The first thing that you have to realise about Gangehi is that it is an Italian resort. For 30 years it has been just Italians who have been visiting but they opened it up to British (and other) visitors in September 2011. For the first couple of days, the overwhelming "Italianess" of it is a bit disconcerting, especially when you have travelled many of thousands of miles to be in the Maldives, but once you start to relax, the beauty and the tranquility of the island takes over.
We had 2 beach villas which were right on the lagoon and just about 50 metres from the reef with its amazing snorkelling. The rooms were recently refurbished and of a high quality as were the bathrooms. The veranda looked out onto the stunning lagoon and the pier where the (sometimes rather noisy) dhonis docked.
The staff are a mixture of Italian and local (with a couple of Sri Lankans) and are all committed to ensuring that everyone has an amazing holiday. The food had a distinctly Mediterranean feel, but with with fresh fish, chicken and beef it was always wonderful. The range of choices will satisfy anybody and the pastry chef worked wonders with a dazzling array of cakes, desserts and home made ice creams every meal. The Entertainments team were also all Italian and were trying very hard to include us in their events, however they did acknowledge that they will have to bring in some better English speakers if they want to develop this market. After a while we realised that being two English couples made us stand out from the crowd and made our stay even more enjoyable. Everyone made a special effort to talk to us and we were made to feel like VIPs wherever we went.
However if you are going to the Maldives you really want good weather, amazing beaches and spectacular snorkelling. In this respect Gangehi has it all. It is such a small island that you can walk around it in just over 5 minutes. The lagoons are beautiful and the reef is easily accessible for even the most basic swimmer. The stunning sand spit threads out from the island like the tail of of one of the many rays that you will see and even at high tide makes for a pleasant walk. At low tide, you can walk for about 15 minutes out into the ocean as you gaze back at the island.
We previously stayed at Komandoo for our honeymoon and my brother and his wife who travelled with us had stayed at Coco Palm a few years ago. We all agreed that Gangehi was a fabulous holiday destination and is definately worth a visit. The food, location and staff are all superb and this was a really relaxing holiday.
Get over the Italian feel of the resort and embrace the fabulous location and you will have the holiday of a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gangehi Island Resort is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking privacy and comfort of luxury resort in one the most wonderful reefs in the world. This resort is situated within easy reach of the Male airport only 20 minutes. The hotel also offers a pleasant stay with the graceful and stylish villas as well as a gourmet Italian cuisine. Guests can enjoy the main attractions of Maldives diving to see the manta rays and whale sharks. The resort offers guests a wide range of activities, including spa, massage, fitness center and water spots (non-motorized). Shop, bar/pub, room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant are just some of the facilities of this property. Gangehi Island Resort ensures great hospitality throughout your stay with the efficient service and wide array of features. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gangehi Island Hotel North Ari Atoll