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"disappointing honeymoon and overrated"
We visited here last year for our honeymoon but were very disappointed in the service, hotel facilities, food and pricing. For AU$1000.00 a night we expected a lot more. We booked a villa with spa but unfortunately our spa kept breaking down during our stay and barely worked when it "was fixed". When we booked we mentioned we were honeymooning and were told we'd receive a complimentary bottle of wine and flower down turn service for our first night. We never received this on arrival and mentioned it to the check in staff. We were told we would get in the following evening but it never happened. We ending up getting it on our last night after mentioning we never received it after three requests. We read reviews about how lovely the service staff were but we didn't seem to get that luxury. Each morning for breakfast, lunch or dinner we found it all most impossible to get recognised, served or even provided service with a smile. We noticed a lot of attention went to those staying in large groups or as a family. We got totally ignored our entire trip for table service and had to keep walking up to staff to place food orders or receive drinks. The food prices were also ridiculous and the bar menu was awful. I paid $25 US for a shrimp salad which ended up being three small pieces of shrimp with garden mix salad and some onion - no dressing! We ended up upgrading our stay after the second day to include half board. It cost an extra $100 per person per day and half board only included a breakfast buffet and dinner buffet. The food was very bland. The other thing we were failed to get told when we booked was that it would cost us $500 US (so about $750 Australian) just to get a hotel transfer for two people from Male island. It is only a twenty minute boat ride''! it was unfortunate that at the price of $1000 Australian a night we still had to pay extra for practically everything and provided with such poor service for our honeymoon. Our room was very nice and very modern but the mattress was extra firm and it was a shame our spa didn't work! We also stayed a Kani Island which a much better stay and all-inclusive. It also cost the same per night. Ihuru is beautiful for its snorkelling - by far the best in the area. You can just walk off the beach and straight in with lots of sea life. Other than the snorkelling, this island really doesn't have anything else to offer. The sister island - banyan tree - does daily stingray feeding which was cool and a little turtle sanctuary. my recommendation, stay somewhere else and come here for a day visit.
"Great island, great staff!"
It was our fourth time at Angsana Ihuru. And we will be back! One of the best house reefs in the entire Maldives. Special thanks to Simad, the property manager, who made our stay even better than we expected.
Amazing island with a small number of lovely villas offering great privacy and relaxation. Excellent villa with jacuzzi and private beach in front. We chose it also for the house reef which was excellent and you could go all the way around island.
"A solid 4-star Maldivian resort with a stunning house reef"
This was my third trip to the Maldives, having previously stayed for a week on both Cocoa Island and Baros Island. Cocoa and Baros are both 5-star resorts whereas Angsana Ihuru is a 4-star resort, so the comparison was interesting. We chose Angsana as we had been advised that its house reef was one of the best in the Maldives, which indeed it was. We were met on arrival at Male airport by a Banyan Tree representative, as the transfer boat was taking guests to both Angsana and the neighbouring Banyan Tree. The boat trip to the resort was quite short. On arrival to the resort we were given a scoop of welcome icecream whilst filling in the paperwork and then shown to our beachfront villa. Our villa was a nice size but it was showing quite a lot of wear. The bathroom door, for example, was a bit battered and did not shut properly. The cables connecting the TV/entertainment system were too short and kept falling out. There was lots of general scratches and wear marks on the walls. Nothing too major but I did expect a bit better. The bathroom was quite basic with a toilet, single basin, another lower basin next to the shower and then an outdoor shower. We could not use the lower basin as it leaked all over the floor (I think that there was a cracked pipe). The shower looked nice but in reality if you used the bamboo shower spout then it splashed water everywhere. The outside area of the villa was well furnished with a table and chair set, a Maldivian swing, a big outdoor lounger and 2 sun-loungers. The villas are quite close together and there was not a lot of foliage between the villas (on the part of the island where we were) so the outside area is not very private. The villa did not have an outdoor shower (to wash the salt off after swimming), just a couple of taps to rinse your feet. Our room was made up twice a day, sometimes better than others. On some days we were left little gifts on the bed and on other days not. One really annoying thing was that our beach towels kept disappearing. We would leave them on the sun-loungers whilst swimming/snorkelling but the room boys would take them and put fresh ones inside the villa, so we had to walk through the villa (dripping wet with sea water) to get the towels back. Snorkelling the house reef was excellent and I managed to see at least one sea turtle grazing on the corals every day. This house reef had the most fish that I have ever seen. We were very lucky with the weather as it was perfect for the entire week we were on the island, so we were really able to enjoy the reef. The resort provides snorkelling equipment free of charge. I saw quite a few of the other guests standing on the coral, and I wish that the resort was a bit more diligent about stopping people from doing this. The dive centre gives you a short talk about conserving the reef when collecting the snorkelling equipment, but for the guests that bring their our equipment there is no such briefing. The resort should provide every guest reef conservation information (in several languages!). The spa here was excellent and the massage I had was probably the best massage that I have had in my life. It was seriously that good. All the spa ladies were lovely and the spa area was well designed and welcoming. The spa was definitely a highlight. The food was a bit hit and miss. Breakfasts were generally very good, and I make special mention of the chefs working on the fruit-bar and egg-bar as they were always extremely cheerful. The table waiters were sometimes cheerful and sometimes not so much. For lunch, we generally ordered from the bar menu as an all-you-can-eat buffet is not that appealing for lunch. The lunch food was OK but not amazing. For dinner, the restaurant alternated between an all-you-can-eat buffet and a set menu. I found the set menu to be little odd as dishes were quite random and did not really go with each other. Again the food was OK but not amazing. The restaurant area was being renovated throughout our stay which was a little disappointing. When we arrived to the resort, the staff told us that the work would be finished within 3 days, but 8 days later when we left they were still hammering and building. We took the short ferry-trip across to Banyan Tree and tried the snorkelling over there; the reef was not as good as Angsana. We also stayed to watch the stingray feeding and turtle feeding. This was definitely something worthwhile doing. We then stayed at Banyan Tree for dinner and drinks, which was really not very pleasant at all. The staff treated us noticeably different to the other guests because we were from Angsana. The waiters would not come to our table for our order, we had to go to the bar to order. The drinks, when they finally arrived, were plonked down on our table and we were not given any nut/nibbles like the rest of the tables. And the staff kept repeatedly telling us how better Banyan Tree is - the bar staff, the guy in the souvenir store - all kept going on about how their resort is better, the food is better. It was nice to leave Banyan Tree. Such a shame as I have stayed at so many Banyan Tree hotels and resorts around the world over the years. Overall we had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. The weather was lovely and sunny, and the house reef was simply beautiful. Our villa was comfortable enough but not perfect. Same with the food and service, both were fine but not perfect. Angsana delivered exactly what I expected a 4-star Maldivian resort to deliver.
Actually we visited the place in 2015. If you want to be a king of an Island then it's the perfect place for you. I can say that anyone who loves quiet environment would definitely fall in love with Angsana...
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM