Ellaidhoo, Maldives Review

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CYE's review of Ellaidhoo, Maldives

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“We booked our holiday last summer with the Travel...”

Written on: 29/01/2007 by CYE (1 review written)

Good Points
Very friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable accommodation, if your hut is in the first line facing the sea. Good and varied food. Rewarding snorkelling.

Bad Points
The resort is looking a bit tired in places. At first we were in one of the second line bungalows, as booked in our package. Although comfortable enough and clean, it was very dark and the view of the back of the front line bungalows was a bit depressing, obscuring our view of the sea. The management kindly up-graded us to a bungalow on the beach at no extra cost, much nicer.

General Comments
We booked our holiday last summer with the Travel Collection, part of Kuoni. When I read the reviews on this site, I wondered if we had made a bad mistake, this was our fourth visit to the Maldives. As the Travel Collection have never let us down in the past, I was hopeful we would not be disappointed on this occasion. We were not. True, the island has been very much geared towards the Italians but since the resort has been taken over by the John Keells group, this is changing. Indeed, they are closing the resort in April for about six months for a thorough refurbishment. This will include the removal of some of the concrete barriers that encircle the island. We understand their aim is to boost the British presence and that of other nationalities at the resort. While we were there, there were only about half a dozen other Brits. But don't worry, more of the staff, a mixture of Sri Lankans and Maldivians speak more English than Italian.

My wife and I do not dive but are keen snorkellers. Speaking to those who did dive, it is very, very good. The snorkelling is good too, with plenty of fish and coral to see. When the sea is rough, which unseasonably it was for some of the days we were there, it can be a bit difficult to get through the barriers to the reef. Also watch out for the Titan Trigger Fish who can have a lot of attitude!

As mentioned before, they readily upgraded our accommodation when we asked. Obviously this depends on availability but it is worth asking. We would say to anyone about to visit the island, don't be put off by the bad reviews. Although we would not rate it as the prettiest island in the Maldives, we had a very good two weeks. It will be interesting to see it after the refurbishment.

  • January 2007

    Date of stay

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