Paradise Island Resort and Spa Hotel

, Male, Maldives
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Paradise Island Resort and Spa Hotel

, Male
5 star
North Male Atoll - Male - Maldives Hotel Website | 440011
480 Traveller

Reviews - Paradise Island Resort and Spa Hotel

3/10
Just a number
Submitted by: Luke in 27/07/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
The cost of the resort would lead you to believe it is amazing. Although the beach and ocean are beautiful, I am sure that can be found anywhere in the Maldives. The customer service is terrible and hotel rooms really old and ugly. We were made to feel that they just wanted our money and did not care to make us have a wonderful vacation.
9/10
Perfect relaxation.
Submitted by: Rosemary & John in 16/01/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
We were looking for a 'get away from it all' holiday and found that we had made a great choice. Yes, there was some building work on the other side of the island (the water bungalows had been damaged by the Tsunami). We were not bothered by this at all but some people had rooms close by and although the area was screened they still had some noise. The resort itself was kept spotless in all areas. The rooms were cleaned twice daily while we were out. Towels were replenished daily including the pool towels that were provided. The service in all areas was excellent to the point sometimes of being a little bit too full on. The staff were always friendly and helpful. Food was fantastic with a huge choice always hot and fresh. The menu changed every day and apart from the basics the main dishes are on a 2 week rota. Trips are available and are a welcome break from all that relaxing. It is truly a divers or snorkellers paradise as the water is crystal clear. Even if not a waterbabe you can still view a wide variety of fish from the jetty and beach. Baby reef sharks come within two feet of the beach in the shallow water. Would highly recommend in fact currently in the process of booking a return visit!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Paradise Island Resort and Spa Hotel

Beautiful Island

from Purple1985
Paradise Island was magical. Yes the rooms are basic and probably not 4star but the surroundings more then make up for it. The sea is wonderful- clear (no need for your snorkel mask) and very warm. When on the beach though be careful of the sand flies as I got biten quite a bit.

The staff are super friendly and are always there waiting to re-fill your drink. Perfect service. When you first go to the restaurant make sure you say that you want to be seated on your own and not with another couple or family. As we know some people found it hard trying to make converstaion with strangers for over two weeks! The Italian reataurant is well worth a visit-we loved there garlic bread, plus they do room service.

The Spa is amazing, we both had a massage in the same room. Which was really special as it is open air so you can hear the waves lapping as you are being massaged. We also went to the Jacuzzi room for an hour-they lock you and give you full use. Which was heavenly.

My parents have just returned from Paradise and have said that they are currenlty doing a lot of repair work due to the tsunami. They were not affected by this at all and said that standards have certainly not slipped.

Great on the West side

from RoyLondonUK
My wife and I stayed at this resort mid March 06.
The boat trip is a bit bumpy but quite short – around 15mins
The west side and centre of the island were beautiful but the east side is another story
Initially people seem to get put in the beach bungalows along the east side of the island where the beach has been affected by the Tsunami and where the damaged water bungalows are still being renovated. If this happens to you - get yourself moved to the South west side ASAP
From the west side the building works around the water bungalows cannot be heard and will not trouble you – I was told it would be end 2006 before they are back in use & the restaurant at the end rebuilt.
The bungalows were very nice and clean – the outside shower is an excellent feature.
Service was excellent and all the staff were very friendly.
Beach was fine to the South west of the island, like fine flour – but elsewhere rougher coral is on the top making flip flops essential unless you have very tough feet
Fish mostly swam alongside the jetty to the Dive centre rather than off the beach
Overall this place is a great place to stay – but not quite as good as Sun Island (run by the same company) where we stayed 2 years ago.

Dream Holiday

from A TripAdvisor Member
My Husband and I stayed at this gorgeous resort for 2 weeks in Feb 06. Upon arrival by boat we could see this place was beautiful.

Initially we were given a beach bungalow along the east side of the island where the beach had been affected by the Tsunami and where the damaged water bungalows were being renovated. When we stepped out onto the beach we could hear the distant sound of hammers tapping. Had my hubby not been a builder this wouldn't have bothered us but as we were trying to get away from it all we requested to be moved onto the west side of the island.

The bungalows were very nice and clean. The room boys cleaned the rooms every day and each night turned the beds down and made patterns and shapes with the bedding covers - these little touches made you feel very special. On my birthday they even decorated the whole room in flowers!!

Service was second to none. The staff were all very friendly especially the waiters in the restaurant. We were lucky that when we went, the place wasn't so full so we had a dining table to ourselves. They did tell us that usually people are seated around tables of four and you'd have to share with someone.

