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“Transfer from Faru - Good Island poor management” 3 of 5 stars
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“Transfer from Faru - Good Island poor management”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2009

We transfered from Faru 29.01.09 on all inclusive basis as Faru were getting overbooked.

Transfer was good, 45 mins. Rooms were allocated on arrival. We had a comfort room 92. Lots of mosquitos in room when we arrived we killed around 30, but we went to reception and they came and sprayed the room straight away. We were not bitten on the island.

Island is smaller than Faru - no gardens to walk through as everything is sand. Bars were nowhere near a good as Faru due to the lack of quality entertainment and the service was quite slow. Drinks were extortionate and we were glad we were all inclusive!, we had to sign for everything we had for the week which we did not go mad sticking to water and soft drinks in the day then wine and mixer in the evening and our total bill would have been $1000 including service!!, so be warned!. Beer is now $5.50 water $3.50 coke etc $3.50 wine (house) $8 for 250ml. Tea/Coffee $4.

Food was good equal quality to Faru, not as much choice but plenty to eat. Never found food to be cold and plates were kept in warmers. Gorgeous puddings, apple pie, bishbash! (coconut cake) gateaux too.

Bar staff were nice and friendly asked if we wanted more drinks etc, possibly due to the amount of drinks we were having compared to other guests!. Bars emptied at 10.30 probably due to cost and rats which run around and not just in the rafters. We saw them every night in the bar around 11.15 every time!, once they had become quieter (Jill & Andy will confirm!!!)

Snorkelling fantastic we saw an amazing amount of fish, rays, eels etc. Saw a turtle one day too. Recommend the flippers to go against currrent if not a strong swimmer.

Beaches lovely had own sunbeds, beach mainly on one side although not too crowded, unless you want the shade!

Poor entertainment in the bar but we weren't too fussed as we were chatting to other couples. Crab racing could be expensive as you have to bet in beers which are charged to your room. If you win your winnings are then given to you in whatever the bar manager decides, a couple won $110 and all they got 2 bottles of champagne and 4 bottle of beer. We would have expected it be knocked off their overall bill or they could at least decide what to spend it on themselves!!

Compared to Faru equally for food, found Faru a nicer island to walk around having the gardens as well as the beach. Bars better at Faru. Only bonus to Fihalhohi was the beach and snorkelling and the location being in the middle of nowhere. Faru was too close to the main island (Male) for us.

Overall an overpriced but nice island - Go to Faru and get a free transfer we say!!!!!

  • Liked — Location - in middle of nowhere, Snorkelling
  • Disliked — Bars, Rats, high prices if not on all-inclusive
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2009

2nd time in Maldives. Spent 2 weeks at Fihalhohi in January. Allocated first floor room which was pleasant enough but the balcony unfortunately didn't have a sea view as the trees blocked the way. Disappointed to have to share a table in the restaurant with 2 strangers - bit holiday campish for us. Also a bit put out by being told by the manager how much & when to tip waiters(!). Food was good, plenty of choice but as is the case with buffets lots of recycling of ingredients. Service in both the bar & restaurant varied from ok to indifferent. Did have a real issue with the price of water - $3.50 for a large bottle which turned out to be more expensive than a packet of cigarettes ($3) which I think is obscene! The management must be making a small fortune from the mark-up on water alone. Managed to upgrade to a water bungalow for the last 2 nights which was well worth it as it was certainly much better than our allocated room.
Beach & house reef were lovely, nice breeze on beach near water bungalows. Look out for baby sharks & stingrays swimming right at edge of water.

  • Liked — Beach, great snorkelling
  • Disliked — Table sharing, lack of sea view
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2009

What a Fantastic little Island, Fihalhohi Island Resort is in the South Male Atoll in the Maldives.
After a 10 and a half hour flight from Manchester we landed at Male International Airport. The transfer was only 45 minutes with views of other islands on the way.
As we approached the island we knew this was the Paradise we expected. Tall palm trees, white sand beaches, bright blue skies and turquoise sea. We walked down the small wooden jetty to the reception while the boat crew carried our cases. We were given a refreshing fruit drink with cool towels then filled in our registration cards. We were taken to our room by the staff who very kindly carried our heavy cases, we tipped them a few dollars for this.
Our single storey beach bungalow ( no 33) was very nice, with a very large double bed, dressing table, bed side drawers and wardrobe. There was a large ceiling fan and a good air conditioner. The bathroom was well equipped with all new fitting with large bath, great shower, toilet and sink with hair dryer.
The front of the room opened onto a veranda with 2 chairs and a small table, this was shaded by the tall palm trees, through which we could see the beautiful white sand beach and the turquoise sea. (15 steps away)
After unpacking we walked around the island, it took all of 20 minutes, but it was beautiful.
The beaches varied from narrow to wider depending on the tides. The tall palm trees and bushes gave shade from the hot sun if you needed this.
The Reception.
The staff were excellent and very helpful, you could book trips to local islands, dolphin reef trips, ( we did this trip and it was fantastic over 50 dolphins surrounding the boat for over an hour) sunset fishing, snorkelling and visit to Male for shopping, sea plane for ariel photos to mention a few.

