20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Please Beware you pay a lot to be so upset by what meets you.
"Went in May for two weeks with my partner. So disappointed with the JBV. Small, yes it is very modern. The majority of the jacuzzi beach villas are semi detached and there is so many requests for the detached villas that they are at a premium. Be prepared that you will not get one even if you email the resort before you go. Outside bathroom in the semi detached offered no privacy could here our neighbours ( not what you want to hear). Upgraded to a water villa at our expense and to save our holiday after one night. Food the worst I have ever experienced bordering on offal, flies everywhere. So bad they burn corolla candles but that doesn't help. Rubbish ship parked on the beach near very busy jetty. They dump most of the rubbish at sea so it does get very unpleasant as some rubbish comes floating back to the island, not to mention the ecological damage. Management try to say that it is local islands. But where does that rubbish ship go at night? We suffered building works, think that they have finished now. Overbooking an everyday occurrence, upset people at every check in. Please read into some of the 'good' reviews as I have my suspicions that some of them are not genuine.People who try to warn other holiday makers are labeled 'moaners'. Beaches are non existent in parts so people move their allocated sunbeds around so it can get very crowded. There is an infestation of insects. cockroaches, ants and mosquitoes, so much so that they crawl over sun beds and tables. Management know what is going on and move problems around, when people complain they are offered sweeteners, a free meal for example, an upgrade. The rep Lou also knows what is going on but is complacent. An example. a couple moved twice when we were there due to cockroaches and finally ended up in a JWV for their last few days. I could go on about the negative aspects of this island but I will finish on a positive the reef is wonderful, well it is at the moment. Would we go again? Would not go even if it was a free holiday. Think carefully before you book there are so many better islands at around the same price. You have been warned, I wish we had taken the advice of an earlier reviewer that had warned people."
- Travel date: 2nd October 2011
worth waiting for
"Well I will not labour the point that we were delayed for 21 hrs by Thompsons and lost a day :( We eventually arrived in Male on Tuesday 1st of March at 0700, which meant there was abit of chaos at the airport, as we were earlier than scheduled. We were a party of 10 so after picking up welcome pack from Thompson, tickets from seaplane desk then checked luggage in. They weighed it and the 20kg per person plus 5 kg hand luggage was adhered to, the excess weight was put on the ticket and had to be paid at the seaplane terminal. We were charged $2 per kilo excess travelling with TMA. At the seaplane terminal, 2 of the group were put on the 0800, the remainder of us on the 0830 so a quick transfer. We arrived at the island 25 mins later minus luggage. The luggage did arrive on the next seaplanes. On arrival we were met by cold towel, drink and the guest relations officers who are mainly non Maldivian. Went through the usual documentation and allocation of prison bracelet for those on AI, it should be said you can have them loose but just donât lose them. We did have a wait for our room and so didn't get into ours until gone 11. As you can imagine given the delay, this did upset some of our group, but I suspect it was probably down to the late leavers and everyone a little bit over tired. Our room was BV 239 on the south side. This was the area where I had asked to be, the location was ideal, near the dive school and a nice bit of beach with plenty of shade. Some people would not like the location as it is near the main jetty so you have the coming and going of the dive boats etc but we enjoyed watching life going on. The villa: - which was detached had 2 chairs and table outside on the veranda, inside a 4 poster bed, mossie netting. Also a day bed with plenty of cushions which could be made into a single. 2 bedside tables, a writing table, mirror and open cupboard, which had the mini bar and shelves, there was also a kettle, coffee, tea sugar, 2 mugs, 2 beakers and 2 wine glasses. There was a DVD player and TV. There is a large double open wardrobe, with the safe, shelving, drawers and hanging space. The wood furniture is all black wood. Approx 10 hangers plus 2 cotton dressing gowns (one brown and one red, which could do to be larger). There was a fan, AC plus drop lights also individual reading lights on the headboard. The plugs were British 3 pin square but also 2 pin European available. The hair dryer is in the drawer of the main wardrobe. Bathroom - Has a covered area and then a small open walled garden, On one side 2 Wash basins, flannels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and cotton buds! 2 hand towels and 2 bath towels all soft. The shower is rain shower but there is also an attachment if you want to wash your delicate bits. The water does not drain away properly, it is a fault, so the bathroom floor can get flooded as it spreads and the tiles can be slippery when wet so be warned. There is a non slip mat for the shower. Bed linen, towels and beach (blue stripy) towels are changed daily. The mini bar is stocked daily replacing what you have used, there is a menu which lists all the items those indicated by AIP next to them are part of the AI, the others are chargeable. Funama restaurant, is where the Beach Villas and Garden Rooms eat, we were served by Ahmed, who was very helpful. We