Beach was fab and the ocean was vey clear. Sharks (only small ones) and fish swam alonside you in the lagoon. Overall this place is heaven on earth and we would highly recommend it!!

Worth the Wait

from A TripAdvisor Member
We went with Thompson Tours. The flight From Joburg via Dubai was good but took about 16 hours in transit & the transfer. The island is brilliant and we only had one day of rain, so be prepared for the scorching sun and hot nights. We stayed in rooms 200, 204, 208 & 209 with views of the water bungalows from the left. We had good views of the water from our rooms through the sparse trees and the the water was about 10 meters from our rooms. Note that the water bungalows are under renovation due to the Tsunami and the beach on the right side of these bungalows was dissapointing because they seem to be building a coral break. The seafood restuarant was also closed for renovation. A Beach bungalow room is basic but the outdoor shower is a treat. Room service is only available from the Italian restuarant. The decor of the rooms and the main areas of the island can be slightly dated and looks 80's. The resort is maybe 4-star and definitely not 5-star. Service was excellent and everyone was friendly. We went on half-board, which meant you could only dine at the main restuarant. The menu was excellent with lots of variety. You are allocated a table in a large dining room and cannot your change your table for the duration of your stay, so choose well. Very important, you pay for everything including soft drinks and bottled water. The tap water is however drinkable. Soft drinks and bottled water is much cheaper in Male. The bill can add up, but was manageable. The good thing is that you do not need to carry any money. Everything can be charged to your room. The non-motorised water-sports were also not free. The spa was stunning and a must see and experience. We snorkelled alot and saw a variety of fish and some small harmless shark. The snorkelling is best on the jetty side of the island. The sunset view from the main bar was stunning. We went on a morning reef snorkelling tour which was great fun. We did a half-day afternoon tour of Male that was interesting. We also did the full day island hopping tour. The visit to the local fishing village was excellent and educational. There are souvenior shops on the local island with good variety. Be prepared to haggle. We found that the cost of souveniors in Male, the fishing village and our island shop to be almost the same. Being Muslim we found the food acceptable and a mosque on the island. They do use wine in some dishes. Overall, it is a good family resort with lots to do and we had a wonderful and memorable experience. We will definitely go back to the Maldives but would try a different resort simply to widen our experience.

True paradise

from A TripAdvisor Member
Arriving at the resort gives you all the personal treatment that still suprised me. Although travelled throughout the world, I didn't expect that every step was covered when you enter the resort.... employees everywhere.... (not suprising when you know that only 260 rooms and about 600/700 employees).

The rooms are normal, not very deluxe but have everything you need to have in a hotelroom. Including beachtowels!!!! (so don't bring them like I did, as this is just extra in your luggage) The outside shower was a real treatment, although the outside garden that comes with the shower was a bit of a mess. See the pictures.. we were unable to find a flower in it..

During my stay we only had 1 day with rain and despite it was the beginning of November and more rain was expected, it was every day very very bright, clear and just wonderfull.

We had a room on the north side overlooking the laguna and the waterbungalows that were under construction. I prefer the south side of the island, also for a room for some reasons, 1 the view is better, 2 there is always a nice wind and the north side is without any wind and so very hot, 3 the distance to bars/restaurants etc is much closer.

The main restaurant is just very very good, lot's of food, every day different and with a large variety. The waiters are so very kind and polite, they almost make you tip them daily (which I did also because their wages are so enormously low).

The island seems to be one of the more luxurous islands. I like that but some others might not. If you do not like to dress up for dinner, than choose another island (eg. Meeru where everything is casual).

Overall.. I really would love to return to this Island.. it was real pleasure!

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from PG2220
Reading the reviews before we left for 'Paradise' left me a bit apprehensive about the island resort we had chosen, but on the whole I thought we had made the right decision.

OK - so we all make wrong decisions and this was one of ours.

Two years ago we stayed at the Full Moon Resort in the Maldives, which was four star and very impressive. Paradise is also four stars but I would say that it should be three. Also Paradise is quite a large resort for the Maldives and this was not a something we considered. From now on we will look to see how many rooms there are - suggest if you like peace and quiet go for somewhere with less than 150 rooms - Paradise has nearly 300 !

The rooms were nice and clean and the outside shower was great, even though I ended up on my a**e one afternoon as it can be slippery, but coming in from the hot sunshine and having an outdoor shower did feel good. The rooms do have direct beach access but there are loads of trees first and then the beach, but there were no sunshades at all on the beach - so in the hot weather there was no shaded areas to go to - had to go back to the room's balcony.

