I’ve just returned from a 7 night stay at Gangehi Island for my Honeymoon. This was my third time in the Maldives so I’ll try not to repeat myself from previous reviews.
The island is tiny and has a very exclusive feel.
The Staff, as if by magic, know who you are within 2 days of your arrival
The 2 Italian Chefs are fabulous! Food supplies in the Maldives will always be limited, but they did really well, turning out different flavours every day… and they do the best Pizza I’ve had since I visited Italy a few years ago. They will stand there and tell you exactly what the food is.
Do not miss the Desserts! The Dessert Chef made the best Profiteroles I have ever had!
The Deluxe Water Rooms are huge and comfortable. The beds are very comfortable and huge! Rashid the Waiter is fabulous and a credit to the Resort. If you are fortunate enough to have him as your waiter for your holiday you are very lucky. If I go back I will be requesting him.
There are a lot of biting insects. I have never been bitten in the Maldives but I came away with 7 very itchy, very large, red bites. I have no idea what they were as I didn’t feel the bite, just the after effect. The Island does spray regularly so this isn’t really their fault.
The Reef isn’t great, however there are lots of very interesting sea creatures of all colours and sizes… we even had Dolphins come in very close to shore which was an amazing, albeit quick sight.
The Animation Team are horrendously annoying! When we were there it was a small noisy woman and a large, untidy looking man (I do not need to see his belly hanging below his shirt!). They are Italian so all activities are aimed at the Italian Guests, which excludes other Nationalities a little, but I didn’t go there for activities. They will approach you at almost every meal, whether you’re eating or not. This is extremely rude and distracting.
I recommend Deluxe rooms 38-41 as these are in a quieter spot than the others which are right next to the arrival jetty.
Remember to tip your waiter, Room Boy and Bar Staff if they provide a good service. Wages in the Maldives are lower than in Europe and tips are much appreciated by Staff. I guarantee if you tip a few dollars on the first night, you will get a better service. This may upset some people who don’t think tips should reflect service, but that’s just the way it is in the Maldives.
Avoid Male. I’m told that it has got very political in recent times and not the best place for Tourists. Rather, go and visit local Residential Islands as you will get a better feel for the lovely Local people. If you do decide to venture out of the Resort, Ladies, please cover up. Believe me, you will not like the stares if you don’t cover up and the Locals will appreciate it if you do.
If you’re in a deluxe room you probably won’t have sun loungers on your deck. This is only because you have designated loungers on the beach. You may ask for these to be taken to your deck. After all, why pay all the money for a private sun deck and then lie on the beach?
There is an all-inclusive option for drinks which you can pay for on arrival. This was 60 Euros per person per day. We took it, thinking it would be more cost effective, but in all honesty, I don’t think we drank enough to cover it. If you drink a lot of water/soft drinks during the day, it could be worth it, but you could end up losing money.
I will return to Gangehi Island, I would stay in a regular water room instead of deluxe and I would take a bucket of Jungle Formula!
- 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