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#1 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Guraidhoo
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Ocean Retreat and Spa is a transcendent experience of discovery. Delve into the foundation of local Maldivian culture and explore the stories of traditional custodians. Enjoy a day out on the beaches just a few minutes away, or go explore the splendid reefs and lagoons surrounding the island. Revitalise your senses at our in-house spa or simply bond and retreat!
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Sarah wrote a review Aug 2022
Trieste, Italy2 contributions1 helpful vote
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The experience at Guraidhoo island was really amazing. The island is local, so you have to take in count that it will not be residences and staff like this. This hotel is really pretty, clean and familiar. The food is really good. The staff is absolutely the best; all the people there is so kind and helpfull. I stayed here for more or less one week and every day we went to another trip/excursion. My favourite excursion was the shark excursion, but also the others (we saw the coral reef, the turtles, the dolphins, we went fishing…) were so spectacular. During all the trips the staff will make for you the lunch, that can take on: fresh fruits (orange, coconut, watermelon) some rice, salads etc. One day after an excursion they took us (like always) in another island or it could be a sand board and cooked for us a typical maldivian lunch. So delicious! The staff really take care about every details. You can see in their eyes the real kindness! After my holiday I can say, that the magnificent landscape and the wonderful animals take a back seat. I will always carry with me the memory of the caring and heartfelt people I left on this island.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Jan O wrote a review Jul 2022
Sweden2 contributions
Very clean. The accommodations were of good quality. The room was not small, it had balcony which was very nice. Breakfast had various dishes , especially tuna balls very tasty. The staff always very friendly, if you have a problem trying to solve it in a best way. The rooftop gives you a great view on the island and the ocean. Wonderful hotel
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Ashraf Ibrahim wrote a review May 2022
Male4 contributions
We stayed 2 nights. Clean room and friendly staff. Nice location. Very near to beach and good ventilation. Good food available from nearby restaurant for cheap. (Kasimbe restaurant) Room service also available. Indoor games available at the hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mojca wrote a review Feb 2022
Ljubljana, Slovenia80 contributions87 helpful votes
To be honest, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this place. As I entered my room, I discovered it only had a tiny window, so daylight in our room was virtually nonexistent. The room had plenty of amenities, such as a safe, a water heater, a refrigerator and a TV set, but guess what: none of them worked, for instance the safe couldn't be locked. Upon my complaint they first made the TV and water heater work. They promised the refrigerator should also start working (the electricity was off), but it didn't. They admitted the safe was defective and promissed me a new one - if they knew about it in advance why didn't they do it before (did they think I wouldn't notice?). Since by the next day the refrigerator was still warm, I asked the staff again to make it work. They finally found a switch in the back that was turned off. It took them 3 days altogether to get me a working safe. Our room was not cleaned every day, they just skipped 2 of them. But even when it was cleaned, the cleaning was sloppy. For instance, our trash cans weren't emptied for 3 days. Just to remind you, you're not allowed to throw toilet paper in the toilet but have to put it in an adjacent trash can. So a can full of filthy, smelly toilet paper was left in our bathroom for 3 days before they remembered to empty it. The worst part was the mosque in a close vicinity of the hotel. They make prayers on the speakers 5 times a day, one at 5 in the morning. It woke me up virtually every night, so I was never able to get a good night sleep. The hotel beach is just a sad sight. There are only a few sunbeds and very little shading is provided, enough for about 6 sunbeds. The name of the hotel has a word "spa" in it, but be aware: there is no spa. However, there are some strong points. To have this many amenities in a 3-star hotel in Maldives is surprising, I would at least wish they all worked from the start. Moreover, the staff is wonderful, friendly and respectful. The food choices may not be lavish, but the food is delicious. As tap water is not drinkable, they provide you with plenty of bottled water. I also have to make a separate grading for the excursions they offer, which definitely deserve 5 stars. Whatever they promise for the trip, they will provide. They are making hard effort to make you feel comfortable and welcome, they're very helpful on the sites, they keep taking pictures and making videos which they later send to you. I don't recommend this place, unless you feel staying cheap is your preference. I will not be returning here.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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EvgenyF wrote a review Jun 2021
