Just got back from SIV and had a wonderfully relaxed holiday. We arrived in Male at 11 am and had to wait 3 hours for the seaplane - which was quite frustrating as we were very hot and tired, but they had to wait for passengers from another flight. The seaplane was fantastic - the sights of the turquoise ocean and the islands is breathtaking!
We had a water bungalow which was basic but more than adequate - it was cleaned twice a day with fresh linen everyday. The bed was huge!! Bathroom was a little shabby but spotlessly clean. The weather was absolutely fantastic with just one overcast day. Was a little disappointed that the sand was a little coarse in places but it was lovely to have a dedicated space to ourselves on the beach, and there was rarely more than four other people the whole length of the beach on any given day - I often wondered where they all went!
The waiter (Ameen) was sweet and very helpful. Most of the staff were more than willing to help and any request was acted on very quickly. The bar staff were lovely, except miserable bar manager and the oiks on the reception desk who obviously thought it was beneath them to reply to your Good Morning LOL. Was slightly disappointed that they didnt make more effort to make the cocktails fancier - I wanted a del boy special but was just an ordinary glass with not a cocktail umbrella in sight! Orange juice was slightly disappointing as I think it was squash rather than fresh juice.
The food was OK, curries were lovely and to be honest I felt like I was continually eating!! The egg man deserves a mention for his friendly smile every morning. Breakfast was cereals, toast, eggs of any description, juice, tea, coffee, beans, French toast, sausages of some description. Lunch/Dinner always included soup (lovely 90% of the time), small salad bar, fish, meat, then a selection of pasta/potatoes etc. Would have liked tea and coffee throughout the day as I didn’t always want to drink fizz or alcohol. Bottled water is free.
Most of the clientele are German but they were friendly and always passed the time of day.
Snorkelling was amazing – I just wish I had known what some of the fish were called – I’ve never moved so quick as I did the day I saw a shark about 10 yards away!! Everyone killed themselves laughing. I did get a bit nervous about swimming near the rays and the parrot fish – but it really was amazing and when I go back to the Maldives am definitely gonna do some diving lessons.
I could go on for days, but all in all we had a fantastic fabulous lazy laid back holiday – eating, swimming and sleeping is all we did – absolute bliss!!! - and don’t forget to feed the fish a bit of bread from your hand, they will mug you in no time LOL
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where the summer never ends. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Summer Island Village Hotel North Male Atoll
- Summer Island Village Maldives
- Summer Island Village Resort