were a group of 10 and had an inside table Outside was possible if you wanted it. The food was excellent and there was plenty of choice, we had two veggies with us, who had no problem finding food to eat. If you want drinks at meal times your waiter will fetch them, the house wine isnât too bad, the red or rose being the most popular, also small bottles of water. breakfast- all types of bread, croissants, pastry's all types of cereal, full English breakfast, real bacon, beans etc, fried eggs, boiled, scrambled and omelettes ,Lots of fruit like watermelon, honey melon, oranges, apples, pineapples, pomegranates, mango, papaya etc 4 fruit juices and on Sunday â buck fizz or bloody Maryâs. Lunch and Dinner are also buffet style again; all types of bread, a lot of salads, starters, fresh fruit and desserts. There was at least 2/3 types of vegetables, curryâs with different types of rice, fish from the grill. Soup of the day, potatoes done all ways and on Sunday we had roast pork, gammon on another day, beef wellington, Duck also plenty of chicken but not always off the bone. On Fridays lunch time is later by half an hour to allow the staff time for Friday prayers. The Bars -Bonthi bar is the main one with outside seating and where all the entertainment is. There are seats in black and red, also 2 seater long bed type sofas. Robyn runs the bar and you do tend to get adopted by a waiter, we were by young Azzam, who was a poppet with the biggest cheekiest grin you could ever see. The cocktail of the day is part of the AI.They also do shish pipes starting for $5 and various flavours. The sunset bar was quieter, we loved watching the sunset from the infinity pool, cocktail in hand. The decor here is white and black seating but it is quieter, as there is no entertainment at night. Also the sand on the floor seems to be a better quality and softer at this end of the island. Iced coffees, which are a must but vary from bar to bar, we preferred the ones in the bonthi bar and they are especially good with rum! The entertainment is as listed but we found that at times it was so loud that you couldnât hear yourself speak even if you were outside on the decking. Smoking is only allowed outside of the rooms and decking of the bars. The island itself â All rooms are done including the garden rooms, which has similar furniture to the BVs but smaller so space around the bed is tight. They are still chopping greenery back, planting and re-sanding. Once a week, a large boat arrives to take all the rubbish away from the main jetty which is near BV 241. Otherwise the island is green, plenty of shade, flowers and will get better when things have had more time to mature The football pitch (astro turf) and gym are in the centre. The staff enjoy a staff v guestâs game on a Sunday, but be warned they are fast, nimble and normally win The North side is darker and doesnât have a lot of beach in front of the rooms except at the sunset end or by the Asian wok. It does get the sun in the morning but was quite shady in the afternoon. This side seemed to have the most beach defences to prevent erosion especially in the middle and up towards the Asian wok. The south side IMO is the best especially between 240 to the start of the JWV, the beach is narrower towards the Asian wok after the bar. There are hammocks strung around the island but not many although one outside 240. Snorkelling and diving. The reef is the best I have been on in 7 trips 6 islands â there are 10 entry / exit points, but you should check the current. Each point is identified by a buoy and between each buoy is a floating ring for snorkelers to hold on to if they get tired. The reef is full of fish from sweet lips, trigger fish, tangs, butterfly, morays, jacks, octopus and plenty of coral such as table, stag and cabbage. We managed to dive the whole reef around the island; the reef is different depending on the time of day you swim on in it. North side is best in the morning and south best in the afternoon but the south is good all the time. The diving school is excellent and very professional. All divers have to do a mandatory check and reef orientation dive. You have a kit box and they have staff that ensure your box is either on the boat or waiting with a tank for a house dive. On return they will take your kit from you, wash it and then put it away to dry. All the staff are friendly and good fun. You can dive the house reef when you want between 0630 and 2000hrs or go on boat trips. If you go on the experienced diver dives, you can expect to have some very sporty dives. Highlights were from our dives were the whale shark, the mantas, the sharks and the guitar rays. Also the Kuda Maa wreck dive is excellent as it is teeming with fish and coral. Didnât use the spa myself but others of the party did and highly recommended it. A couple of our party used the Asian wok, which they enjoyed and thought it was reasonably priced. Personally with what was on offer in the buffet I didnât see the need. Checking out is done the night before between 8 and 10, this also includes your diving bill which you need to check before they send it to reception. Then anything buy after this time, you pay in the morning before you go. We were a mixed group and found the island catered for all of us, those more active had the kayaks, pitching green etc, for those of us just wanting to chill there was the sun loungers, sun set bar. I would say that Island is going to be popular for not only its reef but the standard of service, accommodation and food. It was IMO the best we have been to so far. Would I go again, You bet "
- Travel date: 17th April 2011
Promised much, delivered food poisoning, rotting rodants and cockroaches!