Moscow, Russia1 contribution1 helpful vote
this guest house have NO their own (private) beach - all beaches are public, moreover, tourists are allowed to use only a small bikini beach. The distance from Ocean Retreat and Spa to the bikini beach is more then 300 meters. Room service - works only until 14:00, works exclusively on request: the toilet paper runs out, you need to change towels, linen - you need to go down to the reception, explain what you need, the owners start to argue and ask: “Why do you need to change? "," Let's go later, tomorrow "," We will not change anything today. ", If you went down after 14-00, then there is a high probability that the answer is TOMORROW or" NEVER "; during religious prayers, five times a day, the hotel staff went to pray, there was no one at the reception, at night only a “security guard” was on duty (sleeping) in the house, he can do nothing to help if you have any questions. The breakfast was every day the same, very poor. Every day they served: cold omelet (nothing was cooked on request), cold boiled eggs, tortillas, white bread, canned tuna, canned (or smoked) tuna, sausages, sometimes fruits (watermelon, oranges, once there was pineapple), tea, instant coffee. In the description of this place there is a restaurant - it is FALSE. It cannot be called a restaurant. In a place where breakfast is served, you can ask for food for lunch or dinner, no choice, no menu. Food is spicy, not tasty: rice and chicken, rice and seafood (from frozen products), salad with sluggish tomatoes and onions - one meal is $ 5 per person, regardless of whether you like it or not, whether you want to eat it or not, you ordered NOT spicy, but ерун brought spicy - they write down $ 5 per person on the room's account. Who rated that guesthouse 4 stars? When, what year? Which agency? When was the last recertification? This is a guest house - 1 or 2 stars maximum, if we can talk about stars at all. THERE IS NO SPA! this is not a SPA hotel, not a SPA zone. The description indicates that they provide a transfer. The LIE is that this guesthouse does not have its own good speed boat. And they resort to boat rental services from other owners. The cost of the transfer to the airport is constantly changing, it is clear that they are trying to make money on it. For 10 days of living in this accommodation facility, communicating with tourists who also lived in this place, came and went - the cost of the transfer varied from $ 25 per person to $ 140 per person. (At the same time, while living in another hotel, the cost of the transfer was constantly the same - $ 35 / person).
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: all rooms have old furniture, dirty bed linen with a bad smell, dirty shower and beach towels...
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Phil wrote a review Mar 2021
53 contributions28 helpful votes
Me and my partner stayed at the Ocean Retreat and Spa for 5 nights of our 3 week stay in the Maldives and we could not recommend it anymore. If you are going to visit Guraidhoo, you have to stay here. You get such a feel for the Maldivian lifestyle here, it’s so homely, you meet lots of friendly people who become friends (staff and guests) and you get the opportunity to experience amazing sights, snorkelling and other trips. You are treated so well and yet it is so affordable and excellent value for money in comparison to other hotels on the surrounding islands. We were met by the owner at the port who showed us to a buggy and collected our luggage for us. He drove us to the hotel which is located a short distance away (it’s walkable but the buggy helped so much with the cases and in the heat). He was really friendly and asked about our journey and our trip. He told us about the island and about the hotel in the journey and showed us into the hotel when we arrived. The other owner was waiting to greet us inside where we had welcome drinks waiting for us. She was also so friendly and welcomed us with open arms. She took great interest in us and we had a lovely conversation whilst we were checking in and sorting out paperwork. The room was fairly spacious with a comfortable bed, TV, fridge and kettle, suitable storage and a safe, good air conditioning and fans, small balcony and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Room service was available daily as well as unlimited tea, coffee and water. The breakfast that was included is buffet style but changes each day. It includes local food as well as western/continental food. There’s also fresh fruit and fruit juice. We would have loved to see the French toast there daily as it was amazing! We didn’t get dinner included on our booking but we ate there most nights. It’s a buffet dinner for $7 per person which is amazing value for what you get and it’s the cheapest