Bi Ya Doo Island Resort Hotel

, Male, Maldives
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South Male Atoll - Male - Maldives Hotel Website | 440088
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Hudhuran Fushi Huduranfushi, whatever its called its awful!

from mdsin
We booked this resort in June for 2 weeks from the 24th December via Thomson Direct. We where aware there was a refurb goimng on there due to complete on the 1st of Nov.
1 week before we where due to leave we received a phone call from Thomsons to say there will still be some minor building work on the island like internal finishing off work to the spa and the building of water bungalows 200m out to sea, we where less than happy but we where offered no alternatives from Thomsons so had to go.
Anyway as we approach the island we are greeted with 2 large islands one storing materials for water bungalows, the other looked like a large tin shack with about 10 workers sitting on the roof. I am presuming these are the 2 small "huts" on stilts Thomson had pre warned us about.
We get to our room, very basic, 2 single beds pushed together to make 1 double bed, the bathrom was outide which is often a nice touch if done well but this had long grass and pieces of rubbish in it. The bath had been overlooked on the refurb as it wa old and yellowing. The tiles where a brownish yellow colour, obviously not changed on the refurb either. In fact the only refurb work to the rooms seems a new sink possibly, new toilet and new shower valves.
There is a tv in the room with a very poor selection of channels, it has 2 sports channels and 1 news channels and the rest are foreign. Usually this wouldnt be an issue but as the evening entertainment is so poor it would have been nice to maybe have a couple of movie channels to choose from back at the room instead.
The beach on this whole island is very bad, it is basically washed up dead coral and rock so it is not a nice experience walking into the sea as you would expect it to be soft and sandy.
At the end of the island where the bungalows are being built there are scaffold poles laying in the sea and washed up on the beach, there is rusty metal on the edge of the beach there also.
Snorkelling is bad, the area that is best for it is at the end of the pier, as you walk upto it there are trenches dug all the way along with cables laying in them, pretty much everyday we walked past a JCB moving sand on the walkway too. There are bags of cement dumped in the sea. At the snorkel seating area there was a reel of electrical cable dumped plus other electrical trunking. Oh also there was an old Tiger Beer can laying up there that we saw on the first day of our holiday, on the last day it was still there along with a old plastic bottles and rubbish in the sea which where there on day 1, obviously no one is bothered about the cleanliness of the island.
The all inclusive plan is nothing short of the biggest scam going. You get breakfast, lunch and dinner in 1 buffet restraunt. You get coke, fanta, sprite etc, some dutch fizzy lager, cheap white and red wine by the glass. No spirits at all and you can only drink the wine in the buffet restraunt, you can not get it in the main bar in the evenings, the only alchoholic drink they serve in there on the standard all inc is the gassy beer, not too sure what they expect ladies to drink and i have no idea why you cant have a wine in there. You get no activities in your all inc package, even if you want to play tennis you have to pay a hire fee. On most all incs you get some form of watersports thrown in, not here, you have to pay for snorkel hire, think about 7 dollars per day. Jet ski rental is 50 dollars for ten mins and 90 for 20 mins.
The spa is nowhere near finished, they have set up some temporary spa in some bushes next to the sea that looks more like a camp site.
I honestly do not have one good thing to say about this island apart from our waiter who was very good, i feel sorry for him being stuck on that island. Even the room boy i spoke to said the island has a lot of problems and so many of the staff are leaving because of course no one is happy so they get no tips.
The management team here are so rude, there is an australian running it, he is totally uninterested in any problems you may have as are the sri lankan managers under him.
I strongly advise you to change islands if you have already booked here, do not let your travel company send you here, it is nowhere near finished looks awful and in places is dangerous. I have photos i will try upload to this review to prove just how bad this place is.
I've not even mentioned the food here, i'll leave that to other people to mention it cos this review is long enough and i've only touched on some problems but trust me it is bad, same things everyday, i had a bad stomach half the time, thats all im saying on it.
Seriously do not book this there are so many great islands in the maldives for probably less money as this was by no means cheap. If you have booked already try your hardest to change resorts, i wish we could have but it was too late.
Truly awful no way on earth 4 star, it just scrapes a 3 star in my opinion.