"Having visited the Maldives on numerous occasions, we holidayed on more of a budget this year (Jan-Feb 2011) - a major mistake in hindsight! Our room alone had numerous cockroaches and a rotting rodent under the veranda (which took several days to be removed), that's before you even get into small insects inside bread rolls and sliced bread and - easily worst of all - the serious food poisoning I suffered. As seasoned travellers to the Maldives, we've never experienced any of the above on any visit prior to going to Vilamendhoo. From what we've read on other holiday review websites and forums, many people seem to think Vilamendhoo is incredible but our experience was nothing short of shocking in the end. Case in point was when my food poisoning was raised with the holiday rep and island management. Attempts were made to brush it off initially and when we were invited to speak with the Head Chef (who wasn't Maldivian - all of the locals we've ever been in contact with are always wonderful) it was laughable had it not been so serious. We were told "it's not surprising you have people getting ill when you have to cater for 300 people on a buffet basis" and other such gems. Unbelievable. There was no real care over what we had eaten, no true attempt to get to the bottom of the cause which to us is a deriliction of duty. The very same night after we had spoken with the Head Chef, he spent the entire evening service sitting in the bar drinking beer and eating pizza wearing his chef's whites. In light of all we had experienced and his self proclaimed 'difficulty in catering for 300 people', we would have thought he'd be better placed in the kitchens leading his team and also working hard to ensure the food posioning wouldn't be replicated. When we saw Vilamendhoo advertised on the First Choice website we were impressed with how things looked following the refursbishment and for the price we thought it was worth considering. On arrival, we weren't blown away by any means as we've been to islands with far bigger and more inviting beaches and a more welcoming feel. That said, everything seemed ok to begin but it soon turned sour in our case. The best way to sum up Vilamendhoo for us is that it's all 'smoke and mirrors'. If you scratch the surface and look a little deeper beyond the new gloss and sheen, you'll most likely see (and smell if you have the misfortune we did!) some of the rodents, cockroaches and maybe even insects in the bread. We'll certainly never return to Vilamendhoo and wouldn't recommend it at all. You don't have to pay huge amounts more to go to some other amazing islands elsewhere in the Maldives which truly are paradise. All in all, the worst holiday experience we've ever had. Something we never expected from a part of the world we love so much. The only true good point, as referred to previously, are the Maldivians themselves but from what we saw they don't run the place! "
- Travel date: 20th February 2011
"We went to Vilamendho in Janaury this year for our honeymoon. We had a good flight with Thomson and found it very easy to get our seaplane transfer. The seaplane was a great experience, if somewhat noisy!! But its only about 20 minutes. Once the seaplane has landed you then have a 3 minute boat ride to the island and you are handed a cold flannel and coconut drink! We then were shown to out bungalow and the room boys had our suitcases there already. The room was basic, but it had everything we needed! We had one of the bungalows with an outside bathroom which was interesting. Thank god for the air con too! We had an excellent room boy that came twice a day to sweep the floor and sprayed insect repellent. But he always tried to go in and clean while we were out having breakfast or dinner. On our first night in the restaurant they had decorated our table and when we got back to our room the bed was decorated with flowers. Im not sure if it is like this around the whole island but we were allocated our own beach loungers which was excellent and the room boy put our towels and mat there every morning. The beach was soo clean. We were on the side the seaplanes landed which i loved! I think some people were unhappy about this because of the noise. Also the side we were on was the same side as the jettys and every