We stayed at Filitheyo 1st – 10th Oct. Our expectations were based on our previous trip to Elliadhoo in Dec 09 (see previous review).
We picked Filitheyo as it had the “no news – no shoes” ambiance with recommended house reef diving. Our overall experience was the same as Elliadhoo but the each resort having strengths in different areas.
We had one of the superior rooms on the north side of the island (despite the name they are the lowest grade of room). The rooms look like wooden chalets with a porch, but were attractively furnished, clean and had an outdoor bathroom. These will not be to everyone’s liking and you will see other reviews referring to this feature. We have had rooms with open bathrooms before so were not fazed by them, but taking a shower with raindrops falling on your head is unusual. Although my wife is a bit of a mozie magnet, she was ok with the bathroom but found low light a pain when it came to dry her hair, applying make up etc.
The beach was just a few meters from our room and was the typical beach that draws us to the Maldives… nowhere else in the world has sand like the Maldives.
Dive centre and staff was very good and freely provided information or guidance on how to get the best out of your diving. My wife and I did six dives together on the house reef during our stay and were not disappointed. The house reef diving was easy to plan and carry out at any time you wanted to go. Our diving on the house reef was restricted to the north side during our stay due to weather and sea
conditions but still offered really good experience. ( Note there is a wreck at 30m between points 5 and 6 that does not appear on site map )
The house reef accessibility and diving options are not as good as Elliadhoo.
The cost of draft beer / wine by glass were not too expensive at $6 but the $11 cocktails were a bit hit a miss for quality. Large bottle of water was $4.
We both had a massage in the Spa facility which was very good value and professionally done in really nice surroundings.
We flew Emirates from Birmingham via Dubai and MAT Seaplane Transfer without any issues both ways. Recommend taking some earplugs for the seaplane trip, it is noisy.
Overal very good resort for divers and non divers alie providing you like the quiet, relaxed ambiance of this style of resort.
My overall experience compared to Ellidahoo :-
Food range, quality, presentation:- Filitheyo.
Staff / Service :- the same.
Diving Centre and staff :- the same.
House Reef and diving experience :- Elliadhoo.
Swimming Pool :- Elliadhoo.
Room :- Marginally Elliadhoo for both design and quietness.
Cost and value for money :- excellent at both.
Beach :- Elliadhoo.
The mozzies were a bit more of an issue at Filitheyo but they did regulalrly spray the inner island vegitation and the F&B staff did thier best to ensure an anti mozzie burner was by your feet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to a breath-taking island paradise of leafy jungle foliage and sparkling white sand. Filitheyo resort is situated in Faafu Atoll, one of the most pristine atolls in the Maldives, abundant in colorful marine life and vibrant coral. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Filitheyo Island Hotel Faafu Atoll
- Hotel Filitheyo Island