I travelled to the Maldives as a solo traveller and was keen to avoid big resorts and lots of honeymooning couples. Happy Life was exactly what I was looking for. The guesthouse only has 4 rooms and so you get a personal, friendly service, and is situated on a local island (the only guesthouse on the island) so you get to experience some real Maldivian culture but with a private beach that you can sunbathe on without causing offence to the locals. The room was large, air conditioned and en-suite. The food was excellent, with lots of freshly caught fish on the menu and I left Dhiffushi Island feeling like the staff there were my friends. The local people were extremely friendly and welcoming and we were invited along to the local drum practice, night fishing and even a wedding party on the Island. The beachs are beautiful, with white sands, crystal clear blue seas, sunny skis and palm trees. The guesthouse provides snorkelling equipment, a sea kayak and other activities free of charge and other things, like diving can be easily arranged. Apparently, it is also a good spot to stay for surfers. I was met at the airport and given a bit of a tour around Male before catching the local ferry across to the Island - the staff made this all very easy and hassle free - and of course catching a local ferry was a lot cheaper than the speedboat transfers necessary to get to most resorts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our modern lodge was built in 2011 and we opened our doors in January 2012.We are striving for nothing less but your perfect dream holiday! Our mantra is "No news, no shoes" and we offer you the real Maldivian experience. In other words: we are the ideal, affordable alternative to unpersonal, big resorts. This piece of paradise offers everything you need to be happy! From relaxing on the beach and tranquil village life, to unbelievable dive sights, fishing spots and of course amazing unspoiled waves for the perfect surf experience. With us you'll enjoy the local island experience with a la carte flexibility and the personal touch of a boutique guesthouse. We offer four double rooms, each with en-suite bathroom and ocean, beach and palm tree views. The beach is only 20 meters from your doorstep. Our local chef Umar and his crew will spoil you with Maldivian specialties such as sea food dishes or, if you like continental cuisine in our beautiful outdoor restaurant. Happy Life Maldives Guesthouse is also available for exclusive bookings for groups and big families. ... more less
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