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Embudu Village
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Just returned from 2 weeks at Embudu Village and we had a great time! We stayed in room 80 just a stones throw from the beautiful beach and ocean. This is monsoon season and we only had a couple of short showers the first weeek and 2 days of showers the 2nd week. Mostly the weather was glorious and we both came home with a lovely tan. Our room was basic but spotlessly cleaned by the hard working room boy,( always give these guys a tip) .Cleaned twice a day and the bed turned back in adifferent way every evening. Our bed was very hard and took a couple of days to get used to! The food was pretty much ok and we had no tummy upsets. Always get to the restaurant quite early though as the desserts tend to go quickly if you leave it too late! The waiters and chefs are very polite and friendly and give great service our waiter was Zaki and was very efficient. There were only 12 of us English on the island when we were there, the vast majority German and mostly polite even though we couldn't really have a conversation. The bar was always a great place to have some fun and the staff were so funny and freindly! Especially Sunnil, Sree, Mr Bean and the waiters who work so hard, we spent most evenings there after dinner with Dave and Mandy and had many laughs with these guys. Overall it is a great place the snokelling and diving is superb, the beach and sea is glorious especially the sand split wow! Only a couple of gripes, lack of sunbeds, hard beds, and those dratted mossies! Although the trees were spayed and fogged after the rain stopped which stopped them and was so much better. Great value for money and definately worth a visit.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Just returned from week at Embudu. Great holiday, amazing value for money, food good, snorkelling amazing, but best of all were the kind and helpful staff.
Firstly must thank everyone for looking after my daughter after she slipped on a rock and em paled her hand on a piece of coral. She was taken to the dive school where Jannish(sorry for spelling!) managed to conjure up some anaesthetic spray to dull the pain. On Jannish's advice it was decided to send her straight to hospital in Male rather than trying to remove it on site. A speedboat was arranged and another big thank you to Ibrahim from Housekeeping who came with us and stayed with us all day to make sure she got the best treatment. She needed An operation to remove it and a lot of injections and stitches. Yet another thank you to all staff at the ADK hospital especially Dr Walia for superb treatment. We cannot fault all the help and advice we were given. Our lovely waiter and all the chefs looked after her (and us) extra specially well for the rest of the holiday. Many of the guests of all nationalities were very kind too enquiring about her progress.

Despite our emergency trip to A&E we had a great time. The recently refurbished rooms were very nice especially the bathrooms. Liked the proper hair dryers. Room kept spotlessly clean by our room boy twice a day and the children loved the manta ray sheet art!We had rooms 29 and 30. Good position near the sand spit.

Food very good. Lots of choice, breads fantastic, loved the puddings and salads. Soups good. Mongolian BBQ night was a favourite with my 15 yr old. He also loved having the enormous trigger fish he caught on the night fishing trip served up to him at lunch the day we left! When you consider that everything except coconuts has to be shipped in it is incredible that they can produce the quantity and standard of food for the price they charge.

We all loved the house reef, we swam twice for half an hour with turtles, once inside the reef and once on the drop off. We saw octopus, small and enormous rays, lion fish, moray eels and literally 100s of types of fish. Loved swimming with shoals of unicorn and angel fish.

We had really good weather despite it being monsoon season. One shower of 5 mins. 2 storms at night and one storm which lasted half an hour on our last day. Very lucky indeed!

I was a little concerned that the island may be too close to Male but being able to get to A&E in a hurry was fantastic, the boat crew got us there in 15 mins. We liked to look at the skyline of Male from the sand spit, a bit like Atlantis rising out the sea!

Although it may be not the prettiest island in the Maldives it has some of the nicest staff we've met. A great choice. Amazing value for money and we will definitely return.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We combined our trip to the maldives with a tour of sri lanka. We arrived in the maldives and literally walked onto a paradise island. The island was beautiful, you can walk round in 20 minutes or so. The marine life was amazing just wish they had some trips for snorkelling, seem to be more catered for diving, wasnt a problem though. Food was nice but sometimes didnt seem to have a massive selection but hard to cater for 200 guests where everything has to be imported. Staff are very friendly and work really hard. The thompsons rep was excellent. We truely had a wonderful time on this island.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

My fiancé and I stayed for a week from the 6th may 2013 for one week in room 91.

