Having never been on this type of holiday before, we were a bit unsure as to what to expect (we had never done package holidays). I had read all the reviews on here which were quite mixed so here is as unbiased review as possible.
Firstly, the check in when we arrived on the island was very smooth and quick and we were soon in our air- conditioned room. Lots has been said on here about the rooms but we were quite happy with ours. The air-con was fab and the bed huge and very comfortable. Just a bit of advice, there are only two plug sockets in the room which have bedside lights plugged in. If, like me, you have devices that will need charging, take a plug-board with you! I had emailed well in advance and asked for a room on the hotter side of the island and that is what we got. If you are going there, you may have read about the difference between the two sides, but I doubt they have fully explained it! Considering the island is about 30 yards wide, the difference between the two sides is inexplicable! The side you arrive on (the same side as the pool and bars) is windy. The sea has a lot of sea grass washing up on the beach and there can be some rubbish. The sea can also be choppy as it can be windy. The other side is fabulous - calm clear water, fabulous beach but very hot as there is very little wind.
We spent two weeks on the beach every day. We went on the free snorkelling trips twice which were great, but to be honest we enjoyed snorkelling around the inlet pipe which was on our side of the island just as much. The fish were unbelievable!
We also went on the sunset dolphin cruise, and had about 40 dolphins around our boat for an hour!
The food was delicious with a huge choice every meal. There was no question of us sharing a table as the island was only a third full, but more of that later.
Having read reviews, we were quite sceptical about meeting other people and making friends (never been on a holiday like this before!). However,we met some lovely people and had a number of great nights. I'm sure we will keep in touch now we are home.
Being on the island is like being in a wildlife film! Crabs, birds, flying bats etc! Wonderful.
So, why only 4 stars in my rating? Firstly, the island was only a third full. This was ok in some ways but it meant - particularly at the start of the holiday, the evenings were very quiet and we went to bed quite early.
Secondly, although I knew there were no televisions in the room, I did miss not having one as there was quite a bit of down time in the rooms.
Thirdly, and I guess the bit that annoyed us the most, was the waiter situation. When we arrived I asked our waiter if he was looking after us for our whole holiday, and he said he was. Following suggestions on here I tipped him well at that first meal ($10). About three nights later he got another $2, and then he went missing for a day and a half. When he came back he said he has had to get a tooth sorted out on Male. Fair enough,and we felt quite sorry for him. He got a couple of further tips and then, 5 days before we left, we went on the trip to Male. We noticed that our waiter was on the boat - and that was the last we saw of him! It turns out he had 10 days holiday. This meant that we had various waiters after that, and on our last night, when others got tables decorated with flowers, we got nothing!
Moaning apart, however, it was a fanatic holiday. You know you are not going to five star luxury so don't expect it,and if you don't want to see islands with buildings on, don't look in that direction!!!
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