on the verandah which was great for an afternoon snooze. The room could do with a some chairs on the verandah (and some cushions on the sun-loungers) Food: All meals were buffets with a massive range of dishes and the quality was very high. Only niggle is that the choice for each meal was similar each day so it can be repetitive but this wasn't really a problem for us Weather: Perfect - hot and sunny for the whole week no sign of rain at all (apart from at the airport hotel waiting for our flight). Quite windy at times from the NE but this was a relief from the heat on the SW side Snorkelling: Really excellent - lots of new coral growth and a staggering array of fish. Highlight was the resident turtle and grey reef sharks. Really felt that you saw something new every time you went in the water. Reef drop is gentler than other resorts so no cliffs/overhangs/caves. Also quite tricky to get to at low tide. Took the snorkelling excursion to a nearby island but not as good as the house-reef and not all that well organised Return Journey: Minor panic on the night before we left as they had us down for a 5am departure even though our flight home was not until 11pm. Managed to sort it out but took a bit of time. Spent a few hours at the Airport Hotel as we had about 4 hours to kill - highly recommended as the pool area is really lovely, and the food is good value and pretty good. Flight home via Colombo Overall: Had a wonderful relaxing week and the island is really lovely. There are a few very minor niggles as I've pointed out. Nothing major and nothing that would stop me returning but just feel that with a little bit more attention to detail it could be even closer to perfection. If you want a quiet relaxing holiday on a natural island with great beaches, swimming and snorkelling then I'd recoomend Angaga"

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  • Travel date: 13th February 2007

Honeymoon in Angaga

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 22nd December 2012

"We spent 13 days in Angaga on our honeymoon in September 2006. We travelled from Bucharest, Romania via Istanbul, and from there with Emirates to Dubai and then Male. The transfer with the seaplane was great, marvellous views, however extremely hot. We arrived at Angaga after more than 20 hours of flying and we were extremely exhausted, but when we saw the island we immediately woke up. The first evening and the following day were a bit annoying as it rained most of the time. We stayed in a water bungalow (room 155 was really nice) and during the first night the wind was blowing so hard that we could not sleep very well (you can really feel the swing most of the times, even when the sea is calm). Snorkeling was really great, although we understand that the tsunami affected the house reef. Food is ok, the restaurant is nice and the bars are ok. The Sundown bar which is next to the water villas offers great views on sunset and it is worth spending half an hour there each day for the view. Cocktails and drinks are not extremely expensive, however you can build up quite big bills after a week or so. We really loved the time we spent on the island and we would definitely come back (we promised we would come back on our 10th aniversary) but in the meantime we will probably try other islands. Angaga is a small island (I guess there are no more than 75 rooms) and it offers lots of privacy, which makes it very attractive for honeymooners or people on romantic trips. Most of the tourists are Germans, there are a few Japanese and even fewer Brits."

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  • Travel date: 7th January 2007

Great little island

3
Average
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Reviewed 23rd October 2012

"I'll start by saying that we had pretty dreadful weather during our two weeks at Angaga, unusual for December in the Maldives. At the resort, they told us that they hadn't experienced the normal rainy season around June and suggested that it had arrived late! So we had lots of wind and rain, very rarely blue skies which made snorkelling a bit tricky, sometimes impossible as the house reef (which is absolutely excellent if you can access it!) was on the side of the island enduring the strong winds. The sea was pretty rough most days. Whilst this was a big shame we still really appreciated Angaga. It is a small, natural island that has been developed sympathetically, using local materials for the majority of the building works and furniture with sand creating the floors in most places. It is an un-fussy, un-pretentious laid back type of island. We have visited other islands that are definitely more classy: more frills and finishing touches in comparison. I would rate it a 3* even though it is reported to be a 4* by some. But I think part of Angaga's charm is that it is 'basic'. I suppose some people might not like the slightly worn-look of the accomodation, which looks like it is in need of a bit of tlc. We stayed in a beach bungalow and really appreciated the privacy it offered as well as the fabulous Maldivan swing on the front porch. The outdoor bathroom was lovely, although those who 'don't do' ants, should be cautious! From what I could see all of the Bungalows have direct access to the beach, no more than 20-30ft away. The Water Bungalows looked nice, certainly newer looking. They are detached and have direct access to the water. Talking of the beaches, I think they are one of Angaga's selling points. They are really gorgeous, relatively wide and encircling the whole of the island, with a choice of lagoon or reef. Having been to other islands, this isn't always the case. The food was mostly good. There is lots of choice every night (lots of fresh fish) although we did find that the chefs preferred to fry the food which started to grate towards the end of the holiday. But after 14 nights I am sure most people start to pick faults. The restaurant has a relaxed vibe though which made it enjoyable. Breakfast was basic but sufficient. There are two bars; one near the restaurant which is really pleasant and unsually for the Maldives we found that the cocktails do have a bit of a kick (hurrah) and the other is at the end of the water bungalows, which has great views (especially for sun sets). Most of the guests are German, although there were a couple of English and Japanses folk too. It's a big dive island (I can't comment on the diving being a snorkel fan) which meant that the beaches were often quiet and relatively empty. The spa is great; we had a couple of treatments each and could not find fault. Try the hot stones massage, bliss. The tennis court has seen better days. If you are looking for a private, quiet, really pretty, natural island with an accessible and fantastic house reef then Angaga is for you. If you want a bit of a 'wow' factor with amenities and accomodation then perhaps it's not for you."

