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Arena Lodge
Ranked #28 of 53 Maafushi Island B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I have been staying at Arena Villa during my holidays in Maldives. I'v got a very spacious room with a big king size bed only for me and my child. There are three Arenas in Maafushi: Villa, Lodge and Sky. Actually Villa is still renovated and there's no sign with a name of the hotel so some diffculties with finding the hotel can occur but generally all the guests are welcomed already at the harbur so there's no need to worry about it as you are leaded to the hotel by a representative.
People from Arena Villa - amazingly hospitable. I loved staying there as I felt as I just came to visit a family...
Arena Villa is located very close to the beach.
We also loved the Arena Sky Restaurant with a sand instead of floor - my daughter loved to play after dining under the table:)
I also recommend trips from Arena managed by Mohammed - very good quality for a very good price!
If I come again to Maafushi, I would definitely choose Arena.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Ahmed S, General Manager at Arena Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Aggie,

Greetings from the sunny side!

Thank you for choosing Arena Lodge Maldives as your holiday destination and for taking the time to write this review. We are indeed happy to know that everything went well and you enjoyed your stay here with us in Maafushi Island.

We hope to have you with us in the future

Kind regards,
Ahmed Samih

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

My husband and I went to Maafushi from 10 to 20 February 2013 and were supposed to stay at Arena Lodge Maafushi but instead we stayed at Arena Lodge Sky which is very near to Arena Lodge. The owner of Arena Lodge is also the owner of Arena Lodge Sky, Arora Hotel and another hotel. The first nights we stayed at Arora hotel but the room was with no window so I changed it and they made me stay at Arena Lodge Sky which is a new hotel (openen last October 2012). Also the room here had a small window (101) but then we moved to room 105 with a big one. The staff is very kind and the hotel is clean and also the food is good with fish every night. I would suggest this hotel. In Maafushi unfortunately there is only one and small beach but you can go on many excursions everyday on different island. We went snorkeling, to Sandbank which is very nice a small deserted island, to Biyadhoo, Picnic Island (uninahabited island) which is wonderful and the hotel also organized a very good barbecue last excursion we went to Fihalhohi resort which is nice too.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ahmed S, General Manager at Arena Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Francy,

Greetings from the sunny side!

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write about your stay on TripAdvisor.
We were glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and found the accommodation, excursions and services up to your expectation.

We hope that you will once again consider staying with us on your next trip to the Maldives.

Kind regards,
Ahmed Samih

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Good variant for budget trip but with lots of possibilities to see about 7-8 different islands with differents flora and fauna. Snorkeling , diving, fishing or you can just walk around the islands to enjoy the view or swim and sunbathe .
Good accommodation , friendly staff and food.


Enjoy the Moldives.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank Elena L
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Ahmed S, General Manager at Arena Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Elena,

Greetings from Arena Lodge Maldives!

Thank you for your kind comments on tripadvisor. We are happy to know that you had a pleasant stay with us in our island and that you were happy with the excursions, food and accommodation provided.

We hope to welcome you in Arena Lodge Maldives in your next trip to the Maldives.

Best regards,
Ahmed Samih

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

The rooms here were very nice, clean and everything is new. The staff was very helpful in helping us schedule everything we wanted to do and arranging day trips for us when we wanted. We took day trips to different resorts each day and had a lovely time. We didn't spend much time on Maafushi itself but we were glad we stayed on a local island to see some of the culture and people were very friendly. The costs were very reasonable and excellent value for the great experience we had. We would certainly recommend a stay here!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank crowellms
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Ahmed S, General Manager at Arena Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Crowell,

Greetings from Maldives!

Thank you for being our guests in Arena Lodge Maldives.And thank you for taking some time to write your experience with us.
We are extremely glad that you had a good time with us and that you enjoyed the excursions provided by our hotel.

We hope to be able to be of service to you should you decide to again visit us in the future. Thank you.

Best regards,
Ahmed Samih

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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We were actually the first guests at this new Arena Lodge guesthouse, one of four on Maafushi Island. The rooms were all new and basic but very nice, big and clean. The staff was young, very eager and they all did a great job and were very accommodating. The prepared food was good.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ahmed S, General Manager at Arena Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Sir,

Greetings from Arena Lodge Maldives!

Thank you being our guests. We are indeed glad that you had a pleasant stay in our hotel.
We are happy that you enjoyed your time here with us and hope that you have taken back with you fond memories of your vacation.
Thank you for your valuable feedback.

Best regards,
Ahmed Samih

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Local island is cheaper opportunity in comparison with resorts. Because of prohibition wearing bikini at local islands and the fact, that on Maafushi is only one beach (on the other side of the island). You are forced to make a lot of trips.

Arena Lodge is a nice hotel with a very friendly staff. Good dinner buffet for $10. Boat trips are organized by hotel. Cost-effective alternative to hotel trips is other local water carrier 9607792069

Our room has only one very small window, double bed we had narrower. On the island you can find more profitable places, I guess.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ahmed S, General Manager at Arena Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Petr K,

Greetings from Arena Lodge Maldives!

Thank you taking some time to share your experience on tripadvisor.
Please note that Arena Lodge offers customized excursions for our guests that would fit certain preferences and budgets.

We hope to exceed your expectations in your next trip to Maafushi Island.

Best regards,
Ahmed Samih

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Stayed: December 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Arena Lodge

Address: Crystal, 08090
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Maafushi Island
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Maafushi Island
Price Range: $51 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Arena Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed in typical Maldivian style, and situated in K. Atoll Maafushi, one of the local islands of the Republic of Maldives, the Arena lodge offers a calm and relaxing stay at an affordable fare. ... more   less 
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