Biyadhoo Hotel, Maldives
There’s no pretence about Biyadhoo – if you’re looking for a simple escape at a good value, established resort with a wonderful natural environment, this is it. It’s why many of the guests here return year after year. The resort has recently improved many of its facilities, with changes including free Wi-Fi, twice-weekly snorkelling trips, as well as a refreshment of the rooms, reception, restaurant and bar.
The island is a haven for divers, with a wealth of top dive sites nearby. The renowned PADI dive school is particularly popular, with the excellent instructors on-hand to advise which of the varied dive sites are best suited to your ability. For snorkellers, the fabulous house reef has seven different passages and offers the opportunity to get up-close with reef sharks, rays and turtles. And for relaxation, there’s a main stretch of beach plus several smaller beaches around the island.
Palm is the resort’s air-conditioned restaurant, offering buffets and set menus with international cuisine. In the evening, the al fresco Coconut Bar becomes the island’s hub as the place for drinks in a relaxed atmosphere, often with entertainment. Stay between May and November and you'll get your drinks included, with a free upgrade from Full Board to All Inclusive. Rooms are housed in two-storey blocks, just a few steps back from the water’s edge. They are fairly basic but perfectly adequate, as most guests here tend to focus on the outdoors. Each has a balcony or terrace leading to the beach.
Star Rating: ***
- 7 nights accommodation
- Full Board
- Return flights from London
Badminton, volleyball, board games, PADI dive school, watersports including windsurfing and catamaran sailing, themed evenings and live music, Wi-Fi throughout
Restaurants & bars
Palm is Biyadhoo’s air-conditioned restaurant. It offers buffets and set menus with international cuisine. Each Friday, there’s a traditional Maldivian-themed buffet. The open-air Coconut Bar has a thatched roof and sand floor and is the hub of the island. In the evenings, it’s the place to be for catching up over drinks and snacks.
Spa & wellness
Overlooking the waters of the Indian Ocean, the Aavun Spa at Biyadhoo offers the concept of home spa facilities, using natural ingredients such as rice, coffee, orange, honey, coconut and herbs and spices combined with traditional Asian body massages.
The diving at Biyadhoo is a real highlight. The Dive Ocean PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resort is a focal point of the island, situated next to the main jetty, and its instructors are incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. Local dive sites include Manta Point (a manta cleaning station between June and November), Hogura Hura (a beautiful calm site, perfect for all abilities) and the thrilling Kandooma Thila (for experienced divers only, due to its strong currents).
Simply furnished and just a few steps back from the water's edge. - Air-conditioning - Minibar - Tea and coffee facilities - Shower - Balcony or terrace
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