22 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A simple paradise
"A beautiful unspoilt island - to walk to the reef daily and look at the coral and to see the fish come around you is amazing.I also walked around the island looking at the beautiful vegetation and then took a walk to the jetty to see more colourful fish The water is so warm and crystal clear. Although this is a 3* island the service in all areas is definitely 5*. The rooms are basic but adequate - the shower was always hot bed linen and towels were changed daily in fact I only used my room for sleeping and getting changed in. Would I return? yes definitely - I had a very good all inclusive deal from my tour operator and the weather was warm and sunny for most of the time as when it rained it was usually at night"
- Travel date: 6th May 2012
"On arrival at the Island its true we were a little shocked at the surroundings and once the man and wheelbarrow had taken us and our luggage to our room we were very disappointed at the basic accommodation. After a good nights sleep, we walked around the Island, got our bearings, tried the restaurant and the bar and went for a lovely warm dip in the sea and realised that the accommodation and facilities are basic for a reason. if you put more on the Island you ruin its charm. Its as natural as it can be for a holiday resort/escape, we loved it! and are planning to go back to the same place next year with luck and a bit of saving. I wouldnt change anything at all about it except maybe a little more variety in the food as curry seemed to be on the menu at every mealtime, but even thats not really a problem is it. :) Debs &Graham. xx"
- Travel date: 16th June 2011
"this was supposed to be our honeymoon, if everything had gone to plan it would have been fantastic but, it had been overbooked so when we got to the island 6 couples including us were told that we had been selected to receive a 3 day cruise aronnd the the other islands free of charge , we thought how lovely so we accepted, when we reached our 1st island we were taken by speed boat as the sea was to shallow for our cruise ship.while we were on the island our ship refuelled several hours later we returned to our ship to move on to the next island but we were going nowhere as the captain said the barrels our fuel had been supplied in was contaminated & had messed up the engines so, we ended up spendind 3 days & nights stuck in the middle of the sea we were all complaining to our reps but they said we would have to wait as there was nothing they could do everybody then asked why cant we have a speedboat to take us back to our island we were then told the real reason why we were offered the trip was because they were over booked & they had nowhere to put us for a few days.when we arrived home we complained to Hayes and Jarvis as we had paid Â£3,500 for this holiday and this should have been a holiday of a lifetime as this was our honeymoon and my husband had put a lot of time and effort into this holiday as the honeymoon was a suprise & he wanted it to be as perfect as our weddind day, unfortunately we ended up wasting 4 days of our honeymoon & we were both broken hearted. we wrote to Hayes and Jarvis several times, who were very unsympathetic & seemed to refuse to acknowledge it was our honeymoon, they sent us Â£100 cheque and that was there final offer, i sent the cheque back and told them i was discusted by the offer and that we had used them thinking that they were a reputable company, how wrong were we. we would definately go to the Maldives again as it is beautiful but, never with Hayes and Jarvis, they were just not interested in our complaint we had saved very hard for this holiday. we thought by paying more we would get looked after more by our holiday company but this was not the case we would have a better response if we had gone with a cheaper operator but, you live & learn from a very dissapointed holiday maker that used HAYES AND JARVIS."
- Travel date: 2nd November 2008
Expected a quiet, sunshine holiday and f...
"Expected a quiet, sunshine holiday and found paradise. The staff were helpful and friendly especially the chefs and my favourite waiter Nazim - we are now penpals! The room was very clean with a power shower. We were given fresh beach and bath towels every day and the bed linen was also changed daily. Fresh flowers decorated the bed every evening. My husband did the diving course and I taught myself to snorkle - the reef is amazing, the water a gorgeous clear blue and sooooo warm. We were also lucky enough to have a school of dolphins cavorting around our boat on the way to the island. No phones, no newspapers and no tv or radio. AND not as expensive as we first thought. This was truly holiday heaven after the daily 9-5 grind of working life back home in the UK. We are truly hooked on these beautiful islands and plan to return year on year with the sincere hope that the islands and their people will survive the rising seas. "
- Travel date: 13th March 2008
We had the most wonderful Christmas and ...
"We had the most wonderful Christmas and New Year, quite magical the island is beautiful and unspoilt, the staff very friendly and helpful. The accomodation and the food brilliant, nothing whatever to complain about, it's so good to be able to go swimming at Christmas in such beautiful warm water and the snorkelling is great so many amazing fish to see. There are several excursions to go on and other islands to visit, a trip to the main island of Male is very interesting. We have been to the Maldives before and are going again this year, can't wait."
- Travel date: 18th September 2007
Hi, Just returned from two weeks on the...