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  • Travel date: 20th December 2006

Great Snorkelling

3
Average
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Reviewed 20th December 2012

"We arrived for 9 nights by seaplane. The setting is magical with only the water villas spoiling the landscape. On arrival we were told that the room we had booked was not available and if we would like to stay in a water villa for 2 nights at no extra expense we could do. I purposely did not book a water villa as I do not like them. They then offered us a suite on 2 floors. This was not acceptable as the bathroom was downstairs and the bedroom upstairs and we get up in the night and had visions of falling down the stairs! We were then offered part of the owners accomodation. This was lovely not that much different from the beach villas but with a huge indoor bathroom and a lounge. Some other people had the other bedroom for a couple of nights but this was no problem. It also had its own private deck on to the sand and was about 10 steps from the sea which was the calmest part of the island. It also was very close to the dive shop, restaurant and the front desk. The beach villas we visited were very nicely done so we would return for them. We were full board but the food was very monotonous. It was always buffet style but to be fair quite a lot of the fish and chicken were cooked in front of you so was very fresh. They only had one variety of fish apart from the occassional time they had prawns. Every night it was either pancakes which were excellent or fruit fritters with pretty poor cakes and luckily always fresh fruits. The waiter we had in the restaurant was lovely and very friendly. The snorkelling is fantastic as the house reef is so close. Lots of different varieties of fish including eagle rays, white tip sharks (not dangerous) turtles and large parrot fish and many others some in huge shoals. The diving was very good and they even saw Manta Rays even though it was not the season for them. Also whale sharks. The only compaint on the diving side, which was extremely professionally run, was that the dive boats went out in the morning at 9 a.m. and came back at 12 and then did not go again until 3 and returned at 5 rather than doing a 2 tank dive all together. The trip to see the Whale Sharks was an all day trip leaving at 9 and returning about 3.30. It was not such a good arrangement if you were a couple where one was a diver and the other a non-diver. It would have been good to have been given some information on arrival about the resort and what was on offer e.g. trips. They only ran one snorkelling trip a week and you could not go out on dive boats which is normally the case. There was a guest co-ordinater who my husband thought was a figment of my imagination as he did not see her until we were due to leave the island. The manager was also pretty invisible except I made a comment to one of the dive people that I was surprised that a religious Muslim couple chose to go there on holiday and was informed it was the Manager's wife who came for the weekends! The front desk was unfriendly and unhelpful. The door to the main part of our rooms was locked and we had not been given a key - it took a half an hour to get the key and two visits to reception which was about 20 seconds away! There was never anyone on the front desk when it was meal times and consequently when most people were around. The spa was specatular - run by girls from Bali who were superb at their job. The treatments were not overpriced either. The bar areas are great and comfortable and the drinks not overpriced compared to other islands we have stayed at in the Maldives. On the whole a great holiday but don't go for the food."

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  • Travel date: 1st September 2006

Fabulous island and weather!!

