Club Med Faru Hotel, Male
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Nice and relaxingfrom Ian_and_Helen_C
Basic but just whats needed!from mickandem
When you land and get your luggage you are asked to wait in a cafe area for the rest of the passengers, be aware that the prices here are ridiculous! the boat trip to the hotel is only 10mins so I would advise you to just wait as when you get there all the drinks are free anyway!.
We got our room (104) which was close to the bar at the end of the island and can be a little noisy in the evenings, but we were usually out until the music stopped anyway!!! All the drinks are named brands such as smirnoff and the bottles of water are free(apparantly this is not so on all the all-inclusives on the maldives).
There is not much to do on the island except RELAX and thats exactly what we did!. There were very few children so it was always peaceful by the pool and there is no entertainment team annoying you to play games! lol. Have a go on the free canoes it was great fun, but watch out for the current! I would definately recomend either buying your own or hiring some snorkelling equipment as some of the things you see are magnificent!
All the staff are very friendly and always smiling even though they seem to work seven days per week!! We were told that tipping is reccommended and it does improve the service you recieve ;-) so we tipped the waiter at the middle of the first week and then the end off the second week($20 each time) and that made sure you never waited for anything! The food was excellent and always plenty of choice.
One thing that I would definately reccomend is to be in the beach bar at around 6pm to watch the sunset, it truly was beautiful, also when in this bar in the evening sit out on the verander and when the tide is in you can see sting-rays and manta-rays swimming underneath you! Overall the value for money is brilliant and really you just can't complain! We went on this holiday to relax and thats exactly what we got.
Also hi to Mark and Alison, good to be back eh? lol. I
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best all inclusive holidayfrom paulstabb
Although the island was close to the airport there was no unacceptable noise levels and the view of the 'new' Male was not that offensive.
We shared a dining table with a couple from leicester who seemed to enjoy the holiday as much as we did. Roger & Vanda - if you read this we would love to hear from you!
I would recommend club faru to anyone who likes a beach holiday and the 10 hour flight was well worth it.
paradise with new friendsfrom chicccco
Fantastic Club Farufrom BrownPrincess
Club Faru, Value for money, lovely tropical island not paradise islandfrom encompass
Karen, Charlie, Rob, Claire, Matt, Nikki, Gary & Ruth. what a great bunch of guys.
We went here for our honeymoon, its personal choice but we wouldn’t really recommend club faru as a romantic getaway for a lush honeymoon. If you want a posh, private romantic getaway then I would recommend another Island.
It’s more of a getaway from it all holiday with some fun.
Firstly I will say that the food on this island is very very good, you can’t fault the quality, quantity, freshness, range, taste and overall selection available. The pastry chef has the Asia Silver award and proves it with his lovely selection of puddings and fresh fruits.
You can have food prepared whilst you wait; the steamed rice is superb as are the curries. There is something for everyone from soups to salads, breads to chips; curries to hot pots, lamb steaks to chicken cooked every possible way and lots of fresh fruits and scummy puddings.
I suffer with food and the only thing I suffered from was heat stroke.
We recommend a candle lit meal on the beach, £50 for a slap up meal and with great service, (dont do it on an entertainmetn night.)
Club Faru is an island that is recovering from the wave, this is noticeable at some locations with rubbish and debris but can only really be seen if you venture out on a canoe to the far tip of the island.
The island is not a luxury get away from it all in the middle of nowhere island; if you want this don’t come here. You are close to the airport, Male and can see some other islands nearby.
At night there are lots of lights on the far side so you don’t really feel like you are to far away. You will see planes flying into land but cannot see them land at the airport. To be honest you don’t really hear them if the wind is blowing the other way, its more fascinating than annoying, the sea planes are background noise.
There are boats that travel back and forth, you will hear them but they disappear into the overall island experience.
There seemed to be a couple of days a week which were transfer days, there were a few boats and planes etc.. then the rest of the week was peace & quiet.
The beaches are very nice with white sand, lots of little shell crabs waddling about which are really sweet but not at all scary. The sea is so blue & clear, there are lots of fishes swimming about which are amazing. You can snorkel under the dive school jetty but be careful of the dive boats. (Great fish there and at the rock nearby.)
There is a bit of broken coral from the wave but you can see lots, be careful of the currents, they are mainly there when the tides change and can be quite strong, (knock you off your feet), even in the shallows. You can walk right out in places and it never gets deep.
The water sports are great, windsurfing is good value for money but be careful if you are not experienced, rescue is not a priority. Stay where you know and in the shallows, don’t sail out into the main Lagoon towards the airport or round the furthest point of the island, the wind drops here and the current will catch you out.
