We stayed on Filitheyo mid Feb 2013, and had a good time, We flew with Emerites via Dubai,which was OK but you just want to get there and don't really want to be sitting at an airport waiting for a connection which was delayed for an hour. When we landed at Male, we were running late and were wisked over to the seaplane terminal loaded on a plane and we were off.
Check in was swift and we were shown to our rooms. We were given room 114, which is at the top end of the island, with on direct entry into the sea due to the waves and solid coral, so we asked to be move and were then given 84 two days later. The rooms are good but the rustic look has been streched and some are boardering on tatty especial some of the roofs which are thread bare and some even have tarpaulins on, the beds are firm with nets around, the wardrobe is in the bathroom area outside which works well water pressure is good. Ants were a bit of a pain and resiliant but no match for the spray provided, were ever you go on the island there are sandflies which bite, we did have a cockroach but he was no match for the spray either. There is a TV but not very good.
We found the food to be very good, as other reviews have already said there was always something different to try. Our waiter CD soon learnt that we liked water with evey meal and who drank what, Red wine, fanta and Tiger Beer you keep the same table and waiter which I prefer. We were all inclusive which suited us as we could have what we wanted without thinking about the cost, but my main niggle with this was no cocktails...... We have been to Reethi Beach and Meedhupparu where they were so not having them was a bit of a shame, The barmen at the sunset bar were very good and would sometimes make some for us, We found a couple of dollars here and there were always a help and they were a bit more attentive when the bars got fuller.
The Sunset Bar was our favorite place, we would often get up early and go and have a Latte before breakfast, have a pre lunch drink with a swim, an afternoon just chilling then watch the sun go down before dinner then a late drink before bed. The main bar is quite all day untill just before dinner when people stop of for a pre-dinner drink and then one after. There is table tennis and table football for free and a pool table which you have to pay for, on our second week the only cue on the Island was damaged so the was no pool for a week. The barmen here were also very good, pop corn dished out when you got a drink. There is a small pier here where you can see rays and watch the sun go down but keep your feet out of the sand so the sand flies don't get you. The island is dusted from time to time but there will always be mosquitos.
We went night fishing (in the package) which was fun but not a great deal was caught, when I have been else where before more was caught, what you do catch can be cooked up for you the next day. We also went to another Island to see the locals(in the package), which if you haven't done before is quite good but if you've been else where it is probably very similiar.
The island its self is keep neat and tidy, the pathways near reception have white soft sand where as the rest are compacted sand and not always very comfortable to walk on bare foot.
The reef is good and full of life I was lucky enough to see a small manta ray on the house reef as well as sharks, turtles, octopus and all the usual fish. The tides can be a bit odd, if you start at one end you might have a slight tide against you but by the time you are at the next entry/exit point its going the other way, and sometimes the time will whisk you along at a rate of knots and other times it no existant so just be a little bit careful if you aren't confident. The dive and sailing school are run by helpful people, we took some canoes out for half a day and went over to the sand bank on a day when the sea was glassy smooth and no wind it was beautiful.
There is a local band that plays at the main bar one evening a week, but they turn up play and leave promptly so don't expect too much. Luckly they don't have crab racing or karaoke.
Our return journey started with a 4.30am call breakfast at 5.30 then of on the boat to the seaplane in the dark, by the time you get there and the piolts have checked the plane its light enough to fly and you're off.
All in all we had a great holiday, some bits better, some bits the same and some bits not as good as other Islands we've been to, but thats probably true of where ever you go and these are only my views... everyone is different and want different things and have different expectations. Would I go there again...? no but I would return to Reethi Beach.
- 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