I have just returned from a 2 week stay on Angaga (Last week in April first week in May) so here is my review.
We booked the trip through Maldivesdirect.uk.com and I found Jim to be extremely well informed about the Island we booked, I can thoroughly recommend his service as he has detailed knowledge on the Islands which he deals with and can let you know which ones will be most suited to the type of experience you are after. Our requirements were for a small simple island with a good house reef and after talking to Jim, there were no surprises with what we got on Angaga. We flew BA and upgraded to premium economy to get a few extra inches for my 6ft frame. The flight was fine and the video on demand entertainment system kept us amused for most of the journey.
We booked a beach bungalow as we prefer to be right on the sand to being in a water bungalow. The room nothing flash but was clean, comfortable and perfectly acceptable. We had room 139 which was on the lagoon side of the island and overlooked the water bungalows and the sun set. There was also a nice breeze on this side of the island which was most welcome in the evenings. All of the beach bungalows are detached and I never heard any noise from adjacent rooms. The beach bungalows are all equipped with a Maldivian swing on the veranda and are allocated two sun loungers and mattresses.
Angaga is the smallest island we have been to so far, you can walk around the shoreline in just under 11 minutes. (I know because I timed it one day). It has a nice beach which goes all around the island and is not spoiled by sand bags or sea defences. The house reef is very good, this was our main concern, we have been to Filitheyo and Vilamendoo and I would rate the reef as better than Filitheyo and nearly as good as Vilamendoo. I think perhaps Vilamendoo may have had slightly more fish but then again we saw far more sharks here than there. We also saw eagle rays, turtles and on one very lucky day we were joined on our snorkel by a manta ray although I believe this would be rare.
Access to the drop off side of the reef was easy and even on choppy days there was no problem finding access to a section of reef on whichever was the leeward side which was calmer.
Food was reasonable, I would definitely rate it in third place of the three islands that I’ve mentioned but the choice here was a little more limited. I think it is important not to get ‘Buffet Fever’ and pile everything on your plate each meal as you are going to get a bit bored with it by the end of the holiday. I made a point of eating normally and sticking to normal food selections so that I gave myself the chance of a different meal the next time. Having said that, there was no problem with the quality of the food.
There are two bars on the island, one near the restaurant and the sundown bar at the end of the water bungalows. I much preferred the sundown bar after dinner in the evenings because it was much cooler and always seemed to have a nice breeze coming off the sea. It was also very quiet in the evenings with most people going to the main bar. One night we were the only couple in the sundown bar, sitting out under the stars drinking cocktails and the barman even plugged my ipod into the sound system so that we could have our own music!
On the subject of cocktails, this was a real bonus. This is the first island we have been to where the entire list of 75+ cocktails were available free to all inclusive guests. Some of these cocktails are $10 a time so with a cocktail before dinner and two or three after the all inclusive package certainly gave us good value.
The only excursion we tried was the snorkelling trip to pineapple island, we went because it was part of our AI package. In our opinion this was not worth bothering as the reef was no better and in terms of fish, considerable poorer than the house reef. If you are on AI then take the trip if you fancy a boat ride and a different snorkelling location. If you have to pay for the trip then I really wouldn’t bother.
In conclusion, If you want 5 star luxury and Michelin star cuisine then this probably isn’t the island for you. However if you want small island charm and simplicity with nice beaches, a good easily accessible house reef and quiet drinks under the stars, then Angaga could be for you. We loved it and probably would return if it weren’t for our policy of trying a new island each time.
- 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