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“New Year 2013 delight!” 4 of 5 stars
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Biyadhoo Island Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Post Box No. 20153   |  
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“New Year 2013 delight!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

A Maldivian experience ! The staff were really friendly in the restaurant - great service with big smiles! The rooms were really clean with beds decorated every day with flowers - delightful! Really good value for money! The beach was cleaned every day. New Year's Eve was a real occasion where everything was done to ensure wqe had a good time!
Expect to get bitten though!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Just returned from a 14 night stay at Biyadhoo. Travelled with my husband and 2 children aged 6 and 3. This was not our first trip to the Maldives but this is the first time we have been to Biyadhoo Island Resort. I had read the reviews before I went about the island looking a little tired and needing some TLC. This may be true of the accommodation but the island itself is beautiful. The beaches are superb and the sea lovely. It is such a safe place to take children and they spent the entire 2 weeks in the sea and making sandcastles!

The only let down for me was our room boy who took an immediate dislike to me! Everyday he forgot either to put sheets on our beds or towels in the bathroom and this did get annoying.

The chefs in the restaurant are very friendly and are happy to show you what the different dishes are. They are always there to great you and say good bye as you leave the dining room. The food was good - curry's, pasta, fish, great salad choice, unusual puddings (!) and lots of fruit. Munta was our waiter and he was brilliant! Always made the napkins into something for the children and also provided them with dinosaurs! He made a candle from a coconut for New Year which he has painted. This was a really nice touch. He was always on hand if you needed him but you never felt he was intruding. He also gave the children french fries and ketchup every meal so he was definitely their favourite!

You must go to the spa for a massage (or 6!). The staff here are brilliant and even looked after the children so we could have the massage at the same time. The aroma balm massage is highly recomended as is the seashell one!

We found that there was a lack of sunbeds so used to pop to the beach before breakfast to ensure we had a couple by doing the old towel trick (something I have not done before but was the only way).

Watch out for the mosquitoes. They do spray the island but you must take repellent with you. We went through 2 bottles and used a plug in. We were still bitten but not badly.

The island is very relaxed and casual and we lived in shorts and t-shirts and didn't wear shoes for the whole time we were there.

All in all the trip was great and we would have no hesitation in returning.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Biggin Hill, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We spent two weeks in November at this hotel. Our Kuoni rep (Rachael) was wonderful and so helpful - she loves pickled onion Monster Munch, in case you want to give her a little gift! - and our table waiter (Munthaz) and room boy (Mohamed) were most professional and willling to help - nothing was too much trouble. The bar staff have amazing memories and can have drinks ready and waiting almost before you realise you want them! We will definitely try to return.

Room Tip: Ground floor leads straight out on to beach - useful for showers etc.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Well, i will start with the positives, yes the rooms are tired as mentioned in previous posts, but kept very clean buy our room boy, we was in room 56 closes to the bar & restaurant, in my eyes the best block & had a lovely bit off beach at the back off our room. The staff are great & so was the food we have been to the Maldives 6 times before & the never been on a island were the chefs greet you at each meal time & so very proud off what they do. We stayed over Christmas & the Christmas Eve gala meal was amazing the best I've ever seen.
The bar staff are great to, always remember what you have to drink, graet service. It was my birthday whilst we was there & they made a lovely fuss off me, with my table Beiing decorated & little birthday gifts to, & a cake, which was lovely. & that evening our room boy done an amazing job off decorating my bed with flowers, didn't want to get in bed!
Now for the not so good points, the beach was one off the worse I have seen in the Maldives for rubbish, they say they sweep the beach every morning, but if they do they don't do a great job, we was always picking plastic bottles & fruit up & one day a shuttle cock!!!! They let to many day trippers on from neighbouring islands & liver boards & when you look along the beach looked like Southend on a hot summers day. They do this as they make money from them as they have to pay to come on the island, if they are going to carry on doing this they need many more sunbeds as this is quite a big issue, never at to reserve my bed before & most off them are dirty & broken. We allso found broken glass on the beach, some peaple just do not appreciate wear they are.
Peaple say the reef is one off the best we did not find this most off the coral is dead, which dos not help when snorkerlers walk all over it, so wrong! Plenty off fish tho.
I really do not know why they have a guest relations on the island, she was a waste off time, nice lady but rubbish at her job.
We did have 3 solid days off rain in our first few days, & then sun came out with a bit off cloud & the odd shower. Been the same time before & never seen weather like this.
I think we will leave going to the Maldives for quite a few years as in our eyes it's changed a lot & not for the right reasons.
All in all we had a lovely rest, but wish we had chosen a different island.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kagoshima, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Our family stayed at Biyadhoo for 7 days last December and had a good time.
I remember snorkeling in azure water and fantastic house reefs with various species of tropical fish.

After reading the reviews of several resorts in Maldives, our family finally decided to stay at Biyadhoo because we wanted to enjoy snorkeling in one of the most beautiful house reefs at a reasonable price.
So we didn’t expect luxury accommodations from the beginning. If you are honeymooners or want to spend your vacation at a luxury resort, I think you should choose another.
(Although we also tried making a reservation of Embudu Village, which is similar to Biyadhoo, all rooms were reserved then.)

As soon as we entered Maldives at Male Airport, the local travel agent called Nanto Tours brought us to the speedboat bound for Biyadhoo. Very smooth! We were able to sit on the rear seat which the agent told would shake least, however, riding the fast boat at midnight was very thrilling for my wife and son.

