Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
Travel Blogs from North Male Atoll
... I did miss the best as they past us on the path one day in matching swimsuits (his slightly more masculine). We have taken many photos around the island and you would have to be an appalling photographer with the crappiest camera not to get a stunning photo. As neither of us dive or care to be on boats unless essential our days were pretty chilled. A typical day went like this. 7.18 - sunrise from balcony (such a civilised time) 8-8.50 - Morning workout in gym over the ...
... in Male' also most places would be closed until much later in the day, so glad we were going to Bandos Island for the day.
The Maldives consists of 1200 small coral islands with about 200 of them being inhabited. The largest island is where the capital Male' is.....definitely not what I expected..measuring 1 x 2 miles and is covered in buildings, the airport is on an adjoining island and the planes appear to land on the water. Male' ( and all the islands) are ...
... at all to spare and his reply was just, “no, but you do.” It was infuriating and I eventually walked off.
India (or at least Delhi) was a mine-field of scammers anyway and to label the rest of Asia as that bad would be unfair. Besides, I had all this same **** in South America and it was often done with a lot more aggression, like people at the border outside the immigration office trying to convince me to trust them with ...
... delicate. Stuck to soup to be sure it stayed down.
It was very breezy this morning and the sea was ruffled and
cloudy so my plan to take pictures of the fish in the water were thwarted. But
did have a wander round the centre of the island and inspected the solar hot
Helen went swimming on her own and we went together later. Saw
three new fishes – a grey guppy type with white spot, a small topaz blue one
and some large white angel ...
... of gorgeous other resort islands.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa North Male Atoll
Not a recommended Island to visit in the Maldives
Not highly recommended. This is the third Island we have been to in the Maldives and definately the worst. The accomodation was fine (we had a beachfront bungalow) but the food and service in the main reseaurant was most definately not good. The service was poor the food was less than 2* and was always served cold. The resaurant was cramped as they tried to cram too many people in. We complained to the hotel and the manager. On our way home we found that many of the guests had complained. The independant restaurants are great. I very strongly recommnend that you only book bed and breakfast. Also this is not a good island for snorkling as the house reef is half hour boat ride which will cost you $28 for two hours each time. I would not return to this island although I would still recommend the Maldives as a holiday destintion.
We stayed here for two weeks in January. It was two weeks of absolute bliss. We had a water bungalow which was gorgeous with a huge bath situated below windows which could open allowing you to bathe overlooking the ocean. There was a four poster bed and a lovely day bed. Although it was in a row of water bungalows it was absolutely private. There was a choice of 5 restaurants and the food was superb. The staff are the most polite I have ever met and nothing was too much for them. Whilst the resort is only 20 mins out of male and you can see it from the beach side it is still a tropical island with lots of greenery and even though there were 300 people on it when we were there you would never have thought so. The spa was excellant best massage I have ever had. I cannot recommend this resort enough and definately intend returning.
Lovely honeymoon at Full Moon
we have just spent 2 weeks at the Full Moon Resort in the Maldives for our honeymoon.
We found it to be a lovely resort,it is approx. 15 minutes speed boat ride from Male Airport, close but not too close.
On one side of the Island occasional airplane noise can be heard but nothing extreme.
All rooms are very modern and most if not all have ben refurbed in the last year (we stayed in a water bungalow which was very clean and tidy throughout.)
All staff helpful and very friendly.
Would certainly use this resort again and we can also confirm that ALL building work is now completed and did not affect our stay at all.
Only down side, make sure you are aware of what you are paying service charge on. It is added to everything purchased including day trips and items bought in the shop.
Overall nice resort, excellent standard, good restaurants and pleasant staff.
My husband and I stayed in Full Moon on October 29, 2005. We had booked a week in Full Moon following assurance from our tour operator that construction on the island would be finished by then. Sadly it was not, which meant some noise- intensity depends on the location of your room- and light at night, a small crane in plain view of the main beach, a lot of boats, etc. But for us the worst was the unability of walking around the island since most of the beach was basically curtained off for construction work on water bungalows. The other main problem is the lack of a house-reef. (When we asked where we can snorkel, a member of staff replied that they did not really have a reef. He also added that snorkelling off the water bungalows is good- however we could not swim there because of construction) The only area available for swimming at the time was a 300m stretch of sandy beach- limited again thanks to construction work. So we stayed for a night and with the help of our tour operator moved to a sister resort-Laguna for the rest of our stay.
