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SUN ISLAND RESORT & SPA

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The resort is situated on Nalaguraidhoo island which is almost 1.6 km in length and around 440 m. wide, so it’s rather big according to Maldives standards. But no worries buggy service is provided within the resort and there’s a possibility to rent bicycles to move around the island as well. This makes it easier when you need to have an access to the most of activity places, restaurants and various points – unless you prefer to walk. Most of the rooms are few steps from the sea with a great view over the ocean. Even when the resort is fully booked it never feels like it’s crowded. It’s easy to find your own private little place. You may wonder around the beautiful long beaches and great green gardens with thick and lush vegetation in the middle.

The transfer to the island takes 30 minutes by domestic flight from Male International Airport. The flight is carried out by the resort and it’s followed with a 10-minute transfer by a speedboat. The island itself is wonderful, the resort is very well organized and they take care of their guests from the arrival to the departure. The staff are welcoming and friendly, always more than happy to help their guests.

The rooms are cleaned twice a day which is even more than enough. The rooms are equipped with hot water kettle and tea coffee pouches. Mini bar is well equipped although it’s chargeable. All extra charges like drinks in the bars, meals in the cafes and restaurants are added to your room credit which you pay on your departure.

 

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STANDARD BEACH BUNGALOW

No. of rooms: 136

Size: 21 sqm

Capacity: 3

View: Beach/Ocean

Room features: sunbeds, sitting area

From: 190USD/night* on Half Board basis

These bungalows have the most reasonable prices which you can get for a waterfront accommodation. The rooms are nice, clean and comfortable but don’t expect from them a superb standard. Bungalow features a seating area for 2, cable TV with DVD player and bathroom with an open shower.

SUPERIOR BEACH BUNGALOW

No. of rooms: 218

Size: 26 sqm

Capacity: 3

View: Beach/Ocean

Room features: sunbeds, sitting area, bathtab

From: 202USD/night* on Half Board basis

These rooms are very spacious and comfortable with a relaxing design, big bathroom and a wonderful open shower. The best rooms in this class are said to be 179-220. Here you have less corals on the beach which is the best if you’re traveling with children. And what is more these rooms are closer to the main amenities such as swimming pool, main restaurant and bars.

SUN VILLA

No. of rooms: 36

Size: 28 sqm

Capacity: 3

View: Beach/Garden

Room features: sunbeds, sitting area, bathtub

From: 207USD/night* on Half Board basis

The villas are located in blocks of 3-4 rooms surrounded by the greenery of the garden. This is a great option if you’re traveling with a big family or friends. Each room has an open shower and veranda with a daybed. These rooms are fresh and cozy as they are the newest addition to the resort.

WATER BUNGALOW

No. of rooms: 32

Size: 64 sqm

Capacity: 3

View: Ocean

Room features: direct access to reef, private sundeck, sunbeds, sitting area, bathtub

From: 315USD/night* on Half Board basis

These bungalows are situated on stilts over the water. This is definitely a unique experience, having your own stairs down to the ocean. Just from the terrace you may see baby sharks, small fish and sometimes even sting rays. Enjoy your morning coffee watching the sunrise or the sunset on the terrace of your water bungalow with the most beautiful view of the ocean and the island.

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

No. of rooms: 4

Size: 246 sqm

Capacity: 4

View: Ocean

Room features: direct access to reef, jacuzzi, private sundeck, sunbeds, sitting area, bathtub

From: 733USD/night* on Half Board basis

This is a truly luxurious accommodation for a family holiday in a large water villa, situated far from the coast just over the turquoise lagoon with coral reefs. This is an absolute 5-star accommodation with all features possible and the main differences compared to water villas should be a personal jacuzzi and enormous room size. This is a great option for a one-night upgrade if you want to enjoy all the luxury of the resort.

Araamu Spa and Wellness Center, Sauna, Stingray and Shark Feeding,  Jacuzzi, Golf, Swimming Pool, Meeting rooms, Sports Ground, Diving center, Water Sport center.

Restaurants

There are various restaurants offering Italian, Japanese, Thai and local cuisine. If you go all inclusive you get the same waiter for all meals during your entire stay and also the same table with your name on it which is quite comfortable. The buffet is always changing, including grill, wide variety of salads, deferent kinds of meat, pasta, sushi and various types of fruits daily. The water is free when eating at the buffet at your  breakfast, lunch and dinner time. Note that beer and wine is included in the all inclusive package, but cocktails at the bars, which are definitely worth trying, are not. In case you find the food not suitable for your taste it is possible to ask the chef and the staff will make some special arrangements. Tea and coffee is available free of charge during the breakfast time. Breakfast is served for 2 and a half hours so it is very uncommon to have long queues at the coffee machines.

Maaniyaa Restaurant

This beachfront buffet restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals on standard meal plans are served in this main buffet style restaurant with plenty of Indian, Asian, local and western dishes to chose from.

Zero Restaurant

Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine and only serves lunch. The restaurant uses homegrown produce served directly from property’s gardens.

Sun Star Thai Restaurant

Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in Thai cuisine and serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar as well.

Ristorante Al Pontile

Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant serves Italian a la carte and Japanese specialties. At this place pizza is rated as worth trying although it is said to be quite overpriced.

Mekunu Bar

This bar is located on the beach near Maaniyaa Restaurant. Happy hour is offered daily. It is open 24 hours serving a wide variety of exotic cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.

Bars

Beach bar. This bar is located out on the sandbank near the water-sports beach. This is a shorefront bar with a picturesque setting which is open daily from 09.00 to 17.00.

