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The only island resort in the unspoilt Faafu Atoll, guests can experience true barefoot luxury at the Filitheyo! Surrounded by a stunning house reef, water sports are a big attraction with divers able to hone their skills at the acclaimed Werner Lau Diving Centre. There’s also snorkelling, windsurfing, fishing or simply splashing about in warm, crystal clear waters. Thatched-roof villas are scattered round the edge of this island paradise, blending perfectly with the natural environment and offering plenty of space and comfort. Mod-cons ensure a home-from-home experience with the added bonus of gorgeous scenery on your doorstep, enjoyed from your private veranda of course! A visit to the local spa is a must, offering a range of Balinese massages and treatments to leave you feeling on top of the world. Other activities include volleyball and table tennis or simply lounging by the swimming pool, soaking up the sun. The main restaurant is a sumptuous affair with buffet dishes to suit every taste and mood. There’s also the Sunset Restaurant & Bar for lighter fare and the Filitheyo Bar for some very exotic cocktails. Evening entertainment is always fun with low-key discos for those intent on throwing a few shapes and cultural shows for all the family to enjoy.
In the Faafu Atoll. Transfer time from Malé airport (including 35 min by seaplane and 10 min by boat from the seaplane platform).
125 rooms. All with air-conditioning, veranda, satellite TV, CD player, telephone, mini bar, tea/coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Superior Villa Rooms are semi-detached with outdoor shower, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.
Deluxe Villas are larger, detached with outdoor shower and bath tub - both sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. Water Villas are built on stilts over the lagoon with large bathroom, local style swing and day bed, sleeping 2 adults. All villas have a private veranda and sun loungers. Please note: No children are allowed in the Water Villas.
Main restaurant (international buffet – breakfast, lunch and dinner), Sunset Restaurant & Bar, Filitheyo Bar. Swimming pool. Fitness centre. Filitheyo Spa. Werner Lau diving Centre. Water sports including snorkelling, windsurfing, canoeing, sailing and Maldivian night fishing. Beach volleyball, table tennis. Regular evening entertainment including disco nights and cultural shows. Air-conditioned library with Internet access. Excursions to neighbouring islands. Laundry/dry cleaning service. 24-hour room service.
Meals in the main restaurant, afternoon tea and snacks, domestic brand alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. Also included are 2 excursions - Island Hopping and Sunset Fishing.Book this hotel Back to top
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We had the great pleasure to stay at Flitheyo island resort in November for a week. Since it was our second time this year we had a VIP treatment which was greatly appreciated. (Thank you again to... Read more all the staff !) The team was super nice with us and we really enjoyed our stay. Filitheyo is a very beautifull wonderland. Pretty large (in Maldivian standart) with some large sections of jungle left natural which is a very good thing. Beaches are cleaned everyday so the sand remains immaculate. We noticed that a large portion of the beach was literally missing in comparison with our last time 8 months ago ! Probably due to a severe storm… We appreciated our room. The design may be a little vintage but this was not so important for us. In the lagon we have been greeted by beautiful animals : turtles, raies, sharks and all sort of fabulous fishes : pure magic. For our last day dozens of dolphins were swimming and jumping like crazy kids at 200 /300 meters away from the beach…Fantastic ! The spa is also a very good point of the resort. Hidden in the middle of the island, all the therapist are good and have magical hands. 2 or 3 points to improve: the buffet needs to be more organic and healthier. Also : I still don’t understand why some people need to go fishing when you just snorkeled with magnificient creatures…why kill them ? we heard a Russian guy boasting around at the frontdesk because he had killed a baby shark (wow !). They also organize a “crab race” every Monday, which seems totally inappropriate in a 4 star resort. Other than that Filitheyo is a magic paradise with a friendly staff: If you like to feel in total seclusion (like us) with nothing to do but a nice walk around the beach, a cocktail admiring the sunset and a well deserved massage at the spa after the snorkeling, you really have to stay in filitheyo. Can’t wait for our 3rd time <3 Read less