The island operates a 1 hour behind Male time to give more sun at the end of the day.

The Main Restaurant.
Most guests are on half or full board and all eat in the main restaurant. All meals were buffet style. The food was very good with themed evenings:, Italian, Mexican, Asian, Maldivian, barbeque grill etc.
At breakfast the choice was a cereal selection, pancakes, waffles, omelettes, boiled eggs, toast, baked beans, cheese, tomatoes, sausage and bacon ( but not the same as UK bacon and sausage) a selection of fresh fruit, croissants, fruit juice, tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
At lunch and the evening meal there was a choice of soups, a delicious salad section, different types of pasta with sauces, various rice dishes, grilled fresh tuna, beef , chicken, pizza, vegetarian dishes there was always a 'curry corner', with popadoms, chutney, different curries and plain rice. And very good desserts from light mousses, decorated sponge cakes and fruit salad.
The Surf Café
This bar/Café was on the beach where you could watch the sunset. They offered a menu with toasted sandwiches, salad, chips, pizzas, etc at a very reasonable price, also ice creams and milk shakes. This is not included in you board so you would have to pay extra if you were a bit peckish between meal times, we only eat here a couple of times as the food in the main restaurant was so satisfying, but both meals were very good as was the service from the always happy smiling staff. You can also book a candlelight evening meal -very romantic.

The Fisherman's bar.
This was the main bar next to the restaurant. You can sit inside where there was cooling fans or outside on the decking which over looked the jetty and lagoon. There was a wide selection of draught and bottle beers and all branded sprits and a delicious cocktail menu.( which I had many of).snacks were available here also ice creams and milk shakes and fantastic cakes. The service of the bar staff was excellent, always smiling it was a pleasure for them to serve you.
There was entertainment every night, even bingo and crab racing.
The Boutique,
There is a small shop for essentials and souvenirs well worth a look around.

The Water Sports Centre
Wind surfing, catamaran, canoes, banana boats and donut ring rides. The recent Jet ski did not go down well with most folk as it was very noisey.

Ocean Venture Diving Centre
The dive centre was very good with an special attention the safety,( always a good sign) the staff were all German but spoke excellent English and were very friendly,.. Qualified experienced divers can dive the house reef in buddy pairs when ever they want to, you just order your tanks the night before then sign out at the beginning of the dive and sign in at the end. The boat dives were very good and no more then a 20 minutes from the island.

The House reef was very close to the beach, with fantastic marine life.
The lagoon was shallow and perfect for the beginner snorkeler. You can hire all snorkelling equipment from the dive centre.
There is a Spa on the island, a bit pricey but it was very good.

Rooms
There are 3 types of accommodation :-
Classic rooms.
Which have basic bedroom and bathroom ( no bath- not that you need a bath as the showers were great) but you have to pay extra for air-conditioning- $10 per day. All Single storey.
Comfort rooms.
These were larger with bath and shower and aircon included in the price. Single or 2 storey.
Water Bungalows.
These were very nicely furnished and only 12 of them out in the lagoon, very private with your own decking with table and chairs all screened from the next room.
All rooms are cleaned twice a day morning and evening. Beach towels are provided. A good idea which I have not seen on other islands was a plug in insect repellent in the bedroom, I normally get bitten but I must admit that I did not get a single bit while I was there. Each room had 2 sun beds with your room number on. There was no problem with anyone using you sun bed.

This is a no shoes island, we took ours off and did not put them on again until we left for the airport.
Dress code was swim wear, t shirts and shorts for the day,( no nude or topless sunbathing is allowed in the Maldives) and maybe longer shorts for the evening but no dressing up here which is great and relaxing.
We tipped our room boy ,waiter and bar staff for their excellent service they had given us. $10-15 a week. (not a lot to us but very appreciated by the staff) A one off tip for the boat crew for help on the diving trips.
We booked through First choice and travelled Janaury 2009
Weather
We had only 1 day overcast the other 13 days were hot and sunny. I have not detailed the prices on the island as these can be found on their very informative website http://www.fihalhohi.net/english/
We have visited many islands in the Maldives, but as simple this island was, it was beautiful with a fantastic house reef, and wonderful staff which made all the difference. We don't normally visit the same island but this was our 3rd stay.
Our welcome back from the staff was wonderful.


I would like to comment of the previouse review about rats..these are small Palm rats, ( more like hamsters) not like Rats in the UK. They live in the palm high up. They do not harm you and in all the 15 years I have been visiting the Maldives I have only seem 3, so chances are you would never see any.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Kernow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2009

We have stayed on Fihalhohi four times, we have enjoyed each stay as it is a clean attractive well kept resort with an excellent house reef. The food although a little monotonous is good.

