I was curious how much the resort has changed since my first stay here years ago, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I decided to come back.
I stayed in the superior room near exit 5. The room's amenities provided is still the same; makings for tea/coffee, hairdryer, mini fridge with drinks and snacks, mosquito coils, insecticide spray, miniature supply of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, a/c, overhead fan, safe, and an old style TV with several English channels. The shower is open to the elements but the toilet is located in an enclosed space with door and lock next to the sink area. The closet and luggage rack is out in the bathroom also, but you don't need to keep your luggage here if you don't want to. If you need a bathtub, you need to upgrade to the deluxe bungalows. The water in a big clay jug by the veranda steps is to wash the sands off your feet. Each room has 2 assigned wooden lounge chairs. If by chance you came back to your spot and your lounge chair has been dragged off and being used by your neighbor, just smilingly let them know. No harm done.
As for the size of the beach in front of the bungalows, it depends on the season but if you want a fair amount of sand in front of your room, I suggest booking the deluxe bungalows on the other side of the island.
Snorkeling is as good as everyone has posted here. It's not possible to snorkel around the island though as there is a bit of current past exit 7. Snorkeling gear and floats can be rented from the Dive Center. Bringing your own gear would be a lot better if staying more than a few days because of the cost but importantly the fit of the mask.
The Dive Center is run by Werner Lau, a German company. They are very professional, a tad strict for some divers, but not a big problem. I've used their service here and at other resorts. To get a discount on their dive packages, check their website.
Food. Even though the head chef has changed, the food selection, taste and quality is still very good. I'm not sure about the stomach problems experienced by a few guests posted here. On my previous visit , I stayed for 20 nights and on this trip, I stayed for 18 nights and not once I had any problems after eating the food. I do avoid eating any raw salad with mayonaise especially in a tropical country as a precaution no matter the resort/hotel's rating. I also ate the sashimi here, whenever it was offered.
I did hear from the kitchen supervisor that the head chef would be introducing a new set of meals gradually in the near future. Another thing, this is a casual resort, so no need for the fancy dinner get up. As long as you're decently garbed , you're good.
The spa is very nice located somewhat in the middle of the island. The ladies, mostly hailed from Bali, are very nice and accommodating. The masseuse will walk you to your assigned a/c bungalow so lack of privacy is not an issue. There is a shower outside for your own use afterwards to wash off the oil. At the time, the price was 90USD for 90 minute massage plus the 15 minute bonus massage of any chosen body part.
Since this is a family resort, there are children here and most can be found hanging out by the pool during the day. During mealtimes, one or two would be crying or screaming, but that's expected of children. I find their antics amusing and entertaining.
The staff here provides very good to excellent service then and now. I did have one little bump at the beginning of my stay. The young waiter assigned to my table was always late to a point that for several mornings, I would see him arrive after I was almost finished with my breakfast. After talking to restaurant supervisor, it was explained to me that aside from the young waiter being new, he also happened to be assigned to wake up early to serve guests departing at sunrise. I suggested that given the situation , it would be better for both the young waiter and I , if I was assigned another waiter.
The only thing that really marred this trip was the rat problem on the last 3 nights here. Yes, there are rats on the island. I saw a couple of big ones walking along the bathroom wall up to the rafters that morning. I usually leave my bathroom door open during the day and didn't think those things would go in my room but one did . My room boy tried to find the bugger during the day but to no avail. He did tell me that it was probably gone as he even left the cats in my room for an hour and the cats didn't react. Well, that night, I left my regulator on the table. When I was packing my gear on my last day, I saw the mouthpiece of my regulator partially chewed off. I reported this to the management, I was assured that they would compensate for the damage. I even talked to the owner who was there when I left that morning. To make it short, I got nothing but empty words. The cost of a new mouthpiece is minimal, but it's the principle. Management didn't make good on their promise.
I won't be coming back to this resort because of that and the fact there are plenty more island resorts in Maldives to visit. The island is still wonderful to visit, but just be warned that those rats do exist here because of the abundant food and places to live.
I can't say anything about the water bungalows as I haven't stayed in one nor even walked (too much effort) that long pier to see them up close.
On a side note, most guests here are from Europe, a handful from Asia and Russia. As most good package deals originate from these parts of the world, it would be good for Americans to check the travel agencies that cater to these places. In my case, it was a better deal to arrange everything myself as the few packages offered from the US are short stay and limited choice of resorts. Americans on the east coast can get to the Maldives via Europe and from the west coast via HKG, SIN or KL.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to a breath-taking island paradise of leafy jungle foliage and sparkling white sand. Filitheyo resort is situated in Faafu Atoll, one of the most pristine atolls in the Maldives, abundant in colorful marine life and vibrant coral. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Filitheyo Island Hotel Faafu Atoll
- Hotel Filitheyo Island