Sun Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

The largest resort in the Maldives, Sun Island Resort and Spa really does have something for everyone. If your ultimate dream is to experience the stunning surroundings and get close to the colours of the natural world beneath the ocean, you can scuba dive, snorkel, or sail a catamaran in the pure blue water, or if you prefer to catch up on some of that much needed rest and recuperation, perhaps some gentle fishing could be for you. On the other hand, if you feel your days are better spent horizontally you can take advantage of an aromatherapy treatment and massage, or simply sunbathe in a secluded cove with absolutely no sign of anyone, anywhere. This is just some of the advantages of this picturesque island in South Ari Atoll. For the evenings, the wealth of restaurants boast an excellent choice of cuisine from around the world, including Sun Star Thai Restaurant and Bar, the resort's very own reef top restaurant, an amazing experience with or without the amazing food and service!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children's Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant
  • Sailing

Where is it

On the island of Nalaguraidhoo in South Ari atoll. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 17 minutes by direct domestic wheeled aircraft, followed by a short speedboat transfer.

Hotel information

462 rooms. All with air-conditioning, TV, ceiling fan, telephone, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. Sun Villas are located in the heart of the island surrounded by lush gardens, with a private terrace, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

All Inclusive of: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant, and afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes in the coffee shop. Beer, soft drinks and canned fruit juices served at all outlets (except coffee shop). House wine served at the pool bar, main bar and main restaurant, spirits (gin, vodka, rum and whisky) served at the pool bar and main bar, and selected cocktails also available at the main bar. Bottled water served in all outlets. Tea & coffee from the main restaurant and bar. All drinks are served by the glass. Mini-bar with two cokes, two sprites and two sodas (replenished once per day). Sports and entertainment, including windsurfing, canoeing, tennis (floodlighting at an additional charge), badminton, squash, basketball, beach volleyball, table tennis, billiards, plus use of sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi. One night-fishing excursion per stay, for guests staying a minimum of 6 nights.

Please note: meals in the hotel's à la carte restaurants will incur additional charges. Champagnes, sparkling wines, premium wines from the wine list, premium brand spirits and liqueurs, blended drinks or cocktails, espresso, cappuccino and speciality coffees, fresh fruit juices, and any drinks consumed after 1:00am or before 10:.00am will also be charged locally.

Standard Beach Bungalows have their own private terrace with sea views, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Superior Beach Bungalows are larger with bath tub, veranda and are located right on the shoreline offering direct beach access, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Sunset Villas have direct access to the beach, with views to the west overlooking the lagoon, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Water Bungalows are situated on stilts along a wooden jetty, with a private sun deck and stairs to the lagoon, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

5 restaurants Maaniyaa Restaurant (main restaurant offering buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner), Island BBQ* (seafood and barbecue restaurant, open for lunch and dinner), Ristorante Al Pontile* (Italian restaurant, open for lunch and dinner), Southern Star Restaurant* (Indian cuisine, open for lunch and dinner), Sun Star Thai Restaurant* (over-water dining, open for lunch and dinner). Zero private dining experience*. Vaani Coffee Shop and Bar (open 24-hours). 5 additional bars, including Beach Bar and Pool Bar. Swimming pool and kids' pool. Spa*. Gym. Water sports, including snorkelling*, PADI diving school*, canoeing, windsurfing*, catamaran sailing*, boating*, power sailing*, wakeboarding* and water-skiing*. Floodlit tennis court*, indoor badminton*, basketball*, squash*. Football*. Beach volleyball*. Snooker*. Yoga*. Excursions*. Weekly entertainment programme with live band, disco, karaoke, competitions and poolside shows. Children's games room. Range of shops.

*Denotes local charge.

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Aug 4, 2021 T1067ZDdanielc

We spent 2 wonderful weeks in Sun Island Resort. It is one of the biggest islands in Maldives, which eases the possibility for a lot of activities, so you will never get bored. Sun Island Resort also has a wonderful community of employees that makes the entire experience really magnificent. Everybody is very friendly and nice, from the waiter, to… Read more
We spent 2 wonderful weeks in Sun Island Resort. It is one of the biggest islands in Maldives, which eases the possibility for a lot of activities, so you will never get bored. Sun Island Resort also has a wonderful community of employees that makes the entire experience really magnificent. Everybody is very friendly and nice, from the waiter, to the guys at the bar and beach and all the other facilities. And everybody speaks good English. There were a lot of employees that helped made our holiday very pleasant. And I would like to mention a few of them: Mamoun - our waiter, a really wonderful person. The guys at the beach: Shamim and Mamoun; every time very friendly, helping us find a free spot on the beach. And the guys at the bars: Alim, Prabhu, Prabathi, Angie. We also had some nice exchanges with Satesh and Rashmika from the restaurant. We also had a lot of fun with the DJ Belz Ranga and Snoop the dancer :) All these guys made our stay very confortable, had nice talks, really amazing. Everything is impressively really good organized on this island. We were really impressed by everything. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful island with amazing staff