Not Quite Paradise

from mgf_princess
We stayed at Huduranfushi from 17/12/06 to 01/01/07.It was our first and long awaited trip to the Maldives.We were aware of the refurbishment and had contacted the management company prior to our departure who assured us there would be no work taking place. Judge for yourselves from the photos. It really spoilt our vision of paradise. However our mood improved with the weather and generally speaking we had a nice time. The rooms were nice, the food was good and the staff were fantastic, we would return just to see them again. The rooms were cleaned twice daily, and clean towels and beach towels were provided daily. There were several unhappy guests (us included) who really felt the island had been reopened to soon. The Spa is still being built, the internet cafe is not ready and the Water Bungalows won't be finished until late 2007. I'd say give it another 12 months and it will be great. There was some confusion regarding the all inclusive package so I would recommend upgrading to the Super All Inclusive. Hope this helps!

Not a 4* or AI!

from Missmc01
Hi people,

I have just returned from the Huduranfushi island resort with my partner and as there is alot of worried peps who have booked this resort i thought i best add this review to help u out.Ok lets start with the flight with mytravel the food was awful and u are so cramped i would definatly suggest an upgrade on this very long flight(11hrs)! We finally arrived in Male early and due to this we then had to wait about 1.5hrs before getting the speed boat across to the island,this is the last thing u need when u are jet lagged!
When we arrived at the island it was welcoming and nice but not the most stunning of islands in comparison to the ones u see on the speed boat transfer but never less we just wanted to get to our room.The beach huts are nice and the rooms are new and clean but very basic.The bathroom is basic also really.U have a sink,bath with a shower and then in the corner another shower surrounded with overgrown dead grass not sure in that logic and we never used it.U also wouldnt want to spend alot of time in the bathroom as it was so hot and mosi heaven(take strong repellent).Your room was cleaned every day and fresh towels laid out.Bedding changed once.During the week our toilet went on the blink about 3 times and our aircon every other day but when it worked it was ice cold.As there was a fault with our aircon they wanted to knock part of the wall down to fix it and we point blankly refused as u dont want drilling going on in your room when u should be having your siesta.When something was on the blink they quickly tried to rectify the problem.
The sun,sea and snorkelling was great.Some parts of the beach was lovely and some had a lot of washed up coral.The sun loungers were the typical 2* hard plastic white ones and get out early if u want one but i think the beach would be more comfy lol.The beach bar only served soft drinks and beer.

There is only one restaurant included in the AI and this is where u have your breakfast,lunch,dinner.The food is lovely but everything seems to be spicy even the breakfast.The only alcohol included is beer all day and wine but only at lunch time and dinner time so make sure u get the wine in.The a la carte restaurant serves lovely food and i would recommend the lobster dinner.We made friends with one of the waiters and he set our table on the beach, for his kindness we gave him a nice tip.We also got engaged and the same waiter set up our table for us again bless!Do beaware u have to pay for everything in this restaurant not very AI in my eyes.

The watersports and trips u had to pay for and the trips were not the most exciting sort.U could get a massage done on the beach this did however look very inviting but i left it too late to book.

The views from the island made up for all of this though,apart from one view of the building of the water bungalows which was only noisy when the builders were shouting at one another.

Alot of people didnt seem happy with this island and alot of complaints were given to the rep funny how the next time we seen her was when we were leaving,she didnt care or even have a clue anyway.
We are just glad we only went for a week to huduranfushi island but wish we could of stayed longer in the Maldives(elsewhere).
I would rate the hotel 3* but it does have the potential to be a 4* in a year or so.
If u want the WOW factor im sure there is plenty more islands with far better reviews.

Hope ive helped :o)

Paradise

from Cavie
We stayed here for our honeymoon in April 2006. It was absolutely fantastic. The staff couldn't be more helpful, we had our own waiters assigned to us, and they looked after our every need. The all inlcusive package was certainly worth having - make sure you take advantage of the inclusive trial dive and snorkelling trips.

We paid extra for a Maldivian meal on our last night, and our waiter made a superb effort with this, including setting out a table on the beach just for us - even burying candles around the table. It was fantastic and romantic.

The only negative was the flights - we flew with Emirates. Although the service was excellent it was a long trip home, as the plane had stop offs at Sri Lanka and Dubai before going to Heathrow. Try to get a direct flight - they are available.

