The welcome was incredible. Lots of staff to welcome me with a smile before being escorted to the lobby where Champagne or Coconut is offered as a welcome drink. A 5 minutes message is offered as well and it’s an excellent arrival experience.
After the impressive welcome I was escorted to my villa and I was very lucky to get upgraded to one of their two over water villas. The villa has a separate bridge entrance, outdoor shower, outdoor bath tub, sauna, steam, message area and an incredible sea view. The bed was very comfortable and I couldn’t fault the villa. After 7 years it might be a little tired, but Island Hideaway will renovate it next year and make it even better.
With only 45 rooms I had high expectations for the service and now comes the best part. Personal butler service. One butler pr. room. Naseer was the best butler I have had in any resort world wide and one of the few personal ones I’ve had. Excellent and attentive to all details. He took care of everything. From the arrival in the airport to the departure. Excellent personalized service, but a resort’s service should not be judged of one person. Island Hideaway have found great staff in all areas and it’s a hotel that works in many ways.
The food was nothing fancy, but breakfast, lunch and dinner was all very good. Just don’t expect michelin star food in this resort and you won’t be disappointed.
The facilities includes dive centre, kids club, bar, swimming pools and a beautiful spa. I had a 1 hour spa treatment in my over water villa and it was a great experience.
It’s hard to compare hotels and give ratings, but Island Hideaway surely belong in every lists of the world’s best hotels. It delivers on a very high level and is for sure one of Maldives’ best resorts. I loved it and it’s close to be one of my personal favorites in the world.
Overall a fantastic experience. It is very expensive, but you’ll get an incredible experience with extraordinary service in one of the most beautiful islands in The Maldives.
My opinion: Fantastic experience.