On this last visit we noticed a lot more rats, we even had one running around in our roof space above our room. The island staff appeared to accept this as a normal occurrence.

All drinks are priced in US dollars so the exchange rate has not done us any favours, this combined with a steep hike in prices has effected a double whammy. The result is people are drinking a lot less than on previous holidays. I discussed this with a manager and suggested that reducing prices may encourage us thirsty lot to drink more , and increase his profits at the same time.

They also now have a noisy jet ski which in my view does not suit the ethos of the island, although mercifully it was not used much as probably it was charged for at the same rate as the drinks.

All said we enjoyed our holiday and will return after taking a vow of abstinence ( from alcohol that is).

  • Liked — On the beach
  • Disliked — Rats
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Staffordshire
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2009

We have just returned on 22nd January from this lovely Island after the most relaxing two weeks holiday we have shared for a long time.

This was our fourth visit to the Maldives and this Island, although 3 star, compares with any of the others; Baros, Kuredu, Meeru. I have read many reviews of this Island and I wonder why the complaining people bother to book it in the first place?

This is currently a value for money resort! If people want 5 stars and what comes with it, then they should pay the extra money, but would probably still find a reason to complain. The drinks are expensive and seem so much more because of the exchange rate. But the overall cost of the holiday is still much less than all other Islands we have looked at or been to.

The house reef is fantastic for snorkelling and is teaming with different varieties of fish. We saw turtles, rays, eels and much more. We are divers, but did not feel the need to dive this holiday. The reef is metres away from the shore and allows everyone to see the underwater world without much effort!

We found the food to be plentiful with plenty of choice and you could mix it or choose a different meal everyday. There is no need to get bored with the food.

Our Comfort room was clean and spacious, although we did miss a minibar and believe a kettle should be provided. Easy enough to solve though...just take one with you like a lot of people did.

We met some lovely people and enjoyed a few laughs along the way.

We would visit this Island again and it looks like we will do in January 2010!

If you are looking for cheap booze, late nights and gourmet food please GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.....if however, you can appreciate a slow island life, creative food, early nights and good, easy company then the Maldives is the right place. It really is NO NEWS ....NO SHOES.
Relax, lie back and Enjoy !

Stayed January 2009
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leicester
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2009

Went to these islands with friends for xmas and New Year. The flight out was very good (flew with Thompson’s), and we had paid for premium. Well worth the extra £325 as I am a big guy and 6foot .the flight back was not so good. The staff didn’t seem very attentive, and apart from 1 cockney bloke, all seemed as if they didn’t want to be there.
Anyway, onto the island. When we got into fiha, it was total chaos. The management (I use the term loosely) hadn’t even allocated rooms. Which I think is really bad. When we got to the room it was clean and in a very good position, right on the main (only) beach. The aircon worked fine, and the room boy kept the room clean.
The island was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, but it was clean and reasonably well maintained. This was my 5 visit to Maldives, and maybe I have been spoilt by being on islands like meeru, bandos, and paradise.
The restaurant was not good. Food was always Luke warm, and extremely repetitive. They rehash every meal for the next day. We never had chips, but you could buy these at the sun bar for $6.50.
I found the cost of drinks a rip-off. We didn’t even get water with meals; you had to pay $3.50 for water+10%service charge.
I am not poor, or tight. But I do object to being ripped-off.
The entertainment was pathetic, 2 118118 look-a-likes try to be cool and trendy. It was torture. As English are the minority, everything is repeated in 5 different languages.
Overall we had a good time. The snorkelling was the best ever, and I suspect this is the main attraction, by the time our 14 days was up, I wanted to come home, and I have never felt that way before anywhere ive been to

  • Liked — it was clean and the aircon worked
  • Disliked — slighty worn feel to it
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

second visit to island in three years. stayed in comfort oom that was fine. the island is beautiful the staf are good but in the two tyears sice we last went and we viited Meeru inbetween and overall Meeru is eagues ahead. meal times were a great let down "hot" food was never hot, luke warm at best and served on a cold plate it became istantly cold. the quality of food is poor and the choice is very poor. the first week all food seemed like it was not cooked in resort but just reheated from frozen week two it did improve slightly but still not to a high standard. drinks are very expensive, not even water with meals, you paid for everything and it was very expensive. bottl Corona $6, Margarite cocktail $10 PLUS 10% service charge on top. water was $3.50 per 1.5L bottle as was 300ml Coke again PLUS 10% service charge.
Beach is excellent diving centre also, if you want evening entertainment you won't find it here, but we wern't looking for that. Rats in the fishrmans bar, yes RATS big furry things with long tails walking about left us shocked wenpointed oitto bar man he just walked away uninterested.will we return to this island NO, Maldives definately.

  • Liked — views. peace and quiet
  • Disliked — food
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Fihalhohi Island
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