Friday (i think) they had deliveries which took all morning and the boat was a bit noisy and smelly but it is a secluded island and if it wasnt for the deliveries we would of been very hungry and thirsty! So we didnt really mind, if anything it was interesting. Anyways, the food in the evening was good, such a huge variety, although just a huge variety of curries! But that is there diet. I am a fussy eater but found most nights, something i enjoyed. I must admit though, towards the end of the holiday the food was a bit repetitive. But the restaurant was everso clean and the food was always piping hot and fresh. Same with breakfast. We were only half board so dont know what lunch was like. For lunch we went to the sunset bar where we were made very welcome and the selection of food there was lovely. Toasties, chips, pizza, pasta etc! If you dont take enough books with you they have a selection of books at reception and also the internet. They have table tennis, tennis, volleyball etc. A gift shop which is resonably priced. They tell you to barter, which we did! All i can say is it was a perfect island.... we had people next to us on the beach but didnt feel overlooked or crowded. The reef is amazing, i didnt go snorkling or diving but people loved it out there. I would definatley go back, it is great for honeymooners. I think if you are reading this before going or thinking of booking this island you are not making a mistake, it is lovely. "
- Travel date: 16th June 2009
It felt like living at the airport
"This island was definitely the BIGGEST MISTAKE i have ever done with respect to holidays. It felt like being at the airport - there were water jets taking off as early as 5 am and as often as up to seven times a day! The food had no variety, they cooked four curries and rotated them every 3rd evening. The breakfast was cheap and poor, with no selection or salamis. We lived on fried eggs for the nine days of our stay. I dont even want to think of my cholesterole levels. The island was dirty, and the house reef was not better than on Filitheyo - Filitheyo is the much better choice. The bungalow density on Vilamendhoo is too high, hence you dont have any privacy at all - if you want to lie that clsoe to your neighbour and listen to their convesrations, you can save the money and have a holiday in Spain, just as crowded there. The staff was constantly expecting tips, and we were reminded every single day that we have to tip them! How arrogant!"
- Travel date: 21st April 2009
Just come back from this fantastic islan...
"Just come back from this fantastic island. We booked a superior room and ended up with the best bungalow on the island (room 31) which was at the end of the island with its own private beach. The beaches all round the island were pure white sand and the sea was the colour of bath water and often the same temperature. We love basic snorkelling and saw all kinds of fish especially reef shark that would swim only 2 feet from the shore (they were 2 feet long). The food was pretty good and also there was plenty to go at. No Chips and no bacon but that is not a bad thing is it? The service on the island was fantastic, all the restaurant serving staff and the bar staff were falling over themselves to help us and we had to more or less say that we had had enough otherwise they would top our drinks up all night. We went all inclusive and I think it paid off as there was no big bill at the end of the holiday. The sunset fishing trip was fun and hardly anyone caught anything but it was free for AI customers. The service at the Sunset bar was not as good as the service at the main bar and got a little colder at night so the main bar was the best place as it was sheltered. We would go again to this same island as it was fantastic and we were never tired of seeing the Seaplane come in especially as it came in at some strange angles. What we also liked was that the island was informal and I never wore any shoes or socks all holiday and always wore shorts. Finally one bit of advice - Take a torch as the pathways to your bungalows are often not very well lit, walking on the powder like sand after a few drinks in the dark is not always easy. Enjoy!!!"
- Travel date: 5th October 2008
we have just got back from this amazing ...