My husband and I holidayed here in early June this year for our Honeymoon and we had a fabulous time! I often look at reviews that other travellers write about the destinations we visit and quite... Read more frankly I can't help but feel like some people cannot be pleased! The transfer by seaplane/boat was swift and hassle free and we were given a warm welcome with a refreshing drink and ice cold towels to help us acclimatise to the heat! Our bags were taken straight to our beach bungalow and we were given a tour of the facilities. The bungalow itself, number 67, was directly facing the scuba diving entrance into the beautiful Indian ocean. We were on the all inclusive package and we were not disappointed, the food was amazing, so much choice and nothing was too much for the chefs or the waiters. If you can't find something you like then your taste buds like bland food or you just have no taste, I honestly believe some people expect fish fingers and chips! I did read a few reviews complaining about not being able to take your drinks back to the villas etc. but we didn't find this a problem, every time I ordered a drink I would get a new bottle of diet coke as a mixer which meant I regularly ended up with full unopened bottles which I then popped in the mini-bar fridge and used whilst on the beach. The drinks were all branded on the AI and the measures were always doubles, we really couldn't complain. I had a fabulous treatment in the spa which was made even better by the fact that they gave me an extended treatment for the same price as it was a quiet time for them. My husband is a qualified scuba diver and went several times out with the Werner Lau team who were all lovely and helpful, yes this is all at an additional cost as is the WiFi but lets face it your on a desert island they can charge you whatever they want! Whilst we were there we did notice that a few of the bungalows were being re thatched but the management made sure that we were far enough away that it didn't disturb our tranquillity whilst we lazed on the picture perfect beach, it was actually fascinating to see how the locals went about this process! All in all we couldn't have asked for better and cannot think of anything we would change about this idyllic island. Read less
This was our third visit to Filitheyo and it was every bit as good as the first two. It is a thoroughly relaxed island, large enough not to feel claustrophobic while small enough to retain that... Read more sense of isolation the Maldives is famous for. While on both previous visits we chose the standard (Superior) villa this time we split our time between a Deluxe villa and a Water villa. In our view the premium for the Deluxe villa is probably not worth it. The only real difference is that the Deluxe villas are detached while the Superior villas adjoin another so provided you don't have noisy neighbours the Superior is fine. The Deluxe villas do face onto the best beach if you are after sand (and there is a shallow sandy shelf that is perfect for swimming and playing), but most Superior villas have by far the best beach for snorkelling with considerably better reef access and we found ourselves heading over to that side of the island when we wanted to hit the water. While the Deluxe villas were probably not worth the additional cost, the Water villa definitely was. It had fantastic views both of sunrise and sunset, offered steps directly into the water and was slightly better fitted out. Some people complain of the distance to the restaurant but to us that was a minor irritation. Our only comment would be that the villas are quite close together and conversations on the terrace at the back are quite audible to other couples on neighbouring bungalows. The food was, as always, fantastic, although the menu seemed little changed in the two years since our last visit. Service was exemplary and understated. As we were returners there was a bottle of wine and a fruit basket in our room and they gave us a beach-side dinner one night. These were very nice touches. This is not a 5 star super-luxury island so you won't find personal butlers or (even) room service but you will find very helpful staff and unobtrusive support. While there were some children it isn't the ideal location for families. One thing that surprises me is that despite most of the clientele having always been German (even more so this time; we spotted a couple of French couples, a Chinese couple and one English couple) the food has a strong British bent and none of the staff, with the exception, as far as we could tell, of one at reception, spoke any German. I should also note that we are a gay couple and have always found the island very welcoming, This time there were at least three other gay couples. In common with the rest of the Maldives costs are certainly rising. On previous visits we had booked all inclusive. This time we went half board given that AI was c$75 per person per day more than half board. While we definitely made the right decision it is worth noting that food and drink are expensive (not