We spent one night in this hotel at the end of our resort holiday on one of the South Ari Atoll islands of the Maldives - as we had an early morning flight to catch.
To get to the hotel from the airport, you take a ferry boat ride (USD 1 per passenger - adult or child) to Male - the capital city of the Maldives. Then you take a taxi ride to the hotel costing USD2. The streets of Male are very narrow - so mopeds are widely used and there are hundreds of them parked everywhere.
The reception area of the hotel is calm and relaxing. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. We were given cold face towels to cool ourselves - and a small glass of fruit juice while registration formalities were being completed. We had reserved two deluxe rooms - one for my wife and I - and one for our two children. Payment for the rooms is required upfront. The two rooms cost USD 174 (April 2013) but when the taxes etc were added, the total price increased to USD 240.
The entrance to the accommodation is via a lounge which leads to the two rooms and a kitchen. The rooms have ensuite bathrooms (shower and w.c.) The rooms are adequate in size. They had airconditioners as well as ceiling fans. Both rooms had double sized beds. There was also a minibar. The rooms were bright and clean. Our rooms (numbers 204 qnd 205) overlooked the narrow streets. The beds and pillows were comfortable. The bathrooms were adequate in size too.
The main street is a short walk away through the narrow streets.
Breakfast is included within the prices. Breakfast is served from 6.30am on the roof top from which you get panoramic views of the city. The buffet breakfast consisted of local dishes (lentils, carrots fried in sauce, rice,). There was scrambled eggs, fresh fruits, and croissants and toast, tea and coffee.
I plugged in my mobile phone to charge it - but forgot about it. It was only when I was on board my flight ready to depart, that I realised I had left it behind at the hotel. I used my wifes's phone to speak to the manager Mr Niyaz and asked him to look for it. He later sent a message that he had found the phone and charger. He very kindly arranged to send them by courier service to my home in UK. I offered to pay him for the courier costs - but he politely declined, and said that it was the least he could do. I would like to thank him most sincerely for his kindness. It was much appreciated. Such kind acts of generosity are rare.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Hotel & Spa is ideal for business travelers and leisure travelers who wish to stay yet prefer a quiet and restful location. Coral Hotel & Spa owns 36 rooms with a wide selection of facilities and services. Situated at the top terrace floor is Coral Cafe, offering a trendy atmosphere with free wifi internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Hotel & Spa Maldives/Male