buffet dinner we found during our stay across 3 islands. The food was great and there was lots of it! There’s a mix of rice, noodles, curries, fish, chicken and other local foods. There was fresh fruit and sometimes a pudding (we wished there was pudding every day as it was so nice). For drinks there was water and fruit juice included in the price which wasn’t something we had seen at other buffets, usually you are charged more for drinks so this was great. There is a rooftop terrace which has a lot of seating (table and chairs as well as sun loungers). It’s an excellent spot to sort through your photos, plan your trip or speak with family and friends at home as the WiFi is good up there. It’s an excellent spot to watch sunset also. You do also have the option at sitting up there to eat during meal times. The guesthouse is home to a few cats that are all friendly and tame. If you’re not a cat person don’t worry, they are not invasive and don’t pester you. They are well looked after and fed by the owners and they don’t allow them in the restaurant area when you’re eating. Zizu and Mohammed are in charge of service as well as organising and running the excursions. They do an amazing job and are very approachable and helpful. If you need anything or want any advice about excursions, Guraidhoo or the Maldives in general, Zizu will sort you out. Also, if there is something in particular you want to do (see turtles, sharks or rays) ask Zizu and he will do this especially for you. The only areas that we noted through our stay that could have been improved are: There could be a board with information about the excursions available to help advertise it and to help guests know what to expect. Especially when guest first arrive, it would be good to look at so they can start planning straight away. We had full trust in Zizu and Mohammed to take us to the best places - which they did - it might just be easier for staff and guests to have an information board about the excursions to let guests know exactly what will be included on the trip. A similar thing could potentially be done with the buffet dinner, to inform guests what food will be available that evening just in case people don’t like what’s available so they can make other arrangements. The cleaner was really nice and he did a great job with the room however the door is left open for a long time while he is cleaning which means lots of flies can get into the room. The bathroom did begin to smell a bit. There are windows that open into the corridor to ventilate it but that lets flies in so maybe air freshener in each bathroom could help. These weren’t things they made our stay any less amazing, just things that could maybe improve things for future guests. Thank you the Ocean Retreat and Spa. We felt at home at your guesthouse and felt like we became a part of your ever growing family. See you again
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Daniel McDonelly wrote a review Mar 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
We were eagerly waiting for our reservation when we decided to spend our "wintering" in Maldives on two islands. Nearly 10,000 km away, it was difficult to decide which island and hotel to book. In the end, we decided on Maafushi and Guraidhoo. We booked our hotel at home, based on what others wrote on the net, about the place and the island. On the last evening of Maafushi, the hotel staff were extremely cordial with the Ocean Retrait & Spa Hotel on Guraidhoo - they called them - exactly when we would arrive and how many we would be in the port. We were excited about the new location. The first surprise - deliberately not disappointment - was the arrival to the empty harbor, where nobody waited for us. Besides us, only the speedboat crew was present. They also asked if they could help and in which hotel we would be staying. After a wild phone call and after an overwhelming wait of 15 minutes on a hot sun, a hotel man arrived and burst into what he called a "misunderstanding" ... It's funny that the staff at the former hotel clarified our arrival in our presence the day before… Okay, our man put our luggage in the car and we headed to the hotel. The reception and the hotel were fine, we did the check-in routine, got the passports back, but then the real surprise was that one of the hotel managers had to constantly confirmed that our reservation was valid and exactly what room was booked - was not reassuring a hesitant surprise on their face - the other being that the hotel had requested the full price of the room booked in advance - we would later guessed why - to pay it, even though we had not seen the room at that time. The room was clean and bright, the aircon was quiet with the bath and everything else was as booked. After a short rest, we decided to "explore" the tiny island. Perhaps the frustration mixed with shock is not the best word for what we experienced . The "bikini beach" is hard to find for the average mortal, only we found it with local help - when we saw it I turned back 5 meters from the entrance because I would have sworn to get to the construction area. The beach overlooks a