We arrived to the resort a few days before New Year's Eve and stayed a total of 9 days. We were very fortunate with the weather, only the first two days were overcast and not a single cloud afterwards. The starry night sky was breathtaking.
Journey: The journey was very long from London but the views during the 75 mins on the seaplane from Male airport made the final part of the trip very pleasant. We received a warm reception upon arrival on the jetty and our villa manager brought us to our room on a buggy.
Room/Resort: We stayed in a water villa that had a private dipping pool, access directly to the sea and beautiful sunset views. The sea was crystal clear - could view beautiful tropical fish from our personal villa as each water villa had a glass floor window in the sitting area. We also spotted dolphins from our deck. Snorkelling was a magical experience due to the water clarity, we saw parrot fish, moray eel, sting ray, and various other schools of fish. I went diving on 2 different days, diving from 4 locations. I had an incredible experience, seeing a nurse shark, turtles, and swam with manta rays. The resort has other water sport options, I wanted to try wind or kite surfing but the wind wasn't strong enough when I was there. Despite it only taking 15-20 minutes to walk around the entire island, there was plenty to do at this resort. We enjoyed a massage at the spa which was an excellent relaxing experience.
Restaurants: The resort has very good restaurants, we loved the personal treatment from the head chef (my fiancee required special food) who would walk around and chat with the guests. The seafood theme cuisine night was very good. Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks are charged separately regardless of an inclusive meal plan. Full board plan included breakfast, 52$ credit for lunch and 108$ for dinner per person. We had most breakfasts on the deck of our water villa which incurred a $15 delivery charge each time. I would highly recommend it if you would enjoy the first light of the day and the sea beneath you while having breakfast. We had most lunches at the pool/beach bar and received excellent service from the staff at that bar/restaurant. There's a bar open at night that plays disco music with a DJ. It was quite loud at times and always empty.
Service: I can't comment enough how wonderful the service was - from the villa keeper to the villa manager and the various servers at the restaurants, namely Sam at the pool bar.
Special experience: I had decided to propose to my fiancee on this trip. The staff helped me organise an unforgettable surprise for my wife-to-be. They took us on a boat at sunset and brought us onto a deserted island where 2 waiters and a chef were waiting for us. A dinner table with candles were set up under a white, four-post canopy. Chilled champagne was served followed by a delicious 4 course dinner. As the dinner came to an end, I proposed under a spectacular sky in what my fiancee would describe as one of the most romantic experiences imaginable. When we returned back to our water villa, the staff prepared another surprise for my fiancee and myself. The bed was covered with a beautiful design of flower petals wishing Congratulations.
New Year's Eve: The resort organised a lovely evening for their guests with a live band and a few other special touches which made bringing in 2013 a very memorable experience.
Overall, an unforgettable experience in paradise...
- 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