Overall we were blown away by the relaxed and rustic nature of the island and have been recommending it to friends and family already.

Weather - we were a little worried before we arrived as the BBC weather forecast for the week looked awful rain and cloud, we were greeted with cloud and the first few days were ok, but not picture perfect, the weather got better and better and we got 4 fantastic days out of 7, which we were happy about...watch out even In heavy cloud we got burnt whilst wearing a high factor the sun is fierce!

Room (91) - nothing to moan about, modern clean and big, bed is slightly on the hard side, great location near to the restaurant. Look out for the beautiful fruit bats hanging on the trees if you look over the room located opposite roof, good luck trying to photo them in the air!

Food/restaurant - we were very surprised, for a 3 star it was superb, better that we have received in 5 star hotels! The fish is amazing, and the curry night wow, I had 2 plates it was so so good...we were lucky we had a table to ourselves for the week...we loved the fact shoes are not compulsory, it added to the relaxed feel of the resort.

Sea/beach - stunning especially the sand strip, the sea life is amazing make sure you take an underwater camera.

Staff - lovely and friendly ( don't do what we did and think we could get cash out on the island to tip, you can't and we still feel terrible about not having any cash on us)

The only negatives we have are nothing to do with the resort itself, its the arrogance and lack of respect some people have which just shocks us, but that's life sadly:

1) people leaving cigarette ends in the sand, why do this! It makes me mad....and ruins the beach for future guests, lucky there was only a few in one area but still it made our blood boil..
2) people walking on top of corals, again what is going on in these peoples minds, they really deserve to have their feet cut to pieces, hopefully then they will appreciate mother nature!

If you book you won't be disappointed.....

