Angsana Ihuru, Maldives
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Wonderful Time in Maldavian Paradise!
Well we've just got back from a wonderful week at Angsana Ihuru in the Maldives and what a great week it was. We arrived in Male at about lunch time and got straight on the speedboat transfer which was a private boat owned by the hotel. It only took 25 minutes to get to the island which was lovely.
We arrived and were greeted by 2 members of staff and taken to the bar where we were given homemade coconut ice-cream whilst they went through a few of the facilities and details of meals e.t.c. Then we were taken to our room.
We stayed in #12 which was a beachfront villa without the jacuzzi, it was very clean and well laid out with a contemporary feel. The bed was lovely and big and the bathroom was gorgeous with it's outside shower. A nice feature was the presence of an oil burner and scent sticks to burn with nightlights placed around the room as well, the lighting was adjustable with dimmer switches to make the room really cosy in the evenings. They also provided a cd player with a cd of really soothing music which was so relaxing.
The bathroom was immaculate and very modern, we did have a few ants in there (to be expected). But we were provided with insect spray that we used in the evening and this kept the numbers down to about 2 every day. We had 1 experience where I found about 7 hidding under the toilet seat (probably best to check before using) but that was the worse it got.
Outside the room we had our swing and 2 loungers on the beach as well as a lounger and table and 2 chairs on the porch area. During the day we did get plenty of sun in our little beach area, although I did notice that some of the other rooms seemed to be quite shaded during the day. The water lapped not far from the room and the reef is so close at about 3 metres from the shore!
The food was wonderful, service polite and efficient. The meals were made up of buffet and set dinners and each buffet would entail a BBQ. We didn't have any problems with 'dodgy' tums whilst we were there and the variety of food was quite substantial, breakfast being the only predictable meal of the day.
The drinks menu was vast and contained many cocktails both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. If like us you will pay for your drinks then the prices we were paying were $4 for a 330ml of coke, $9.50 for an alcoholic cocktail and $7 for a non-alcoholic cocktail. So although not cheap they could be worse! A 2 litre bottle of water is provided to you in your room (in the bathroom), we would move ours to the mini bar and it would be replenished daily, so no worries about having to pay for water.
Wonderfully friendly, very happy people. They were always checking we were enjoying ourselves if we passed them and all were polite and courteous.
There was quite a range of other nationalities there which was nice to see, lots of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian and other European people. There were some families there however the children were all very well behaved and we only ever saw them at meal times as most of the day was spent relaxing in our little oasis.
There are clever cut throughs allowing you to swim through to the deep side of the reef, as the reef is very narrow in places you don't need to be a strong or endurance swimmer and leaves plenty of energy for swimming up the reef. We saw many wonderful fish keep an eye out for white tip reef sharks and big schoals of Tuna, wonderful sights!
There has been some erosion to the island, whether that is due to the tsunami or if it is just natural I'm not sure. There is only one part of the island that seems affected and even then it isn't unsightly or terrible its just that some of the rooms don't have the smooth beach down to the sea as others do, there is a drop of 1 foot or so that you would need to step down to get to the shoreline. They do have sandbags positioned around the island, I think this is to help with replacing the missing sand.
There was a little rig that they were using to pump sand up to these areas, however, this was always done in the afternoon and wasn't noisy at all. In fact very interesting to watch.
This was a wonderful location, many compare to the Banyan Tree which I'm sure is extremely lovely, but it comes with an extremely lovely price tag which to be honest I wasn't prepared to pay. The Angsana isn't cheap but I do believe I got my money's worth and that, at the end of the day, is all that matters.
I want to stay forever
This is the greatest resort in the world. When you arrive they took a polaroid of my wife and myself and just talked with us about what we like to eat, drink and do. The next morning it seems everyone on the island knew our names and everything about us. The staff do so much to look after us. They can cook whatever you like, arrange trips you like .... i don't know where to stop. The rooms are clean and comfortable, you have your own area of pristine beach and you could snorkel round the whole island in about an hour. The island also has a wondeful spa that you could while away the hours in. In summary this place is amazing and there are no negatives whatsoever. p.s. if you get a chance go on the sandbank trip do so it's as close to paradise as possible...
Beautiful resort for relaxation
The only reason i am not givin this hotel a 5 star rating is because we combined our holiday with a stay at their sister hotel- banyan tree and that was on another level of luxury compared to the angsana.
The hotel rooms are slightly smaller than what we had expected from the brochure but if u do go be sure to get the jacuzzi rooms as they are the best and in the best location. We were lucky to have such a room and got located on a brilliant part of the island with a large area of beach. The rooms are very modern and we liked them. Please be warned one half of the island has serious erosion and make sure u dont get located there as u will get no beach at all.