Pool Bar. You know when you’re in a luxury hotel when they have a swimup bar allowing guests to  enjoy a drink without ever having to leave the pool.

Club Greenhouse Bar. Located next to the golf place, this bar severs food and good pizza too.

Vani Coffe Shop and Bar. Casual beachfront outlet offering a variety of snacks, light meals and specialty dishes. It’s is open 24 hours a day and is the main wifi hub on the island.

SPA Treatment

Araamu Spa offers facials, body wraps and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic therapy. It has 21 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Massages are available on the beach and in the spa. Couple massages are highly recommended as well.

The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub and Turkish bath (hammam).

The beauty treatments are just amazing, very professional and well planned – you get a lot for your money. What is more, with all inclusive the only treatments that you pay for are the massages, but they are all worth it. Honeymooners get -25% of spa treatments, special towels and flowers, free sparkling fine and fruits.

Relax the body and awaken the senses at Araamu Spa, a sanctuary of undisturbed tranquility within Sun Island Resort and Spa.

Beach and Reef

The sea is perfect for snorkeling with lots of colourful fishes, also you may easily meet small reef and black tip sharks and sting rays. The most impressive should be more than a meter long reef sharks cruising sometimes around the restaurant near the water bungalows in the early evening.

The beach has nice soft white sand and it is not very rocky. It is even possible to see baby reef sharks from the beach. From most of the rooms it is possible to go snorkeling straight to the reef. Here you can see sharks, rays, moray-eels, octopi, squids and hundreds of different small fishes. Some of the corals are bleached as in many other parts of the world due to the increasing temperatures. Although the coral is not very healthy or abundant but the marine life definitely is.

The windward (north) side of the island has a better beach, rougher sea, but not good snorkeling, the leeward (south) side has better shallows but some rocks. The best snorkeling seems to be around the Italian restaurant just outside the reef but you need to be a decent swimmer and cautious in deeper water because this is rather a rough part.

Things To Do

Diving

The dive centre is amazing. You have a wide variety of water activities to choose from at the diving center. Diving with manta rays, whale sharks, turtles, octopuses is just a spectacular scene.

Also, it is recommended to book activities in advance. Especially it concerns diving – since that has slots and at certain times the trainers may not be available. Also it should be mentioned that you are not allowed to dive if flying within next 24 hours owing to safety laws. Hence better to do this early on in your stay and what is more preferably on the day you land.

If you want to see the Whale Sharks it is recommended to go from February. You can take a freediver course at the diving center too which seems another way to explore the ocean without huge gear on your back.

Snorkeling safari including 3 points is highly recommended. It takes full day from 9 am to 4pm. This activity includes lunch, gear, guides and fresh water bottles.

Other activities

You may try lots of sport activities on the ground including tennis big and table, squash, billiards and golf. Guests also have an opportunity to enjoy fitness center and swimming pools.

The Water Sports Center of Sun Island is located on the East Side of the island. It has two toilets, two showers, a small terrace, and workshop, sail and surfboard racks are also available. Rental catamaran and windsurfing, water-ski, knee boarding, banana riding, rental canoe’s (single & double) and Jet Ski riding are the activities offered.

Jets-ski trips and speedboat trips to the other islands also can be organized on request. During the jet ski tour you will get an opportunity to visit an amazing sand bank in the middle of the ocean.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the excursions. The island provides morning and afternoon scheduled daily excursions such as uninhibited islands and sandbanks visiting, fishing trips with a complimentary BBQ of the daily catch, whale shark and dolphin safari. Don’t hesitate to ask, the tour desk is very helpful.

If you want to explore the whole variety of the marine life then Big Game Adventure is a great deal for you. On this excursion you will get to see whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins and a lot of different amazing fish in the coral reef.

One of the most exquisite activities should be catamaran sailing. You can rent a catamaran for 1-2 persons to sail round the island with or without a captain. The staff offers sailing courses offering the international sailing license at the end.

Entertainments

Sting ray feeding at the jetty every night is a superb event which takes place at 18.30 every evening. Later on they do sharks feeding between 10:00 PM and 10:30 PM in front of the presidential suites. Both are surely worth seeing. The possibility to rent bikes make it easier to go around island, for shark or sting ray feeding.

From one of the most traditional things don’t miss out on the crab race which takes place weekly on Thursday nights. However Sun Island Resort is not only about the ocean life, besides the diverse marine life you may see here flying foxes in the gardens and graceful herons on the beach.

All in all you can find plenty to do on the resort including lots of sports activities and spa facilities. Every evening you may enjoy DJ music and dancing at the main Mekunu Bar. Close to the private beach and stingray feeding place there is a hammock in the middle of the sea which is a cool place for taking memorable pictures.

Sun Island map

Sun Island Resort, 5*

Offer 1

Book and stay: now – 27 Dec 2018

  • 20% discount on room rates
  • Free stay and transfer for 2 kids upto 12 years sharing with parents as 3rd & 4th person
  • Free water during meal time
  • Free land & water sports (selected land sports, windsurfing and canoeing for FREE)

Offer 2

Book: now – 30 Sep 2018
Stay: now – 31 Oct 2018

  • Free meal upgrade from HB to FB (for Beach Bungalow and Water Bungalow)

Packages example for dates: 27 Jul – 31 Aug 2018

All rates are in $US for 2 people

Room type2 nights3 nights4 nights5 nights6 nights
Standard Beach Bungalow9291137129514781661

Included

Accommodation: Standard Beach Bungalow
Meal plan: Full Board
Transfer: Roundtrip domestic flight
All taxes (GST, Service Charge, Green Tax)