12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This was our first trip to the Maldives. We arrived and everything was amazing! The hotel was beautiful and the staff were very helpful. The room was cleaned 2 times a day which was great. We had everything we needed and lots of different things to do. We had an amazing time however when we received the final bill the Chavana Spa cost was incorrect. I choice the full body 60 minutes and was offered 50% discount from the $105 cost. They charged $75. After advising that this was incorrect, the hotel manager called the spa and the it turned out to be a nightmare. They over charging me $20 more than was agreed and I even gave the girl a $10 tip after the massage. They made the process long winded and as it was the last night and last experience of the hotel I let it go. Maybe this has happened before. My advise is dobt trust these girls. They are dishonest and hard sell you after the massage. After an amazing week here I am truly gutted with this last experience. Falsely sold and hard sell attitude from this spa. What a bad ending what could have be a perfect holiday."
- Travel date: 1st April 2018
"We read the reviews before going and decided to keep an open mind when we found this place on special offer. Boy were we pleased! Superb value for money. Yes there were some Italians, some Canadians, some French, a very nice Dutch couple infact it was the league of nations pretty much what you'd expect. We've been to the Malvides 4 times now and have not been disappointed yet. Why is it that Brits think they are the only one who go there or have a monopoly........in fact only a 6th of the holidaymakers to these beautiful islands are British. Look this place was excellent value for money - fabulous beaches, superb snorkelling and diving and the food was excellent. Rooms spotless - , staff friendly, travel arrangements spot on. Would we go back - yes, definitely. If its luxury you're looking for then book the Hilton but this place gets full marks from us. If its a honeymoon you're doing - grab a water bungalow as theyre fabulous! Mind you do hear your neighbours.................."
- Travel date: 4th July 2007
"We flew out New Years Eve 06/07.The island Club Rannalhi was beautifull,a 40 min boat trip to island from the airport,the trip was like Miami Vice style, fast and very bouncy.Once on island your greeted, given refreshments and taken to your room, in our case we were fortunate to have a water bungalow it was very spacious,its own steps down to the Indian Ocean and balcony.It also had its own small residents in the form of Ants,they do spary the room but we awoke to ants sharing our beds.If you do buy some sweets or tit bits leave in fridge that seemed to be the only place where they couldnt get into. We found the Island was more geared towards Italians all the entertainment plus Pasta dishes coming out of your earholes. All inclusive ( only local beer & coke not diet or fruit juices) isn't quite all inclusive as they have restrictions on alcohol and your entitlement is not at all the bars.All others plus your cocktails you pay for ,we had to pay an extra $300 on top of what we paid,plus extra for your excursions to Male and boat trips to other near by Islands. The staff on the Island where very friendly, two bar tenders in particular where so nice to us we thought they deserved a mention Aruna Priyashangha he was on the Hut bar near the water bungalows and Rasheed was the funny bartender kept us entertained and gave alot of info about places to go visit and where the turtles would be if you were to snokle around the island. The Island itself has a peacefull atmosphere about it ,two weeks was enough as we were getting a tad bored towards the end of the holiday .Watch out for the sharks and 5ft Manta ray a beautifull site to see They came really close to shore great experience.You could only rate this island as excellent if you were Italian, which is a shame."
- Travel date: 25th April 2007
If you're looking for a 4star resort then look elsewhere
"This was our fifth trip to the Maldives over the past eight years. We always travel to a different island, we book a 3-4star resort and have always been more than pleased with the results. However, although a pretty and well maintained island, this was not our idea of a 4star. There are no beach bungalows, they are instead all apartments set in blocks of 4 and look more like toilet blocks. This was a great disappointment, so at further expense we upgraded to a water bungalow which was much nicer and very clean although not as luxurious as one might expect for a further $125 per day on top of what we had already paid. The bar staff and room boys were lovely and made every effort to make our stay an enjoyable one. There is another but! This island caters for Italians which is fine if you can speak Italian or if you don't mind not speaking to another soul for the entire duration of your holiday. We booked the holiday through Letsgo2 and tried to explain to them when we returned to the UK that a 4star rating for this resort had to be misrepresentation, they didn't seem too interested unfortunately. All said and done, we still love the Maldives and we will return, just wouldn't recommend this particular island."