"we have just got back from this amazing holiday. there was a group of 24 of us mainly divers and it was the best place i have ever been to. the food is absolutely amazing with lots of choice. the rooms are basic but are cleaned twice daily. we had our sunbeds moved to the open beach area as outside the rooms it is very shaded in places, the staff move these very quickly and are happy to do anything for you. the snorkelling is like swimming in a massive fish tank, it is brilliant!! Oh yes please take no less than factor 25 as i tan very easily but i burnt big time, the sea breeze keeps you cool not realising that you are burning. the only thing that i would recommend is to take a torch as at night the paths are not very well lit up, i got lost of several occassions!! there isnt supposed to be any mosquitos but the group got quite a few bites, we used tiger balm from the shop and it worked very well!! only 6 dollars!! i wouldnt recommend taking children even though one of our friends took theirs aged 13 and 9 but they were constantly snorkelling but any children smaller there isnt much for them to do and no swimming pool. the sea plane which takes you to the island is brilliant especially if you arrive in daytime as you can see loads and loads of other islands. tipping is recommended at the end of the holiday especially to the cleaner, bar tenders and the man who moves the heavy sunbeds!!! valentines evening was gorgeous, tables were set out on the beach with candles and palm trees to seperate each table, the manager came and introduced himself and handed the ladies roses and gave out love heart chocs, the food was to die for lobster, seafood and lots of other stuff, well worth the $45 dollars each!! hoping to go every year now!!!!"
- Travel date: 20th February 2008
We stayed at Vilamendhoo from 7th Octobe...
"We stayed at Vilamendhoo from 7th October to 22nd October 2007. It was our 2nd time to the Maldives (went to Kuredu last year for our honeymoon), and we found this island completely different to our first Maldives experience. The island is a reasonable size, and takes about 15-20 minutes to walk around it. All the accommodation looked pretty much the same, except for a few deluxe rooms (looked the same as the others), and a few rooms in the middle of the island (wouldn't recommend those). We stayed in room 117 (we requested rooms 113 to 130 after reading other reviews) which was in a fantastic location, with a lovely beach outside the room and an excellent spot on the reef. The room was really close to the sunset bar (sitting out on the beach at night watching the shooting stars!), which was lovely, and wasn't far to the restaurant and reception. The food is great, although it did get a little "samey" after two weeks - great quality though, and fantastic curries and poppadums! The chefs were great and made fresh omelettes for me every morning and pasta at lunchtime. The best part of the food is the fish. There is fish at every course and it is so fresh - fantastic. The drinks were great - I lost count of the gin and tonics I had each day, but they were so refreshing. We shared our dinner table with another couple from the UK. We were a bit wary of this as last time we had a table for two, and we are quite quiet people who don't really like making polite chit-chat. But in fact it was one of the best parts of our hols as our table buddies were a real laugh. I always looked forward to going for meals. We had great fun at dinners. The staff on the island were fantastic. You got the few odd ones, but 99% were so helpful and loved chatting to you. We did a few of the trips whilst we were there: sunset fishing - good fun, didn't catch anything although must have had about 1,000 bites! The skipper and his assistant were really helpful baiting the hooks for us and everything - despite not speaking a word of the Queen's! We also had a romantic meal for two down at the sunset bar - the food was fantastic, immaculate everything and only 40 dollars each. And we did the half day barbecue trip to the deserted island - good fun although the snorkelling wasn't as good as Vil. Ok, so now onto why we went to the Maldives - the snorkelling. We aren't divers, but you don't need to be. This island was incredible for the marine life. The reef goes all the way round the island although you only really snorkel the two sides from one end to the other. As earlier said, outside our room was Exit 5 (There are 10 cut channels through the reef to the outer-reef, so you don't damage it when swimming to the outside), this exit was possibly the best one on the island with wonderful colour (finally seems to be growing back) and an abundance of fishes. We snorkelled both sides every day and saw so many fish including: Moray Eels, Lionfish, Titan Triggers, Clown triggers, Eagle Rays, Cow Tail Stingray, Black Tip Reef Shark, loads of Anenome fish (Clark's and Maldivian), Lobster, and all the colourful reef fish you normally see. The snorkelling was 100 times better than Kuredu (which was good too!). On our 2nd day there we were by our room when we heard someone shouting Whale Shark. We walked to the beach, and sure enough, about 20 metres from the beach was a Whale Shark swimming slowly by! I grabbed my camcorder and caught some of the action. It did a few passes, but as soon as a couple of snorkellers splashed out towards it, it disappeared. Amazing! We saw some dolphins patrolling the reef at another time. We did a few snorkel trips that the hotel organises, on the Dhonis. They cost 15 dollars each and are well worth a couple of hours of your time. Our room was immaculately clean. I agree the bathroom looks a bit dated, but it is so clean, you wouldn't mind. Our room didn't have an outside bathroom (about half of the rooms did and half didn't). We used the minibar every day as the prices were really reasonable, compared to other resorts. We loved this island, and I think would definitely go back for a lot of reasons, the main one being the snorkelling - fantastic. We really recommend this place - it's not a luxurious island, but it seems more rustic than others with a real Maldivian charm about the place. "
- Travel date: 10th November 2007
We've actually been to Vilamendhoo twice...