Fish and coral - where ??

Weeds and no fish at all unless you swam off the pier. At the Full Moon you could sit in the shallowest water and fish would be all around - but not here.

Food - main buffet restaurant was awful - I am sure the chef wondered what unusual dish he could make today - and did ! I like different foods, but this was mush. Luckily the Japanese and Italian restaurants made up for this, but with only 15% discount instead of the buffet made an expensive full board stay.

Bar - service was so slow it was quicker to get your own drinks or order two at a time - which is what we did.

Entertainment - couple of good bands, but we like to go to bed early and the disco music could be heard in the room and this can go on as late as 1a.m. Did complain but no response. If I wanted this I could have gone to Spain !

We had to ask reception for a guest questionnaire as thet don't give them out. Did give them all of my complaints a day before we left, but nobody bothered to speak to us.

Sorry Paradise - but you didn't meet our expectations, but we learnt valuable lessons on booking our next Maldives Holiday.

Paradise!

from englishwifey
We arrived in Mahe after a stop over absolutely exhausted and unhappy with the flight just when SARS was at it's peak - everyone had a mask on!! However, once we boarded our speedboat and approached Paradise Island, the relief and delight we felt once we saw the beach/jetty made up for the horrors of the plane journey!

You arrive on the powder white sand side of the island and walk up the jetty, past the bar into reception where they offer you alcohol immediately!! We had booked a water bungalow and although we didn't visit any other accommodation, I cannot recommend them enough. You get your own balcony with 2 sunbeds, steps down into the lagoon, fabulous bathroom and massive bedroom with a/c.

The only detraction was the state of the beach on this side of the island - lots of coral!! However, we spent all our time in the sea directly off our villa steps floating on lilos! Most bizarrely, one morning we woke up and walked onto the balcony to find the lagoon had gone!! All that was left was a foot of water (usually 5 - 7 ft) and stacks of coral!! We walked across the lagoon! Husband got chased by a baby shark!

Restaurant and waiter were fabulous, food was excellent with plenty of variety. We fed sharks, sting rays and various other fish from the bungalow bar, watched incredible thunderstorms, got fantastic tans and hardly met a soul during the day. Cannot recommend the resort enough if you want to escape the world!!

Great Holiday

from Julieellenlewis
Just returned from a week at Paradise Island.

Flew with First Choice Airways and they were excellent, very roomy seats (33" pitch) and seat back TVs. I refused to fly with Monarch or Britannia and I now know we made the right choice.

Very organised at the arrival airport, and the transfer is only 25 minutes by boat which is excellent after a long flight.

We got our keys, our room number was 258; it was a good 5-minute walk from the reception so one of the furthest rooms away. I ran into the villa and threw open the back door expecting to see the crystal blue lagoon before me and all I could see were trees, this appears to be the same for at least 75% of the sea view rooms. I had to laugh because the only time I could see the sea was if I lay on the floor and looked through a tiny hole in the trees!! I found this very disappointing.

The room itself was not my idea of "deluxe" but if you've seen the pictures of the interior in the brochures, that's exactly what you get so don’t expect anything more. The outside shower was a real delight and utilised at every opportunity. The room boys are very friendly and keep the room immaculate –twice a day.

You're allocated a table in the restaurant and this is where you sit for your entire stay. We didn't have to share with anyone else and neither did anyone else as far as I could see. Our waiter (Abdulla) was adorable, he was very polite and friendly and was always at our side before we even sat down.

The food was amazing with lots of variety, one night the beef was one of the most delicious I’ve ever tasted. There wasn't really any plain food and we laughed that our parents might not find much to eat but they're so accommodating I’m sure they'd rustle you up something and no one would ever go hungry.

We went All Inclusive and all I can say is if the island you like offers it, book it. I thought drinks were quite expensive, one night our bar bill was $200 and that was just 2 of us that are not that bigger drinkers, although I do remember singing on the way home!! There are restrictions but not unrealistic ones. You can't have cocktails or fruit juice, but you can drink as much of pretty much anything else that you can think of and it certainly wasn’t a problem for us.

The evening entertainment was OK, the bands were good and sang a good variety of songs.

There is quite a lot of building work going on at Paradise Island but it's certainly not in your face or disruptive so don't make that a reason not to go.

There are about 260 rooms in total so don't be under the illusion that you'll be the only people for miles, or sitting on the beach with just you and your loved one!

The pool is about the only place you'll find shade but you'd have to be up early to get a bed, as it's only a small. When the sun shines it's unbelievibly hot, we had 4 days of rain and i'm not sure i'd have survived 7 days of full on sunshine, lets just say factor 30 isn't strong enough in the Maldives!

