Hotel type: all inclusive
GPS coordinates: 3° 29′ 6.19″N, 72° 48′ 6.30″E
Sun Island Resort & Spa is surrounded by the beauty that Maldives is known for and typically offers you all the modern comforts, conveniences and facilities that you can ever think of. Built on the island of Nalaguraidhoo, 1.6 kilometers in length and 400 meters at its widest.
Opened in October 1998, the 462-room Sun Island Resort & Spa is the largest in the Maldives, considering its size and its capacity for more than 700 guests when the resort is full. It’s also among the cheapest, especially for the overwater rooms, so if price is a major factor then this resort offers good value. A mature island with dense tropical vegetation and tall coconut palms, you can wander into the trees and lose yourself amongst them if you like. With wide beaches of fine white sand all around the island there is no difficulty in finding your own private little cove for a day. At Sun Island Resort & Spa you are spoilt for choice. The resort can serve your every whim and desire- be it sports, games, food or even shopping.
Accommodation in Sun Island Resort & Spa
Most of the 354 rooms at Sun Island are Beach Bungalows or Superior Beach Bungalows. Both are set back slightly from the beach, measure 225 square feet, and have similar dated decor white walls, simple wicker furniture, and tile floors. In general, the rooms, like the resort, are solid, straight-lined and visually unsympathetic to their natural setting.
218 of the land rooms are designated Super Deluxe, the remaining 136 merely Deluxe. They are all semi-detached and have a reasonably sized veranda. Inside they are spacious, clean and tidy. The chair and curtain fabric is typically patterned and busy, while beds have bedskirts and plain white linens. All rooms include beach towels, AC, free bottled water, tea, instant coffee, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, minibars , and private patios . But having the soap, lotion and shampoo in wall-mounted dispensers is not classy. Basic bathrooms have showers, while Superior bungalows have shower/tub combos. Nor is having to pay for each in-room cup of tea or coffee (plus service charge!). The differences between the categories are not critical: the Deluxes are a tiny bit smaller and don’t have a bathtub or bidet.
Those seeking a bit more space and style can upgrade to a Water Villa. These rooms feature CD players, hardwood floors, bathtubs, nicer decor, and patios with steps leading into the lagoon. Water villas account for 72 of the rooms.
4 Presidential Suites: 246 m2. 2-bedroom offering more than twice the size of a regular rooms. Located at the end of the water bungalow jetty, each suite is beautifully equipped with polished parquet floors, corniced ceilings and elegant wooden furnishings, creating a truly regal experience for connoisseurs of fine living. Two ensuite bathrooms, Master bedroom- Double bed, Second bedroom- Twin beds, Living room with private bar;
Restaurants & Bars in Sun Island Resort & Spa
At Sun Island Resort & Spa, just like in everything else, a wide variety is offered in wining and dining, suitable for different tastes, moods and occasions. While professional chefs prepare the culinary delights to suit your tastes, the atmo¬sphere is provided by the setting; be it a romantic dinner at an over-water restau¬rant in candle light, a casual snack at the coffee shop over looking the beach, or the casual atmosphere provided under the thatched parasols on the beach at the grill.
Sun Island Resort & Spa has five restaurants and optional meal plans, including all-inclusive packages. However, meal plans are limited to the resort’s main Maaniya Restaurant buffet restaurant, which serves up international and local dishes in a casual, open-air environment. Not included in meal plans is the second buffet, Southern Star Restaurant, which has a focus on Indian Maldivian cuisine, nor the three specialty a la carte restaurants. A la carte options are pricey, and include an overwater Thai restaurant, Italian spot with a Japanese corner, and a small seafood barbecue. There’s even a small garden on property with ingredients that are used in restaurant dishes and, more prominently, in the salads at Zero Restaurant. Guests on the all-inclusive package who miss their scheduled buffet meals are given a discount to dine at the specialty restaurants. There are also 24-hour snacks in the coffee shop.
Five bars and a 24-hour coffee shop keep beverages flowing on the island. Most bars close around sunset or late in the evening, but the 24-hour Mekunu Bar makes sure guests can wet their whistle any time of day or night. Crab races and DJs keep the energy up. Over on the beach, the Sunrise Bar slings drinks on the sand, while the Pool Bar offers swim-up service, the Lobby Bar functions as a lounge space, and the Clubhouse Green Bar faces the lawn. Guests can choose to pay for drinks individually, but anyone having more than a couple each day should consider the all-inclusive option. Coffee, water, and tea are available for free in the main dining room during service hours, and not all bars and drinks are included in the all-inclusive plans.
Sports & Leisure in Sun Island Resort & Spa
The five-star diving centre offers a variety of dive options starting from a trial jetty drive, bubble maker activities for children aged eight to nine and little mermaid courses for children from 10 years of age. Adults can take any of the many PADI certificates available and for experienced divers there are a number of exciting sites to explore. Sun Island’s house reef boasts scorpion fishes, octo¬puses, lobsters, turtles, parrot fishes, manta rays, sharks and many other exotic varieties of marine life.Other water sports are snorkeling, canoeing, jet-skiing, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, banana boat rides, water-skiing, knee and wake boards, big game and night fishing trips, glass-bottom boat rides, excursions including dolphin safari, island hopping, sand bank picnic, large outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and children’s swimming pool, fitness centre with gymnasium, aerobics studio, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath, massage parlor, table tennis, billiards, darts, badminton, floodlit tennis court, squash court, basketball and beach volley.
The Araamu Spa
Blending with the local vegetation, the Spa features bamboo walls, screens, water features, pavilions and more. One of the most spacious treatment rooms are the Pavilion Spa Suites, which set new standards of luxury in the Maldives, complete with private showers, a signa¬ture rose petal soaking bath, Jacuzzi, sauna and landscaped courtyard of local flora. The designs are pleasing to the eye and nourishing for the thought. It’s all about escapism.Credit Cards: V, M, A, J, D No. of Restaurants or Coffee shops: 5 No. of Bars: 10
All rooms: Air conditioning, IDD Telephone, Room Safe, Mini Bar, Color TV, Sitting Area, Internet via TV, Attached bathroom
Presidential Suite: Sitting area, Computer desktop, DVD/CD Player, Internet via TV, Jacuzzi, Sun beds
Water Bungalows: Private staircase to lagoon, Audio CD Player, Internet via TV
General:24-hour reception, lobby bar, air conditioner, luggage storage room, non-smoking rooms, restaurant, safety box, bar, swim-up bar, family rooms, beach bar, a la carte restaurants, Beach front, Beach, Pool/beach towels
Entertainment and sports:billiards, fitness centre, spa and wellness centre, outdoor swimming pool, table tennis, tennis court, children’s swimming pool, beach volley
Services:transport from/to the airport, doctor on call, business centre , conference hall/banquet hall, tourist travel agency, Wi-Fi Internet
Paid services:SPA centre, massage, telephone and fax, washing service, doctor, shops, internet, tennis court, diving, all kinds of watermotor sports, business centre , all drinks, transport from/to the airport
Nalaguraidhoo Island, South Ari Atoll, 30 minutes by sea plane, 2 hours and 30 minutes by speed boat from the International Airport
Distance from downtown area: Male110 km
Distance from airport:Male (MLE)110 km
Reception desk hours
To: 24:00 o’clock
Hotel policy: Free Wi-Fi, Pets are not allowed.
Policy about booking cancellation: N/A
Check-in from: 13:00 o’clock
Check-out until:12:00 o’clock
Accepted credit cards:Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro
Charges included in the price:.