4
Good
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Reviewed 21st December 2012

"I stayed 8 nights in a Water Villa on Angaga this month. I arrived at the beginning of July, and was worried about the weather, worried about the transfers, etc! It was my first time in the Maldives, and overall I had a great time!! Here are my thoughts... Travelling to Maldives: I flew direct to Male, with Sri Lankan. The flight was 10 hours or so and I was in an early row (8), which I thought was better as it felt smaller than the many rows together in the back. Check in was a nightmare - I arrived 3 hours before departure and went straight to the gate afterwards, and even that left me only 20mins at the gate or so. So leave plenty of time if you need to check in at Heathrow!! The transfer from Male airport to the seaplane was easy - I was met outside the airport and driven straight to the seaplane port. Angaga took 40mins or so, which is longer than it would have taken direct but we made stops en route. So when booking bear in mind that if your island is further away, the actual time in the seaplane could be much longer than that advertised as they will make a few stops. The seaplane was boiling inside, but there were 2 fans at the front so if you feel the heat, try to sit in the front row. Great views on the journey! Angaga Island & the Villas: Beautiful, small, natural island. Each Villa or Water Villa has its own deck/ terrace, though I felt that some of the Beach Villas were not very private - their terrace was next to a path or fronted on to the beach where people walked past. I opted for a Water Villa, which was more private (I felt) and I loved being on the water. The other bonus was that you get a nice breeze on the deck, whereas it was very close on the main island. The water was quite noisy at night, so not for very light sleepers, but I liked the waves rustling against the stilts, and the occasional sway! Better than the rumble of the London tube anyway!! :-) Each Water Villa deck wraps around a few walls of the Villa (I think they are hexagonal or octagonal) so I got the sun from 9 until about 5. I was in Villa 170, on the right hand side of the villas when looking at them from the beach, and I think this side was better for direct sun. 170 is the first on the right when walking from the island, which meant people walking to the villas could see onto my deck - the most private villa from this point of view would have been 161. But I never felt uncomfortable on 170 - the island is not populated enough to make you feel uncomfortable anyway! The steps into the sea from the deck are great - can be a bit slippery because of the algae growing on the bottom ones, but this was great as lots of fish feed on them too, so you see some great things up close! I also had a couple of small crabs living on mine, who seemed tame and happy enough. Also, I was usually wearing snorkel feet so I didn't mind them being there! One thing to note is that the water is not calm - it's not rough either but there is definite movement, so getting back up the slippery steps, with the waves drawing you back and forth, can be challenging! Took me about 5 attempts to claw my way back up the first time!! There is a definite knack, and for this reason I wouldn't let kids use the steps unsupervised. Eating & drinking: There are 2 bars and 1 restaurant, where you will take all your meals. The food is plentiful and quite varied - obvious Asian influences but there were also some "western" dishes like potato wedges. As a rule there were 4 rice dishes or so (e.g. egg fried, fish rice etc), 1 potato (mash, boiled, dauphinoise etc), fish steaks (e.g. Jack fish) and meat steaks, a few curry dishes (vegetable, chicken/ meat, fish) and then lots of vegetables (creamed spinach, sweet corn, French beans etc). Then there is a salad bar, with carrot, cabbage, small slices of pizza, kidney beans, olives etc. Lot's of dressings/ oils are available. There is also a dessert table, with 10 or so dishes of tortes, puddings etc cut into inch cubes - so you can take 3 or 4 pieces to try. There is also fresh fruit and coffee/ tea available. Drinks on the All Inc option are as follows: beer, house wine by the glass, some cocktails (on separate menu), soft drinks, juices, mineral water. Spirits did not seem to be included as I was charged for a G&T. Prices are OK though - $3 for a beer (roughly half pint) and $5 for a cocktail, so if you are not a big drinker weigh up whether it's worth going All Inc. Water was $1.50 for a big bottle I think, though as I had it free I didn't pay too much attention! I drank 3 big bottles of water a day on average, as it was so hot. Even on All Inc they still present you with a bill each time, and then reception remove the free stuff before you check out. The weather: I went at the beginning of July and had been really worried that it would rain the whole time!! Even though the room boy kept telling me it was not good weather, I was more than happy with blue skies, and hot temps all day long (32-35 degrees) and then if it drizzled in the evenings I didn't much mind. The sun really only came out from 9am, so maybe in peak season it's boiling from sunrise but this didn't bother me at all. One evening we had a storm and lots of rain, but this was beautiful to watch from the Sundowner Bar, and there were 2 raincoats in the wardrobe anyway! I had 7 whole days there, and I would say that 3 were perfect, 3 were sunny but overcast at times with light periods of rain, and one was stormy. The people: The service was great (bar service could be slow, but then they were making a lot of cocktails, so it takes a few mins) - all men apart from in the spa - and I would recommend the island for anyone looking for a chilled out, lazy vacation. Basically there is your deck, the beach, the lagoon & sea, snorkelling, scuba, windsurfing and the sun. No nightclubs, no arranged sports, no rep activities... I preferred it all the more for this. There are trips you can sign up for in reception, I never got around to this but the prices looked OK. Most guests were German or Japanese and there were some Italians - think I was the only Brit at first and then another couple arrived. All very friendly though it wasn't the sort of place you could strike up conversation at the bar. People kept to themselves and with fixed tables at dinner, you had no real reason to mix. There was a mix of couples and families, with one or two singletons. The kids tended to be 5 yrs+ and seemed happy enough in the shallow waters! And that's all I can think of..... I'll add some photos too. Enjoy it if you go!!"