  • Stayed: May 2013
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5  Thank Olijaz
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Just returned from a 2 week stay at Embudu Village, courtesy of Thomson, and the following is a comprehensive report, on the trip as a whole, which will hopefully provide some useful insight for anyone considering the same resort/airline:-
The first thing to consider is the journey to London Gatwick for us Northerners. (Thomson do not fly to the Maldives from Manchester). If Gatwick is your local airport then, obviously, the following information is somewhat superfluous.
We opted for the train/tube as our choice of transport from Manchester to London Gatwick and although initially appearing daunting, the whole experience was painless and fairly routine. We booked via thetrainline.com at the optimum time (12 weeks before departure) to ensure the lowest ticket prices. This does mean booking the outbound journey separately from the return journey and purchasing advance single tickets. Obviously you then have to wait until 12 weeks before your return flight in order to book the advance singles for the return train journey. This we did and we were charged the mighty price of £33 each for the privilege. The journey comprised a 2 hour ride to London Euston courtesy of Virgin Trains, a quick dart across to Victoria on the tube, a 30 minute ride on the Gatwick Express and finally a short journey between terminals on the Gatwick Airport Shuttle (Thomson use the North Terminal and the railway station is located at the South Terminal). We did have some initial concerns about making our way across London on Marathon day, especially in the wake of the Boston bombings but whatever additional security there was must have been low key because we weren’t affected at all. We arrived the desired 3 hours prior to take off and after some initial hanging around outside, while the wife built up 12 hours worth of nicotine reserves in 30 minutes, we made our way to the check-in desk to find no queues at all.
With all the security and check-in procedures completed and boarding time approaching we made our way to the gate after picking up 2 weeks worth of cigarettes from Duty Free.
The aircraft was a Boeing 767-300 and was configured in a very spacious 2-3-2 layout in the economy cabin. We had a window and an aisle seat booked with, due to my lack of foresight, a great view of the top surface of the port wing. It was a night flight so this didn’t appear much of an issue anyway. The seats were of a quite generous size and the leg room was excellent which came as a relief for me because I usually struggle being a large and tall bloke. Well done Thomson on that score. There is a good range of in-flight entertainment delivered via seat-back screens and there is a remote control housed in the seat armrest which you can unclip and use like a games controller and a TV remote. The basic entertainment package is good but can be further enhanced for £5 which releases more films and games and also provides a kind of SkyPlus functionality. The only problem seems to be that the supplied headphones are of such poor quality that the sound is terrible while trying to watch a film. We upgraded our system with the intention of watching the latest Bond film but had to give up after 20 minutes of struggling to hear it properly. So £10 wasted and the prospect of 10 hours flying time with no TV or films. In the end we passed the time playing games, watching the obligatory ‘where are we’ channel, reading and trying to sleep.
During the flight there are various services offered by the friendly and courteous staff. First came the obligatory drinks trolley which we used strictly for medicinal purposes. So, £15 lighter we awaited, what is my favourite part of the flight, the in-flight meal. I love these ‘meals in a box’ and always find the quality to be rather good and the quantity to be sufficient. There was a choice of BBQ chicken or steak and ale casserole as a main course along with the usual pasta starter, cheese and biscuits and a chocolate pudding. There was also a duty free service (alcohol cannot be purchased due to Maldivian law and for religious reasons), a further drinks service and a light snack service shortly before touch down. I did take the occasional peek through the curtains into Shangri-La, also known as the Premium Cabin, to observe the ‘other half’ washing down their swan vol-au-vents with vintage champers while listening to the live jazz quartet in the corner. Being simple folk, however, we were content with the excellent service provided in the economy cabin.
We arrived at Male on schedule, approximately 10 hours later, very tired and a bit achy from being sat for so long with just the occasional ‘leg-stretching’ walk up and down the aisle.
Immigration formalities were completed and luggage collected with the minimum of fuss and we were ready for our onward journey. I should mention the immigration form that has to be filled in on the plane for handing in on arrival. Some of the questions seemed a bit ambiguous but the Maldivian officials appeared happy with our responses and we were ushered through. There is also a departure section on the form which needs to be filled in for when you leave. The departure tax is usually included in the cost of your airfare so no worries there.
We were met by a Thomson’s rep who guided us to an area where another rep was waiting to guide us to another area where a rep from Embudu was waiting. It was a kind of human pass the parcel but we ended up at the right place and waited for our transfer boat to arrive. Seemingly we were lucky in that we had been allocated a speed boat resulting in a 15 minute transfer in lieu of the slower boat which usually takes 40 minutes. The boat journey was fantastic, very exhilarating and refreshing after being stood around the incredibly hot airport building for some time. Good views of Male can be gleaned from the boat and also of the neighbouring Taj Exotica resort. Embudu can be seen as soon as you set sail if you know which direction to look and very inviting and appealing it was, in the distance. Apparently you sometimes have a dolphin pod accompanying the boat but unfortunately, on this occasion, we didn’t. Still, it is worth having your camera at the ready just in case.