I think the bottom line is we loved this holiday but we're still searching for our idea of "paradise".

This place is GREAT!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having booked my holiday I found some reviews which had me worried. If you are in the same position, don't worry at all, Paradise Island is indeed pretty close to paradise.

It's a long journey from the UK but it is worth every minute as soon as you arrive.

The accommodation is clean and spacious, the service is first class, the food is good quality and plentiful and the beach is white and beautiful and the sea is varying shades of turquoise.

We went to Meeru last year and I would say that Paradise Island is probably better overall.

There is entertainment most nights with either a disco or a band.

There are plenty of trips to go on, have to admit we didn't do any though, we just totally chilled and it was fantastic.

If you're thinking of going to Paradise, don't hesitate.

Weather was great some rain but mainly sunshine and sometimes the rain was a bit of a relief.

Paradise Truely Paradise

from susanjanemoon
My husband and I returned from Paradise Island on 17th October 2005, previous to going, but after booking, I read some of the reviews on Trip Advisor, and was definately having my reservations about going. However we went ahead with our two week holiday, and found it to be truely Paradise.
On arrival to the Island the first thing you noticed were the breathtaking views. We were greeted with a cool flannel and a glass of refreshing juice. From that minute we noticed the friendliness of ALL the staff that we came accross. Not once did we pass a member of staff that didnt speak to us, or looked grumpy.
We received a First Class Service all the way through.On arrival to our room we were amazed, we read that the rooms were shabby. Far from it they were immaculate, and well decorated / furnished.
The air conditioning was very welcoming as the humidity of the island was high at all times. The bathroom was spectacular with bath, shower, toilet and bidet, as well as the outside shower in the small secluded walled garden. I was a bit amused at this but yes we did use it, and was it great, and welcoming. There was plenty of wardrobe and storage space for your clothes. There was a coded safe supplied for your valuables,to which you entered your own code so you knew that your valuables were safe. (Wherever we have gone on holiday before we have been charged for the use of a safe) The room was cleaned twice a day, with bed linnen changed daily. Towels for the bathroom as well as for the beach/pool were also supplied and changed daily. There were also clean flannels, shampoo, soap and bath gel replaced as and when used. As well as tidying up on the second visit of the day our room boy ( although I hate calling him that) turned back our bed each evening, and on the last week he was making patterns with the top sheet on our bed, Ive never taken so many photographs of a bed before.
As for the food......there was so much choice. You couldnt fault it at all, the restaurant was air conditioned, with lovely views. And the waiters were really helpful and pleasant. And couldnt do enough for you.
The bar area was really nice, open views accross the Indian Ocean (which again took your breath away) especially at sunset. And again the waiters in the bar area were amazing. Always willing to pass the time of day with you, and ALWAYS with a friendly smile. On the evening before our departure we were wished a safe journey home and thanked for our custom by most of the waiters on duty that night and shook hands with. It was quite sad to leave, but then again all good things must come to an end.
Any gripes, phone calls back to the UK did work out expensive from the hotel rooms, and as there were no public telephones you had to use them if you wanted to call home. Some mobiles do work out on the Islands but ours didnt, (apparantly pay as you go dont work at all), and only some networks are accepted my husband is with Vodaphone and he got a signal and could send texts out, but couldnt receive themor make calls, and I am contracted with 3 and couldnt get a signal at all. So please check with tour service provider before you go away.
And bottles of wine were expensive. £25.00 per bottle.
But as the phones wernt the hotels fault, I didnt really have any gripes. Just a wonderful relaxing sundrenched holiday.
It did rain, another worry before away as one review I read stated that they were away for two weeks in October last year and it rained for 10 days out of the 14. It rained every day, but lasted only 10/20 minutes at a time then back to glorious sunshine. Unless it was night......
Over all a fantastic time, and the first time we have ever been abroad, and my husband HAS SAID THAT HE WOULD RETURN.
If your thinking about going GO you wont regret it.

Top Local Tips for Male

Don't tolerate rude behaviour from the staff Right at the time of check in, ask for the map of the island and choose your own room. If its unavailable then, insist for it. The Paradise island resort tends to put guests who are not demanding in rooms which are at the back of the island , overlooking construction activity and way too far from any restaurants

Ok in April Weather great in April

All inclusive If you will have a few drinks on the evening you will proberly find it cheaper then having a large bill at the end of your holiday.

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  • Address: North Male Atoll - Male - Maldives
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