We just arrived home from staying at the Anantara Dhigu for 7-days. I am giving this resort four stars due to one hiccup in our stay, but I would still recommend this resort to any and all of my family and friends.
We chose to stay in the overwater-villa for our entire stay as we wanted privacy and also wanted to be away from the beach villas which tend to attract more families with children. What I loved about the overwater-villas was the direct access to the water, the huge size ofthe villas, and the amazing service we had while staying in the villa. We spent most of our time sunbathing and relaxing in our villa as the pool area, while beautiful, is swarming with children and some colorful hotel guests. We did enjoy a few lunches in the casual Aqua Bar but chose to leave and not stay in that area simply because no one seems to be able to control their children and the last thing I want on my vacation is screaming kids! I do think all resorts in the Maldives should have a no-children policy as I find it completely inappropriate to bring children to a place like that, but this is not the hotel's fault, it's the parents.
As far as the food, it is excellent. I can't fault them for anything. We ate at every one of the restaurants including the beautiful Thai restaurant and enjoyed all our meals. Of course it is expensive, but it is the Maldives, really what do people expect, a budget vacation?!? I especially enjoyed the always fresh seafood and the wonderful breakfast spreads. I also have to say how amazingly fast their room-service is, within 30 minutes our meals arrived every time we ordered which was fantastic! A note on their buffets, I found the buffets to be overpriced for what you got. We did their Wednesday night seafood buffet and we were pretty disappointed that we paid so much money for such a small spread of foods and such limited choices. Besides that, I thought all the food was perfect!
We also spent a lot of time at their beautiful overwater spa. All I can say is 'WOW!' they seriously know how to make you feel like royalty. The spa areas are gorgeous, romantic, and the treatments are super-posh. We had such a fantastic experience that we ended up booking another day of treatments on our final day at the resort. Of course it's expensive but again, it's the Maldives!
We also did several activities through their Aquafanatics. I have to say, our snorkeling excursion and guide were fantastic! I loved every second of the morning snorkel and have some amazing photos to show family and friends back home! The sunset fishing was a bit of a let-down as it's not proper fishing and no one really catches anything, if we had known, we wouldn't have signed up. Other than that, the staff and the activites are great and they offer a huge variety!
My one issue and why I downgraded this hotel review from a five-star rating to a four-star rating is our serious hiccup with the dining by design we had set up. We were celebrating my birthday and also an anniversary so we decided to book a dining by design which is where the hotel sets up a gorgeous dinner at your choice of venue with a personal butler/chef and amazing personalized menu. We had called our second morning to book this and we were told the person in charge of this would call us back. We actually never got a call back or a message so we tried again the next day where we were told again to wait for a call back. This time we did get a call back from a very flustered man who explained he was involved in setting up for someone's wedding so he quickly went over the details with me. I explained we wanted to be on their private island and he asked if he could once again call me back because he was busy and needed to take my menu details down later. Again, he called us back and took our menu details down and he sent us over a confirmation reciept with the details of our booking for Friday evening, we actually swicthed the dinner from Wednesday to Friday as we wanted to participate in their special dinner on Wednesday. Anyway, on the reciept it stated we were booked for a private dinner etc etc and we signed this confirming. Now, they have several options for where you can have dinner and I did specifically request the private island booking as we didn't simply want it to be set up on their regular beach as it's not private at all. The night of our dinner we walked down to reception and were told that our dinner was set up on their beach and not on the private island because 'we didn't book that one'. Of course, we were furious, we had just paid over $600USD++ for this dinner and it was set up on their public beach area with four children running around it and several people actually walking through the dining area! We requested the manager after several bad exchanges with the person we met at reception and the manager was very gracious and apologetic and immediately fixed the situation, gave us complimentary champagne, and switched the dinner to the location we had originally booked. What upset me was the person at reception telling me that I booked incorrectly. For one thing, I did not book incorrectly, there was obviously a miscommunication since it required so many back and forth phone calls to book, and I am the customer therefore, I am never wrong! In the end, our issue was solved and we ended up having an absolutely beautiful dinner on the private island.
I would like to give a shoutout to both Lilly and Saleem who went above and beyond in their service to us. They made us feel like very special guests and took a lot of interest in assisting us during our stay.
Overall this hotel was fantastic with some minor issues but nothing that wasn't fixed. I have stayed at the Anantara before and loved the service and the accomdations so I would book one of their hotels again as we travel often in Asia. If we do go back to the Maldives I would probably look into booking a hotel that is adults-only as it was very bothersome to us to have children around on this vacation.
Only book overwater suites, they are absolutely stunning!
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