We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great dive center at 3-4 star resort”
Review of Sun Island Resort

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 13 more sites!
Sun Island Resort
Certificate of Excellence
seattle
Level Contributor
128 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Great dive center at 3-4 star resort”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

My first time in Maldives. I booked online - many options not explained so I ended up taking longer than necessary to check in as the check in person tried to explain to me the difference between Platinum all inclusive, gold, etc. Superior beach bungalows are fine - big enough, comfortable and pretty much private - direct access to beach. Buffet at lunch and dinner was OK - nothing special and prone to the feeding mentality of all inclusive guests. House wine is expensive and bad. The "pay extra" restaurants were better and the wine was better by the bottle. Surprisingly limited sea food selection this being an island nation where gazing intot he water you just see schools and schools of fish,, every day, all day.

Best part of the trip is the dive center Oceanus. Very professional, great trips every day. Saw lots of sea creatures - turtles, rays, snapper, sharks, moray eels with the notable exception of the elusive whale shark which is the reason I selected this place. There were a few sightings during the week though so probably bad luck for me.

Also a really cool tree where huge fruit bats hang out during the day...

Pretty much everything you pay extra for even if you are on full board.

I also had three or four types of Indian massages and other spa treatments. Excellent though not inexpensive.

Room Tip: superior beach rooms are probably the best value
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank tripdog88
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,381 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    1,199
    761
    249
    88
    84
See reviews for
427
1,525
31
9
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (218)
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
athens gr
Level Contributor
86 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This was my 4th visit in Maldives. Having said that I give this hotel 3.5 stars

The check in procedure is the slowest i have seen for a while. It took us 4 hours to check in and although there was a huge amount of clients that simultaneously arrived there is no excuse for that.

In the end they told us that our rooms were not available and that we were issued a free lunch and an upgrade of rooms for one night.

We were taken to their new garden villas which are indeed very nice but definitely inferior (due to their location) towards their beach bungalows.

The beach bungalows are spacious and right on the beach... It is so great to wake up and be in the lagoon right away!

Breakfast and dinner were adequate with good variety of food. I really do not understand all the criticism posted here! If you expect a Michelin awarded restaurant you chose the wrong category hotel.

The island is big, this means walking or renting a bike for 4usd per day. Choose your bike wisely since most of them are quite old.

The diving center is great, great facilities, great staff, good boats and good to excellent dive sites to a max of 45' distance.

Everything on the island is very very pricy, think of this before you decide to buy a sunscreen or a mask there!

Overall i am pleased by this hotel and i would definitely come back.

PS I hated the shark and sting ray feeding. These are wild animals that are getting used to combine human presence and food, not a good idea. They even step on the big black spotted rays to keep them close for the occasional souvenir photo!!! Hated it and eager you to state the same while you are there!

PS2 The reefs closest to the hotel are almost dead or severely damaged, the recent airport construction (owned by the same hotel company) must be the reason for this. The further you get from the hotel the healthier the reefs are. SO please do not tell your clients that el nino or fishing or whatever is to blame!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank aqualized
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Athens, Attiki, Greece
Level Contributor
32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We spent there nice honeymoon,in this resort you did not use money,everything what did you buy was written on your account and when you were leaving,you payed whole amount then.
Breakfast was ok,dinner we had to pay,what we did not like that water you have to pay,even at the breakfast(you got coffe or juice,but not water),you can make some trips with glass boat,rent to bicycle,go to spa,play golf,there is also some shops with souvenirs and if I remember well,2bars,the island is silent,water is very warm.
We got one bottle of wine with 2glasses and we let it for end of our stay and suddenly last day when we wanted to drink it,they just took it away so we had to ask for it back but they did not bring glasses and we had to drink it from glasses for brushing of teeths :(
Internet is not free of charge,also I reccomend use sun cream even you are in shadow because our lugagges did not arrive and we had sun cremas there and we waited till next day to bring them and till this time we burned very badly even we were just under palms.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Michaela T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bunbury, Australia
Level Contributor
49 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We arrived on Sun Island as a result of the booking agent not booking Royal Island for which we had paid sea plane fights and accommodation for, as “compensation” from the booking agent we were “upgraded” to an over water bungalow on Sun Island with full board (this part is another story to be told).

After completing check-in at 11pm we were finally were taken to our over water bungalow, well our bags were, we were kicked off the buggy at the start of the boardwalk and told to walk the rest of the way, which if staying in one of the end over water bungalows, is quite a hike.
The over water bungalow was clean, but for a 5* there was no hair conditioner, iron, umbrellas in the room (unbrellas were provided as requested however) and no frills (unless you are prepared to pay). An over water bungalow accommodation by comparison to beachfront accommodation with the direct access to the beach, does not seem worth the extra cost, with direct access to water about 2-3 ft deep with dead coral and minimal sea life.

