My husband and I celebrated our belated honeymoon at the resort for 3 nights. We stayed in a beach villa (room 128) with half-board (breakfast & dinner buffet). The room was equipped with a tv, mini-fridge, tea making station, vanity, bed, chairs, patio with chairs, back door with feet washing station (which we thought was genius!), and 24 hours of hot water. The buffet food was decent and we bought lunch everyday at the restaurant (usually a sandwich approx. $5). We took a lot of our own snacks, which was a good decision since the gift shop had a very limited selection and was quite pricey. We did however have a couple cockroaches in our room even though we were very careful with throwing out all our wrappers and zipping up our food.
We genuinely enjoyed our stay at the resort. We loved having access to the beach just a couple feet away from our patio and being able to listen to the waves as we fell asleep at night. The snorkeling around the house reef was also amazing! It is just a 5 minute swim out and you will be at the edge of the coral and what we referred to as the "deep blue" ocean. We saw hundreds of fish, some reef sharks, squid, and an eagle ray. We took our own snorkeling equipment and we are glad we did. Renting costs $7 /day and it didn't seem like they had very good quality gear to rent.
We paid extra to rent a kayak ($20/hour) and easily made our way around the island. (If you kayak at a slow speed you can kayak around the island 2 times in 1 hour.) While kayaking you can easily see the coral and the marine life. We had a reef shark swim right underneath us! They offer other rentals such as standup paddleboards, windsurfing, jet skis (pricey!!), tubing etc.
We also paid extra for a 50 minute massage at the Coconut Spa on the resort. It was very relaxing and the massage room opens up directly to the water. ($90/ 50 minute Balinese massage)
Check out is at noon and the resort prearranges a speedboat transfer for you back to the airport according to your flight time. We asked nicely if we could change our time and tag along with an earlier boat so we could have time to see Male before our flight. We got the impression they don't usually allow it (and would charge $45 extra per person to change the time) but because we were tagging along with a transfer that was already arranged they made an exception. They also offer a complimentary "shower room" to use for 30 minutes when they have extra rooms available and you had already checked out. That was really nice to use to freshen up before our departure.
All in all we would recommend this resort to future travellers.
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- Thulhagiri Island Hotel North Male Atoll