We took ages choosing a resort (it was our first time to the Maldives) and finally chose this as it offered what we wanted at the right price. We had a deluxe room, which was really nice - four posted bed, large patio with day bed for lounging on etc -but by the sound of other reviews we had an non-refurbished bathroom as ours was very dated and really let the room down. However, the room was cleaned twice a day and we really liked it. I would agree with other reviewers, even if we could have done, we would not have had a water bungalow (we had a 1 year old and they are not allowed in the water bungalows) as they really are right out the way (some may like that) and quite a trek from the main beach areas.
We had rooms 258 and 259 which are probably the worst ones as they are right at the end of the road to the staff quarter and near a generator which hummed continuously (only audible outside). I would also definitely recommend a room on the first floor as they have lovely views whereas the ground floor rooms look out onto trees and glimpses of the beach. Best thing about these rooms is that they really are right on the beach. If I went again I would request a room nearer the centre of the island on the first floor.
We went half board which was ver tough decision. Here is a VERY honest opinion about going all-inclusive (for your info, we didn't choose AI as my sister is pregnant and we decided it wasn't going to be a boozy holiday). The all inc items are quite limited although the gin and vodka are branded. The Lion Beer that is included is nice and the best option ($5 plus 10% plus 8% if you are paying, for just over a half pint measure), there is a red, white and rose wine (only one of each $6 each plus the taxes of 18%), the rose we found sweet and undrinkable, the white was tasteless and the red was just about bearable. The cheapest bottles of wine you can buy on the island are around the $45 plus taxes mark and these were not brilliant, we found we were spending around $60 on a bottle of wine each night. Not going All inc was the right choice for us but I would say that if you were offered it at a reasonable price then go for it so that you can have a few beers without thinking about it.
As we were half board we ate breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant which we enjoyed. Whilst it is not haut cuisine, there was plenty of variation and always something nice. I think I would get bored with two weeks of it as I personally am not big of fan of help yourself style dining.
What I really liked about the resort was how International it is. Extremely mixed clientele with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, UK, French and a handful of Russians. It also made the food interesting as they were catering for many nationalities - miso soup for breakfast for anyone?
The island itself was really nice. The beaches were beautiful, both pools are gorgeous and the house reef was fantastic. We regularly swam with turtles, stingrays and black-tipped reef sharks and on our last morning a pod of dolphins swam by around 5 metres away - a total fluke I think, but amazing experience.
Would I go again.......... yes, but then there are literally hundreds of resorts in the Maldives so I would probably not end up here again. I would recommend it though. I think they could polish the staff a little - very mixed levels of service from fantastic to totally un-attentive, the bathrooms definitely need changing and the wine / all-inclusive options definitely need addressing in a resort of this level. Also, I think if they reduced some of the prices a little in the resort ($35 for a standard bottle of sun tan lotion!!!) they would actually sell considerably more.
TIPS - Take your own mask, fins and snorkel as they are pricey to hire. Take snacks such as Pringles and nuts, biscuits possibly (a packet of biscuits in the shop was $8 plus taxes). Take sun tan lotion - I cannot stress enough how fierce the sun is, factor 30 is a minimum requirement. The number of burnt people walking around each day was horrifying. If you think you might need something whilst there, take it with you - it is expensive to buy anything on the island.
- Also Known As:
- Olhuveli Beach And Spa Resort
- Olhuveli Beach Hotel South Male Atoll
- Olhuveli Beach Resort
- Olhuveli Beach Hotel
- Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort Maldives/South Male Atoll
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the tip of South Male Atoll, 34km from Male International Airport is the idyllic Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort, famed for its beautiful beaches and abundant sandbanks. The resort is reached by a picturesque 45 minute speedboat journey.Step into your new home for the next few blissful days, and choose between deluxe rooms, beach villas, water villas, honeymoon villas or the presidential suites. Each of the 164 villas have been crafted purely with comfort, relaxation and elegance in mind, taking the classic materials of nature, blending them with contemporary chic and open-air living, intended to make the most of the Maldivian sunlight and tranquil views. A choice of outdoor sunloungers is provided in all villa categories to ensure that guests can soak up the best of Maldives. ... more less
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