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“The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Eriyadu Island Resort

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Eriyadu Island Resort
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“The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2010

We stayed at Eriyadu mid March and overall the resort has some very nice aspects, so I'll start with the Good - quiet surroundings, comfortable ac rooms, tasty food buffet, laid back staff and patrons. I did some diving with the Dive Centre who were efiicient with well maintained gear. The sites were quite good, but not as good as Ari Atoll. DMs were ok, some a little cocky but no real complaints. I gathered that if you were not German speaking then you were not 1st calss patrons. Now for the Bad, not much really and minute flaws but has to be said - firstly we requested a room with view when we arrived as our room was tucked behind a sandbag wall with no views. After requesting with reception to see if they could accomodate a change to a better room nothing was done. Also, we had to request a plug for the bath as none was present. It took ages and countless requests with reception until one arrived. We then started to figure out that requests made directly witht the manager was more effective as the guy at reception had no idea what, where or what he was doing. (where are the efficient women receptionists?) In fact no women workers present except for the 2 massuers. Strange, but I guess it is a muslim country with unequal gender status. The bar staff though, in hindsight were a little more organised. We chose to ignore the reception issues anyway and concentrated on enjoying the 6* setting which is the Beautiful. The House Reef is possibly the best Ive seen on a resort and the views spectacular, especially across the white sandbank and blue turqoise lagoon. We did a night dive on it and it has amazing macro life. There were'nt a lot of families with children, mainly couples so the atmosphere was relaxed and pleasant. Eriyadu is a place where you go to do not much at all if you want. No News No Shoes is perfect. And that's very nice resort holiday in my books.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

I did quite a bit of research before we finally booked our holiday on Eriyadu. We wanted a relatively unspoilt island that didnt have all the mod cons that go with a 5* modern resort. It had to be small(less than 100 rooms) with a good house reef. It also had to be reasonably priced! Eriyadu seemed to be the perfect choice. We booked our trip through Kuoni and flew with Emirates who I must say provided a fantastic service on their new Boeing 777-300ER planes; very comfortable seats with plenty of legroom, great choice of food and the ICE system (in flight entertainment) is fantastic. There are two cameras mounted on the outside of the plane, one facing forward and the other facing downwards and they feed live video of the flight.....watch the forward facing one when you are coming into land....WOW!
The flight itself was exactly as you would like it to be......uneventful. We had a few hours stopover in Dubai on the outward and return journeys and we made use of our 'Airport Angel' cards which give us access to executive lounges in airports across the world. They are one of the freebies we get with our bank account and one of the best! The lounge gets you a few hours of complete rest away from the crowds and there is complimentary food and drinks available as well as papers and magazines......highly recommended.
The transfer to the island is by fast (very!) speedboat and takes about an hour in calm weather. The island is located on the north west side of the North Male Atoll and is apparently the most northerly resort in the atoll.
You arrive at a long jetty, jutting from the island into a beautiful turquoise blue sea; really breathtaking. Reception where you check in is an open fronted building with a chap behind the desk and a few tables and seats for you to enjoy your welcome drink at.
So, what are the rooms like I hear you asking? Ah, well, yes, the rooms.......
Ok, they have everything you need in them, a bed!, wardrobe etc etc and everything is in perfectly usable condition but its all really, really very tired and grubby. 'But you don't go to the Maldives to stay in your room' i hear you say. True but when there are stains on the chairs and mould growing on the headboard (stained too) all the cupboards are chipped, there is one of those old 1980's style in room radio systems (which doesn't work) and the bottom of the bathroom door has become rotten, the management/owners should realise its time to spend some money on refurbishment. I'm not talking glitzy 5* luxury...that would defeat the object of the naturalness of the island but some new furniture,decoration etc is most definitely needed here. Some websites tell you that Eriyadu has recently been refurbished......well I can tell you is hasn't! having said that, this was the only downside to the stay on the island(bar one small one which I'll come to later). The rooms are serviced by a 'house boy' whom we found to be very efficient and friendly, turning down the sheets every night and sweeping out all the sand that you inevitably bring into the bungalow. There is also a mini-bar in the room although we used it really only to keep bottles of water cool. Food in the restaurant was of a very good standard, plenty of it and a good selection too with both fish and meat served every night and a wide variety of dishes. Starters and desert were also very good. Breakfast was excellent with freshly made to order omelettes and other types of egg....watch out for the chillies in the omelettes.....they certainly wake you up in the morning! We went half board and if hungry at lunch time ate something in the excellent bar. This is a large open-sided thatched roof building overlooking the jetty and has wonderful views of the sunset. They make a decent selection of cocktails and have a good range of imported spirits. A large beer will cost you $7 and something like a gin and tonic is around the $6 mark. The bar was always busy at sundown but much quieter after dinner except on a Friday when they have a DJ or a band playing. this is the only organised entertainment on the island so don't go there expecting parties every night....you are on the wrong island for that kind of thing. It would spoil Eriyadu completely if this were the case.
There are a few excursions organised but rarely are minimum numbers reached so the trip doesn't happen.......a bit frustrating I must say. For example i really wanted to do the night fishing but 6 was the minimum and in the two weeks we were there only 5 people signed up......thought they could have been a little more flexible on this.
The diving centre staff were very good indeed and the dive tuition was second to none. The sea round Eriyadu teems with life. Beautiful tropical fish, turtles, sharks, moray eels....all can be seen even when just snorkelling....if you dive too then you will see Manta Rays, Eagle rays and if really lucky Whale Sharks, the largest fish in the world and completely harmless too.
Overall this is a fantastic island and would definitely return, there were several other guests who are were repeat visitors and I can totally understand why!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

