Paradise Island, Maldives - Reviewed
A Maldive resort that deserves the name Paradise.
Review of Paradise Island
It takes just 15 minutes to get here from Male, the capital of the Maldives. It is an exhilarating speedboat ride which takes you into a large lagoon where you are welcomed by very pleasant staff
Facilities on Paradise Island
This is five star accommodation, with a full range of modern facilities. Some visitors felt the twenty first century intruded a bit too much, but we appreciated all the mod cons. The only bit we didn't bother exploring was the gym, because we had the sea for exercising in.
The island runs north to south for just under a kilometer and is the width of two football pitches. Boats come right in to the island at the southern end so you will find your arrival to be a very civilized affair.
Once landed the rooms are high luxury, each having a sea view. Make sure you are not put in the most southerly bungalow since the current here is strong and not too safe for swimmers. Everywhere else it is as calm as a pond. There are 40 water bungalows on a long jetty on the eastern side of the island and these are even more luxurious than the rest.
The staff were all perfect hosts at all times. The catering was fantastic, with good food in the main restaurant, great snacks in the sunrise restaurant and exceptionally good noodles at the japanese restaurant.
We took the time to get to know the staff, many of whom were locals and were rewarded with lots of tips that made our stay even more special. We also discovered that the island is actually called Lankanfinolhu which was a useful ice breaker when on a day trip to Male, since nobody knew that the rest of the world was now calling their local island 'paradise'.
One funny thing was that on the island we all sloped around with very little on, but there were fully suited businessmen turning up each day to use the conference facilities. Therefore, as I said it is not an 'untouched 'spot, but for a classy holiday in a beautiful location paradise is hard to beat.
Talking to other guests we found out that some had got the same holiday as us at unbelievable discounts by booking online, but we forgot to write down which web site i'm afraid. Good luck!