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North Ari Atoll / Maldives
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 10/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Beach Resort, Spa, Diving, Safari Boats
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Property amenities
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Wifi
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Happy hour
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Diving
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Canoeing offsite
Darts
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Spa
Body wrap
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi

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North Ari Atoll / Maldives
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Male Intl Airport45 miSee all flights
Villa Intl Airport34 miSee all flights
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Samantha S wrote a review Jan 11
Greater London, United Kingdom13 contributions23 helpful votes
Room - 151 Over water bungalow 10th December 2021 - 11 nights All Inclusive British 30 year old Couple (not on a honeymoon) Location Safari Island is a small island but it is beyond beautiful. The water is crystal clear and the beach and Island incredibly looked after. I did not see one bit of rubbish my entire stay. We got a seaplane to the island which took 25mins from Male. Heads up, you can wait a few hours for your seaplane, something to bear in mind. (This is not anyones fault, we were just naive) The island is surrounded by wildlife, canaries, fruit bats, crabs, rays, sharks, fish, and not a single spider lol. It blew me away the wildlife we saw from our dinner spot, or our room and it never gets old. Room Our bungalow had a fantastic feel about it, granted the bathroom and deck could do with updating but the bungalow felt organic and natural, and had a very welcoming feel about it. The aircon worked incredibly well, water pressure was good, I liked that we could stock up our fridge with drinks from the all inclusive. Ours was beach facing and we couldn't of asked for better. Yes the bungalows not facing the beach have better reefs, however, you have heard you can swim over there right? We had sun all day and watched the sunset every night from either our room, or the sunset bar. Room Cleaning You will have the same cleaner throughout your stay, they clean the room constantly all day and change the towels without fail. I loved this aspect and it was always nice to see a friendly face daily. They also understand if you're busy or just need towels and not a room change and are very pleasant. Food Brilliant. If you are going for anything longer than 10/11 days you may find it is a little repetitive. However, I always found something to enjoy and as a cook myself, I found everything to be seasoned and cooked to perfection. If you are quite a fussy eater though, there may be not enough range for you. The food is mainly of Indian/Chinese style, but there is always a great range of other options like a pasta station, grilled meat/fish, sushi, salads etc. The desserts and breakfast being our favourite part of the day. A big shout out to our dear friend DeeDee who made us feel so welcomed every meal. You also get the same table and waiter throughout your stay, we found this to be a great touch, I actually cried our last day saying goodbye. The staff you CAN NOT fault, and are the nicest I have ever encountered. Facilities A wide range to do, and also if you're feeling like not doing anything there is also that. We had no need to go to the pool having an over water bungalow and just borrowed a snorkel set from the hotel reception our entire stay, no deposit, no fuss, brilliant. Water sports we didn't partake in, mainly due to laziness but plenty to do! Wish I would have done my PADI dive course here, would recommend as quite cheap. Gym was good. We enjoyed playing some darts/foosball to escape the midday sun. The hotel reception were very accommodating, and always said hello when we were passing. Spa My partner strolled to the spa one day and came back an hour later after having a brilliant thai massage, treated like royalty and great price. (compared to a UK hotel) Trips We was fortunate enough to be able to do the Whale shark trip. This was an overnight boat trip and included a stay on the boat. The boat its self was amazing, the beanbag sun loungers, the space in the bedroom, the great shower and toilet, I have been on much worse. The staff on the boat became our friends, and we had a great two days with them. We were looked after so well and it was a life changing moment getting to swim with a Whale shark, nearly all of us for the first time, even the captain jumping in. It was brilliant. The only downside is the boat is very loud at night, for us it was worth it the next day swimming with a Whale Shark, however if we hadn't, we may have complained. I would suggest some ear plugs for guests? Or bring your own. Even without earplugs, or Whale sharks, we watched the sunset as 100s of Dolphins swam by and got to see so much of the Maldives. 10/10 worth it! Weather Don't listen to any apps before you go, it said it would rain and thunder storm every single day. We had one evening shower and 2 thunderstorms, which were at 3am. It was 30-32 degrees and sunny every day, some days a little cloud, which we soon realised was needed when the cloud disappeared. That sun is HOT. Overall this holiday was 100% worth it for us. I was worried before we came by some of the reviews about it being tired and dated etc, but honestly, if you're looking at the deck in that much detail. you're not living. The hotel is slightly dated, but you're on an island, in the middle of the Indian ocean, do you really want it to have marble floor ? It has such an incredible grounding feeling. Most people don't wear shoes, including the guests, even to dinner. The gorgeous weather, the delicious food, it was very well looked after, and clean, and the feeling of seeing a shark swim by your room, being in the water when a ray swims by, it's a holiday we won't forget. You can go somewhere in the Maldives that is more 'boujee' but at the end of the day, they're all in the same place, with the same ocean. Save your money, and go here. Hope to see all at Safari island again one day.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Patrycja A wrote a review Dec 2021
London, United Kingdom1 contribution5 helpful votes
We have recently came back from Safari Island Resort where we spent 10 nights “all inclusive” from 3rd December. I have to admit, it was Dream Come True holiday. We have had fantastic, peaceful time. Island is beautiful. Tall coconut palms and juicy green plants, white sand and clear, shiny, emerald water full of beautiful colourful fishes and sharks ( harmless). Paradise. We have stayed in water bungalow which was the only option when we have done our booking and wouldn’t regret a bit. Bungalow needs a bit of TLC but if you are going on holiday to relax under sunny sky, walking on white sand, do some snorkeling or just lie on the sun deck listening of the noise of waves…you would not care less about few cracks on the wall. Restaurant prepares fantastic food ( many different choices of meats, salads and cakes; on Sunday’s delicious traditional food dinner) and the service is splendid. Chef’s serving food smiling throughout their face masks. Our waiter Hussain was amazing company to talk to yet very professional and polite. All restaurant and bar’s staff was very polite, attentive and helpful. Bar waiters always make sure you have your glass full. Receptionist Hansika was always on the top of any query we had, very professional and patient so was Jithu. We fall in love with all of them throughout their kindness and these happy eyes. So…what else you want in peaceful, very private ( despite of resort being fully booked, feels like it is inhabited island; only during meal time you see more of other guests), relaxing holiday if not blue sky, full plate and bit of privacy. We went there to rest, not to do the list of what needs improvement. We have never experienced any mosquitoes as some of the reviews stated but cockroaches yes. Few in the bungalow. But we were in tropics so what to expect… We would definitely recommend this place to everyone and hopefully visit it again soon.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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bmw1988 wrote a review Nov 2021