Aug 2, 2021 288selinas Switzerland

We spent two wonderful weeks in the beautiful Sun Island Resort and Spa. The island is a true paradise and offers a lot of activities – from relaxing on the beach to playing golf and billiard everything is possible. Due to Covid a few activities were cancelled, and some restaurants were closed. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our holidays in Sun Island… Read more
We spent two wonderful weeks in the beautiful Sun Island Resort and Spa. The island is a true paradise and offers a lot of activities – from relaxing on the beach to playing golf and billiard everything is possible. Due to Covid a few activities were cancelled, and some restaurants were closed. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our holidays in Sun Island Resort and Spa to the fullest. What made our stay especially enjoyable for us, was the kind staff. They are very friendly and helpful all the time. We would like to mention two employees who will fondly stay in our memories: First Shaukath, the bartender of the golf bar. The drinks he made for us were incredibly delicious, the best on the whole island. Not only was he a great bartender, with his kindness he became a friend of ours in no time. We recommend everyone to step by at the golf bar at least once to enjoy a tasty drink in good company. If you’re lucky, Shaukath will mix you one of his various special drinks, which are not on the menu. The second person to mention is Midhun. He was our waiter for the two weeks of our stay. Midhun was always very polite, and we felt welcome all the time. He anticipated our wishes from the beginning and did an incredible job. As one of us must follow a glutenfree diet, Midhun had always gluten free pasta ready for us. His friendliness was outstanding. We would love to visit Sun Island and all the amazing staff again. Read less
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Jul 31, 2021 KostasPali Glyfada, Greece

I really don't know where to start. I'm really grateful that I had the chance to do this life trip (I'm 39 y.o but I wanted it so badly) 1. Everything was absolutely gorgeous, wish I could add more stars! 2. We booked a sunset water Vila for 13 nights with full board meals extremely cheap (thank you covid) 3. The stuff was amazingly polite and… Read more
I really don't know where to start. I'm really grateful that I had the chance to do this life trip (I'm 39 y.o but I wanted it so badly) 1. Everything was absolutely gorgeous, wish I could add more stars! 2. We booked a sunset water Vila for 13 nights with full board meals extremely cheap (thank you covid) 3. The stuff was amazingly polite and helpful, my big thanks to the reception especially to Bandana, Carlota, Pratima and Hafsa, they very veeeery helpful and smiling too. My special thanks too Ahmed our waiter for our table no290, that unfortunately didn't have the chance to say goodbye and our new waiter Jabarrai. And my gratitude for our housekeeping guy Vishnu❤️❤️❤️ 4. The water villa was so spacious and the balcony too, 74sqm. 5. We had our room twice per day inspected if we needed anything to be changed or missing, like towels, shampoos, coffee etc. 6. The sunbeds on our private balcony are gorgeous and the sunset is breathtaking. 7. All the island is amazingly clean, not even a single piece of paper of cigarette is on the floor, grass or beach (big plus) 8. The variety of food every morning, afternoon and night is quite good and tasty I have to admit, more than we anticipated. 9. You can have a fresh juice or drink in the forest Cafe and its so calm, quiet and beautiful. 10. Tips are not a mandatory, but we gave to everyone that gave us a good time..... I can keep saying things all day but I think my pics are going to cover the rest!!! Thanks again for the great time we had 😊😊😊 Read less
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Jul 30, 2021 jovanag132

First things first - this is the first destination where I wouldnt change anything! Wonderful island, amazing beach, delicious food and incredibly polite and proffesional staff. This was the best vacation ever! Special thanks to Haffsa who was our host during our stay. She did her best to fulfill our every wish and to make our stay on the island… Read more
First things first - this is the first destination where I wouldnt change anything! Wonderful island, amazing beach, delicious food and incredibly polite and proffesional staff. This was the best vacation ever! Special thanks to Haffsa who was our host during our stay. She did her best to fulfill our every wish and to make our stay on the island perfect! Jovana Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relax and Amazing day in Paradise

Jul 27, 2021 charlessN943IJ

I went to Sun Island Resort and Spa with my wife in July 2021, we enjoyed a lot. The place is amazing and the staff will make you fell in heaven, they will treat so well that you will want to stay or be back to the island. Special activities will happen in the pool bar with snoop.energy@ that you will love, for sure. We highly recommend this… Read more
I went to Sun Island Resort and Spa with my wife in July 2021, we enjoyed a lot. The place is amazing and the staff will make you fell in heaven, they will treat so well that you will want to stay or be back to the island. Special activities will happen in the pool bar with snoop.energy@ that you will love, for sure. We highly recommend this Resort and Spa. Read less