I went there with my wife, and we had a wonderful time. I'll tell you if you'll like this resort or not, totally depends on you, if you are into snorkeling and Scuba diving then this is the best place. The rooms are not much just TV, refrigerator, Mini bar, bed and AC. But i guess you are not going to Maldives to stay in your room. We arrived at Maldives airport late at night and the hotel had arranged for speed boat transfer to Hotel. Enjoyed the 30-40 Mins drive to the hotel.It was raining when we reached, so just went to bed and dozed off, got up in morning for breakfast, well the food over there is Buffet system and you have to obey the timings else you'd miss, in our package we had Breakfast and Dinner. After breakfast we just sat by the shore and roamed around looking at the crystal clear waters, i bet we won't like any other beach after that experience. Maldives is a paradise if you know swimming, we took Snorkels at rent from reception and went for it. Well the sad part was my wife didn't knew swimming, so i had to teach her to snorkel which is relatively easy than swimming, but the fear is hard to remove from mind. I discovered that the house reef was amazing while snorkeling as it was my first time, i haven't seen such a variety of Flora and Fauna in my life, truly speaking i was a lil afraid of corals in starting, the i got a hang of it. I recommend buying an under water camera before hand as at resort everything is expensive, a disposable one is a very good option.

In afternoon after bathing went to Bar and then back to snorkeling. By evening we realized that the Resort was full of Germans, at last we met an English speaking couple from UK. They had been to Maldives many times before, they told us that this resort had the best House reef as compared to others. The resort also had a Scuba diving School, which we couldn't try due to lack of time and regret, but will surely try Next time. In later stay we went for a CATFISH boat ride with the same couple which was truly an experience.

Well to sum it up the Resort is beautiful because of it's reef. We didn't liked the food that much and there is not much to do in resort, but we loved our stay and would surely like to return the 2nd time.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2010

I thoroughly recommend this Island for those who want to experience the true reflection of the Maldives. I for one do not want a man-made island with plasma screen TV and the latest state of the art coffee machine in the room.
I wanted an Island with the "no shoes - no news" feeling and this is exactly what I found on Eriyadu, together with friendly, attentive, polite and efficient staff. The room was ideal for us, practical and providing everything we needed. I love the open-air shower !.
I certainly enjoyed my numerous massages, which I found good value for money. I enjoyed the food which was always hot and well cooked but my Husband suffers from a couple of allergies and found it a little repetitive after the 2nd week (we stayed 3 weeks in total).
I must mention the extremely professional, clean and well equipped Dive Centre, where every single member of staff is friendly with a great eye for detail and attention to security.
I sincerely think that the Island deserves its positive reviews in spade ! We love it and have already booked for next year, even adding an extra week !

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

A really great place to unwind from an over busy lifestyle – and a rare treat when, as I do, you have to live in hotels for the bigger part of each year. But this place is strictly holiday and enjoyment. Not in any way super-luxury but still very comfortable, food quite adequate and service efficient and friendly. The Island is well kept without being over “manicured”. The diving company here are very, very good – super efficient, a very good eye for safety but always bearing in mind that diving must remain both fun and enjoyable. Have been to 4 of the islands on previous occasions – this has to be one of my favourites and we will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

We spent 10 days at Eryiadu between Christmas and New Year. The island is small but really beautiful, with lots of trees, in an eden garden. Bungalows are whether direct by the sea or hidden behind small forest. Rooms are clean & confortable, but decoration is a bit outdated. This is not such a big issue though. We really appreciated the open air shower. Walls are a bit thin between rooms, and the density of bungalows on the island is quite high as the island is small. But still enough to have your small space on the beach.
In terms of bungalows, we were in room 143, which is hidden in the trees. If you want to have see view, rooms below 130 are with see view, as well as rooms over 150, even if they are next to the desalination station, which is very noisy.
The buffet was fine.
Snorkeling is absolutely fabulous. Coral reef is maybe 20 meters from the beach in some parts and it is easy to go around the island following the reef, looking at all the fishes you can be thinking of: sand rays, sharks, turtles and other reef colorfoul fishes. This is just magic. If you like snorkeling? Eryiadu is definitely the place to go.
Scuba diving is really expenive (about 80 euros for one single dive around the island), so we did not do it.
We enjoyed the spa, managed by 2 balenese girls. The spa was really good value.
There are many nationalities at Eryiadu : mainly Germans, Russian families, italian and French. MOst people are coming to relax in a quite atmosphere, enjoying the nice bar terrace over the sea, and some party nights. During our stay, we had a very noisy group of cantonese coming for new year's eve. They only stayed 2 days, but disturbed everyone, did not have any respect for other guests, threw their garbage on the beach or on the water. It was really anoying to have them as neigbours in the room next to us. This was a bad moment.

We nevertheless had a great stay there. This is a beautiful place.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2009

We had a lovely time in Eriyadu for our honeymoon. We were greeted from the airport and given a honeymoon gift and transferred to the island on a speed boat. We were lucky and had our room where there was lots of beach, my husband said the snorkeling was amazing and the reef was beautiful. The staff were really really friendly and would definately recommend it to anyone. There is a place where you can go for massages, manicures, pedicures and the food was really good. Loads of selection at evening meals and no two dinners or breakfasts were the same - was a really good chance to taste local food. We are thinking of going back for our anniversary this year we had such a lovely time.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Eriyadu Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Eriyadu Island
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Hotel Class:4 star — Eriyadu Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 66
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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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