So, after a very long journey from Manchester, we arrived at what was to be our home for the next 2 weeks. Initial impressions both from the boat and after setting foot on the jetty are good. Embudu really does have the ‘desert island’ feel to it, the sand is white, the sea is blue and the vegetation is verdant. The wild nature of some of the vegetation and the un-manicured appearance adds to the feeling of remoteness despite the proximity to Male. We were ushered into the reception area to complete the check-in formalities while our bags were brought ashore by the porters. Formalities completed we were allocated our room (91) and were escorted by our bag-carrying porters to our temporary home. A well-earned $5 dollar tip was given to each of the porters, they went away happy and we were left to explore our new, and, as yet, unfamiliar, surroundings. First things first, have 40 winks while the wife unpacks and hangs all our clothes in the amply sized double, built-in, wardrobe. The wardrobe also housed the safe which was free of charge and requires the inputting of a 6 digit number of your choice to lock/unlock it. A quick look around our room and everything seems in order, the air-con works as does the ceiling fan. The bed is large and, as previously reported, very hard. I would actually liken it to sleeping on a snooker table. Also the supplied pillows are a little thin and I requested an extra which the room boy delivered almost immediately. All part of the service. All the furniture is of a pleasing dark wood and contrasts the stark white walls very nicely. The inclusion of a fridge along with ample brewing facilities is great to see and is not always guaranteed while on all-inclusive. There is a large mirror above the dresser which is located alongside the unit which houses the fridge. A small bedside cabinet is located at either side of the bed with additional drawer space and a lamp. There is also a telephone which we didn’t use but did actually ring once with the Thomson rep (Gerard) enquiring as to our well-being and general satisfaction with everything. The bathroom is large with a walk-in corner shower, a large sink unit and a full-sized pedestal. Everything appears clean and modern after a fairly recent refurbishment programme. The shower is of the fixed head variety and there is also a foot wash which can be utilised by pushing a button on the wall. The button needs to be pulled out again to switch the water supply back to the main shower head. Over the course of 2 weeks we did have issues with the water temperature and pressure and actually had no hot water for the last 3 days. On 2 occasions we were temporarily without any water at all. These were only minor issues and didn’t spoil our time on Embudu in the slightest. We didn’t feel the need to complain and just accepted the local conditions and adapted to them. The only toiletry item supplied was a small, incredibly hard, block of green soap which took some effort to lather up but it was OK for hand washing. Toilet roll was of fairly poor quality but was adequate and in good supply. There is also a very temperamental, wall mounted, hair-drier which the wife had hours of fun with. All in all the accommodation is excellent and, the hardness rating of the bed aside, everything was satisfactory. Just a quick word about the air con, it was noisy………… It sounded like there was a storm raging outside whenever it was on and it did take a few days before we could comfortably sleep through the din. Incidentally we never turned it off during the whole 2 weeks and varied the temperature setting between 23 and 26 degrees depending on time of day or effect required. I know that 26 degrees seems a bit on the warm side but the difference between that and the outside temperature was still marked. The ceiling fan was used sparingly and only when a refreshing rapid cooling blast was required. The coolness of the room also encouraged the local wildlife (ie mosquitoes) to do an about turn at the door and throughout the 2 weeks we never had any trouble with critters in the room. We did get the occasional small gecko and once we saw a beetle on the bathroom floor but other than that it was fine. The trouble with mosquitoes was on the outside but more on that later. The only other thing worth mentioning about the room is the doors and the adjacent glass panels. Our door had a tendency to swing open unless you gave it a sharp pull to ensure that the catch had engaged properly. The glass was tinted and reflective from the outside unless you had your lights on at night. Then it was necessary to draw the curtains especially when changing for dinner etc.
The room was kept immaculately clean by the room boy who came twice a day with the later visit also including a turn back service. The tea, coffee, milk and sugar were all kept well stocked as was the toilet roll. Bedding and towels were changed regularly. All in all a great service for which we tipped generously. It was rather remiss of us that we didn’t learn his name as he was a very nice, friendly, chatty man with a fair command of English. It was actually nice to see his smiling face every morning or see him swinging in a hammock outside while waiting for guests to leave their rooms. I found it quite amusing that about half way through the fortnight he placed an air freshener next to our loo, I blamed the wife.
After my nap and when the wife had eventually finished our unpacking the usual quick recce was in order to check out the facilities and, more importantly, position ourselves on the island so we knew where everything was. On such a small island it is impossible to be more than 2 minutes from the sea and a quick walk round showed that we were in quite a nice area with decent access to the sea. As has been reported many times, the sunbed situation is poor with the numerous yellow fibreglass pre-moulded beds being practically impossible to use. There are other types of beds available but they are few and far between. It took us a couple of days to actually lay claim to 2 chairs which were comfortable enough to sit in for a prolonged period of time. We then, I’m ashamed to say, played sunbed roulette and bagged them early every morning by putting our towels on them before heading off for breakfast. The 2 days before this were spent sat on a variety of park-style benches located in the undergrowth some distance from our room. Surely the cost of buying 200 or so white plastic adjustable sunbeds would not be too extortionate and would improve the general comfort of the paying guests no end. There is enough beach to go round even though access to some areas is difficult due to the overgrown nature of much of the vegetation. This is not a criticism