I must say however that Full Moon facilities are excellent. We stayed in a beautiful beach cottage. It was really suberb. Spa also looked perfect on its own small island conected via a wooden bridge. Restaurants, the main bar and pool area are done very nicely. Moreover, the food was nice (we had dinner and breakfast) and the staff was friendly and helpful throughout. Once the construction work is completed and vegetation grows back (2 years may be?), this will be a beautiful resort.
But even then, I would not prefer to stay on Full Moon. It is too close to Male and the airport so it is difficult to feel like you are on a desert island in the Indian Ocean. Actually, Male is usually in sight on most islands in North Male atoll so any island you reach by speed boat, depending on the location of your room, you are likely to see the capital. But we had stayed in Baros (another Unisurf property) 3 years ago, and believe me, even 10min by speed boat makes a huge difference. The other big issue for me is the lack of a house reef. (There were daily snorkelling trips to nearby islands and reefs) but I would much prefer stepping on to a reef directly from the beach of the island.
Just a few last words on Laguna. A very beautiful island (40min by speed boat and on South Male atoll). Beach-wise perfect. Reef is located at a distance from the island so you need a boat to take you there but there is some fairly good snorkelling off the beach as well. Staff helpful but not really trying at times. Although when we complained, things got sorted out quickly. I would definitely recommend Laguna but as far as I know construction work is scheduled to start there in 2006 as well.(overall decor and rooms look a bit dated especially after seeing Full Moon). But we visited Maldives for the natural beauty and not the rooms so thoroughly enjoyed th stay and did not regret our decision even for a second.
We travelled to the Full Moon with three young children and while the island is beautiful we found the prices charged for everything from excursions to snacks to be very high. Lunch was US$120, dinner with wine US$150, a trip into Male for a few hours US$125; a couple of hours snorkling US$125 etc. We managed to negotiate some discounts for the kids but the resort has no clear policy allowing children to pay less than the full adult rate for everything.
There is currently a great deal of construction on the island. As the resort races toward completion in time for this winter season, construction (and noise) continues throughout the night.
Despite the drawbacks mentioned above, we had an enjoyable if very expensive holiday right up to the point at which we tried to settle our bill and depart. At that point, the "duty manager" refused to honour the internet room rate that we had confirmed through expedia. This despite the fact that we had everything documented and in hand. After over an hour of argument, during which we were threatened with being prevented from leaving the island, a second customer relations person appeared and agreed to charge us the lower rate. Not the sort of customer service experience you expect to have in this kind of resort.
Not so great vacation destination
I stayed there for 4 days in Sept, 2005. I must say it wasn't a comfortable stay considering more than half the island is filled up with noise, dust stirred up by trucks, construction workers and construction equipments to rebuild water villages and the destroyed beach. I don't call it exactly a gataway for anyone, I guess. The island beach is quite ok, but you have to face airplanes flying out, the airport and big ships not so far away.
Also I have to mention that there are so many(I mean it's everywhere) caterpillar type worms and very potent mosquitos. It's very unpleasant to watch some of these caterpilars crawling up the cottage deck, etc. despite beautiful trees and flowers.
I stayed in Beach Cottage which is quite ok and clean, but some of the delux rooms are something to avoid. I met a couple who stayed in a delux room and they were complaining about the room quality and the distance they have to walk each time they dine out.
Lastly, the service is quite good, people are very friendly and considerate. However, the check-out staff, the guy in duty(manager or cahsier) was bit unfriendly and just ruined all my good impression on hotel staff.
Overall, it was okay considering all the good services, staff and a few people at the resort, etc. If Fullmoon finishes the construction project and put more efforts on removing caterpilars etc, it would be one of the best resorts in Maldives.
Get to it before it goes
There is a little bit of paradise left. It is one of the better resorts in the Maldives, saying that even the worst of them is still paradise!
It is so peaceful, tranquil and you will not hear a mobile phone ring as people just relax and enjoy themselves. I was there for Xmas 2003 and will be for this year. It is fabulous. Only downside for me was the airplane ride through Kuoni (use Monarch Airlines). I am only 5'8" and by God was I squashed in. They even ran out of water and drinks after 4 of the 13 hours flight from London. This time I will fly Emirates and transfer over to Male, works out roughly the same if you do it all yourself.
Over all, you will not be disapointed with anythingn here, it is heaven.
This place is gorgeous!!!
We stayed at the Full Moon Beach Resort for a week in early April (2005), and only wish it had been (much!) longer. We were met at the airport by a pair of friendly young men who led us out of the terminal to a pier. In a few minutes, the resort's speed boat pulled up, our luggage was hoisted aboard, and we were off. Full Moon Resort is only about 10 minutes away by speedboat.