"Hi, Just returned from two weeks on the island. My sister-in-law had never been to the Maldives before but I had some years ago. What a fantastic time we had. The staff could not do enough for you and always had a smile. Food was the best, better than some five star hotels I have stayed in. Rooms were a little tired but are about to receive some TLC. Even though it was rainy season (last two weeks in June) we did not have enough to keep us indoors. If you want glitz and swimming pools this island is not for you. Who would want a swimming pool anyway when you have such warm, clear sea to swim in. We got invited to the staff monthly party, wow, best night there! No TV, Radio, Newspapers or telephones, BLISS As the island is being done up, they are getting rid of deck chairs for sun beds and the hard chairs around the bar are being replaced with new cushioned ones. Word of warning, watch out for the big black birds that watch over you on the beach, they pinch anything that is not tied down. I asked my Sister-in-law was it what she expected and she described it as paradise plus more. We will have to go back as the hotel kindly let us plant a tree in memory of my late brother Dave near the sign for passage seven and we are having a plaque made. Well I can fully recommend this island and should you choose it I hope you enjoy going back to nature as much as we did."
- Travel date: 12th July 2007
"Just returned from Biyadoo with my fiance, best week away!! All of the staff were fantastic and could not do enough. Great for rest and relaxation, lots of book reading and relaxing. If your after doing nothing but enjoying sun, sand and snorkelling this has got to be the place for you. Accomadation is basic although enough for what you need, how much do you want to spend in your room anyway!! Give it a try - you will love it!"
- Travel date: 23rd April 2007
Basic resort- great reef
"Basic resort as the buildings are all quite dated. Room was freshly painted, no sign of mould as some other reviewers have reported. Fridge was new. Bathroom perfectly adequate. Room very clean and comfortable, only negative point was the noisy humming A/C from just outside the terrace. Ask for rooms on the western side (rooms n. 50-90) as they have a lovely beach just steps from the terrace. Excellent food at the restaurant, good selection, nice soups, mild curries, lots of fish, very nice desserts. Good beach, great lagoon, amazing house reef. Did not use the dive centre, so cannot comment. Would recommend the resort to anybody just looking to chill out, have a great time relaxing, swimming and snorkelling, and not looking for pampering and luxury. This is a basic resort (not for much longer as it is due for refurbishment and then.....we won't be able to afford to go again!!)."
- Travel date: 16th April 2007
Think very carefully before you choose this destination.
"Went to Biyadhoo in July 2006, with my husband and 15 year old daughter and have been wrangling with the tour operator for compensation ever since. We stayed 2 nights until we were transferred to another island at our request as the neglect on Biyadhoo was unbelievable. Our room was damp, with mould on the ceiling and walls. The shower was awful and the whole island had an air of dereliction. The main bar was out of use and full of old furniture. The island itself was beautiful and the snorkelling was out of this world. I am in full agreement with the previous review as we have photos that are very similar. If you wish to have a diving or beach type holiday and have no problem with staying in what can only be described as student type accommodation then don't hesitate to go. As for the cost, my husband and I went in 2005, all inclusive to Lohifushi at little extra and it was worlds apart standard wise. Lohifushi incidentally is given the same rating by Hayes and Jarvis as Biyadhoo! As for Hayes and Jarvis as a tour operator don't bother if you can travel to the same destinations with someone else then please do, we have used them twice to go to the Maldives and wouldn't recommend them to anyone!!"
- Travel date: 24th March 2007
Snorkelling and divers paradise
"Having stayed at another Maldivian island 18 months ago that was a 4 star, arriving in Biyadhoo was a bit of a disappointment. It is more run down than we were expecting. The sister island is under development at the moment, and from what we could gather once this is completed the same was going to happen to Biyadhoo. Having said that, there is one element of the island that is absolutely magical, and that is the reef that surrounds the island. If you enjoy snorkelling or diving then this is the place for you. If you are not into swimming etc, then I would probably not recommend this island as there is nothing else to do. The beaches are okay, but if the island is full - as it was for us - be prepared to fight for the deck chairs, my partner got up early every morning to secure the same chairs 'german style', which wasn't the greatest. The food is very good and the bar is okay. We were on the island over Christmas and New Year and there was entertainment around the bar area most nights, although from other reviews I do not think this is typical. The weather wasn't perfect every day and we had a fair amount of rain, which was okay because I had read the weather reports before we arrived and bought plenty of cards/ indoor games etc. But others found it quite boring as they were less prepared. Luckily, my 9 year old is like a fish so she was more than happy to spend all day on the beach and in the sea, she was also able to do a couple of 'bubble' dives. She was too young to do her PADI, but my Partner did his and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend a trip to Cocoa Island for some of their spa treatments, it really is 5 star experience (although fairly expensive - treatments for 60 mins = $110, 75 mins = $130, 90 mins $150 - same price no matter what treatment). Being 24 weeks pregnant I had the pregnancy massage, which was lovely and then we back for another trip and had an indian head massage which was amazing. The staff and service on our previous island was superb, however we found the service not as professional and helpful as we would have liked. We tried to set up a candlelit dinner on the beach, which didnt happen for a few days because of the weather, which was perfectly understandable, but when the weather was fine our waiter (who you have to book it through) forgot to order the Lobster and then positioned our 'romantic' table just the other side of the bar area - in the end we cancelled as it was too much hassle. When we tried to complain the Manager became very elusive and delegated dealing with us to the head waiter, which was fine for us as we knew him from the other island, but not very professional. The fishing trip was great and my daughter caught a barracuda and my partner caught 3 snappers, all of which were cooked for us the next day. The 'dolphin' trip lacked any good sightings of dolphins, but that was the luck on the day, but getting out in the boat was enjoyable. In summary, the snorkling and diving are amazing and makes the visit to the island worthwhile. It is run down, but when you get past the peeling walls and broken wooden slats on the balcony it is a place that you can totally relax in. My tip would be to take plasters, savlon, toiletries and first aid stuff as the shop on the island caters more for soveniers than anything that you practically need. We had quite a few bites and scratches from the coral and I was unprepared for this, which was my fault, but couldnt do anything about it once we arrived. Reception had some plasters, and tiger balm can only do so much. Enjoy."