"We've actually been to Vilamendhoo twice, first in Sept '05 for a fortnight full board and then in Oct '06 for three weeks all inclusive, having previously stayed at Bandos and Villivaru (the former is lovely, but sea life doesn't come close, the latter was very run down, so Vilamendhoo was a good compromise at a very good price). I would say that if you have any choice, try shopping around for late deals, as on all four trips we have paid half the brochure price. We went back again to Vilamendhoo for the wonderful, incomparable sea life, accessible within metres of the rooms: neither of us scuba dive, but it was un-necessary, as with simple snorkelling equipment we saw everything we thought you'd need to scuba for, even an octopus! It was literally like swimming through an aquarium: hundreds of brightly coloured fish all around including small reef sharks, rays, pipe fish, cuttlefish, angelfish, batfish, coral, a turtle, lionfish, etc etc. The water is perfectly clear, and there is good snorkelling even in the shallows, but if you swim around the edge of the reef the current will gently carry you round from one entry point to another, and there is no need to take a boat, or swim back against the current. My top tip is to take the whale shark excursion (or hire a dhoni with crew to go the whale shark route if the trip isn't on), as both visits we have swam with whale sharks, and that is amazing beyond words (they are about the size of the dhoni, 9 or 10 metres long, and utterly graceful) and we have also seen dolphins en route on that excursion on both occasions also. The dive school is highly reputed and very active, and a great place to learn to scuba. The resort is informal, and not posh, but itâs perfectly adequate and very friendly. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Visitors are a mixture of German, French, and British. This is a place to really chill out, as there is nothing much to do, but lie in the sun, read, snorkel, eat, swim, or have a drink in the bar and socialise. There are some minor entertainments (a dance show, a film of underwater life, a disco) but that isn't what this resort is about, as its main appeal is to divers and snorkelers. The rooms are pleasant and clean, and spread around the island, but the location doesn't matter much as there is snorkelling all the way round the island, and it is only a short walk from one side to the other. You will get clean towels each day, and your bed made up twice a day, with pretty patterns folded in the sheet, and the room decorated on your last night. The food is a very broad buffet, with meat, fish, salad, curry, vegetables, pasta, etc. There is also a buffet breakfast and lunch, plus if you go all inclusive you also have the option of a tea-time snack of cake or a toasted sandwich or chips at the sunset bar. It did fine for a fortnight, but as I'm vegetarian I got a bit bored by the end of the second stay. I also didn't think we got good value out of being all inclusive, as I didn't like the house wines and we rarely had the appetite for the afternoon snacks, but you do get a free boat trip (I think you can go night fishing or for a barbeque on a deserted island). So, if we go to the Maldives again, I'd definitely pick the Ari atoll, and go half or full board. I'd recommend Vilamendhoo highly if you want the best sea life at a very good price."
- Travel date: 20th August 2007
When you arrive from the sea plane and w...
"When you arrive from the sea plane and walk along the jetty, this is where you will see your first sights of the marine life going on all around the island, we saw a stingray first! All the bungalows are semi detached and I would definitely recommend booking the superior rooms as these are located just a few steps from the water's edge. The rooms are a little dark but everything is really clean. The open air bathrooms are great, just beware of creepy crawlies!! The staff are what makes this island, they are so friendly and everyone is so relaxed. I would go again, however this is for people who want complete relaxation, no TVâs!!"
- Travel date: 25th September 2006
"Having vistited the Maldives twice before, we were disappointed with the general state of the island, it has seen better days. For natural, read many biting insects, not just mosquitos. Between 17'00 - 17'30 every day a cart generating smoke and insecticide was pulled around the island, unfourtunately this did not kill them all as most if not all guest were very baddly bitten, we had sprays with us, but had not needed to use them else where in the Maldives also at this time of year. We as others requested that our rooms be spayed each night The staff were very friendly and good and so was the food, as we expected, but, there are far too many trees to allow sun bathing when you want, some rooms had no gaps in the trees to let the sun through. The rooms were ok, but need to be decorated and upgraded, not 4 star. The sea life was great, the dive centre was to a high standard and the team friendly and proffessional."