quiet bay enclosed by a shading net - as opposed to the "Holliday-Inn resort", which is a spectacular view of the beach until one turns or comes out of the water. On the beach there were a few deck chairs and chairs tossed with sloppy elegance. Half of the deckchairs are broken and unusable, but at least it's free. The tin fence and skeleton atmosphere of the adjacent abandoned construction depressed me on the beach. Neither the small island nor the romantic bridge are as in the pictures. The bridge is at the southern part of the island leading to Lhosfushi. At the end of the football field you can reach the little bridge through a gigantic and constantly burning garbage dump. The smell and the sight are so strong contrast to the opposite paradise resort island that I cannot describe beautifully and sensitively, a sense of astonishment and trick in the middle of this planet paradise. Needless and frustrating. I trust on everyone's imagination, but for us after Maafushi, it was like kicking in the stomach or like an unjustified and irreversible medical error. Getting across the island of discarded rubbish and ruiny construction debris will permanently deter any brave enthusiast. After the tour we were convinced - we wouldn't stay. The strong contrast between the strict dress code and the general garbage and the rubbish will confirm to any sane human that rest and relaxation are not waiting for him in this environment. A mixture of disguised kindness, poor English knowledge and a push for money were waiting at the hotel. The dinner was delicious, but compared to the week we spent at Maafushin and the altruism there reinforced our afternoon’s discovery. The programs offered at this hotel, were overpriced and sort of poor (sandbank and banana reef) compared to the same programs available at Maafushi. I would like to share my personal impressions with others, I do not know why we missed negative experiences of others and we have not discovered the reality when we planned our journey... The Maldives itself is a miracle; What I know I wish to return again, but deffinitely not Guraidhoo and this hotel. Take a look at the pictures and decide for yourself.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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burtry wrote a review Feb 2020
Rome, Italy1 contribution
A fantastic holiday. Nice hotel and marvellous staff. First choice ti come back. Andrea & Piero from Italy. Don't loose escursions and local life. See turtles dolphins, reef and local islands. Se spent here ten days
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Amsetus wrote a review Jun 2019
Miami Beach, Florida261 contributions84 helpful votes
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Since we arrived by speedboat we were greeted by the friendly staff that took as the few blocks from the port to the hotel. The rooms are very nice, everything one needs plus some extras as electrical plug converters. The roof has excellent view to the ocean. Breakfast buffet was also very nice. From there you can go a few blocks to Amore for dining and if you are into diving, Manta dive center. The locals are very friendly. Thanks to Mr Hameed and Muhamed Zunair. Looking forward to cumming back!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for a room not facing the mosque if you prefer it quiet
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Sonika wrote a review Apr 2019
Cusano Milanino, Italy126 contributions44 helpful votes
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Getting to this hotel is like coming home. Excellent welcome. They are all kind and always try to find a solution. eating is typical Asian and sometimes you can also find pasta. our room was clean and with a sea view balcony. There is a beautiful terrace with solarium and jacuzzi. Excellent boat trips to see the coral reef and white beaches: true paradises. thanks to Zizu who talks to all the guests and introduces you to the real Maldives
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Date of stay: April 2019
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$44 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MaldivesKaafu AtollSouth Male AtollGuraidhoo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ocean Retreat & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Ocean Retreat & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Bikini Beach (3.4 miles) and Biyadoo Island (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ocean Retreat & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Ocean Retreat & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Ocean Retreat & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Caviar Café & Restaurant, M6m, and Fine Bake by Suzy.
Does Ocean Retreat & Spa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ocean Retreat & Spa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Ocean Retreat & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Ocean Retreat & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Ocean Retreat & Spa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.10 miles away from the center of Guraidhoo.