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.

  • Free nights: stay 7, pay 6; stay 14, pay 12; stay 21, pay 18, valid for stays between 28 Dec '18–27 Dec '19.

    Terms and condtions apply. Offers may not be combinable. 

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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Simply paradise

Nov 14, 2019 Maldivesaddict01

We are currently on the island and are literally blown away. Accommodation perfect, clean and really well maintained, outdoor shower constantly in use! Gardens within centre of island and along shore are breathtaking. Food absolutely delicious, all tastes catered for. We are AI and really cant complain about the range of cocktails and other… Read more
We are currently on the island and are literally blown away. Accommodation perfect, clean and really well maintained, outdoor shower constantly in use! Gardens within centre of island and along shore are breathtaking. Food absolutely delicious, all tastes catered for. We are AI and really cant complain about the range of cocktails and other alcoholic drinks available. The staff are all polite and willing to assist in any way. That leads me to Patrick. If you are fortunate enough to visit this piece of paradise you must look up Patrick in the Coffee Bar. Such an absolute ray of sunshine, so happy in his work and nothing is too much trouble. He really will make you smile. If snorkelling is your thing this island has the perfect house reef. We are in room 293 and directly in front and literally a few yards out, you will find your very own aquarium. Stunning. Shark and Ray feeding every night is also a must. Ignore any negative comments, I cant find a single thing to complain about Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Once in a lifetime experience

Nov 10, 2019 AGOFI9

If you have never visited Maldives this place is a must and at least once in a lifetime experience. It's a very beautiful and relaxing place, you can just forget all the rush and stress of the western world and walk on those white sands and beaches. This time it was our second time on this island and we took the superior beach bungalow room which… Read more
If you have never visited Maldives this place is a must and at least once in a lifetime experience. It's a very beautiful and relaxing place, you can just forget all the rush and stress of the western world and walk on those white sands and beaches. This time it was our second time on this island and we took the superior beach bungalow room which I think has very good value to the price ratio. Our room boy (Achinda) was very professional and kept our room fit and also made sure that our stay was very comfortable. He also surprised us by his room decoration with flowers and towel shaped like a peacock.( I will attach a photo of the room) If you ever visit this place I would also recommend having a visit to the spa, it's very unique experience. Read less
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Nov 9, 2019 Fearless750463

We travelled as a group of 10. On Sun Island we had 3 nights in the beach bungalows and then 4 nights over the water. The rooms were great, furnishings all in good condition, fans and A/C. Private outdoor showers in the beach bungalow was a treat but the real winner was moving into the over water bungalows. Stairs down to an aqua ocean full of… Read more
We travelled as a group of 10. On Sun Island we had 3 nights in the beach bungalows and then 4 nights over the water. The rooms were great, furnishings all in good condition, fans and A/C. Private outdoor showers in the beach bungalow was a treat but the real winner was moving into the over water bungalows. Stairs down to an aqua ocean full of marine life so that fish, rays and small black tipped reef sharks are literally at your doorstep. Amazing! Our rooms were always clean and no requests went unattended. On our last night we received an amazing farewell message with flowers on the big 4 poster bed. Excellent service. We bought the full board and drinks package and whilst there were other restaurants on the island we did not miss a thing in having this package. Lots of sports are included like table tennis, badminton, tennis and mini golf. Excursions include snorkeling, kayaks and paddle boards, these are extra cost though. All in all it was fantastic holiday made largely due to this tremendous place. Read less
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Nov 9, 2019 998michailk London, United Kingdom

The Resort is Amazing and offers a great quality for price. There are many beautiful beaches, flowers and trees and a number of restaurants and bars to choose from. The Sun Villas are great and the Superior Beach bungalows as well. We have stayed for 9 nights on full board and the main buffet restaurant is excellent with good variety of foods.… Read more
The Resort is Amazing and offers a great quality for price. There are many beautiful beaches, flowers and trees and a number of restaurants and bars to choose from. The Sun Villas are great and the Superior Beach bungalows as well. We have stayed for 9 nights on full board and the main buffet restaurant is excellent with good variety of foods. We have tried their Fish BBQ ( at an additional price ) and their Italian restaurant and the quality of the food and entertainment was excellent. I don’t understand why some other guests are complaining about the prices, it is certainly less expensive than a dinner in London! The pool area is great with comfy sun beds , large pool and daily Yoga and Zumba by the pool with Vera to keep fit ! The Island is kept very clean and there is a number of operatives who clean the beach and communal areas every day at all times. I have stayed last year at their sister hotel Holliday Island Resort however I think Sun Island is better because it offers better beaches and variety of amenities. Lastly not to miss the Araamu Spa , we had three treatments and they were excellent. Staff are very polite and welcoming at all times with the exception of the lobby reception staff members. I will certainly return later this year. Michail Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Better than Seychelles and Mauritius

Nov 9, 2019 Mike B Chester, United Kingdom

What a place beautiful beaches great snorkeling great food and really nice staff. We stayed in the standard beach bungalow allowing you to walk out the door and be in clear warm waters of the lagoon in 30 seconds. Fab sea life all around the island and lots of reefs and beautiful fish to see. We would have stayed another week the restaurant had… Read more
What a place beautiful beaches great snorkeling great food and really nice staff. We stayed in the standard beach bungalow allowing you to walk out the door and be in clear warm waters of the lagoon in 30 seconds. Fab sea life all around the island and lots of reefs and beautiful fish to see. We would have stayed another week the restaurant had everything our waiter Bodie was always very attractive and always took great care with all the guests he served. Would boog again in a heartbeat Read less