- Travel date: 27th June 2006
"Have just returned from spending two weeks All Inclusive at Vilamendhoo, and had the time of my life. Thought I'd share my experiences with others, as these reviews were immensely haelpful to me. I would also like to add that this was my first trip to the Maldives so I have nothing to compare it to, only my own standards. Flight: Flew with First Choice from LGW, no delays so all was well there. Plenty of legroom (as is always the case, I am only 5" 3'), staff were helpful and friendly, although I felt they lacked the proffessionalism of scheduled airline staff, but I suppose you get what you pay for. Entertainment was average, you have to pay a fiver for the privilege of pausing films. Had a seamless connection ot the seaplane, was an amazing flight from MalÃ© to Vil. The return flight was also pleasant, although I was amazed at what 10 hours without a cigarette can do do certain people. Needless to say next time I think I'll be flying with Emirates/Sri Lankan! Island: I did my homework when booking this holiday and was not dissapointed with what I got. The resort really does feel 'in harmony with nature' with some of the most amazing flora and fauna I've seen (I'm a bit of a self confessed nature geek). The fact that the island had no pool appealed greatly to me (who needs a pool when you have the warm, Indian Ocean). Rooms: We had a superior room on the north side of the island. It was clean and simple, no comlpaints there. Our room boy was good but spoke little English so it was hard to enjoy banter with him. Air con was good, always felt like you were walking into a fridge. Make sure you keep all the doors closed to ensure no mozzies creep in. Beaches: This is a subject that really grinds my gears (not the beaches themselves but the people who moan about them), but I mustn't rant so I'll try to remain calm. The beaches are beautiful but in some cases densely covered in shrubs (as was the beach in front of our room). However, within a minute's walk was a beautiful spit (East end) that rarely had more than 5 people on it. We frequented this part of the island on most days, just bringing our towels to lie on (you can have your sun loungers moved but we didn't bother, the sand is just as comfortable if not more so. On our side of the island there were also a number of man-made sea defences. What some people don't seem to realise is that without them there would be no island, it would just get smaller and smaller, that's just the way it works, it's a preventative measure against natural erosion. Snorkeling: Abolutely superb, the island is surrounded by a beautiful house reef which means you don't need to take a boat ride to go snorkelling on the drop off unlike other islands. Saw sharks, eagle rays, stingrays, lion fish. We even had a brief encoutner with a titan trgger who was not very pleased to see us, and proceeded to chase us for a good 15 meters! Excursions: Being AI, a night fishing and uninhabited BBQ island trip were included in our holiday. The fishing was a lot of fun, the Germans were hysterical and the boat boy was brilliant. The beach BBQ was also a fantastic day out, we had a great game of beach football, it felt like a Benetton advert. Food and Drink: Throughout the two weeks, we ate the most amazing food. Alot of it was fish and curry based, which was delicious (if you don't like curry then you've probably come to the wrong place). It was pleasing to see chips on the buffet only once (who wants to travel halfway round the world and eat western food?). There was always plenty of fresh fruit too. Our waiter, Mousa, was attentive and polite. The main bar was a lively place when were there (due to the World Cup) and it was a nice place to be during the evenings. No issues with "watered down drinks". The sunset bar was also nice, a pastime of ours was to watch in amazement at one particular German who, on most evenings, would take his little table and chair and move it to the front of the beach in front of everyone else, because obvioiusly he had to have the best view of the sunset. Long live the stereotype. N.B. There are a large number of Germans on the island which was good fun. They are most entertaining and it was pleasing to be surrounded by minimal Brits. Overall: The holiday was amazing, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a rustic and natural, but at the same time classy, holiday."
- Travel date: 26th June 2006
Top traveller tips for Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
"make the most of the excellent house reef and snorking"
"Stay away, try another island!"
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is also called
- Vilamendhoo Island Resort
- vilamendhoo island hotel