surprising given the logistical challenge of getting everything there!). Sandwiches in the sunset bar for lunch were about $17, water was $4 and beer was $8.50 a pint. That said both bars had happy hours so we tended to avail ourselves of those periods and not drink too much at other times and given the amount of food available for breakfast and dinner we found that sharing a sandwich at lunchtime was quite enough to keep us going. We did drink the tap water and this had no ill effects. We don't dive so can't assess those costs but flipper hire worked out at just under $5 a day. In addition if you are not booking through a tour company you need to factor in the cost of the seaplane transfers which, though spectacular, add (currently) $386 per person to the cost of your stay. Other gripes? Perhaps I am getting more fussy in my old age but there seemed to be more and louder music in the public areas than on previous visits. There may be people who pay to come all the way to the Maldives in order to watch the sunset over a cold beer with Celine Dion blasting out of the sunset bar stereo or who enjoy eating dinner (as we did one night) while Eminem's Slim Shady plays on a never-ending loop (we complained; they moved it onto James Blunt ... on a never ending loop) but most people I am sure would prefer the silence, at least until after dinner. Also there were times when we could hear the music in our room, which was some way from the bar. In addition internet is ridiculously expensive (probably not a bad thing) and because the seaplanes are spaced out through the day you may leave on the last day much earlier than you might think necessary. Finally we loved playing table tennis but some of the equipment was very worn out. All these are minor gripes. The key question is whether we would come back. The answer is a firm yes. But only after I have worked off all the food I ate while we were there! Read less
This is the second time i have been here and the prices have rocketed which probably explains why it was about 60% occupancy. The bad things first, the resort controls all the prices so the diving is... Read more Werner Lau's most expensive resort. The hotel staff discourage the drinking of the tap water leaving a suspicion that unless you are local it might give you a tummy bug despite in the info pack it states it is fine to drink. The more observant might notice the bottle water supplied at $3.50 for all are refillable non sealed bottles and are (confirmed by anonymous source) filled from the tap!! cynics please smile Everything is chargeable wifi an eye watering 5$ per hour or $100 per week, not a sign of any give aways no matter how cheap which might engender good will. The good points it is the Maldives Food is spectacular The dive centre and staff are brilliant, friendly, attentive and helpful the kit is well kept and serviced the organisation is excellent but then it would be its a German company. As a Padi instructor i think my observation are valid Read less
For my time on Filitheyo, I choose a unique accommodation. The Filitheyo Island Resort Maldives is the only Island resort in the Faafu Atoll. The scenery is like a perfect dream: Palms, long and... Read more white beaches, beautiful sunsets. The Filitheyo Island Resort Maldives is offering three different kinds of apartments: Beach bungalows, de luxe beach villas and overwater villas.After spending some time in the Maldives resort, I can highly recommend to book an overwater villa, because the rooms and the bathroom are really big.The direct access to the water gave us the chance to see a lot of colourful fish. If you like to see reef sharks, turtles and all of the other fish, you don´t need to dive. Just get yourself a snorkelling-equipment and start discovering the diversity of species. But try to be fast, they have got only ten of them. What else can I tell you about Filitheyo? Well, the whole island is very clean, just as the hotel. At Filitheyo Island Resort Maldives you have the chance to get room-service twice a day. For breakfast you can have fresh fruits and juices, for dinner they are arranging a large buffet with local, Indian and international dishes. If you love sushi and sashimi, like I do, try the main restaurant. For people who are feeling hungry during the day, the Maldives resort is offering snacks on the sunset bar, next to the pool area. They have delicious food like tuna sashimi, Vietnamese spring rolls, and lot of other appetizers. On your Maldives holiday in the hotel Filitheyo Island Resort, you should definitely check out the spa – It´s really amazing! The Maldives resort is equipped with a bungalow with big garden and outside shower. Enjoy the peace and privacy during the treatment! The masseurs are from Bali, therefore you can be sure that you will get the real Balinese massage! The guests are mostly German speaking; some people from France were there as well. Read less