The restaurant that services the HB/FB over water bungalows was average. Breakfast was the usual reconstituted meat to represent the bacon, sausage etc (no Pork products allowed) there was omelettes, pre-prepared oats, vegetable curry and a complementary dish normally potato, a rotation of pancakes, French toast and waffles every three days and yogurt, fruit and cheese. The omelettes were passable as long as you could ignore the flies prolific around this particular servery area, and the fruit was of good quality. Pancakes were also quite good on the days they were prepared.

Dinner generally had a BBQ and food from servery. I steered clear of the fish from this restaurant for the rest of the week, after the first serve from the BBQ was like rubber and the second serve obtained from the servery was raw in the middle. The food quality was very average, for example ice cream was always melted, cheese hot etc. but could find something edible each night and fruit was always plentiful.

We have stayed on two other islands and one live-aboard in the Maldives previously and the most noticeable thing about Sun Island was how commercialised and expensive everything was. HB/FB does not include wine as it does at other locations (limited to two glasses). The wine was 7.50USD +18% tax per glass and was the worst quality wine I have ever had, but to buy a bottle of wine, the cost was horrendous, Australian wine was 90-120USD +18%. 200 mL of coke was 7.50USD +18%, you also pay for all water other than the 1.5L ration for each room per day, Billiards was 15USD +18% per hour, cocktails (eg Mai Tai) was 18 USD +18% per drink, so a hefty bill for the basics racks up extremely quickly. We sampled a Mai Tai and the end of the board walk and it was not nice, so we generally stuck to drinks in the Lobby Bar where the service was excellent and the drinks were of good quality.

An attraction of this island is the sting ray feeding and shark feeding at night. The rays are so used to people you can touch then and they are hand fed by the tourists. The sharks, mainly lemon? sharks and reef sharks at feeding time cue up for an hour prior ready for their free feed.
We participated in several short day trips. Diving was fairly professionally run and we had some good dives, however if you are an avid diver, live-aboard provide access to better dive sites. Night fishing was OK, however they certainly are not into fishing for the future, with every fish no matter how small, kept for food or bait and as a paying customer, I had to ask to hold the fishing line and at one point after asking for the line, the response was “no you can’t”….I noticed the men on the boat did not have this issue…must be a custom thing that women shouldn’t fish. The Whale shark trip was good, we did get a momentary glance at a whale shark, and then went snorkelling, which was a pleasant trip.

You can also snorkel off the restaurant platform at the end of the jetty. The snorkelling was nice with plenty of small fish to see and a few reef sharks, turtles. The unpleasant bit is we were bombarded with rubbish, plastic bags, floating bottles etc, we made an effort to collect as we were snorkelling but it was never ending. When we asked why there was so much pollution, we were advised the rubbish was from a neighbouring island of local residents. I felt very sorry for the sea life that could easily get caught on the plastic, and the future of Maldives as a tourist destination.

So after a fairly average week on Sun Island, we were transferred to the regional airport, when the Villa Group plane broke down, we were returned to Sun Island for what we were finally advised was a 24 hours wait for our next flights, where we experienced a different restaurant and accommodation.

We were provided with what we were advised as “equivalent” package in a garden villa overnight. First impressions was the villa was clean, however the invasion was soon noticed…at a quick glance there were four different species of insects in the bathroom and ants had invaded every space, over floors, in shower, on bath towels. No area was ant free. I certainly hope this accommodation is not used for week stay guests.

Much to our amazement the FB/HB restaurant for the beach front/garden room bungalows had food of a much better standard that the over-water bungalow restaurant. We were advised the meal plan was the same but chefs were different. Anyway we had beautiful fish, slabs of cold cheese, frozen mango ice-cream (not melted slush), pavlova, etc..yum…the range of food was better as well!. We were shocked that the expensive rooms put up with very average food quality and yet the standard rooms had good food quality and the wine was of much better quality as well. After putting up with a week of the very average food and foul wine from the other side of the island, on our last day, we did find out that guests have the option to dine in the main restaurant.

In general Sun Island is one of the largest resort islands, so this means plenty of walking, especially if you are in a room at the far ends of the island or the end of the board walk. A room near the pool would be the most pleasant location. Although reception attempted to be helpful, we spend a considerable amount of time requesting/waiting for several issues to be resolved, seeking communication about changed flights, etc. which made for a less than pleasant stay. Given that the Company Villa Hotels rate themselves as a 5* resort, there was not much 5* about it, and I would rate the over water as a 4* and the garden bungalow as 3*. We have also stayed at Paradise Island Resort which is also part of the same Villa Hotels group and surprised to see this is also rated 5*, after also staying there would not consider it as such, 3* max. These islands seem to have lost the true laid back beauty of the Maldives and seem to have a key objective to extract maximum tourist dollars. Would we would not consider staying at this resort again.

