We returned from Embudu yesterday and I decided to get this info on straight away. I was checking tripadvisor daily before I went and you get a very good overview of the Island. This was my 3rd trip to the maldives having previously visited Meeru and Summer Island. This is by far my favourite and if I had to choose one Island to go back to, this would be it. The island is very basic and I will try to list the pros and cons. One thing I will mention is the food. It is not as bad as some people have painted it to be, but there are some things that really let it down. The thing that stood out for me was the 'fruitjuice' at breakfast. I cannot conceive that anyone would go to the trouble or expense of bottling/canning something so awful. If it did not state what it was you would have a hard job guessing. So here goes - the good:
1) Clean but basic rooms, with good size bathroom and plenty of hot water. Linen and towels changed regularly.
2) Lots of shrubbery and shelter and little 'openings' onto the beach giving lots of very private feeling areas.
3) Nice soft sand throughout - I only wore shoes once.
4) Fabulous reef for snorkeling, clearly marked entrances and exits and an abundance of fish. I didnt realise they grew so big. I don't dive but the divers were all out daily. I think this Island is aimed at serious marine life lovers and that is what sells it. They do not need fancy gimmicks.
5) The food was reasonable. I am a vegetarian and didn't starve, but I dont eat rice so this made it a little difficult. However, they watched like hawks that I was eating enough and would always come up and ask me if there was anything else they could get me.
6) The staff were excellent and couldn't do enough for you. They are the most willing i have met on any Island (barring the grumpy egg chef).
7) Mixture of cultures. predominantly french and german, but everyone polite, friendly and courteous.
8) Very peaceful and laid back.
9) The smell of Frangipani all over the place it was fab.
10) Our room was number 35 and we loved the position.
1) Some scruffy areas
2)No 'no smoking' areas even in the dining room.
3) Table sharing - you are allocated a table and are very lucky to get a table for two. However they try to match you with your own country and we actually ended up sharing with a very interesting couple from Guernsey. They were great fun and lovely people and certainly made our mealtimes more interesting. We did not see each other every mealtime as you often go at different times. This could be a problem if you don't smoke and were paired with smokers, or people with questionable table manners, although I believe they will move you when another table becomes vacant if you are unhappy.
4) The economy rooms are in the staff quarters, so make sure you book a superior room. All superior rooms have air con, so make sure you ask for it.
5) Our room was very smoky as ciggie smoke from both sides escaped into it. If you really hate smoking this would bother you.
6) No coffee and tea during the day on the All Inclusive. Unless you have a water bungalow I would recommend taking a kettle and supplies as when you are not out you may well sit near your room and fancy a brew.
7) Plug sockets! Different rooms have different sockets for the adaptors. Ours took the round 2 pin, but some neighbours took a flat 2 pin. Be prepared lol. I always take out a 4 plug english extension as well just in case I need to charge a lot of things.
Overall it is a lovely little island and absolutely fantastic value for money. Communication is good, but the internet is a little expensive. I would not recommend taking children as there is nothing for them to do. There is no pool and you will have to watch and entertain them constantly. The same goes for adults. If you like to be 'entertained' then this is not the island for you. Bear in mind even the rooms do not have tv (except water bungalows) and there is only one communal tv near reception. If reading, swimming, peace and quiet and marine life are your main priorities then this is the island for you.
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