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  • Travel date: 12th July 2006

Simply fantastic!

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 20th December 2012

"Angaga is gorgeous - exactly what you would expect a tropical paradise island to look like. You can walk round the island in 15 minutes or so, but inevitably it takes longer as you swish through the turquoise sea, ogling the fish or watching the resident heron ‘at work’. There are two distinct ‘sides’ to the island. The ‘back’, where the house reef is closest to the beach, has uninterrupted views over the ocean but is also windier (at the time of year we went, January). The other side faces the lagoon (and the water bungalows) and isn’t windy at all. Suited us much better, and there’s plenty of shade if it gets too hot. However, there really aren’t any ‘bad’ bungalows on the island. Also, a list goes up at reception every evening showing which bungalows are being vacated the next day, and you can ask at reception to move into one of them if you want to change. There are three two-storey ‘bungalows’ for families. The bungalows had everything we wanted - plenty of space, air conditioned, partly open-air shower, big (slightly firm) bed. The bungalows aren’t hugely luxurious like some of the photos of other resorts I’ve seen, but then that was part of the attraction for us - they’re certainly more than adequate and very comfortable. We really felt at home there during our stay. The room was cleaned twice a day, towels changed every other day. Beach towels are provided. No mattresses for the sunbeds, though. You don’t need any shoes at all on Angaga; some people wore flip flops in the evening, but most didn’t. There’s one path running through the ‘interior’ of the island, behind the bungalows, but the rest is just white sand and trees. Dress is as casual or as smart as you wish, including in the restaurant and bars, as long as you dress decently. We had thought we might upgrade to a water bungalow while there, but in the event decided to stay in the beach bungalow. We liked the choice of setting: there was the porch with Maldivian swing, which was always shady, or you could put your sunlounger in dappled shade among the trees just in front of the bungalow. And if you want full sun, just move about ten paces forward and you’ve got it. Best of all worlds, really, and quite private. You can hear the hum of the generator (I presume that’s what it is) all over the island (except in the water bungalows), but it’s not a problem (well it wasn’t for us). Don’t know if it’s the same on every island, but they have to generate electricity, so I reckon it’s a price worth paying. The snorkelling from the beach is fantastic. For about half the island’s circumference, the house reef is literally a few feet from the beach, and there are gaps in it where you can walk through. Never seen so many fish in my life. Recognised some of them, but most of them were just soooo exotic. And you can even see loads of fish just from the jetty. We saw a turtle, stingray, vermillion reef cod and something-huge-and-unidentified, all on one evening on the way to the bar for a sunset cocktail! All meals are buffet style. The food was excellent - not gourmet or nouvelle cuisine, but plenty of it, well prepared, and very satisfying. Had to start rationing ourselves after the first couple of days of gorging!! The food is cooked fresh, and there’s plenty of choice, including for vegetarians. Loads of desserts, and lots of fresh fruit. There are two bars, one by the restaurant and one at the end of the water bungalow jetty. Both good, with comfy seating and excellent service. We were all inclusive, so were ‘restricted’ to beer, soft drinks and cocktails (not much of a hardship!), plus house wine in the restaurant. It suited us very well - don’t know if we ‘beat the house’ (which wasn’t the intention anyway), but we didn’t go short! Most important, though, being AI meant we didn’t have to worry about how much drinks were costing. Prices on Angaga are quite reasonable, but even so you could easily run up a hefty bar bill - not least because of all the bottles of water you need. (Incidentally, on AI you can have as much bottled water as you want and take it away with you - there’s a fridge in the room, which was very handy). If you have to pay, beer and water are USD 3.00, soft drinks a bit cheaper. House wine in the restaurant is very cheap, at USD 6 for half a litre, USD 11 for a litre. Bottles of wine start at around USD 20. The facilities on the island are fairly limited, which is one of the reasons we chose Angaga. There’s a football pitch (used by the staff at 5.00 pm each day), a tennis court (too hot!), table tennis, darts, and a well-stocked and very reasonably priced shop, which sells most essentials as well as souvenirs. Oh and there’s a ‘library’ for swapping books. There’s also a Coconut Spa for massages and all manner of treatments. It’s staffed by Balinese masseuses. We had a ‘traditional Asian massage’ - 50 minutes of sheer bliss. They offer a 20% discount during the daytime, which made it even better, and persuaded us to do it twice. Definitely recommended! On Tuesday nights (while we were there anyway) there’s a live band. They’re very good, and you’ll recognise all the songs they play. Quite a lot of people dancing too. Also, there’s a ‘beach dinner’ once a week or so, as long as it’s not too windy. There are excursions to a desert island, local island, fishing trips, snorkelling/diving trips, etc., as well as to Mirhi and Hilton Rangali. We only did the desert island - good but a bit pricey (USD 100). After that it all seemed too much effort, so we just gave in to the laziness. After all, we’d found what we were looking for in Angaga - why go looking for something else?! The majority of the guests on the island were German-speaking (German, Austrian, Swiss), though there were a fair number of Brits, and also a few Japanese and French people. Didn’t bother us at all, but I guess if you want to be surrounded by loads of Brits, then Angaga might not be the ideal place. This was our first time in the Maldives, so can’t compare Angaga with other islands from personal experience. All in all, though, Angaga was perfect in just about every way for us. We had a wonderful time, totally relaxing. If you’re looking for an ultramodern, designer island that’s manicured to bowling-green standard in every detail, then it may not be ideal for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a beautiful, relaxed, laid-back, friendly island where you feel completely free and at ease on an island that still feels natural in many ways, then Angaga could be for you!"

