Let me start by saying that I'm reviewing this island based on comparison to other islands I have visited. It's a small island which is nice and the house reef can be swam in about an hour and is not bad but not the best I've seen. Yes the island is idyllic in places but again not the best I've seen. The accommodation are 2 story buildings set just off the beach which is not to my liking and all have very limited views of the sea due to trees in front of them. This makes the room very dark and makes it difficult to sunbath outside your room. I like a room with view with the option of sunbathing on my own bit of beach outside my own room, not sharing with 3 other people. People used to sunbath on the main part of the beach with was nice, but 1. U had to get there early as the sunbeds are limited and were occupied quiet quickly 2. There wasn't much shade on that side of the island with no parasols to be been and 3. The bar was to far away to access drinks easily. Luckerly for me I stayed in a water bungalow but these were quiet tired looking and could do with refurbing. I had bungalow 417 which in my opinion was the best one to have. It wasn't overlooked at all and had great uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. The deck was quite large and had the sun for most of the day and the reef was only 20ft from the steps and was the best bit of reef on the island. The sunsets were right in front of you.....perfect. Now for bad parts, no AI mini bar and the bar for drinks couldn't be any further away if they tried. This is very frustrating as u have to pass a bar near the bungalows which you can only purchase drinks from. When questioned about this the only response you get is"it's a management decision ", come on, sort it out this is disgraceful !! Even when you get to the bar ( where there are no AI cocktails, not even a cocktail of the day) you have to wait at the bar for your drinks. I saw no waiter service offered at all at this bar. Even a tip didn't encourage waiter service. All the drinks i got,in the day or evening were got from the bar. This maybe down to the staff not speaking much English and I saw very limited quest interaction. This was the same in the restaurant , our waiter was never around when we wanted drinks and never smiled and was slow to clear tables. This may of been a reflection of the food as this was the worst i have experienced in the Maldives. It was almost the same every night and never looked freshly cooked and was limited.
My second week was spent on meedurpruu and I'm so glad i did, as I think two weeks on rannalhi would be to long. Please read my separate review for meedurpruu. All in all there are far better islands to go to. Shop around and spend the same money on somewhere else. If you want any advise then I'm happy to answer any questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rannalhi was a favourite transit destination for islanders, being the final fresh-water landfall on the journey south from Khaafu Atoll in the Maldives. Known as 'the measure of gold' (ran means gold, nalhi is a unit of measure) for its beauty and fertility, Rannalhi island is now home to an all-action fun resort where good times and friendship make for unforgettable tropical holidays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adaaran Club Rannalhi Hotel South Male Atoll
- Adaaran Hotel Rannalhi
- Adaaran Hotel South Male Atoll