My partner and I were in a water bungalow on Angaga Island for 2 weeks in July 2012. This was our first time in the Maldives and we truly loved the experience. The weather was very hot, humid and sunny most of the time. We had 2 storms in the first week and the water bungalow shook with the intensity of it, but for some reason we were not afraid. The next day the manager asked us if we wanted to move onto the Island, but we declined as we were happy in the water bungalow. The snorkelling straight from the deck was our main reason for choosing the water bungalow and it was worth the extra money for this alone. We saw a huge variety of fish, sting rays and even the reef sharks right under our bungalow. For a few days, there were a lot of tiny purple jelly fish in the sea and they needed to be avoided as they can sting. I noticed some swimmers had special lightweight long sleeved tops and leggings to stop the stings as wella as scratches from the coral. They were also useful to stop sunburn whilst snorkelling (and are less heavy than my Tshirt and shorts that I was wearing) so I will be getting a set for my next holiday. There were other advantages of the water bungalows. They were quite far out in the sea and therefore were constantly in the breeze, which was more pleasant that the humidity of the Island. And they were totally mosquito free for the whole holiday, which was a major bonus at night.
We were on half board basis. I am not a big fan of food, especially when its hot, so I found there was enough choice for me, and I would often skip the evening meal and have the puddings and freshly prepared fruit. Every evening the staff made some kind of cooked pudding while we waited and my favourites were the banana fritters and crepes (with real white and dark chocolate sauces). My partner, who loves his food, found that there was far too much choice and ate rather more than expected. We made a point of being friendly with our staff (house boy for cleaning the room and tea boy for serving drinks in the diningroom) and they responded very well, always happy to do anything. On the first day, we asked our tea boy for a pot of tea for our table (instead of the usual getting the tea cups filled by the tea boy when needed) and he was happy to oblige. For the rest of the holiday, within 5 minutes of us arriving in the diningroom, we had our own fresh pot of tea on our table. We had a candle lit dinner on the beach one evening and it was truly magical.
We walked around the Island every day, but due to the erosion we could not go all the way around. We found only one other English couple on the Island (but we wern't looking that hard) and most of the other tourists were either German or Chinese, and very few children. (Its not a place to take children if they like mixing with other kids).
All in all the Island met our expectations and we would love to go back, but not in June/July when the weather is so humid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1. Angaga Island Resort & Spa is located in the South Ari Atoll and is surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty along with crystal clear waters and a white sandy beach. The island is approximately 45,000 square metres and is superb for snorkeling and diving with the house reef just 7-8 metres from the beach featuring live coral and beautiful marine life. This is a great island for those holidaymakers seeking peace and tranquility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angaga Island Hotel Angaga Island
- Hotel Angaga Island
- Angaga Island Resort Maldives