We went to Eriyadu for our honeymoon 15 years ago and have just returned from a 14 night stay in April hoping for a similar experience. The rooms are large, tired looking BUT are cleaned twice a day. Be prepared for your bathroom though as half of it is open-roofed which although no-one can see you, makes you a bit nervous when using the loo!! Our wonderful room boy was Ali who changed our bathroom and beach towels every day, made the bed twice a day and swept out twice a day too. Our room was 120 (coincidentally next door to our honeymoon room 15 years prior) and we could walk out to what I believe is the best stretch of beach & access to the reef. We got eaten alive by mosquitos and I forgot my cream so look into taking some kind of deterrant as we couldn't sit out under the shady trees however I did remember my large sun shade so we moved our loungers onto the beach and were shaded. We're not divers but snorkelled at least twice a day seeing Rays, sharks, Turtles and other beautiful fish. There's now a pool which is small but ideal for the size of the Island located next to the bar which is on decking over the shallow water. From here we enjoyed a few drinks whilst gazing out at sharks, rays and many other wonderful creatures. I booked full board and the food was excellent with variety of choice for every pallette. You have your own table and waiter for your stay and it doesn't take long for them to recognise your order and have your drinks ready as soon as they see you. We didn't over do it but had a large bottle of water at every meal and a few bar drinks the second week. Be prepared for the cost though as the water was $4 and beer $5 for a small and $10 for a pint! Also its customary to tip - waiters, room boys, bag boys etc so your dollars soon diminish. I was expecting couples on the Island but there were a lot of families especially with small children but there's not really much for them to do so I wouldn't recommend the Island for youngsters. We went on a trip to Turtle Point which was great but the house reef is so remarkable, I personally would just snorkel around the outside of the reef and your bound to see turtles or rays and its a nicer environment. To sum up, If I could afford it then I would re-visit the Island due to the reef and the friendly professional staff and I would definitely recommend the Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The bounty of an exorbitant coral reef, an adobe laying atop a tropical island & a gold tinted stretch of your private beach while the day slumbers into the dusk. In the heart of the Indian Ocean, on the end of Malé atoll, lies the island resort, Eriyadhu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eriyadu Island Hotel North Male Atoll
- Hotel Eriyadu Island