My husband and I stayed at the Beach House Maldives for 5 days in early November for the second half of our honeymoon after 9 days of traveling in India. I spent a lot of time reading the reviews posted on TripAdvisor before we left and was a bit nervous with all the mixed reviews since the Waldorf Astoria took over. We had a real headache getting to the resort, but once we were there it was absolutely incredible.
As most reviews state, it is one of the furthest north atolls from Male so no matter where you come from once you are in Male it will most likely be another 3 hours before you get to the resort. We had a horrible experience with this. Our flight from Bangalore was delayed by an hour, and then there was a mix up with our seaplane reservations and the last seaplane heading to the Beach House for that day left as we were being taxied on the runway - even after we called the hotel to notify them that our flight was delayed. We were then brought to the seaplane lounge while the staff tried to arrange a way to get us to the resort by domestic flight and a speed boat transfer as the seaplanes stop flying to the resort after 2pm (it says 3pm on the website). A side note on the seaplanes, the Waldorf does not own the seaplane shown on the website, all seaplanes are chartered, and while the one in the photo does exist, the Waldorf logo is for advertisement. So chances of you flying in the seaplane are slim. We then spent the next 4 hours in the lounge watching guests staying at other Hilton resorts come and go on seaplanes. The lounge was really nice, it has two huge rooms with comfy lounges and couches, showers, food/drinks, tv, computers with internet, but we were stuck there for quite a while not knowing how or when we would get to the island because of the seaplane mix-up.
Relying on the staff at the seaplane lounge was frustrating to say the least. Every time we checked the status with the staff it was as if we were asking for the first time. After three hours we started to panic when we realized we needed to get on one of the two domestic flights that night or we would have to find a hotel room in Male. We kept getting the run around from the staff, and it wasn’t until we finally lost our cool and demanded to speak with the General Manager that the issue was resolved. Alan, the General Manager arranged for us to sit in the jump seats reserved for the flight crew on the last flight leaving that night. After the domestic flight we took a speedboat to the island where we then were greeted by Alan in person, and Ziraar our villa host who brought us straight to our Ocean Villa bypassing the usual check-in upon arrival. Alan did an excellent job amending the situation and was extremely professional throughout our whole stay.
Once we made it to the island and our Ocean Villa we had the most incredible vacation and all but forgot the nightmare of getting there. Ziraar our villa host was wonderful, he arranged for all of our activities and made dinner reservations for us every night.
We stayed in Ocean Villa #212; it was the second to last villa on the end so very secluded with beautiful sunset views. We had a private deck with lounge chairs, a two person swinging chair, over water hammock, infinity plunge pool and ladder with access to the ocean. The bathroom had a whirlpool tub and the glass doors opened all the way so you had unobstructed views of the ocean – great at sunset. I read other reviews about the whirlpool tub not working and was worried – it turns out the water lever needs to be at a certain height for the jets to work, one of the staff helped us with this so we had no issues there.
The breakfast in the Tea Room every morning was great; there was a ton of selection and we were often so full from breakfast we skipped lunch or did a light snack. We spent a few late afternoons at Amazon where we enjoyed the pizzas and lounging by the beautiful lagoon-like pool. My favorite restaurant was Saffron, the sushi selection was great and the head chef greeted us one night during our dinner which was really nice. Our favorite dishes were the Fish Curry and seared Tuna entrée. Everything is really expensive, but that is expected when you are at a luxury resort on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean where they have to import everything. We stuck with local foods, mostly seafood that we knew was caught in the area – it tended to be less expensive and delicious. Medium rare was great too, it just seemed like you paid a lot more for a lot less than at Saffron. It is also all open air and not right on the water so it got really humid and stuffy. I recommend the Scallop appetizer, the Lobster Risotto and crème brulee for dessert – delicious. Saltwater was a great place to sit on the deck and enjoy a cocktail during sunset before dinner. We also attended the management cocktail party there which was nice.
The last day of our stay we went to Infinity. There are only a few lounge chairs by the pool and they fill up quickly so we just enjoyed a swim in the pool and a sushi lunch with some cocktails. I really wanted to do a wine tasting dinner at the Cellar but unfortunately not enough people signed up for it so I was really bummed about that.
My husband especially loved all the activities the Beach House had to offer. The hotel provides free snorkel gear at the dive center which was perfect as my husband snorkeled multiple times each day right off our villa. Some reviews say that the coral reef doesn’t have a lot of life but we saw a ton of varieties of fish just off our villa, it was incredible. We also took the catamaran out for a sail each day. My husband went on a scuba diving trip which he raved about – the instructor took pictures underwater and we got a dvd of them which was really cool. While he went on a dive trip one morning I went to the spa and had two wonderful treatments. I highly recommend going to the spa, I just wish I remember the girls name who did my treatment, she was so sweet.
Overall we had an amazing stay at the Beach House. If you want a very secluded and quiet vacation and are willing to travel far for it this is the place to go. The over water villas are spectacular, the staff on the island are all very kind and helpful and the amenities are fabulous. Oh, and did I mention it is one of the most beautiful places on earth!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the northernmost atoll of the Maldives, Haa Alifu, Beach House Iruveli recreates the style and charm of traditional Maldivian hospitality, while seamlessly blending Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance to its overall appeal. The resort offers a level of serenity unsurpassed in the Maldives. Sleek and contemporary, it offers unparalleled luxury to the discerning few. Experience luxury in the inimitable Beach House style - effortlessly chic while maintaining the charm and tradition that is indigenous to the islands. With two additional private islands to escape to near the resort, you are promised a journey of discovery, and an array of delightful opportunities to experience the virgin beauty of Maldives. Take your pick from the beautifully designed contemporary thatched villas, complete with your own private pool and a Villa Host to attend to your every whim. Each villa is a celebration of sleek, contemporary Maldivian architecture, where floor to ceiling doors opening out onto a spacious deck blur the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waldorf Astoria Maldives Hotel Haa Aliff Atoll
- Beach Hotel Alifu Atoll
- The Beach Hotel