We were looking for a Maldive Hotel based on 4 criteria: (1) house reef where we can snorkle to from the beach, (2) all-inclusive package, and (3) have water bungalows, and (4) speedboat transfer that meets the arriving and departing flights as we were arriving later at night and did not want to spend another night in town in order to catch a seaplane to another resort. Thulhagiri seems to fit these criteria, and at a surprisingly reasonable price. We were afraid that there may be something wrong with it, but did not seem to read any real negative reviews.
When we got there, we waited about 30 minutes for the speedboat, which is ok, for the 25 minutes ride to the Hotel.
Upon arrival, the reception staffs seem a little rude, but we were later helped by Wahid, the Front Office Manager, who is friendly and helpful.
The water bungalow is very nice, especially the new ones. It was nice to have steps directly into the sea. Unfortunately, the current is very strong, so it was safer to swim in the middle of the day (around 11am to 2pm). The sea around the bungalow is very blue, just like having a huge swimming pool outside your doorstep. We never really got to the House Reef, as the current was quite strong, but we could easily see it from the rooms/beach.
The room itself is nice and basic, and the air-conditioning is very good. The balcony is big enough and has nice breeze throughout the day and night. There is no minibar, though there is a refrigerator which you could use to stock up the drinks from the main bar. The bathroom is decent size, though the water pressure on the rain showerhead is not so good. We usually had to use the shower head in the bath tub to finish rinsing off. The first night we did not sleep so well because we were not used to the waves crashing in around us, and once in a while it will rattle the bungalow a little bit. But the next nights, after full days of activities of swimming and snorkling, we slept very well.
I think the all-inclusive package is quite good value compared to a-la-carte. The buffet meals are excellent with lots of variety, though we never really had time to fully appreciate dinner as we ate quickly in order to catch the second half of some football world-cup games, which they showed on a big screen in the bar/lounge area. The bar and restaurant staff were excellent. Even though we supposedly had "fixed" table throughout our stay, we were able to request changes to other tables if that table is available.
The all-inclusive package included 1 boat trip for snorkling, which was quite good. We brought our own masks and snorkles and got the fins from the reception, but you could get the whole set there. We only returned the fins on the last day.
I also did a scuba diving trip with the in-house scuba shop. We went to Manta Point, and were lucky enough to see a big manta. The staff at the scuba shop were excellent.
We also did the spa at the Coconut Spa. There is a promotion for 5 treatments for USD 200, which could be split between 2 persons. I did the scrub, massage and facial, while my husband did the scrub and massage. It was quite good.
The Resort also arranged other activities, but since we were there only 3 nights, we decided just to relax around the island.
By the way, the sand in the sea around the water bungalows are very fine, with some big rocks which you can see easily. We even saw a stingray from our balcony. However, the sand in the sea on the other side of the island where the beach area is, has lots of corals, so it was a bit hazardous to step on if swimming in that area, so must be careful. The swimming pool is very small, and never saw anyone in there except maybe just a dip after the ocean swim.
All-in-all, I think it is value-for-money. The service is mostly good, with the only disappointment being the reception staff, but it was handled pretty well later after we spoke to the Front Office Manager.
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- Also Known As:
- Thulhagiri Island Hotel North Male Atoll