- Travel date: 21st April 2007
A slice of heaven with a bit of added Italian cheese
"When i first booked our holiday there were very few reviews on this resort, so i hope my comments are helpful and useful. General Comments: This was my first time to the Maldives, so i cannot provide comparisons to any other islands. We paid an average price for a trip to the maldives, and personally it met and exceeded our expectations. Good Points: The house reef is fantastic! We saw a 2 metre long reef shark, moray eels, a massive stringray, and not to mention hundreds of varieties of fish. The best place to snorkel is at the back of the resort at the workers pier. If you are lucky like us, the staff will prepare the fish for dinner on the pier and it attracts all kinds of fishes, sharks and stingrays. The beaches are gorgeous and the staff are always busy early in the morning keeping everything clean. The staff are really helpful, and if you are English are more inclined to come and chat to you as English is generally their second language. We booked a water bungalow which was spacious and clean. Our house boy (as they are called in the resort) were so attentive to our needs. No matter what time we left for dinner, he would come and clean the room and prepare our bed! The water bungalows had a glass floor so you could spend hours watching the fish, a nice decking area and a lockable safe.The apartments around the island looked a bit cramped to me, but they were all very close to the beach. Food was freshly prepared, and there was enough variety to have something different each time. The Island hopping trip is recommended! The BBQ was lovely and they take you to a traditional maldivian village where you can pick up cheap souvenirs if you are ready to bargain! The snorkelling excursions are worth trying as you visit other reefs around the Island that can be reached by dhonis (wooden boats). The speed boat ride was fun from the airport to the resort. It takes about 45 minutes. Bad Points A lot of Italians who spent most of the time leaving their towels on the loungers all day without using it! No representation of our tour operator. We did have phone numbers, but it wouldve been nice to see someone once in a while. Double check what is included in All Inclusive and Full Board...not what you would expect! Dont use the doctor! He spends most of his time in the bar and salsaing with the guests at the cocktail bar. Cheesy Italian events like karaoke. (However, it does stop at 12pm each night) Venta club (Italian tour operator) will avoid the English so you dont have to join in their lame events like darts on the beach! Conclusion A real top resort if you are looking for a beautiful beach, clean and spacious water bungalows, excellent snorkelling and friendly staff. If you want a real luxurious holiday where you are pampered in every way, then this resort is not really for you! But we had a brilliant time and would definitely return to Club rannahli!"
- Travel date: 9th April 2007
"I have just returned from a week at Rannahli. I had an amazing time. My expectation was to be away from the the hustle and bustle of the the city and that is exactly what I got. There is superb snorkelling to be enjoyed and some other water activities like diving, canoeing and windsurfing at their watersport shop. Other services include Chinese massage (the more severe end of massages and not for the faint hearted, but YaPing, masseuse is pleasant and full of smiles and jokes) and Ayurvedic massage, which seemed very popular with the Russian tourists. The guests are overwhelmingly Italian speakers as the resort was Italian only for about 5 years. The staff speak excellent Italian, moderate English and can get by in a few other languages. I am sorry that the previous reviewer had such a hard time, but I feel that may be due to them being French speaking as the resort doesn't seem to cater terribly well for languages other than Italian and English. The staff were very pleasant and immensely helpful. I got ill and the waiter assigned to my table visited regularly, without being asked, bringing water and iced tea to keep my fluids up. He did not put this on the bill and was genuinely lovely. He gave me two coconuts as a parting gift. Rannahli is not luxury! If that is what you want then you are better off booking elsewhere. The rooms are clean and moderately decorated, but the beach, reef and water is what should draw you there. There is no end to the cheesy Italian pop music at the bar and the cocktails are mediocre, but I really didn't care - where else could I watch a metre and a half wide stingray swim past while I am watching the sunset with a drink? The buffet, I must confess, leaves a fair bit to be desired. Not in the sense of selection, there was plenty of that, but it was often not served hot enough and the fridges didn't quite keep things cold enough (sweaty slices of cheese, wilted lettuce and so on). But there was the option, at most meals to have something freshly prepared in front of your eyes; a stir-fry or omlette etc. The desserts were, however, completely inedible - I would not suggest that anyone try them, stick to the fresh fruits always on offer. Prices on the island reflect the fact that everything is imported. However, we found exactly the same goods from the curio shop on the island for on average 10% more expensive in MalÃ© - so they are not out to extort you and overall the holiday was not that expensive for the amount of enjoyment that we got out of it, not to mention the tan. I recommend Rannahli to those that are not prissy, or have overinflated senses of self-importance, it is more a place for the family with a Bohemian flair."