and the natural look of the island is much better than the manicured look preferred on other islands. We were only a minutes walk from reception and a further minute brought us to the restaurant or bar area. A complete circuit of the island would take approximately 15 minutes I guess and we did this many times during the next 2 weeks seeming to find something different to photograph every time. The wife quickly located the spa for future reference and we also saw the obligatory but unnecessary aviary. None of the birds seemed to be enjoying themselves very much and the cages were dirty and in need of a good clean. We quickly by-passed anything that looked remotely energetic like the badminton/volleyball court and decided to head back to the reception area to see what the shops had to offer. The guy in the jewellery shop cut a rather forlorn figure and we never saw a single customer in there throughout the whole 2 weeks. The souvenir shop sold the usual gift type things as well as some vital provisions eg bug spray, sun cream, chocolate, cigarettes etc etc. We would eventually come to purchase some of the bug spray when we decided that what we had brought with us wasn’t working. We did also spot the rather tired looking dartboard and a small library of books and magazines in various languages. We left a few books here ourselves and were disappointed that nobody seemed to lay claim to them before we left. We made a short visit to the bar and tried the ‘cocktail of the day’ which is included in the all inclusive and also a beer or 2. The cocktail was based on a Sri Lankan spirit called Arrack and it was OK if a little medicinal. Still we had another 13 to try. Anyway, our small tour complete, we decided to head back to our room for a much needed cool down and another nap. We had missed lunch so we had some time to kill before dinner and personally I couldn’t imagine a better way to pass the time than being cool and horizontal.
Dressing for dinner proved a real dilemma, what combination of tee shirt and shorts should I wear? Sandals on or sandals off? So the time arrived for us to enjoy our first meal of the holiday and it was with great anticipation that we headed to the restaurant, via the bar of course, we’re not heathens. The much maligned table sharing system is still in operation and if you don’t like it then perhaps Embudu isn’t the place for you. We were, fortunately, seated with a very nice English couple (Hi Lisa and Steve) who had arrived on the same flight as us to celebrate their recent marriage. We have experienced table sharing previously on cruise ships and have never found it to be a problem. It almost forces you to talk to people who you may otherwise avoid and if you don’t have the required social graces then that’s too bad.
All meals are served buffet style with the main buffet area being centrally located in the restaurant. There are also cooking stations outside where fresh meat and/or fish is always available. In general I found the food to be of good quality and with plenty of choice, however there does seem to be limited local cuisine available. The aim appears to be to cater for more international tastes and there is a different theme to the food each evening. Our first meal in the middle of the Indian Ocean came under the banner of Mediterranean Night. The other themes we enjoyed during the fortnight were as follows:- Chinese, Asian (x2), Carvery, Western (not in a cowboy/baked bean style), Italian (x2), Seafood, BBQ (x2), Eastern and Western, Steak and last but not least the magnificent Mongolian Night (my favourite). Whatever the theme was there was always rice available with some type of potato dish, some vegetables and a limited selection of local cuisine eg curries. There is always a soup starter along with various salads based loosely on the theme of the evening but shredded carrot, cabbage and red cabbage were ever presents. Puddings were fairly similar every day with various jellies, blancmanges, a multitude of instant whip flavours, cakes and different fresh fruits. It was rare that there was a hot pudding but the plates were usually hot thus melting most of the cream based desserts. I won’t dwell on the evening meals too much but suffice to say there was always something to appeal to everyones taste so no-one went hungry. There is a waiter service offering drinks from the bar and to clear up after you. Our particular waiter was friendly enough and happened to be a fellow Man United fan so we were kept up to date with results on a regular basis. Once again we didn’t find out his name despite him being so friendly and chatty. We tipped him fairly generously though so I suppose he forgave us.
After a few more drinks we retired to spend our first night enduring the roaring air con lying on our unbelievably hard beds. I soon drifted off and dreamed about potting a long red while holding position for the black. Can’t think why………. I was in the middle of a prolonged bout of safety play when I was awoken by the first couple of mosquito bites itching and irritating me to the point where further sleep/play was impossible. So much for deet. The mosquito issue became the biggest factor in tempering our enjoyment of the next 2 weeks. We had brought liberal amounts of Boots Repel and Jungle Formula repellent but neither of these sprays seemed to be totally effective despite dousing ourselves nightly. I ended up with in excess of 20 bites over the 2 weeks and the itching was driving me crazy. Only after buying the Mosquit-Off from the souvenir shop did the frequency of bites diminish. I don’t know how many bites I would have had if I had persevered with the deet based products. We also wore citronella impregnated wristbands in the forlorn hope that they would help. I don’t know if they did but if they weren’t such a nice colour I might have ditched them also. I’ve never really understood why some people are unaffected and others like me appear to be an all you can eat buffet in the eyes of the local mosquito population. Is it down to personal hygiene, blood type, diet, choice of repellent or any other unknown factor? Guess I’ll never know and until someone comes up with a guaranteed 100% repellent I’ll continue to suffer. Incidentally the wife faired only slightly better than me and if anything was affected more after the change to Mosquit-Off. A quick look at everyone’s legs while they walked past did show that we weren’t the only sufferers but that’s scant consolation while you lay awake all night scratching.
