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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Jul 15, 2019 Inesabdelhak

This is our second time here in sun island resort, i can’t even explain in words how i actually feel about this place, i mean everything is perfect, the staff and the managers are so careful and they welcomed us in the warmest way ever, the rooms are clean and well arranged with everything that we might need. This island has a soul I mean it’s not… Read more
This is our second time here in sun island resort, i can’t even explain in words how i actually feel about this place, i mean everything is perfect, the staff and the managers are so careful and they welcomed us in the warmest way ever, the rooms are clean and well arranged with everything that we might need. This island has a soul I mean it’s not just a beautiful sea and a beautiful beach but also wonderful nature very clean and you would never get bored with the huge selection of activities offered by this amazing hotel. There are no chances to find one small imperfection in this location: the main restaurant is serving a wild range of dishes from all over the world, always fresh and delicious and the desserts...oh god the desserts are dreams coming true. The taxi drivers are always smiling and being friendly as well as all the waiters, the staff is always caring about us and lookin forward to make our stay as corfortable as possible. This is the perfect place to relax and at the same time have fun, and don‘t worry about the Entertainment because every evening at the main bar you can enjoy a couple of drinks while dancing and watching the wonderful shows that the entertainers present. I highly recommend this island to everybody, personally i’m allready thinking about my next comeback ☺️ Read less
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Jul 15, 2019 TheSwede70

Lots of things to do. If you want sun beds by the pool, Dhulal will help you. You are the best Dhulal! Dont forget to use sunscreen. Many restaurants to choose from. Explore the island, rent a bike. TheSwede
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Jul 14, 2019 DanaBerkova Prague, Czech Republic

We just came back from the paradise on Earth. I usually do not write reviews after coming back from our vacation but this experience made me change my mind. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work, friendly approach and great services. Especially Shawkat at the beach bar and Elias at the Maaniya restaurant, who made our stay very… Read more
We just came back from the paradise on Earth. I usually do not write reviews after coming back from our vacation but this experience made me change my mind. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work, friendly approach and great services. Especially Shawkat at the beach bar and Elias at the Maaniya restaurant, who made our stay very special. Both of them were always prepared to provide us with the best services. In spite of the fact that we came there during the rain season, we were lucky to have sunshine all vacation long. Whole 13 days the sea was calm, sun was shining and it had rained just during one night. We saw manta rays, sharks, stingrays... By the way, it is really great to swim with the sharks. ;-) We enjoyed the trip to the Holiday Island as well. We considered it to be the most impressive gift from the management of the resort. Thank you for it! We celebrated our 30th anniversary in the Thai Restaurant. Actually it made our stay even more special. We saw the sun set first, then the shark feeding and later we had a romantic dinner prepared by the cook from Thailand. We ate the best Thai Pad there. We felt so pampered and so welcome! Briefly said, we could not have asked for more. Thank you very much again! Anyway, we will definitely come back soon! Read less
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Jul 14, 2019 Pavel J

We were in the resort for several times. As olways, complete satisfaction: helpful staff, cleanliness of accomodation, delicious food,....Despite the dying corals rich reef(sharks, octopuses, rayes, turtles, various types of fishes). Special thanks to manager Petra(from CZ), incredibly helpful and helpful.Thanks for her still good mood! Next… Read more
We were in the resort for several times. As olways, complete satisfaction: helpful staff, cleanliness of accomodation, delicious food,....Despite the dying corals rich reef(sharks, octopuses, rayes, turtles, various types of fishes). Special thanks to manager Petra(from CZ), incredibly helpful and helpful.Thanks for her still good mood! Next thanks to manager Ali for enabling Later Check Out - that was very nice from resort. These employees made our holiday very pleasant! Read less
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Jul 14, 2019 ROBC101 Bempton, United Kingdom

Recently got back from another 2 weeks in Paradise met some old friends and made some new Started off badly with delays at Manchester airport and causing us to sprint across Qatar Airport to Make our connection!!! But as soon as we saw the deep blue sea when getting on the Boat from Maamagili to Sun Island it was all forgotten We made a point of… Read more
Recently got back from another 2 weeks in Paradise met some old friends and made some new Started off badly with delays at Manchester airport and causing us to sprint across Qatar Airport to Make our connection!!! But as soon as we saw the deep blue sea when getting on the Boat from Maamagili to Sun Island it was all forgotten We made a point of walking around the island everyday and it just got better and better We went on the 3 site snorkelling and swam with Turtles and Manta fantastic unfortunately no Whale Shark again! Thanks to the other tripper (I think he’s called Aldo) for Whatsapping me the video he made We also did the Sunset fishing which again was brilliant and my wife caught a Dogtooth Tuna (with the help of the guys on the boat) which we enjoyed at the BBQ later Many many thanks to all the staff who went out of there way as usual to make the holiday special including gardeners and the girls cleaning up leaves around the bungalows but especially the following Bodey (again) in the main restaurant Ibrihim our room boy (always a smile on his face) Aaron also in the Main bar (best omelettes ever) always polite and happy even with a queue And Abdulla, Soy (the main man)Thilina (top guy) Channa,Nishanra,Shamhaaz,Ubaldullah,Dilshaan, Fazeen,Shaamin and Ameen in the Coffee Shop Hopefully see you all again in the not too distant future (keep in touch on facebook and Whatsapp) Read less