Having been to Anantara I had mixed feelings about this resort.
On arrival we were upgraded from an Island Villa to an Escape Water villa which was very generous. Our first few days in the Escape Villa were great. There was a coral reef just outside and my husband really enjoyed snorkeling straight from the villa and while we both found getting back up the ladder from the water very difficult, unless the tide was high, I enjoyed relaxing on the private deck and loved the large private pool. However, on about the third day a very strong wind blew up and out on the deck we were literally buffeted by it. It was so strong that when trying to use the pool I was stung in the face by the wind blowing the water off the top. For the rest of our stay it was mostly like this on the villa deck and we hardly used it because it was so unpleasant to be out there.
Also, the bed was unexceptional, rather hard and one of my pillows was lumpy.
The area around the infinity pool and Air Restaurant was always sheltered. The pool was lovely but most of the day it was without shade and it was very, very, hot. We tried the beaches and were disappointed to find that the shoreline was quite steep which meant that walks on the water line were not possible. There was also a profusion of very sharp stones on the sea bed. We did find a sheltered small beach near the restaurant, with shade and this was where I spent most of my day after a swim in the pool. Luckily at one particular spot I was able to pick my way to the sea through broad flat stones without hurting my feet.
On arrival we were shown our life jackets and told to be aware of the currents and to swim with a buddy. I am a very experienced swimmer, having grown up beside the Indian Ocean, but I am not a strong swimmer. Distance I can do, but speed and strength are not my best ability. This put me off. I got to know the current where I was swimming and while It was not usually a problem, it was always necessary to be aware and make compensations to maintain a direction. Some days the current was much stronger than others.
There was a larger beach on the sunrise side of the island but this was also extremely windy and the lack of shade was also an issue if you were not staying in one of those villas.
The palms, vegetation and walkways were beautifully done and there was an abundance of birds and wildlife, with fruit bats squawking in the trees. It was a delightful environment.
We were on half board and except for one night we ate at the buffet in the Air Restaurant. The breakfast was amazing. There was everything you could think of and plenty of it. It was all beautifully fresh and varied with marvelous pastries and the coffee was also excellent. The buffet was generally very good with lovely fresh salads, varied main courses and a dazzling array of puddings. We also enjoyed our lunches at the bar where the staff were amazingly friendly, efficient, kind and helpful. Mostly we ate from the wok station but all of the food was excellent and the portions were large. It was easy to order one dish to serve two people and probably better, given how plentiful the food was generally.
We were treated with the utmost courtesy wherever we went and all of the staff were incomparable in their kindness.
For me the resort was spoiled by the high winds, the uncertainty of the sea, the steepish waterline and the sharp stones which were everywhere. I did not much care for the transfer by launch either. It's not comfortable even when the sea is calm and 45 minutes is along time in which to be uncomfortable. In comparison Anantara was a dream destination in all ways other than its absence of fish. My husband loved the snorkeling and the very many different and colorful fish at Coco Palm. I have to say that the staff at Coco Palm were wonderful and the food was great. That made it good. Otherwise, Anantara knocks spots off it.
Given the high winds I think I would prefer to be in an Island Villa with privacy. I would prefer on...
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Warm greetings from Coco Bodu Hithi.
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment of your recent stay with us at Coco Bodu Hithi.
I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed our facilities on the resort.
It is very pleasing to learn that you enjoyed our stunning house reef that is closely monitored by our resident marine biologist.
The ladders accessing the beautiful azure blue sea from all the water villas & residences are regularly maintained to ensure they are safe and effective for our guests.
During your stay the wind was a little stronger than normal, depending on the time of year the direction varies but this is normally a welcoming refreshing breeze.
Our beaches are very dynamic changing on a daily basis and whilst we can not control gradient of entrance to the sea or the material that makes up the white sand we do rake the beach on a daily basis.
Speedboat transfers to and from the airport take approximately 40 mins with our experienced crews, in comfort enjoying the beauty of the Maldives along the way.
The culinary team take great pride in providing the quality cuisine throughout our restaurants and will welcome your compliments.
Thank you for your loyalty and please do not hesitate to contact me when you wish to come back as it will be my pleasure to personally assist you with your reservation’s arrangements
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