There can surely be no doubt this is an excellent luxury resort - just read the 500+ reviews on here! However, I suggest there are a few things to consider before you finalise the details of your booking.
Time Your Arrival Carefully:
Staff from The Residence will meet and greet you at Malé and arrange your onward transfer to the resort - but can only do what is possible. The Residence is 350km away from Malé, and you will travel on a scheduled domestic flight by Maldivian Airways to Koodoo before staff meet and greet you once again and whisk you away in the resort's own big speedboat. And this scheduled domestic flight is the potential problem. There are only so many flights each day, and there are only so many seats on the small aircraft. We arrived in Malé on time at 14:45, to be told we'd missed the 14:00 Maldivian flight, but were booked on the 17:40. Sadly it was delayed by technical problems, and eventually left at 19:40, meaning we finally arrived at The Residence close to 22:00. Staff made us very welcome on arrival, and had kept the dining room open for us, but it was still a long, hot and wearisome transfer journey. Some of those we waited with at Malé were not so lucky - and due to the Maldivian flight being fully booked had to stay a night in Malé and transfer the following morning. If I was to book here again, I'd choose a different international carrier and aim to arrive at Malé in the morning to give more time for the transfer process!
Go All Inclusive:
The Maldives is a small nation comprised entirely of tiny islands; which means everything you eat and drink has to be imported - and is expensive. All inclusive doesn't cover every eventuality, but will provide you with unlimited access to an impressive menu of drinks (cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks) as well as a full three meals a day. It may seem expensive when you're booking - but when cocktails are $20+ each, and a lunchtime sandwich is much the same, unless you're going to be very frugal indeed, it's good value.
And Once You've Booked:
Electricity in the resort is 240v, and delivered through UK-style three-pin plugs, so British travellers won't need adapters. However - electricity in the villa goes off when you take the room key away - so make sure you charge your devices at night!
Temperatures are high day and night, and the dress code is casual throughout the resort - so you won't need many clothes. However, for the fine dining Falhumaa restaurant, gentlemen require long trousers - so you may want to pack at least one pair of them.
Enjoy it - we did! Somehow the sunshine and tranquillity of the place seeped into our heart and soul in a way no other destination has so far managed.
- 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