I usually don’t give reviews about my travels but I feel that I owe it to The Residence. I’m really very happy, everything was perfect. I requested for a water pool villa on the sunset side but of course I know they cannot guarantee that and it will depend on the availability upon our check in. But guess what, they upgraded us to the 2 bedroom water pool villa on the sunset side. I think they did that just to accommodate my sunset side request. I’m very grateful. You don’t know how much you made us happy.
Water Pool Villa – it’s perfect. spacious, beautiful interiors and furniture, easy access to the house reef, lovely view. I love the pool because we can swim and at the same time look for fish swimming right below us. I love the bath tub overlooking the beach and sunset too. My husband liked the coffee machine inside our room, he loves coffee. We were upgraded to a 2 bedroom water pool villa but of course we did not use the other room because the villa is already big for us even without the 2nd room.
Transfer – seamless and smooth transfer. I’ve read stories of problems during the transfer from Male to the resort but it was perfect for us. Everything was assisted very well. The transfer was on schedule. The flight was on time and we didn’t have any idle time spent on waiting in the airport. And for our international departure flight which is 11pm, they were nice enough to arrange our transfer late in the afternoon so we still had until 4pm to enjoy the resort. The transfer was really smooth. I think you just have to consider the domestic flight when booking your international flight. I mean it is a domestic flight and not just a seaplane flight.
Snorkeling – we took the reef snorkeling excursion but we actually appreciated more the house reef when we snorkeled it. The reef snorkeling is good but I think we enjoyed the house reef better because we can just do it right outside our villa whenever we want to. And when we are done, we can just climb back to our villa and freshen up easily. Aside from the colorful fish, we saw a turtle right below our villa, a sting ray when snorkeling the house reef and a baby shark along the shore in front of the beach bar and pool.
Service – what can I say, everyone is just so nice. the waiters were friendly, our butler was friendly, the reef snorkel guide was friendly. We thought the buggy service was going to take long because our room is far but whenever we needed one it was always there in just a few minutes. I think the bikes were very useful but we weren’t able to use them because they were too high for me to ride (I’m not tall) so we really often call a buggy or walk. We don’t feel tired when walking because the place is just beautiful. The landscape, the plants, the wind, the view is just too good that you would want to walk to check them out.
Facilities – there are a lot of facilities to use so we didn’t get bored. There’s the spa by Clarins. There’s a fitness center where my husband used the gym while I’m taking the sauna and steam bath. We borrowed 3 DVDs in the reception and watched them in our room. There’s also a movie night along the beach where they put a large screen so you can watch while lying on the beach bed. In the library we played xbox but there’s also a billiard table and a wide range of board games to use.
I researched a lot of resorts before I made a reservation and we did the best decision when we chose The Residence. Just book it, you’re not gonna regret it. Choose the villa with the pool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence Maldives is a world away from reality. This private island resort is anchored in one of the planet’s widest and deepest atolls, its sugary white sands lapped by sapphire blue waters, its pristine reefs the exclusive playground of its privileged guests. All 94 luxury villas lie on the beach or over the water, their traditional Maldivian architecture enhanced by anything from dedicated butlers to private pools. Dining is an international affair overlooking the Indian Ocean, The Spa by Clarins the only one you’ll find in the entire Maldives archipelago ... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi