Location: small island with a wonderful lagoon on one side and a paradise white beach almost all around. The house reef is in good conditions, with nice coral formations and plenty of wild life. We could spot turtles, reef sharks, ink fishes, small tunas and eagle rays just from the jetty or from the terrace of our water villa. In snorkeling we could also see sting rays, monster trigger fishes, anemones with clown fishes, morays, and plenty of other colorful reef inhabitants. Guests either go out for diving or enjoy the terrace of their water villa or the shade just outside of the beach bungalow, therefore you can have the beach all for yourself – well, almost. Bear in mind that one side of the island is always windy, while the other side is well protected. In March the wind was on the side opposite to the lagoon, therefore the water in the lagoon is still, but being on the beach on the windless side without shade can be challenging. We used to go to the tip of the beach just touched by the wind to have ideal conditions.
Diving: the club is very professionally run, with excellent quality material and friendly instructors. I do not need to comment on the high quality of the diving sites and marine wildlife that we encountered, mantas and whale sharks included. Rates are high if compared to Red Sea, but standards for Maldives. I would strongly suggest to try out the night “fluo” dive.
Accommodation: the water villa is roomy, with comfortable wide beds and a large enough terrace. Privacy is protected and the direct access to the lagoon is a clear value. A must do experience. The room decoration is OK apart from the toilettes. There is a safe box and an (empty) fridge. Cleaning staff passed very discretely twice a day ensuring availability of fresh clean towels. I cannot say that the room was spotless as you could see dust accumulated in some corners, but honestly speaking nothing to be upset of. People occupying the beach bungalows said to be very satisfied with their accommodation, but I guess that the bungalow position (windy side or not, closeness to restaurant and reception, etc.) and your own preferences play a factor here. We had a couple of very minor issues (telephone not working, the door of the fridge case fell off), but they were fixed immediately.
Restaurant and Food: the restaurant is located on the beach, ensuring regular circulation of air and therefore a pleasant temperature. Food is of good quality, but maybe it lacks of variety. Actually, you get every day a lot of different things to eat, but then you see the same dishes several times during a week – and we were on half board. The restaurant staff is very efficient and polite, it was a pleasure to leave a tip.
Resort: this is a perfect place for people who want to dive and/or relax, just imagine that the free material available for water sports was very rarely used by any guest. So do not come here if you look for fun, music and activities. We did not have any issue, but they seem to overbook the beach bungalows as we met several people who needed to spend at least one night in a garden bungalow even if always receiving some kind of compensation. We were on half board (they also offer full board and all inclusive) which means that lunch and drinks are not included. Drinks here means anything to drink, namely you have to pay for the water which I do not think it is correct. It would be nice to offer a couple of bottles of water per day per room.
Overall we are very satisfied and we higly recommend this island and the resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1. Angaga Island Resort & Spa is located in the South Ari Atoll and is surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty along with crystal clear waters and a white sandy beach. The island is approximately 45,000 square metres and is superb for snorkeling and diving with the house reef just 7-8 metres from the beach featuring live coral and beautiful marine life. This is a great island for those holidaymakers seeking peace and tranquility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angaga Island Hotel Angaga Island
- Hotel Angaga Island
- Angaga Island Resort Maldives