Anyway, morning broke bright and sunny and the prospects for a great first full day looked good. We hadn’t really grasped the sunbed issue at this time and the day did end up being a little disappointing in that respect. Plenty of time for sunbed debates later, it’s breakfast time.
As stated earlier every meal is served buffet style with breakfast being no exception. Some of the choices are a little out of the ordinary for the western palette and curry is always available
as is cereal, fresh fruit, breads, croissants, preserves, tinned fruit, meats and cheeses etc etc. Cooked options were usually chicken sausages, pork bacon, pancakes, French toast, baked beans, a potato dish of some kind. There is also an egg station where a chef will cook you any number of eggs however you want them. Favourites were obviously fried eggs and omelettes which came with a choice of fillings usually tomato, onion, chilli and cheese although, for some reason, the cheese seemed to be hidden away and if you didn’t know it was there you could easily miss out. The waiter brought tea and coffee as required and was also a good source of bottled mineral water for the day ahead.
Back to our room and it was spic and span as the room boy had just finished. Time to plaster on the factor 50 and break out the swimming shorts. Suitably protected we ventured out to locate a suitable place to sit and relax whilst also being close enough to the sea for a cooling dip. As stated previously this proved difficult for a couple of days until we sorted ourselves out. Once we had done so, the first week was spent sunbathing, sheltering, swimming, fish/plane/boat spotting, reading, etc etc. The weather was glorious with the sighting of a cloud being a major talking point. The only interruption came in the form of lunch which was usually followed by an afternoon nap before the sunbathing recommenced.
The buffet lunches were good with once again plenty of choice although not themed like the evenings. There was always a soup available with the now customary salads and a good range of cooked options. The egg station is replaced by an ice cream station at lunch to supplement the excellent choice of sweets available.
I don’t intend to give a blow by blow account of every day events just suffice to say they followed a pretty similar pattern as described above. Incidentally we did manage to spot 3 sharks, during the 2 weeks, just idly swimming by. On one occasion I was actually in the sea when one swam past about 20 meters away. They were relatively small black tipped reef sharks and posed no danger whatsoever. We did also manage to spot a couple of stingrays from the bar decking.
Evenings invariably meant the bar, cocktail of the day, a few beers and maybe a couple of little ones to finish the night. The local beer (Lion or Tiger) was good and the spirits were OK without being premium brands. Our regular late night tipple was vodka and coke but strangely the preferred diet coke was not included in the all inclusive. On the 2 Sunday nights there was a disco from 9-30 until midnight which played a weird combination of 70’s classics and obscure club tracks. There were 2 ways to look at this disco, either as a welcome diversion in an otherwise dull evening or as a shattering of the calm and tranquillity. How you felt about it was purely a personal thing, I thought the latter. On one other evening we were entertained by a juggler come fire eater come acrobat come body builder. He did a bit of everything and was quite good in a limited fashion. I felt a bit sorry for him when he passed the hat round and received about $10. The only other entertainment, and I use the term loosely, was a slide show from the Diverland Dive School every Friday night. That’s the bar summed up apart from mentioning the over-water terrace that was a stunning place to sit in an evening if you could manage to grab a seat. It needs mentioning that all the bar staff were superb, very friendly and talkative. We generally tipped $1 each time one of them brought us a drink and they seemed happy enough with that. Not everything is included in the All Inclusive option and, apart from cocktail of the day, if you wanted a cocktail there was a menu to purchase from. We were happy to just try the daily cocktail although it did throw up some surprises, Black Russian with no mixer for example, just Vodka and Kaluha. We ordered cokes with ours in a tall glass otherwise it was just too strong. Some cocktails were so weak it made you suspect there was no alcohol present at all, the cuba libre for example, just tasted like coke and lime. Overall though they were OK and it became a highlight of the day trying to guess the cocktail and also what theme was set for the restaurant. The nicest one was probably something called wine punch which had a Sangria feel to it comprising mainly red wine and fruit. The wine on offer was not very good at all and I couldn’t drink it although the wife had a good go. There is quite a good selection of premium wines available to buy and, because the wife celebrated a milestone birthday during the holiday, we chose to do this. An important point to note here is that there is a 20% discount on wines and champagne on a Friday which reduces the pain slightly. We had a decent South African Cabernet/Merlot for the wife’s birthday and very good it was too. With discount, the price was $38 (approximately £25) so it wasn’t cheap by any means. I seem to remember that, with discount, the Moet was $111 (approximately £75) so definitely a special occasion only purchase. The good thing about the discount was that, despite it being on Friday only, the bar staff would let you sign for it on a Friday whatever day you actually wanted it. We ‘bought’ a bottle on Friday and actually received it the following Monday so happy days. Because we had a surplus of cash near the end of the second week we purchased 2 further bottles and took them back to our room for either a little pre-dinner snifter or for when we fancied an early night. We chose a nice Shiraz and also a Sauvignon Blanc for me as I’m not really a red wine lover. Again the price was $38 each but when we came to pay our bill on the last night we seemed to be undercharged by a considerable amount (roughly $40) and on checking it seems we were only charged $25 for each bottle of wine. As the holiday neared the end the number of early nights increased, due mainly to boredom, but other influencing factors were the terrible weather and the mosquitoes. Other than the entertainment evenings the bar was a very quiet place to sit at night and did become a little tedious over the course of 2 weeks. The get out clause was the over water decking but seats were at a premium especially in the first week before the weather turned nasty. After that it was possible to get a seat although it would more than likely be wet already and only really usable until the next downpour arrived.