Canoes are free and well maintained, life vests are free, snorkel & flippers for 2 weeks hire will cost you about £15, you can buy them in the island shop for about the same price.
The sun is HOT in the Maldives, we have been to hot places but this is HOT HOT, don’t be silly and take a high factor, 25 min, you will burn quickly if you are not careful. You will still burn when it’s cloudy.
The staff are very friendly and good at their jobs, they work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week with 1 month off a year so please respect them, they work very hard to make you feel welcome. Yazeeme is a great waiter and a joker, Sam is a very friendly bar man. They will treat you well and won’t expect tips however it is nice to tip them, tips go into a pot to be shared about.
One point to make is that you may get sat with other people at meal times, a bit odd at first but we made 2 great new friends, Gary & Ruth. (You can request otherwise). If you have a birthday, honeymoon or anniversary they will decorate your table, sing to you and bring out a big cake, fantastic and everyone joins in to sing etc..
The only let down about this island is the rooms, they are still in the 70's, our room was cleaned twice a day but was grubby, the shower will only give hot water if all the lights are on. They are very very basic, it was a shock to us at first, we were tired and it made us feel cheated but once we settled in to the island all we did was sleep in them.
They are air conditioned, (keep it on all the time & keep the doors & windows closed to keep out humidity). Take a travel kettle and travel iron, there are electronic safes in the room and 2 built in wardrobes.
Our fan was coated with dust and filthy, we mentioned it twice to the rep but it never got cleaned which was disappointing, the air conditioner packed up, we told reception and within 10 mins they had a new one in.
Don’t expect anything plush, these really are basic rooms, they do make you feel like you away from it all which is quite cool.
We had one cock roach and some knats in the loo which went away after a slipper and a spray.
We got bitten once and that was outside. The island is frequently fogged to rid of pests.
The bars are good, 2 of them, there is a games room with pool, books, TV, ping pong and other bits and bobs.
Drink lots of water, big bottles available from any bar.
Entertainment, live band on Sundays, (that was me playing drums to Summer of 69), disco and sing along. This island doesn’t need entertainment every night so if you want entertainment go to Ibiza; the Maldives is a place to relax and not to party.
The overall experience was good; we had a lovely time and met some lovely people.
Male airport is very modern and comfortable, no real problems here at all. 10 min boat transfer is a bit rough but you get there quick and are greeted with a cold towel and cool drink.
The BIGGEST SHOCK was from FIRST CHOICE, this was our honeymoon, we paid allot of money to upgrade to star class and were sat apart on the flights in and out. Watch out for this, First Choice's idea of sitting together is been in the same section of the plane and nothing else. Make sure you check before you fly and don’t take, “You are sitting together." for an answer.
This is a crafty ploy to sell more seats. We are very disappointed with First Choice, they ruined honeymoon experience from Gatwick check in. We are so angry that they do this to people, we were not the only couple, they even split up a family with 2 kids.
There is nothing that no end of complaining can do, your seats are allocated when you book so please check.
If you are going to Club Faru then you will have a lovely time, the food is 4 star, the rooms are 2 star if that, I would grade the island overall as 2 star not 3.
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I must be dreamingfrom Rosie-Hall
I have just returned from 2 weeks on club Faru. I read the reviews and was concerned. However I did not need to be.
the place is magic. It is quiet, peaceful, beautiful, friendly and exciting all at the same time. You hardly notice the planes and boats at all. The swiming/snorkleing restriction are only arround the jetty ( same on all Islands) and they warn you to be carefull of the currents. The rooms are basic but you spend so little time in them that it does not matter. There were no complaints from guest staying in down stairs rooms about smells or ants or anything like that. The island is sprayed regulaly and we never got bit or infested. One tip is to keep your toilet door closed as mossie,s do get in through the extractor. We destroyed them at night before retiring. Another tip is to turn on all lights before having a shower as it will be cold if you dont.
I am well travelled and I can honestly say that this was the best holiday ever. I met some fantastic people and I cant put into words just how awesome the experience was.
The food was fantastic in both quality and variety and everthing was freshly prepaired. No body had any tummy aches at all. The resturant staff and the chef's always had time for you and were willing to talk and tell you about the food and its preparation, Maldevian customs or anything else you wanted.