- Travel date: 6th April 2007
"We stayed at Club Ranallhi for four nights. We arrived at Male airport, there was no one to greet us and we looked completely lost until some very helpful local people showed us where to go. Out transfer was done by boat but as we left Male our boat broke down and we had to return to Male only to wait there for 5 hours before another boat came and rescued us. We were not even offered beverages or food for 5 hours which made this extremely uncomfortably. We arrived late at night, hungry, tired and thirsty. Upon arrival there was no management to greet us. Throughout our four day stay we saw all the management however not one person approached us to find out whether we were comfortable or to apologize for the mishap. The rooms were nice and the beach, coral reefs were amazing. We enjoyed the cuisine however there was only one dish within the 5 days that was Maldivian. There was hardly a variety in Seafood, Tuna was served every day. The resort is 90% Italian and I wished someone had warned us. All the entertainment, announcements, games, information was in Italian. We couldnât understand anyone and could participate in any of the events. We are keen fishermen and was told there would be deep sea fishing. We went fishing twice and both times we were fishing with hand lines??? The first time it was fun as we could see how the local Maldivian fished however to go trawling with a hand line could be dangerous and very uncomfortable. Overall we found the local staff very friendly, they made our trip special. This is defnitely not value for money. We made our own vacation a enjoyable one but would not recommend this resort. We will defnitely be returning to Maldives however we would concentrate on island hopping and not returning to Club Ranallhi."
- Travel date: 2nd January 2007
Maldives + Thompsons,what could possibly go wrong, this could take a while
"We phoned our travel agent all ready to book the Ranveli resort in the Maldives, a three star, half board with a lot of good reviews, until the agent informed us there was a special last minute deal to Rannalhi. Apparently a Thompsons four star, All Inclusive for only Â£100 more, well we couldn't turn that down could we. The day we were leaving we got a letter from Thompsons just to clarify the "All inclusive" package?? All inclusive means, you get all meals, tea, coffee water, fruit juice and local beer. That means: You have to pay for all watersports motorised or not, you have to pay for all drinks in your mini bar, you're allowed wine in the restaurant with lunch but you'll have to pay for it in the bar, plus you're allowed water in the restaurant and in the bar but if you want to take it back to your room you're charged $4 a bottle?!? Fruit juices are the dilute type, if you want pure juice you've got to pay and if you want anything from the bar beside the water bungalows you have to pay for everything, then just to make it better there's a 10% tax on top, so the All Inclusive Thompson package is Half Inclusive at best. Too late to change plans so off we went. The transfer from Male airport by boat was brilliant, fairly calm and we had an escort of dolphins part of the way. Check in was fine and after we'd all complained to the Thompsons rep about the Half Inclusive garbage we'd been sent, then it was off to the rooms. Thompsons actually upgraded us on the second day to All Inclusive, which meant we got two small water bottles in our room and we were allowed spirits too ......... still had to pay for everything else though, not good enough Thompsons really not good enough. The first room we got was overlooking the water bungalows, fantastic view, clean, air con, tv, the only problems were a ceiling fan that wobbled about due to being a bit loose and a plug socket hanging off the wall but that isn't going to spoil anyones holiday. The next day we were awoken by an unbearable stench of sewage, not a good start and it just kept getting worse. The island apparently pumps sewage every three days and sometimes they have to take the top off the sewer ....... yep that's the sewer that's situated right behind our room, beside the water bungalows and the bar that hardly anyone went to because you had to pay for everything. We were assured the smell would be gone after tea but at midnight it was still there so the staff moved us to a different room. Ahhhhh no smell, time for a good sleep and lie in to make up the 5 hour time difference. Hell no!!, we had an Itallian karaoke singer next door and 7.30 every day he'd sing at