Time for a quick word about the weather, first week was glorious as expected with hardly any clouds and no hint of what was to come. The days were stiflingly hot and the evenings very still and hot with almost no fresh air. A post-dinner walk along the jetty was required to attempt to find a bit of breeze to cool down after the heat of the restaurant. During the first week the sea was flat calm and ideal for fish spotting or, for the more adventurous, full blown snorkelling or diving. It was difficult to explain to people that we weren’t snorkellers or divers and that we had come just to chill out and relax for 2 weeks. It seems the entire ‘vibe’ on the island is centred around the dive school and that’s fine because it left more space for us sunbathers during the day. After approximately 8 days someone decided to flick the monsoon switch and the weather changed dramatically. Initially we noticed that we’d had overnight rain and that was fine by us. Then we started to get thunder and lightning both through the night and during the day. Some of the lightning displays were fantastic and watching them in the distance was no trouble at all. Then the rains came and for the rest of our holiday the torrential downpours became more frequent. Every night was the same and there was also a lot of rain during the days which, at first, were entertaining but soon became a pain. Don’t get me wrong it was never cool and we were never really kept indoors for too prolonged a period, it was just depressing and such a marked change from the week before. I actually felt a bit sorry for the people who had arrived the week after us because by the time we left they hadn’t really had a sunny day. Also during this time, mainly due to the winds, the sea became rougher and snorkelling opportunities were reduced due to the waves crashing over the reef. Still that didn’t affect us and we managed to pass the time reading and walking around the island in between the downpours. One occasion that is worthy of note occurred one evening while we were changing for dinner. There had been no rain for a while and no rumblings of thunder at all when all of a sudden there was an almighty clap of thunder. I thought a bomb had gone of outside as the doors and windows rattled and seemed to be pressed inwards. We looked outside half expecting to see smoking wreckage or a least a crater but obviously there was nothing. I can honestly say that nothing has ever frightened me that much during my 52 years on this earth and my heart was racing. It was such a shock, that came right out of the blue, all we could do was stare at each other and eventually laugh out loud in relief, as much as anything else.
During the 2 weeks the wife treated herself to some Spa treatments and was very satisfied. She had the Spa manicure, eye-brow threading (whatever that is) and also a full body detox massage. This apparently involved wearing a nappy and being covered in mud for the bargain price of $80. Sounds right up my street. Note that all prices quoted are pre 10% service charge and also pre 8% Maldivian State Tax. It did take quite a while to actually find someone at the spa to book any treatments and the place looked deserted most of the time. The spa girls were seen regularly in the restaurant but they then seemed to disappear into thin air. In any case they were all tiny and I don’t think they could have handled me even if I had fancied some treatments of my own. There were plenty of treatments available to men but I see spas as strictly a female thing. It must be my old fashioned upbringing and my advanced age. I don’t moisturise either……shock horror.
So came to an end our 2 weeks in ‘paradise’ and I think that we were both ready to go home. We’d had some good laughs, met some nice people, been well looked after by the ever attentive staff and also been scared out of our wits. From reading back what I have written it would seem that we didn’t have a good time but, despite everything, we did. Embudu is a truly beautiful place and the unkempt, natural look of the island really does add to the overall beauty. The fact that you sometimes have to scramble through some overgrown trees and bushes to find a beautiful piece of beach, just adds to the charm. There is no need for carefully manicured undergrowth or a swimming pool when the world’s greatest swimming pool is only metres away. The accommodation is good, the food is good, the facilities are good and the staff fantastic. If diving is your thing, the facilities and locations for that are also fantastic. What else could you possibly want? Just a quick mention for another nice couple who we met and spent a couple of evenings with, so hi to the semi-African Mark and his lovely Swedish wife Eva. Hope the weather improved for you after we left.
The journey home was fairly uneventful and even the weather relented on the morning of our departure to ensure a calm boat journey back to the airport. Incidentally we travelled in the slow boat this time and the journey took approximately 40 minutes. There are plenty of photo opportunities on the way to the airport and also a chance to wave bye-bye to Embudu. I should just mention the immigration/security/check-in procedures back at the airport. All your bags are x-rayed and every so often someone is singled out for a bag search and drug swab. Yes, you guessed it, that would be us then. The Thomson rep thought it was so funny when she came up to us during the bag search and told us that after we had been strip-searched we could re-join the check-in queue. Oh, how we laughed. The flight was slightly longer on the way home, with it being mostly up hill, and my back was really painful by the time we disembarked. As on the outward journey the service was excellent and praise should go to the crew who were all very friendly and attentive. You must remember it is a long day for them too. On arrival at Gatwick Airport we stayed overnight in a nearby premier Inn to break up the journey and very good it was too (see separate review for details). Eventually we arrived home the following afternoon, fairly refreshed and very happy to be there.