- Travel date: 24th January 2007
Went to Biyadhoo in March 06 and am just...
"Went to Biyadhoo in March 06 and am just about to go again in February 2007. If you want great value for money and a genuine desert island experience this is for you. If you are looking for pampering, swimming pools, discos, and lots of entertainment forget it. The rooms are basic, but air-conditioned with mini bars in each room which is charged at the same price as the bar, which is about the same as the UK. The food is good but can be a bit boring after two weeks. The service is superb and the staff will bend over backwards to help. The diving centre is of a very high standard but be warned the diving is very relaxed, so if you are used to the hustle and bustle of Sharm and the pressure of multi technical dives, this is the slow boat of the diving world. Most dives are usually 40 mins tops, usually fun dives in the morning (12 to 18m) and deeper dives in the afternoon with the occasional night dive (12m 30mins tops). Diving here is purely about the fishes, it wonât stretch your skills. If you want to learn to dive, this has to be one of the very best opportunities you will get. Equipment, staff and the centre are what 5 star PADI centres should be. Biyadhoo is becoming a rarity, most of the islands are being redeveloped and you can expect to pay redeveloped prices. Biyadhoo is stuck in a political wrangle over ownership and hence to some it could look a little run down but if you are doing the Maldives on a budget, this is the place for you. Quickies â currency is dollars but you will be asked to pay for everything at the end by cash or card. Visitors are from all over without any predominance of one nationality. Bring everything you need as the shop is very limited. Dress code for meals in the day is casual, tees and shorts and in the evening tees and trousers. Lots of sun cream, donât underestimate how strong it is, lots of bite cream for the evenings. No top-less, itâs a Muslim country, wetsuit shoes for paddling about in the sea the stone fish can give a nasty sting and if by some bizarre accident you forget your mask and snorkel they can be hired. Take lots of books because the only things to do are sun, sea, sand, relaxing and diving."
- Travel date: 5th January 2007
Excellent value for money
"Went to Biyadhoo in March 06 and am just about to go again in February 2007. If you want great value for money and a genuine desert island experience this is for you. If you are looking for pampering, swimming pools, discos, and lots of entertainment forget it. The rooms are basic, but air-conditioned with mini bars in each room which is charged at the same price as the bar, which is about the same as the UK. The food is good but can be a bit boring after two weeks. The service is superb and the staff will bend over backwards to help. The diving centre is of a very high standard but be warned the diving is very relaxed, so if you are used to the hustle and bustle of Sharm and the pressure of multi technical dives, this is the slow boat of the diving world. Most dives are usually 40 mins tops, usually fun dives in the morning (12 to 18m) and deeper dives in the afternoon with the occasional night dive (12m 30mins tops). Diving here is purely about the fishes, it wonât stretch your skills. If you want to learn to dive, this has to be one of the very best opportunities you will get. Equipment, staff and the centre are what 5 star PADI centers should be. Biyadhoo is becoming a rarity, most of the islands are being redeveloped and you can expect to pay redeveloped prices. Biyadhoo is stuck in a political wrangle over ownership and hence to some it could look a little run down but if you are doing the Maldives on a budget, this is the place for you. Quickies â currency is dollars but you will be asked to pay for everything at the end by cash or card. Visitors are from all over without any predominance of one nationality. Bring everything you need as the shop is very limited. Dress code for meals in the day is casual, tees and shorts and in the evening tees and trousers. Lots of sun cream, donât underestimate how strong it is, lots of bite cream for the evenings. No toplessness itâs a Muslim country, wetsuit shoes for paddling about in the sea the stone fish can give a nasty sting and if by some bizarre accident you forget your mask and snorkel they can be hired. Take lots of books because the only things to do are sun, sea, sand, relaxing and diving."
- Travel date: 5th January 2007
Top traveller tips for Biyadhoo Island Resort
"just completely relax and enjoy the surroundings"
"Take insect repellent. flip flops are all you need apart from shoes to go in the sea as the coral is sharp. Plenty of suntan lotion and afte..."
Biyadhoo Island Resort is also called
- Biyadoo Resort Hotel
- biyadoo island hotel