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  • Travel date: 11th February 2006

Fantastic hotel - great staff!

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 22nd December 2012

"Not been to Maldives before but discovered Angaga through German language diving website. This is truly a paradise - small but has everything you would want including diving and snorkelling, spa treatments, day trips. Recommend the Water Villas over the Beach Bungalows, worth the extra money. Best of all the staff and the best guy is the General Manager Ramesh Ramachandran - he was the perfect host. Polite and knowledgeable, nothing was too much trouble and he met every request we had quickly and courteously."

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  • Travel date: 29th January 2006

Paradise

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 8th November 2012

"We do not want to really review this paradise - being selfish, we do not want too many people to find it! We have never been back to same place twice (and we are very well travelled). We have to make an exception with Angaga and are going back again in February 2006. The island is truly beautiful, we were pampered by staff, fed and watered (fantastic bar and restaurant) to remarkably high standards and nothing was too much trouble for anyone. We really felt like royality throughout our whole stay. The beautiful white sandy beach is second to none and is continuous around the whole island, with the house reef close to shore teaming with a great variety of fish and lots of turtles, with dolphins swimming offshore. We should not wish our lives away, but are just dreaming of next February, landing on Angaga and kicking off our shoes for three heavenly weeks. To all the wonderful Angaga team, Zuhair and especially Haneef, who all made our stay so memorable thankyou. From Stuart and Ann, Torquay, Devon, Great Britain."

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  • Travel date: 26th July 2005

Peace & Quite!!-That's Angaga!!

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Reviewed 31st October 2012

"My wife and I have just returned from Angaga, we would definately recommend it to anyone looking for peace and quite. Whilst you can walk around the island in less than 20 mins. it has two distinct sides to it, rooms 101 to 130ish are on the reef side of the island and have a cooling breeze, while rooms 131ish to 150 are on the sheltered lagoon side and while having a calmer sea, offer no respite from the seering heat. It is a very big Dive island,if you don't dive (the snorkelling is excellant),you have the island just about to yourself during the day. Just a word of warning - if you like lots to do other than Sun Sea and Sand this is not for you, there is very little nightlife, most of the island is in bed by 9.30pm. As for nationalities it was 95% German with the remaining 5% British and Italian. All in all, if you are into diving,snorkelling or just want peace and quite,this is a place well worthy of consideration."

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  • Travel date: 8th March 2005

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