Room Tip: The beach bungalows appeared to be nice with a room near the pool being the choice location, close t...
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
6 Thank Tropicstraveller_11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2013

We traveled to Maldives recently and We are really happy that we did choose the Sun Island Resort. This is the biggest resort in whole Maldives and is just amazing. Staff is really friendly and always willing to help You. We stayed in standard beach bungalow room 456 and it was really nice and always clean. Food selection in the main restaurant is not the best but at least it's taste ok. This place is great for snorkelling, swimming and relax.
The Island is quite big but this is good because You cant get bored there.
The only thing is that the drinks are quite expensive! The can of coke cost $5, glass of red wine %7 + 10% for service charge and + 8% VAT for every single drink or stuff what you buying on the island. Dinner in Thai restaurant cost us $100 for 2 of us.
It is a lovely and quiet place. You can't see people on the island which I think is very positive because you feel like you there by yourself :)
I felt in love with this place and We definitely gonna go back there one day but for the water bungalow.

Room Tip: water bungalows are the best!
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank michasia87
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Delhi, Louisiana
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Ours was a impromptu trip to Maldives.We visited in February 2013 for a short family holiday.We stayed in a water bungalow from where the view was beautiful and sublime.
The property is magnificent but needs to be maintained better.There need to be more carts to ferry the guests across the extensive property. We were appalled to learn that the washrooms were not provided with any items like tooth brushes,toothpaste ,razors or even shower caps.As avid travelers we are used to being provided with these items gratis in all hotels and even airport transit hotels worldwide ,but no such courtesy was extended to us here and we had to purchase these basic items from the in house shop at exorbitant rates.
The buffet breakfast and dinner was tasteless and shabbily presented very unlike the eclectic wholesome spreads in so many other hotels.There were too many beef dishes on some days which made it a problem for us as we are Hindus.Even the water during meals was charged for.The food at the Thai and Italian restaurants was average and overpriced.
The rooms could do with a serious face lift and makeover which seemed to be long overdue.The housekeeping was passable and most of the staff helpful and friendly.The island hopping and fishing trips were informative and pleasant.There was a myriad of activities planned each day and a large number of indoor games,water sports,movies,live bands spa and shark feeding too.
Apart from the minor glitches we had a memorable holiday and the pristine beauty of this island with its turquoise and azure shaded lagoons and white sandy beaches will remain etched in our minds forever.

Room Tip: The water villas are the best
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank jayaghai
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Budapest
Level Contributor
23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2013

There is so much info here, I don't want to repeat it all. We had a great time, and we found the staff very nice. Our waiter was very kind at the main restaurant, the waiters at the Italian rest always gave us bread to feed the fish without asking, the divers are a very happy and helpful bunch.
Make sure you make it to Zero and if not on an AI plan, have fresh fish for lunch, a very nice and relaxing place in the jungle. Have a cold kurumba, the baby coconut (3 USD), very refreshing for a drink. You should also enjoy some nice fresh fish at Island BBQ even for lunch, and it is not even expensive. (If you order a menu with fish -a large portion enough for 2 for app 25 USD if I remember correctly-, you get a soup and a plate of fruit for dessert.)
The bikes are great help, you can save time and get everywhere within 5 minutes. The spa is also fantastic, you can smell the massage oils just walking by it.
Look forward to you holiday, it will be fantastic!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Fru22
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Nalaguraidhoo Island
15.0 mi away
Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
1.7 mi away
Holiday Island Resort & Spa
Holiday Island Resort & Spa
#1 of 1 in Maamingili Island
616 reviews
24.8 mi away
Filitheyo Island Resort
Filitheyo Island Resort
#1 of 1 in Filitheyo Island
1,018 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
9.6 mi away
Vakarufalhi Island Resort
Vakarufalhi Island Resort
#1 of 1 in Vakarufalhi Island
880 reviews
6.6 mi away
LUX* South Ari Atoll
LUX* South Ari Atoll
#1 of 1 in Dhidhoofinolhu Island
2,878 reviews
10.6 mi away
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
#1 of 1 in Rangali Island
2,123 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Sun Island Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Sun Island Resort

Property: Sun Island Resort
Address: 2100
Location: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Nalaguraidhoo Island
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Nalaguraidhoo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sun Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 426
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sun Island measuring about 1.6 km in length and around 380 meters in width has 350 elegantly furnished guestrooms, including 72 water bungalows, out of which, 4 are Presidential Suites, 218 Super Deluxe Beach Bungalows and 60 Deluxe Beach Bungalows. All Deluxe and Super Deluxe Beach Bungalows are built on the beach ensuring a direct view of the shore and sea. All Water Bungalows are built on stilts in the lagoon overlooking the vast horizon of either the sunrise or sunset view, from your private deck. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Cheap Tickets, TripOnline SA, Hotwire, Travelocity, Booking.com, Priceline, Hotels.com, TravelUp, Ctrip TA, Agoda, Cancelon, Hotel.de, HotelQuickly and HRS so you can book your Sun Island Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Sun Island Hotel South Ari Atoll
Sun Island Resort Maldives
Sun Island Maldives
Hotel Sun Island

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing