Filitheyo was the 12th island we had visited in the Maldives, as you can guess from the amount of times we have been its our favourite place and couldn't imagine being disapointed anywhere in the Maldives, and for this reason I have never read any reviews as I prefer to make up my own mind, but now I so wish I had done. We visited Filitheyo for 10 nights in January 13. We booked a superior villa as no deluxe villas available. We thought we may be able upgrade once we got there but still none available. Very disapointed with the location we were given and asked to to moved as soon as we arrived. There is a very large nuber of villas with no beach whatsoever just rocks, coral and fallen trees. Everbody who visits the Maldives is aware of the moving beaches and erosion and as we all know this is only getting worse. When people are paying a lot of money for there holiday you expect the perfect pictures that are advertised; a beautiful beach outside your own perfect little villa!!. Some islands actually close off the effected villas but not Filitheyo. They was reluctant to move us to a better location but I insisted and we did end up on a lovely part of the island. The rooms are very old looking worn and in need of updating. The towels are very poor,thin, hard and some had holes and rips in them ,they are also not very generous with the amount of towels they give to you. The beach towels were even worse, tiny and really old and the sun loungers very poor condition broken ones discarded in places. The padded cushions on the sun loungers were full of holes and very thin and worn and there was not enough sun loungers for all guests,people get up really early putting towels on loungers, this is the first time I have experienced this at the Maldives.Some of the roofs on the villas were covered with plastic sheets they were that damaged.
The food was the worst , I am vegetarian and apart from grated carrot lettuce and tomatoe the choice was limited. You cannot help yourself to some of the food on the 'buffet' it is behind glass(which was 'not clean')if you ask for fruit, say passion fruit you was given 1, several times I asked for more but felt uncomfortable as it was given reluctantly. The restruant staff were not very friendly. I spoke to one staff about not being able to help yourself to fruit and was told that the resort was in financial difficulties and things had to be limited!! The breakfast was the worst very bland, the amount flies at breakfast was ridiculus,I pointed out a large number of flies that was in the waffle mix, but the server didnt seem bothered. I spoke to the staff about it but feel it fell on deaf ears.They charge even to play pool, only $2, ive never been charched for this on any other island.
On a positive note the snorkelling is excellent and there is some areas of good beach.
The food was good in the sunset bar restruant, it was cooked to order and fresh and nicely presented and the staff much more pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Filitheyo is the only island resort in the unspoiled Faafu Atoll. A natural tropical Island, which is lush in vegetation and surrounded by a stunning house reef. The resort offers guest what can be only be described as a barefoot luxury retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Filitheyo Island Hotel Faafu Atoll
- Hotel Filitheyo Island