After checking in, we were brought to the corner room located in the east of the island.
The room (No.25, 1F) was slightly old but cleaned well, had a double bed, a single bed, a small refrigerator, an electric pot, and A/C.
Safety deposit boxes were in the office room next to the reception.
In the bathroom, you can see the electric shower, hair dryer, washstand, and only two pieces of soap. So you need to bring your shampoo, razor, and so on.
I wished we could have used Wi-Fi equipment at Biyadhoo.

The two-story building matched the heavy vegetation which adequately protected us against the intense sunlight. The vegetation also often had us suffer from mosquitoes biting although the insecticide was sprayed by the hotel staffs every evening.

The restaurant was air conditioned.
The meals were all buffets and very delicious except pork dishes. (Very tough: I think the dining staffs weren’t able to taste them due to their religion.) We hadn’t missed Japanese food during our stay! Above all, my son’s favorite was the omelet which the chef cooked on demand at breakfast. We chose full board meal plan and needed to pay for the drinks. The plan was good for us because we didn’t drink so much. We were able to drink coffee and tea anytime free of charge.

As for the bar, we had drunk there once. Especially at night it had a cozy atmosphere.
I’m grateful to the bar staffs for their listening to our special request.

The staffs were friendly and helpful.
The dining staff named “Munta”, in charge for our table, provided good service. He sometimes spoke Japanese to us and gave my son a fish-shaped folded paper (origami) and a present. Due to his service, we were relaxed and enjoyed eating.

We applied for two kinds of excursions on the bulletin board: the island trip with barbeque lunch and the sunset fishing. However, the island trip was cancelled due to lack of participants and we were disappointed.
Two boats were prepared for sunset fishing. A Italian couple and a family rode in our boat together. We fished near the outside of the Biyadhoo Island atoll. I thought it was easy to fish because there seemed to be a large number of fish. But it was NOT easy then! Our family managed to get 3 fish. The Italian family got 7 and the couple several. The family was kind enough to give us 2. So we had 5 fish grilled at the following lunch. The grilled fish was very tasty.

While snorkeling in house reefs, we were able to see various species of fish such as anemone fish, damselfish, filefish, butterfly fish, sea bream, sand borer, flat fish, black tip shark, eagle ray, barracuda, moray, porcupine fish, gilthead, cornet fish, threeline grunt, sting ray, and so on. Some were single- or multi-color, others were small or large. Numerous fish were swimming around us.
We’ll never forget the fantastic scene.

As for coral, we found some dead or severely damaged in several areas of the house reef.
But the others remained alive. We were deeply impressed with the beautiful groups of corals.
Fish were swimming or hiding between them. Especially, blue, green, or purple Acropora corals deeply fascinated us.

By and large, our vacation at Biyadhoo was comfortable and relaxing.
If we have time and money, we’d like to go back to Biyadoo someday.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

As others have said the island is very pretty, the accomodation is a little jaded but big rooms, pleasant staff, good food and not too crowded. No TV but good for relaxing and snorkelling. We saw a few turtles, small sharks, eagle rays etc. The Internet PC was broken the whole time we were there.

The dive center is another story - they would not accept our UK BSAC diving qualification books (the older blue book or the newer mini-ringbinder) that are fine everywhere else in the world - they only accept plastic cards with a photo and the diving qualification level printed on it - they would not let us dive at all unless we paid a huge amount for training courses !!!.

My opinion of the staff in the dive center is unprintable.

Our travel rep also mentioned that they had stopped someone from diving the previous week as he mentioned that he took blood pressure pills but didnt have a doctors letter specifically saying it was ok for him to dive with this medication (there are no doctors on the island).

Room Tip: Rooms on the West side are closest to the beach - but its only a 15 minute walk around the whole isl...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paignton, Devon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

My husband and I spent 10 days on Biyadhoo, with our daughter and son in-law. The resort is as described - a little tired. Being an older resort, it is probably more 'Maldivian' than some of the more modern, up-market resorts. And this suited us perfectly. No TVs, radios, newspapers - internet available at a charge in reception. Everywhere was spotlessly clean - bed linen, towels and beach towels were changed every day. Air conditioning in the rooms worked well. Our room boy was brilliant - very friendly,helpful and most artistic in the way he decorated our beds each night with lovely red hibiscus.

We were fortunate to have a room on the West side of the island, where the beach was beautiful. The beach on the East side is eroding slowly, but it was still possible to access 'small' beaches here.

All staff on the island were extremely helpful and nothing was ever too much trouble. The chefs in the restaurant greeted us at every meal with a beaming smile and a handshake. Because we were there over Christmas and New Year, there was a Gala Dinner laid on for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. This is when they pulled out all the stops. The spread they put on was amazing - in fact, we were allowed into the restaurant half an hour early, just to take photos of the displays. But the food was excellent every day, with even the bread being made daily.

Christmas lights were everywhere - festooned around and through the trees and undergrowth. Xmas decorations hung from the trees and festive music was played in the bar. Then, for New Years Eve, there were even more lights - they went to so much trouble in everything they did.

Biyadhoo is a 'budget' resort compared to many - but we felt that it was incredible value for money. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who was willing to stay in a Maldivian resort, rather than a European hotel complex.

Snorkling around the house reef was amazing - so many wonderful fish. The minah birds could be a bit rowdy at times, but that all added to the atmosphere!! There were two resident Herons, extremely tame. And the fruit bats provided entertainment on the beach as they fought for their territory in the treetops.

All in all, just a wonderful way to spent Christmas.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Post Box No. 20153
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Biyaadhoo Island
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