As for the snorkelling it was fabulous as was the food, the decor and surroundings of the hotel. the staff were also really helpful. The spa is brilliant too.
If you are on a budget and cant afford to get to the banyan this hotel is great. Also, you can take the boat across to the banyan to have lunch/dinner there and to dive so u get the best of all worlds.
Thsi is a 4-star resort (at the most) that charges 5-star prices. Rooms are quite tiny, full of insects (beyond tolerability), food is really average. They say all rooms are beachfront. Well, if you are facing a thin strip of sand (1-2 feet wide), do you call it a beach? I surely don't. Service - give me a break. We arrived at midnight after 20+ hours of travel, and the German hostess wanted to take our picture "for their hotel book". Was she crazy?
The rooms are so close together you can hear people talk in the unit next to yours.
I have been to 3 resorts in Maldives , and here is my verdict: stay at Cocoa island!
Best value for money
My fiancÚ and I stayed at the Angsana for one week last August, and we absolutely loved it.
I spent quite a bit of time planning the trip, I wanted a small, romantic yet stylish hotel at a decent price. Through magazines and guides I identified the top 10 hotels in Maldives and careful checked each of them before picking one. The Angsana turned out to be everything we were looking for. It's a very cozy and romantic hotel, most of the guests are couples, and because it's small and the bungalows are separated by vegetation and palm trees it's also very private (although the hotel was full when we were there, during the day it felt as if we were alone). It has been built very tastefully, all the rooms and facilities are very stylish and blend very well into the local landscape. The food (included in the price) was very good, ahead of expectations, and the people working in the hotel were extremely friendly. Compared to the other top hotels, I think the Angsana gives the best value for money.
Although you might think there's not much to do in such a secluded island, if what you want is a relaxed, romantic holiday, I can guarantee you that you won't be bored. The snorkeling is great, you can spend hours in the water discovering new fishes. You can also do diving, kayaking, water ski, windsurf, fishing and other water activities. The massages are not cheap, but are certainly worth having, they were the culmination of an utterly feel-well trip.
Bring along your beloved partner, a good book and a swimming suit and let the Angsana do the rest, I have no doubt you'll have a fantastic time, just as we did.
Trip of a lifetime
We spent our honeymoon at Angsana in September 2004. We felt instantly relaxed when we were greeted with fresh lemongrass towels (the first of many) off the boat jetty. The island was beautiful and intimate, the rooms elegant and calming, the spa excellent, the food good with nice variety and dining area/bar lovely, and the snorkeling (right outside your door) and diving superb. All in all a wonderful, rejeuvenating experience and we hope to go back to celebrate an anniversary someday. The resort also does a lot to protect the reef and local environment and seems to take good care of their staff (they offered us a tour of the back quarters and facilities) which is nice. The only thing I would say is the outdoor bathrooms can get very slippery so wear the slippers they give you - I took a not so fun little tumble on the floor one day. Loved the Angsana, would highly recommend it, well worth the price.
We have just spent our 30th wedding anniversary at this idyllic and perfect resort.
We received excellent, cheerful and professional service at all times. Our jacuzzi villa was immaculate and well equipped and very private.
The food was exceptional, varied and delicious at every meal, as were the cocktails.
The excellent spa treatments were most relaxing and a lovely diversion from the hot sun, pure white beach and water sports.
We cannot find a single negative comment to make and cannot wait to visit again. Paradise!
Best place to relax
The hotel is situated on an island which possibly has the best beach in the world. Its beauty is beyond description. The food and service are excellent. The spa treatemet is superb and worthy of the price. We stayed at the villa with its own Jacuzzi and we can just walk out to the beach directly from our room. What an experience! In addition to a variety of leisure activities (inlcuding a trip to the Banyan Tree Resort in a nearby island by a free water shuttle), the best thing to do on the island is to relax as the place is probably one of the best places to relax in the world.
We spent 6 wonderful days here. The food was great, the service was impeccable and it was the most beautiful place we've ever seen. And as far as the Maldives goes, considering that all meals are included, we found Angsana to be a very good value. We can't wait to go back!
This resort was incredible. We spent 10 days snorkeling amongst the most amazing underwater wonders. The food was fabulous -soups, salads, fish, just like restaurant hopping in NY. We napped in the shade, listening to jazz. We were looking to unwind and this is the place. Pricey but worth it. I hope to go back to this HEAVEN...soon!!!
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... called Medhuziyaaraiy which means Central Tomb as a result
of its location in Male.
Across the road is Hukuru Miskiy (Miskiy means Mosque), it
was built in 1658 AD by the Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I of the Utheemu Dynasty.
His tomb is also on the grounds of the Mosque. We were not permitted to go in
there as it is a Holy place of Islam and only Muslims can enter. So our
guide Najah took my camera and went
inside for me to take photos. The entire Mosque and ...
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