The resort was completely rebuilt in 2004, opening in October (pre-tsunami). The island is long and narrow. You could walk around the perimeter in 30 minutes. Like most of the islands, it is barely above sea level. Maldives was struck by last December's tsunami. There was relatively little damage at the Full Moon, and what damage did occur was repaired by the time we were there. The only exception was the smaller water bungalows. The foundations of these bungalows were older and not redone during the reconstruction. The tsunami damaged the foundations, so the bungalows were razed and are being rebuilt now. Don't know when they'll be ready.
We stayed in an unattached beach bungalow, and it was gorgeous. Very large; high, vaulted ceiling; large garden bathroom (which takes some getting used to!); fronting a shore protected by a seawall about 50m. out. The bungalow had a covered patio about 10m. from the water's edge.
The water around the island is a shade of turquoise blue so rich that you should be able to cut it up and make jewelry with it! At the deeper areas away from shore, the water turns to the color of emeralds. Standing in shoulder deep water, you can easily see your toes.
The staff is extremely friendly, without beind under foot. The waiters at the breakfast buffet seem to do double duty as baby sitters, often walking around with an infant, while mom and dad enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Our 1st night here was Easter Eve. When we returned to our bungalow after dinner, we were surprised to find a small Easter "basket" containing several chocolates left by our houseboy.
There are very few mosquitoes or other bothersome bugs, probably owing to the several bats we see in the early evening.
There are 5 restaurants in the resort. One was closed while we were there. Food at the other 4 ranged from good to excellent, especially the fish dinners, which is no surprise. The breakfast buffet was very good with good variety. The Anchorage Bar has a lovely deck with good views of the sunset. It's fun to watch the staff feed the sting rays in the evening or to watch the sand crabs play at the water's edge at night. Live musical entertainment is also provided every evening.
Full Moon also has a spa (which was good), a pool, a good gym, and offers a selection of water sports and excursions.
The big attraction in Maldives is scuba diving, which neither of us do. We hear that Maldives is among the best in the world. We had dinner with our neighbors one night. They dive and said that they've found Maldives to be better that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The number of different fish species is in the thousands, and there are a lot of rays and sharks. The coral is said to be spectacular as well. We can attest that there is a lot of coral. Pieces are strewn about the beach, and you need to wear sandals or something on your feet when you go in the water. (A minor price for your time in Paradise!)
Maldives has its own currency, rufiyaa, but the resort deals solely in American dollars. I believe the same is true at all of the resorts in Maldives.
We are terribly disappointed that Maldives is so far from the US. This would certainly become our "go to" place for fun in the sun. It truly is like nothing we've seen before.
Rooms : *****
Food : ****
Facilities : *****
Service : *****
Overall : *****
Newly renovated Full Moon near perfect
We stayed at Full Moon last weekend, and highly recommend the resort. Newly renovated, it is a vast improvement over the one it replaced.
We stayed at the south-facing (overlooking Male at a distance) beachfront cottages. While the view was so-so, the rooms were splendid. Spacious, with a high thatched room, it is rustic yet modern. It features a large partially open-air bathroom, with both baths and open-air shower. Quite an experience showering under the full moon and swaying coconut trees.
We would recommend the north-facing units, which face the open sea. They consist mainly of water bungalows, built on the sea. They look slendid. Most will be ready only later this year.
The Anchorage Bar is a good place to chill out during sunset, where they feed the resident sting rays.
The resort also features a spa on its own island, pool, a reasonably good gym and water sports/diving centre.
There was a comment somewhere on between choosing between Kurumba or Full Moon. We have been to both, and can easily recommend Full Moon over Kurumba. Kurumba is too close to Male, and seeing tankers etc isn't exactly what I expect to see in a getaway.
Rooms : *****
Food : ***1/2
Facilities : ****
Service : ***1/2
Overall : ****
I was in Full Moon Beach Resort in january 2001. It is really an excellent resort, service is very good and people really friendly.
The rooms are ok and very clean. When i was there it was my birthday and what a surprise when coming to my room i had a birthday cake an a bed plenty of wonderfull flowers... Waouw ! It is a really nice souvenir.
The sandy beaches are very nice as they are in the Maldives : clear water, a lot of fishes. Snorkel was ok but not the best, you must go to snorkel excursions to see more fishes.
The best there was the food, very good restaurant and delicious fresh fish !. The breakfast were excellent with a lot of choice !.
I did my PADI there and have to say that all the people in diving school are fantastic !.
I really recommend this resort. But the best to do in Maldives is to take 2 weeks and stay into 2 differents islands.