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“Truly Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paradise Island Resort & Spa
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Sandefjord, Norway
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7 reviews
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“Truly Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Wonderful resort with great restaurants, pleasant and attentative staff, gorgeous beautiful surroundings, great for relaxing. Very good SPA with various types of SPA treatments to choose from. A place I can recommend and where I would like to go back some day.

If there is one thing to point a finger to, it has to be that internet connection is just in the reception area, it would have been great to have the oppertunity for wi-fi in the room.

Room Tip: I had a Beach Bungalow close to the Water villa area, the location is great right on the beach, peac...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

Paradise is not a 5 star resort by any stretch of the imagination. This will be apparent from start to finish. This is not to say you won't have a good time on this rather beautiful and idyllic tropical island, just that you might have to temper your expectations a little if that is what you were expecting.

I had a great time snorkelling on the easily accessible reefs. You get very close up views of a whole range of fish including stingrays, reef sharks and Napoleon.

I stayed in a beach villa, which was extremely large and comfortable enough. However, from looking at others I can see this was luck of the drawer as some have not been updated in terms of decor. Also some are far further away from amenities than others.

Paradise has never come in such a big box. The resort is huge, so I can envisage it potentially being very busy. Thankfully during my visit it was well below capacity.

The food is where the non 5 star nature really shines through. It is a perfectly serviceable buffet set up, but if you are expecting fine cuisine think again. It's closer to work canteen than Michelin Star.

Paradise has a real issue with added extras. If you intend to do anything other than sit or swim/snorkel then I hope you extended your mortgage before you left home. Everything costs. A lot. The excursions snorkelling, fishing or to other islands are eye watering given what I payed off resort. I was also frustrated by the internet arrangements. Having come from local islands guesthouses where wifi was free and accessible in the room I was surprised that in Paradise it was neither. The packages offered are also not conducive to longer stays.

The one shining light for Paradise is the spa. It was absolutely lovely. Great set up, friendly staff and relaxing treatments. I suggest everyone visiting tries at least a scrub or a bath.

In summary I enjoyed my stay. It was at the end of other adventures so I just needed a place to chill out before going home. I feel this was achieved mostly because of the beauty of the location and in spite of the resort's inherant failings, NOT because of it. If I returned to the Maldives I would not return to Paradise. I am sure there are better, more modern and competatively priced places out there.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Lviv, Ukraine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

The island is nice, white sand, clear water and sun all day like every other island.. The rooms are clean and large enough but nothing special.They do not change bed sheets daily, you have to ask for it. The main restaurant is ok ,but again nothing special, and I recommend to do HP. The restaurant selection is good a Italian, a Seafood and a Japanese restaurant. The Italian is good taking into consideration where we are. The main bar is sufficient for a beer, wine and cocktails are lousy and very expensive. The entertainment is simple but they try to do something different every day. The staff is lazy and not over fiendly.One thing I liked that every room has his numbered sunbed at the beach . At my stay large groups of Chinese tourists were there and very few Europeans. All tours are very expensive. The beach BBQ is not worth to book nearly the same food as in the main buffet and the cost are additional 35 US$. In general a very simple resort and do not exspect luxory or efficient service, but good for relaxing.

Room Tip: Do not book a garden room , lousy rooms and bad location, a beach bungalow should be the minimum. 11...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi, India
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

It wouldn't be a wrong statement that every island in Maldives has a story of its own. The Paradise Island can be termed as the most common/ visited resort in the region. I stayed in a water villa and highly recommend it for the sake of a special experience. The white sands and blue lagoon is mesmerizing. There are ample food options with various restaurants around. And if you are into adventure sports - do go for water sports package. Please avoid the submarine trip - its expensive and yet nothing special. There is also something similar to a pub for night entertainment. Its a bit crowded place but if you can live with it, its a good place to stay. The ride from Male is 20 mins so location is apt.

Room Tip: Water Villas - its an experience!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

Maldives is a beauty! Bluest waters and whitest sands possible! This island, like other hotels in Maldives is gifted by nature's beauty and is basking under the sun with all it's glory! The rooms although clean are average when compared to other 5 stars like the Taj Exotica. Staff did try to suck the fun out of our holiday by being non-friendly and rude! Food was not that great!! The cocktails were bad...overall the only thing good about this hotel is that it's in Maldives. So if you are looking for a 5 star property, pick another hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Hi there i am on again to recommend a great place for your holiday ' Madives ' Paradise Island Resort & Spa an a great way to fly direct from Hong Kong to Male with Mega Airlines it only takes approx 6 hrs only to get there. The resort is great food is fantastic & snorkeling is great lots of colorful fish at times some baby black tip shark. The seafood restaurant at Farumathi is excellent & they also provided a shark feeding parfomance at the balcony at approx 8;00pm with some hotel staffs feeding the sharks it was real great to see a lots of sharks feeding.I would therefore recommend your next holiday visit. Me and wife we do this once a year, this is our fifth time & the best time to go is Nov-Feb

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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dubai
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

Accommodating staff, great food, best place to unwind and truly appreciate nature.. We had a great time at the hotel due to the warmth service they have extended to us; specifically, we would like to express our appreciation to Mr. Raman (for saving my friend’s slipper that has been blown into the water). Thank you for the hospitality you showed us during our stay.
A paradise indeed.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Paradise Island Resort & Spa
Address: 08420
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Lankanfinolhu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lankanfinolhu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Paradise Island Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 282
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine an island right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with bright white beaches, a lagoon with multiple hues of blue and aquamarine and tall coconut palms swaying to the breeze. Who wouldn't want to be marooned on one? All the more, when all modern comforts and formal professional services that one would expect on a five star hotel come together with it. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Paradise Island Hotel Lankanfinolhu Island
Paradise Island Resort Maldives
Paradise Island Maldives
Paradise Island Male
Paradise Island Resort & Spa Maldives/Lankanfinolhu Island

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