This was a wonderful island but be warned - the island is closing over the summer for redevelopment and will open with many more (Maybe too many) rooms.

fantastic holiday

from candy01
Lohifushi Island resort was perfect for us, really romantic settings and as we had gone away without our children it made all the more special. We had booked a standard room which was really very basic no luxeries at all. It was very clean but in need of up dating, bedding and towels was changed daily and the room boy visited twice a day early morning and then again when we had left the room to go to dinner, he was very friendly and polite and enjoyed engaging in conversation.The shower room was outside which was nice but the shower itself was electric and not wery good.Quite a few crawlies gan get in your room plenty of ants and they are lage and ghecko lizrards which Iquite liked as they didnt come near you.we Were given a ant spray at reception which reduced the numbers. Next time we visit the Maldives we will definately upgrade the room regardless of which Island we visit.The food was good ,plenty of choice,nicely presented. We didnt go all inclusive and I am glad we didnt as all in guests was restricted to certain bars and still had to pay for snacks outside set meal times.Snacks and drinks was expensive but not as much as we thought they would be.The diving was fantastic and very well organized, seen huge manta rays, shark, gaint eels, turtles. The snorkelling from the house reef was exellent the amount of fish was unbeleivable we took bread from breakfast to feed them they flocked in their thousands. One side of the Island caters for surfers and we felt that we wasnt welcome in the bar on that side by the surfers not the staff.We went on a big game fishing excursion, it was expensive $us250.00 and we didnt even get a bite and it only lasted 3 hours, before we went we were led to beleive that it was really unusual not to catch!.At low tide it is possible to walk to another Island which we did but when yhe sea comes back in it is really quick and has quite strong currents we got caught out and had to swim back but if you are not a strong swimmer it would be difficult. The Island was closing 3 weeks after we left to be refurbished and upgraded to a higher star and water bugalows were being built, a new dive house was already up but not being used it looked very sopisticated. We had a fanfastic time and are looking forward to visiting a different Island next easter.

Good value, relaxing beach hol

from A TripAdvisor Member
Good 1st impression after arriving by speedboat. One side of the island is calm and perfect for snorkeling while the other has surf. Feb is the best time to go weatherwise. The staff were quite helpful.
Our room was basic but clean and right on the beach. Outdoor shower with no pressure (all rooms have these). Plenty of chairs on the beach. Suppose the place could do with smartening up but for a beach hol it's really OK. Take lots of $1 for tips if you're not AI. Food: we went B&B-a good decision from what others have said about the main restaurant. However, there's only 1 other place to eat 'The Sunset Bar' where service is too slow. Overall food was v average. They catered for an international palate so we felt cheated that we couldn't try traditional Maldavian food. Wouldn't return as there are so many other islands to try but a relaxing, not too expensive week with fantastic snorkelling.

Fight Children for food, aquire D and V or move!

from jasit
We stayed here with family and friends some time ago now and had a terrible experiance, i think this experiance is relevant to those wishing to go to the maldives to assist in making the right choice of island. The right island is difficult to find when all you have is a brochure or other peoples intenet reviews. Also it depends on the length of your stay, we were away at the island for 2 weeks, some think that is too long for the maldives and i am inclined too agree with them in hindsight.
So then to the resort. We flew with Emirates via dubai, it was a great flight, arriving at Male airport it was all very exciting, after the red tape at immigration, of which there is a lot, we finally boarded our Speedboat to Lohifushi resort. On arrival it looked beautiful, idyllic etc. Welcome drinks were given and the representative was expecting us. After all our travelling we had to endure the 40 minute welcome meeting from the Kuoni rep, it was informative and i suppose necessary, but none the less we could have waited for it till the following day. Then on to our rooms, bags followed after being written on with permanent marker with our room numbers, so now my samsonite luggage has 119 written permanently on its front, as does all my other luggage that was with me!
The rooms location was lovely and the sounds of the ocean were so relaxing, the rooms were not very clean which was a dissapointment and the minibar had not been re stocked, but none of this compared to the aged tiredness that the room sported, paper hanging off the walls, tired furniture, musty smells and a bathroom that would have looked ok 15 years ago. This room was the upgraded type and not the standard (We had 3 rooms and all were the same) so now we are tired AND unhappy. Not to worry we tried to put it down to a long flight and thought we would wait to see the delights the resort had to offer and make the best of it. We were all inclusive and dinner was at various sittings, so off we went only to find the dining area like a war zone. Kids openly prodding food at the buffet and their parents saying nothing, food uncovered and then swarmed by flies, hot food not warmed sufficiently and as if that wasn't bad enough, even if you dared to eat it there wasn't enough for all the guests, so meal times became a scrum to get in first before it was all molocated. Later that day, after lunch, the 8 year old daughter of our travelling companions came down with Diorrhea and vomitting and some of us did not feel to good either. We were forced to complain and expressed our concerns to the management and informed them that we needed moving or repatriate us back to the UK as it was wasn't worth our health to stay. At dinner time some of the food had been covered better but it was still a scrum. In the end we paid to be extracted to another island, Meedhapparu, via sea plane, this was a beautiful and safe resort with excellent food and hygiene levels, it was mainly for italians so perhaps they won't put up with the things the British run Lohifushi guests will put up with. While waiting at lohifushi to be rescued we saw deliveries arriving by boat and joked that perhaps they were more flies! Also we had to wait 3 days to leave the island, remember that when you are on your island in the maldives the chances of getting off are not good, so your food and beverage choices need to be good, also the all inclusive options are only good if you want to drink basic drinks at certain times and you eat a lot of food no matter what it is. My advice is go room only and pay for the drinks you want, when you want them. And the food you can buy as and when. there are times when you are all inclusive that cant get the food you have paid for so have to buy extra anyway, so its not worth it really. In short, every one can do a lot better than The Lohifushi Resort, if i returned it would have to be the hilton resort but who knows that might be just as bad?