Room Tip: On such a small island all rooms are well located
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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32  Thank Peter H
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This was our 6th visit to Embudu - and we are already planning for our 7th!

So why do we love it so much? It's a mix of so many things..............

convenience for the airport (without any of the disurbance this could bring)
simple, comfortable accommodation (the recent refurb of the rooms has been a complete success)
wonderful, imaginative food - and this time the opportunity to experience a demonstration of the skills of Chef and his brigade in the kitchen which was interesting and informative
the house reef and coral garden - even snorkellers can have an amazing experience and see a fantastic array of marine life.

But most of all it has to be the staff who are all so friendly and professional in all they do. They truly make every holiday special.

We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank JaneH1954
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

This was our third trip to the Maldives and by now we should Have seen our fill but WOW! this place just makes you want to return . the staff are the ones that make your stay so nice they all seem to go out of there way to make your stay fantastic from bar , to the gardeners all love there jobs food was very good always found something we liked. the snorkling was out of this world not the best swimmer but you can spot most things even in the shallows .The only bad point were the sunloungers if you are not a gymnast before you go ,you will be by the time you leave tip take cheapo lilos from the pound shop and line them with them to ease the suffering ha ha. you may be expected to share tables at meal times but never been a problem for us as we have met some lovely people this way and no exeption this time a massive HELLO to David and Hillary do hope I spelt it right a pleasure to have met you guys .is Dave still on the salads ha ha all in all would we go back yes the other half is twisting my arm already and we have only been home a week and half last word ,,,,,for the money you will be pleasantly surprised .

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
5  Thank stevieLincoln
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Embudu
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Embudu
Price Range: $310 - $569 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Embudu Village 3*
Number of rooms: 124
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