Come to a place where a captivating view of the Indian Ocean and the natural tropical beauty of the island is a constant setting. Fihalhohi Island Resort, Maldives is the absolute paradise island escape. A truly idyllic spot where mind and body are reinvigorating, and where the sands of time stand still. Fihalhohi is the last island of South Male’ and is located on the South Western rim of the atoll approximately 28 Km away from the Male’ International Airport. Transfer time to the resort by speedboat would take a comfortable forty minutes.
The perfect warm weather of the island makes it the ideal place for water activities and excursions. Surrounding the beach is a stunning house reef that is teeming with abundant marine life that can appreciate while taking a dive. Surrounded by verdant tropical vegetation Huvandhumaa spa therapists offer a range of Balinese and international treatments.
South Male Atoll Guraidhoo Maldives 20026 Maldives
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The hotel is not bad in terms of price-quality ratio. But the attitude of the employees of the water entertainment center was unpleasantly struck. They simply ignored our reservation of a jet ski and left in the morning for an excursion - apparently, there was a chance to earn more. I was struck by the fact that they didn't even bother to warn us about it and didn't even apologize when we came to find out what was the matter in the evening. The day of vacation was spoiled by such an attitude.
TL;DR: The staff is super rude, water villa rooms have bed bugs and not enough options in the buffet for vegetarians. Here is the long version for those who are interested: I generally don't write reviews for hotels I stay at but this one is an exception. Multiple issues happened with me for a single day of stay at their most premium water villa suite and I believe it is my duty to let fellow travellers know what they are getting into before booking a stay at the hotel. So here goes: We were 2 couples from India who are pure vegetarians. I had assumed seeing the reviews about the large spread in their buffet that there will be sufficient veg options for us to choose from. Upon reaching the resort and seeing the buffet options in lunch we understood that almost everything on the menu were either with meat or egg. We asked the head chef to arrange for some veg options for dinner which he agreed to. When we went for dinner, we were served 4 large bowls of rice and half bowl of dal and a potato gravy. The quantity of food served for the 4 of us was not even sufficient for 2 people. When we asked the waiter (Saraf) to repeat the dal and what we got to hear shocked us. His response was that the "food is finished" and they can't cook any more and we should have come early (we still had 40 mins for the buffet to close). When trying to argue with him about the quantity of food his next response was that "We Indians eat more and the "typical" guest at their resort have less diet and hence the chef didn't knew how much to cook." This was enough for us to understand not to argue with this guy any further and we asked for his manager (Hasan), he was no good either. The solutions he gave us was to either eat whatever is available in the buffet (only thing we could have were fruits and water) or pay and eat from Ala Carte all while being super rude. Disappointed and hungry we left the dining hall and went to our rooms. Tired from all the travelling and water activities we thought of sleeping early and getting a good night sleep for the return journey to our country the next day. We were woken up middle in the night with itching sensations all across our body. When I confirmed with my wife is she was feeling the same we understood there are bed bugs. Upon turning on the lights and inspecting our bodies, we saw she had been bitten and had bite marks and rashes on her body. We immediately called the reception and asked them to get us a different room and arrange for a doctor. Instead of simply agreeing with the request they sent their caretaker to first inspect for the bugs (even though we had visible marks on our body). We in the middle of the night had to dismantled the whole bed and look for bed bugs just to prove that we weren’t lying. Luckily (or maybe not so lucky after all) we found 2-3 live bed bugs crawling under the mattress on a quick glance. The caretaker was smart enough to press them with their fingers and kill the bugs which he later classified as ants (I am attaching some photos I was able to take for the fellow travellers to comment). When still insisting changing our room, they gave us a different room. Bitten and horrified we thought of checking the new room for bugs (we had googled “beg bugs fihalhohi” and had found an old Tripadvisor and a Google review mentioning issues with bed bugs on the property). To no new shock for us, we found a bed bug on the new swapped room as well (which was also seen and confirmed by their on property doctor). After all this we asked for the manager (at 1 AM in the night). I can only say that the manager was the rudest and racist of them all. He simply disagreed of there being any bugs on the property even after us showing him live bugs, pictures we took from our bed and bite marks we had on our body. His response were as follows: - You must have had these bites from the previous hotel and this is a luxury property with 200 guest and no one has any issue with bugs - You must have drank alcohol and wandered in the beach and bitten by some creature when you were drunk - He knows "people like us" (Indians) and we are doing all this for getting a refund on the price we paid. He even asked us to be sent back to a public island (at 2 AM in the night) to look for our own accommodation. Frustrated and feeling defeated with no more energy to argue since we had a long flight to catch the next morning he simply asked me to put double bedsheets on a fresh bed and let us sleep. Feeling defeated and frustrated we left the hotel in anger and disgust the next morning vowing to ensure no other fellow traveller faces these problems and this long review is just to that avail.
It was our 1st experience to travel to Maldives and we made the right choice to stay at Fihalhohi Island Resort - Maldives, which was highly recommended by our business partner in tourism. We stayed from 08-17 August (9 nights), And definitely, will not be the last one. The arrival was very smooth and hassle-free. The staff at the arrival area and boat transfer were very helpful and professional. Upon arrival, you are met by their reception team and gave you an overall understanding about the resort. As we booked 9 nights, we were told by some of our friends that it's too much for a vacation in Maldives and you will get bored. Alas, on the contrary, it was less and how we wished, we could have booked more. The beach area with pristine sand is something that you will always looking when you wake up. Crystal-clear water. Excellent service with wonderful, helpful and wonderful staff. The excursions offered are simply irresistible (we took the Nurse Shark Excursion and it was awesome). We wanted more but we were limited in time. Spa menu was good and we wanted more but, once again, not so much time :-). And every 5 PM, we had this Sunset Volleyball games - players from different countries with various level or knowledge of the game. It was a wonderful experience as we met different people that became our friends. And once you started playing, you will always look forward to it. It became addictive for a good and healthy reason. And a lot more! Definitely, we will be back..."Hasta la vista, baby" :-) :-) :-)