5 contributions15 helpful votes
Just spent 11 nights here and I must say had a lovely time. However I was very disappointed with some aspects. Rooms are supposed to be non smoking according to trip advisor, however ashtrays in all rooms and a lingering smell of smoke. Smoking was allowed in all areas and being asthmatic this did cause some issues, especially in the Palm Bar as this was the only area where snacks and coffee was available. The rooms were tired and dark. The bed frames were not secure and wobbly. The lightshades on the bedside lamps were rusty and dirty, bathroom fittings were loose and missmatched. We requested clean linen and the blanket was also changed, however this appeared to be infested and both my husband and I woke up covered in bits. When we spoke to reception they didn't seem to understand what we were telling them. This is now being addressed with our tour operator. The wooden walkways are on need of repair. On one there was a protruding screw which my husband caught his foot on. This was reported but took over 4 hours to repair. Overall a tired resort which wouldn't need much work to make it sparkle. Staff were always polite and friendly and are a real credit to the resort. The food was also really good if a little repetitive.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Not a resort if you are a non smoker
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Kysla wrote a review Jul 2021
Vienna, Austria136 contributions46 helpful votes
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We spend two weeks in this resort booked all inclusive and two beach villas (124/123) on the reef side. The resort is quite worn down mainly the jetties, we had very bad experience with sand flies and could not really stay on the beach/sunbeds. Instead we soend more time in the rooms or snorkelling/diving. I would like to thank the staff in the restaurant and in the bars mainly sunset bar. Mr Ahubar was very nicely looking after us. the restaurant has a very good selection and variety of food and you would not taste that its all inclusive. On the flip side the reception staff was never competent to provide answers or handle requests spot on, they always refered to management who is competent. The resort is burning trash among other stuff almost every day during daytime which you can smell and it was annoying. I did not see PVE panels using solar energy or even a small biogas station that would generate electricity. Every drink comes from a small plastic bottle 0.3l (water, soft drinks, juices are from tetra pack) and there is little or none “green” initiative going on. this is a big difference compared to other hotels in Maldives. The resort is quite cheap compared to the others in their class in Maldives, but I would be prepared to pay extra more if they would separete waste, give water in glass bottles, would stop throwing food rests into the ocean (and feed the fishes) and either recycle or trnasfer to another island. the reef is nice, but quite short however for those who like diving the Joy dive diving base has a very friendly and orofessional staff who like their job and can take you to various sites both diving and snorkelling
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Try to get rooms between 119 - 129 for beach villas, semi water and water villas would recommend...
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Response from Abdulla Mifthah, General Manager at Safari Island Resort
Responded Aug 20, 2021
Thank you very much for your feedback, we have taken app points to improve ourselves, we can advise sandflies' issues have been taking care of since, regarding glass bottles and solar energy is up for consideration at the right time.
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Christophe H wrote a review Jul 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Couple in our thirties. WaterBungalow 181 end of July 2021. The negativs first, to end on a positive note: The footwashing bowles are of no pratical use. Please put big bowles to put the whole foot in. Remove the water roses ponds, nobody is looking at them, they are a waste of space, water, energy and man power. And worst of all they are a breeding ground for bloodsucking insects. So absolutely no use at all. Tourists are not interested in looking at those, Wifiis abysmal. There is simply no working wifi. It reminds me of standarts of 1999. this could be easily fixed by putting 3 more signal masts out. But dont get me wrong. I gave the resort a perfect evaluation. They are currently fixing the constructions. So keep doing that, and it will be in perfect condition in no time. The wooden ways dont feel unsafe. The plants and trees are well kept. Beaches are clean. Facilities are clean too. Our bungalow is swept twice a day. So no sand inside. Second, service is friendly, always helpful, and no waiting times. Enough bars. Third, Dive center is friendly and offers activities. Found other people willing to participate in fun beach volleyball games every evening. Fourth, they fumigate every evening. Finally !the best, the food is fantastic. Buffet is served by personal behind the buffet, so nothing is spilled or chaotic.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Beware of the beach flies. Dont pack shoes.
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Response from Abdulla Mifthah, General Manager at Safari Island Resort
Responded Jul 30, 2021
Thank you very much for the comments, We hope to have a chance to serve you again.
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PRICE RANGE
$197 - $1,187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MaldivesAlifu AtollNorth Ari AtollMushimasgali Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
84
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Frequently Asked Questions about Safari Island Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Safari Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Safari Island Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Safari Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Safari Island Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Safari Island Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Safari Island Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Safari Island Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.01 miles away from the center of Mushimasgali Island.
Are any cleaning services offered at Safari Island Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Safari Island Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Does Safari Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.