the top of his voice to his kids just before getting shouted at by other residents because they were still sleeping ......... time to get up and have a shower then. Which brought us to our next problem, an ant infestation in the shower. The ants were coming in via the shower tap, every time you turned the tap around twenty ants would run out down the walls, up the shower head etc. The room was sprayed but that only stopped them for a day, I resorted to soaking loo roll in water and stuffing it in all the gaps, this took the amount down from fifty to about five a day. The restaurant is large, there's a good selection of foods which is a good thing to keep you from getting bored, the seats are plastic patio furniture and so are the tables (four star??) but you're not there for that long in the day so don't worry. The rest is what you'd expect, most of the people are wonderful and can't do enough for you, the island is beautiful, palm trees, white sand, clear water, amazing marine life that anyone can see just by using a snorkel, it's even got a colony of fruit bats!! It's perfect to grab a sunbed, lie back and completely relax, have a read, have a swim and do a little more relaxing. I'd definately go back to the Maldives but I'd definately go to a different island."
- Travel date: 19th December 2006
"Booked with Latedeals.com I have just returned from the Rannalhi and had a great great time. chalkywhite26, has basiclly covered everything in his review but i must state that the bar men were an absolute pleasure. The diving is out of this world on this island although this was my first visit to the Maldives i can't imagine that anywhere else could be better than the marine life here. In our stay we witnessed sting rays, reef sharks, an octopus, and lots and lots of weird and wonderful fishes and although i didn't see one turtles are apparently around. The best location for snorkeling is where the fishermans boat is located to the right of the water bungalows this is by far the best place to snorkel. In january 07 Thomson is taking control of the island therefore meaning it will have more British guests on the island and more of a british cuisine as it was full of Italians and therefore Itialian food. overall i loved the holiday and would definatley go back to the maldives but next time i will try a differant island but i highly recomend this hotel / island. Jamie Hill aged 21 Hornchurch, Essex"
- Travel date: 14th December 2006
Beautiful house reef
"We travelled with cosmos to this island. We booked 5 weeks ahead and opted for a water bungalow on an all inclusive basis. After landing in Male our transfer was by fast speed boat, not so good if your prone to sea sickness as it takes about 50 mins to reach the island. Check in was efficient and we were shown to our water bungalow situated at the head of the island. Have to say that the bungalows did not live up to expectations, they were dated and the interiors looked tired and worn. We had a glass panelled floor which was lovely to see the fish and the view from the sun deck over the ocean was beautiful. The interior decoration was of a poor standard and it appeared that very little maintainance had been undertaken......They could have been wonderful but for the extra Â£1000 i really feel that they were massively overpriced! Facilities generally throughout the island were tired,run down and dated! sunbeds were plastic but had no soft mattresses,infact everything was plastic,even tables and chairs in the restaurant and on the sun terrace......This makes the island feel very "cheap"! Having stayed on other 4* hotels in the maldives this one this one in my opinion just came no where close. There just was not that feeling that you were somewhere special!!! Food in the restaurant was good if not a bit repetitive after 2 weeks,but always well cooked. waiters were ok but nothing special. What is beautiful on this island is the house reef!!!!!!! Ideal for snorkelling as you can see so much. We saw rays, turtles. eels, an octapus and a massive amount of amazing fish!!!!!!! The house reef is this islands strongest point. it is worth noting that this island has a mainly italian occupancy(70%) and most of the activities and evening entertainment is in italian.The other guests are french,japanese and russian. There are a few english and we met two lovely couples to share a beer with as the sun went down. Careful with the all inclusive.... it only includes wine in the restaurant...not in the bar,and spirits are not included at all, neither is diet coke."