I could go on for ever about the good things this holiday had to offer but if you are still in two minds I will be more than happy to accept your ticket and go for you, (He-He)
Really just go and enjoy it's magic
I would like to thank : Charlie and Karen, Rob and Claire, Matt and Nicki, Munta, Wazeem, Susantha, Mangula and everyone who made this such a cherrished memorable holiday
Fabulous Farufrom mcw69
We travelled with First Choice - the flights in both directions were excellent and the increased seat pitch in the standard seats was much appreciated. Any minor issues were dealt with quickly and efficiently.
On arrival at Male there was some delay as there were so many people arriving at the same time but nothing too hideous. If you do not want to pay large amounts for a drink at the cafe - don't sit there whilst you wait for your transfer - we had been warned so had water with us and happily waited on a wall nearby with no problem.
The short crossing to Club Faru was appreciated and it was lovely to be welcomed with ice cold towels and a cold drink.
We stayed in an upstairs room and found no fault at all. The room was cleaned twice a day and kept spotless. The rooms are fairly simple - but perfectly adequate - who wants a fussy room when so little time is spent there. The aircon was very efficient and included in the price.
As far as food and drink were concerned we were very impressed. We are not picky eaters but we do enjoy good quality food and at Club Faru we were not disappointed. There was always plenty of choice of well prepared food. The drinks were branded and most included in the all inc. Cocktails were extra but reasonably priced as were other drinks not included.
We spent most of the holiday just relaxing on stunning beaches - yes it is near the airport and Male, but it still easy to find places which look out to sea rather than at the closer islands. We snorkelled everyday from the beach and saw a wide variety of fish.
We went out on the dolphin spotting trip and after a couple of hours we were rewarded by seeing a large group of about 80 swimming around the boat and putting on a spectacular show.
We also went out several times on the free snorkelling trips. Club Faru does not have a house reef so the trips take you out to different reefs nearby. These were hugely enjoyable but you did need to be a confident swimmer. The boat would drop us near to the drop off but would then need to pull back to safe distance away from the reef. Once more a huge variety of fish were seen - and I was fortunate enough to see a black tipped reef shark and some large rays off Bandos.
On one of the snorkelling trips we ended up having another encounter with the dolphins which was once again amazing but on this occasion free!
We also took the free excursion to Male - it was good to see something of local life but to be honest this was the only part of the trip we did not enjoy. The guide who took our group pointed a couple of local sights and then took us to a shop where an assisstant escorted us around trying hard to persuade us to buy something - and that was the extent of the trip.
Overall - we were unsure what to expect as we had seen some negative reviews but we had one of the best holidays we have ever had . We have travelled to a range of long haul destinations and stayed in a number of all inclusive resorts but this one beat them all hands down. Why? It may not be the most luxurious of Maldivian hotels or the most deserted of Maldivian islands but the standards of cleanliness, food, drink, service, friendliness and welcome were outstanding particularly when you consider the price for an all inclusive holiday.
We had a fantastic time, have recommended it to others and would return ourselves - but there is a big world out there ....
Larger Top !from getouttahere
We also had Waseem as our waiter, who made every meal an experience to remember ! Food is fantastic with an endless choice, our room was simple but had everything we needed and cleaned twice a day. The service is unbelievable no matter what you asked for they'd get it even if it wasn't on the island !
The beaches are breathtaking and even they are cleaned every day ! ( all day long ! ) Yes it is close to the airport but we did not find this a problem and the transfer time is short and great fun on a speedboat !
The diving here is out of this world and all the guys at the dive centre really look after you as if you are one of the family ! Went to some fabulous dive sites and dived with the manta's, sharks and turtles also thousands of fish to which only know the name of a handful. The free snorkelling trips twice a day are equally as good ( just not quite so deep ).
If you go you must visit Male as its such a contrast to the peace and serenity of the island plus its free !!!! Met John and Flora from London who made our holiday. Hello you guys!
If you are a bit concerned about visiting Club Faru please don't be as you will not be disappointed. We will not hesitate and cannot wait to go back. Thanks to all the staff as they all became such good friends. Keep up the good work and we will be back.
Steve & Rehana x
Top Local Tips for Male
WATCH THE MOSSIS TAKE TRAVEL KETTLE IF YOU LIKE EARLY CUPPA AND A GOOD BITE CREAM JUST IN CASE
Very busy Keep covered up and be prepared to be groped!!!
Mossies If visiting Male be sure to put on lots of insect repellant. We went for a couple of hours and were bitten by the mossies.We never had any problems on Bandos as they spray the island regularly.
Other names for Club Med Faru Hotel
- faru resort male
- faru hotel male
- faru club
- club faru
- Address: Farukolufushi - Male - Maldives
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