Firstly, we would like to point out that this is our first negative review on any traveler's portal and we rarely complain, but we don't want other people to go through the disappointment like we had to. We chose this guesthouse based on many positive reviews, but to be honest, for us the other reviews are like talking about the different guesthouse. Maybe the hotel motivates somehow the travellers to write positive reviews?
We have agreed on airport pickup with Summer Villa, but nobody came for us to the airport. After arriving to Maafushi on our own, we got a really terrible room which was quite small, had no windows (!!) and a dirty bathroom. The surroundings of the hotel is not nice at all (maybe the worst of all the places on Maafushi, right next to the jail). The hotel is building a new part which makes a lot of noise. Another source of noise was from reception and dining area of the hotel which was right next to the room. We did not sleep for almost 2 nights. It is true that the hotel is from the cheaper ones, but it has extremely expensive trips, so in total it is definitelly not good value for money. We have checked another places on Maafushi (WhiteShell, Stingray,...) and they all looked much better in many aspects.
Breakfast was not completely poor, but nothing special. Buffet dinner was definitelly not good value for money.
The only positive thing on Summer Villa was the staff which was nice and helpful. When we decided to cancel a big part of our stay and move to a different island, they did not make any troubles which we highly appreciated.
Generally, Maafushi is not very nice compared to the other islands. Beach is small, but looks OK and girls wear bikini on it even though the hotel said that it is not allowed (our impression was that on the beach bikini is already tolerated by the locals).
If, for some reason, you want to go to Maafushi, choose a different guesthouse. We highly recommend to choose another local island (Maafushi is currently not the only local Maldivian "non-resort" island) - after the cancellation we moved to Dhiffushi where everything was 1000x better than on Maafushi.
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- Also Known As:
- Summer Villa Guest House Maldives/Maafushi Island