LOVE Lohifushi

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a beautiful island. My husband and I found it perfect since one side of the island is calm and perfect for snorkeling while the other boasts great waves for surfing.
The staff were very helpful, accomodating and nice.
Avoid room 101, it's listed as superior but has no ocean view. When we made a complaint, we were offered another room that was perfect with great views. Even superior rooms are basic, only deluxe has TV. But with such great surroundings you don't need it.
We felt very safe and relaxed. You really don't realize how many people are on the island b/c it is nicely laid out. Plenty of chairs on the beach and it's very clean.
The island is getting a "refirb" (as one previous review states it needs) and is closing in May for 6 months. I agree, that it could use it; however, I'm hoping that doesn't put it out of our price range for future visits.
We will be returning to Lohifushi.

We were here during the Tsunami!

from HonestView
We stayed at Lohifusi over the christmas period of 2004. Our break was from the 19th December for 7 nights. I must say that I have never experience such a relaxing time, the staff excellent and the food fantastic. I have been to many places all over the world and this place, has it all, OK the rooms may not be great, but it is what it is. Where can you get a stretch of pure white sandy beach that is dedicated to you. Yes, you have your own stretch of beach, your own personal paradise.

Boxing Day 2004. We were in bed when the Tsunami hit, we suffered badly, but not anywhere near the level of other area's in SE Asia, I do not want to dwell on our experience, only to say that in the following hours the staff went more than the extra mile and were a great source of support and comfort. They really were fantastic.

If you want to go and forget your worries, stresses, and drop out of the Rat Race for a week or two, take a plane, a speed boat, and let Lohifushi chill you out! even in desperate times, beyond the call of duty!

Superb!

The ideal relaxing, quiet holiday

from tagregory77
I spent months researching the perfect resort and ultimatley booked Lohifushi mostly due to a great deal we found through a travel agent. The website left me slightly skepticle as it isn't very well maintained. Well, the website does not do it justice. We were very pleased with our selection of resorts! It is a small, quiet, lush, well-kept, beautiful island. The water is incredible. One side of the island is always calm. The other side, you can always find a breeze. You can walk its perimeter in 30 minutes.

Most of the bungalows are water front. We stayed in a standard room which we were pleased with. Yes, the inside is very basic but the front porch is nice as is the open air bathroom. There are a few ants in the bathroom, but nothing that can't be solved with a little bug spray that is in the room. Only complaint is that the water pressure in the shower is rediculously light. It is really more of a trickle. Otherwise, no complaints.

The beach is designed quite nicely so that you have what feels like your own private beach. Chairs were easy to come by.

The food was ample and very good. Plenty of variety even if you are a vegetarian. The Maldivian night (once a week) was really nice! Oh, we were all inclusive. The wine that is included is very nice, particularly the red. The only annoying thing about the all inclusive is that you can only drink liquor at the main bar and coctails are not included. So, if you drink rum and cokes, for example, it is fine. But if you want a daquiri, etc., they are about $8.

Excursions: We did the boat trip to Male that also included a stop at some other island. Not worth it! Male is a dump as was the island we stopped at. Much better off spending your day at Lohifushi.

We did the island bbq that I highly recommend. The food was good (not spectacular) but the atmosphere is a once in a lifetime experience. When else will you have a catered candle lit dinner on your own island?

Scuba diving was out of this world. Definitely book the Manta Point trip, it is the best I've ever seen. The snorkeling trips are great, too.

Guests were mostly English and German. A few Russians and us Americans (who they don't see very often due to a really far flight!).

All in all, would go back in a heart beat. We spent 14 nights and didn't want to leave!

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