- Travel date: 14th December 2006
"Stayed at Club Rannalhi from 7th November 2006 for one week. It was booked with two days notice via latedeals which is basically Thomson Holidays and was our first trip to the Maldives. For Â£550 per person it was an absolute bargain and most Brits on the island had booked last minute just as we did. We flew with MyTravel Airways from Gatwick to Male,the flight was bang on time in both directions with no problems at all. Rannalhi is a very small island which you can walk around in 5 minutes! There are 100 apartments and 16 water bungalows. The resort itself catered mainly for Italians (75%)and this was reflected in the food and entertainment. There were a few Brits together with Russians, French, Portuguese and Germans. Food is catered for in the buffet style restaurant and is well prepared and freshly cooked, maybe a bit repetitive after two weeks l would imagine.Snacks are provided at intervals in the nearby bar. There is only one bar which is open daily until midnight and the waiters in both locations are first class. I found the Maldavians to be lovely people. There is no swimming pool on the island however the sea is crystal clear warm and very safe to swim in with and abundance of tropical fish, manta rays, turtles , eels and baby sharks etc to see. Snorkelling was absolutely superb and the real highlight of the holiday. We stayed in the apartments which are two storey and in blocks of four. There are also water bungalows at an extra cost. The apartments were nearer 3 star than 4, but spacious and well cleaned daily. It is worth noting that the All Inclusive option only applied to beer and soft drinks in the bar and beer ,wine and soft drinks in the restaurant .Tea and Coffee were also included. Spirits were priced similarly to the UK. The worst part of the holiday which did not spoil it in anyway for us was the two hour wait on arrival for the speed boat to arrive and transport us on a 45 minute journey to the resort. Having waited in the heat however it is a lovely journey. It would have been much better if the rep had told everyone that there would be this delay. The weather was warm, apparently it is 25 to 32 degrees all year round, we had a mixture of sun, cloud and rain during the week. The staff were generally excellent at the resort and a special mention to waiters Rashid and Rassaq. We had a great holiday and I would have no hesitation in returning to the Maldives for a relaxing holiday but may try a bigger island next time."
- Travel date: 2nd December 2006
Totally shocked the first morning to wak...
"Totally shocked the first morning to wake up and discover it really is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. Stayed in a beautiful water bungalow with own private deck and ladders directly down into the sea. Loved the glass bottom floor lit up at night - really special. Accommodation was great. There are only 8 water bungalows (16 apartments) and whilst the other accommodation- the rooms seemed nice also - the water bungalows were something special and worth the extra expense. My boyfriend completed the PADI certification here after a very good introductory deal where you got to try diving free of charge to see how comfortable you felt and then continue step by step. Instructors great, extremely friendly, very patient and experienced. Flexible meeting the time schedule we had. Aside from the diving, if that doesn't suit you as it didn't me - there is amazing snorkelling to be done. Finding Nemo in real life. Captivating. The island itself is relatively small and you can snorkel all around in a few days but then have time to return to favourite spots in a week. To familiarise yourself with diving or snorkelling as it was a great starter for us - and there were other more experienced divers there so presumably it caters for all. The resort organizes all manner of dive and snorkel trips (if enough people sign up). Sailing classes were available that we did not take advantage of but did have reasonably priced massages. Day trips were also available to nearby islands. The dining was okay - always some good food but perhaps not enough variety. Very heavily influenced by Italians - both the food and the staff and entertainment. We estimated over 75% of the clientele were Italians and all the evening entertainment was in Italian and morning aerobics classes. Didn't bother us in the slightest but perhaps if you enjoy the evening entertainment you would feel there wasn't enough catered for you if not an Italian speaker. Staff were good and made some special effort when we needed to organise a special birthday evening treat - which consisted of a separate private table set up on the beach with a special menu. But otherwise there are some expensive hidden costs - laundry and drinks in the room for instance were extortionate. Try and avoid that if you can - at least the laundry although for drinks its a sellers market. Aside from that though - and I think you expect some of that in the Maldives - the place was truly relaxing and breathtakingly scenic and beautiful. Will remember it as a special week and would recommend the resort itself taking into consideration the above, and the Maldives in general."
- Travel date: 7th January 2006
Adaaran Club Rannalhi is also called
- Club Rannalhi Resort
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