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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Perfect Honeymoon

Dec 3, 2021 jasonnelios231 Swansea, United Kingdom

After a cancelled flight resulting in a 10 hour delay I was struggling to stay excited for our trip. However, this feeling was shattered the minute we arrived at Sun Island! I had very little sleep and felt irritable but the check in was so friendly and efficient I did not have to worry about anything. We were greeted promptly and after a brief… Read more
After a cancelled flight resulting in a 10 hour delay I was struggling to stay excited for our trip. However, this feeling was shattered the minute we arrived at Sun Island! I had very little sleep and felt irritable but the check in was so friendly and efficient I did not have to worry about anything. We were greeted promptly and after a brief explanation of the way the resort is run, we were whisked off in a buggy to our Sunset Villa. I had previously requested a room between 440-450 and was delighted to be allocated room 450 which was right on the beach front with some palm trees providing a bit of shade when required. The Villa was clean and modern whilst also feeling very homely for the entire 2 weeks we stayed. There are two air con units (1x in main room and 1 in the bathroom) which were excellent and kept the room comfortable at all times. We absolutely loved the open air shower! The room was kept in tip top condition by our housekeeper Jebba who visited twice a day and was on the ball with fresh towels and drinks every day! Thank you again Jebba!! The food was superb and we were never bored throughout our stay. The choice was outstanding the quality was as you would expect if you had ordered it specifically which is quite an achievement for a large scale buffet! Our waiter Mamuun was outstanding and kept us a lovely table for every meantime and made sure we always had drinks and we really enjoyed his company at meal times. The resort definitely has a star with Mamuun! On occasion when we visited the main bar for some evening drinks (My wife was 6 months pregnant at the time of travelling so we opted for early nights and seeing sunrise every morning..) our waiter Prabhu was excellent and would ensure we always had a drink, his service was impeccable and he was always happy to have a chat and laugh with us. The resort are lucky to have Prabhu! The Excursions are definitely hit/miss and I booked the Big Game Adventure Snorkeling to swim with the amazing Whale Shark. Unfortunately on the trip we did not see a whale shark, manta and just one lonely turtle but the trip was still well run and the whole crew were very friendly, although my one issue was they always seemed to be in the wrong place when the Whale Sharks made an appearance and by the time we got there it was gone so they did seem to be having an off day. A few people mentioned that they experienced the same issue but with any wildlife its 50/50 so no issue from me. Not to be deterred, I proceeded to book the Whale Shark Snorkeling trip in one last attempt to swim with one and we swam with 2 different whale sharks on 3 occasions so I left extremely happy! Thank you to the team for helping me experience this amazing animal in their home. Make sure you snorkel the islands house reef which you can access from the Italian Restaurant. You can see a variety of species of fish with appearances from an octopus and some small black tip reef sharks. Finally, My wife and I would like to pass on our sincerest thank you to the Sun Island Resort back office team who communicated with us faultlessly throughout our travelling ordeal (more than Emirates but that's a whole other review..). They constantly reassured us that they would assist us in any way to make sure we make our domestic transfer from Male and the resort representatives that met us in Male lived up to that promise and made the transfer seamless and guided us through Male airport to the domestic departure lounge. Thank you again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating WE ♥️ SUN ISLAND

Dec 3, 2021 dolays2021

This was our third time in maldives with my wife. We wanted to stay at the same side of the resort like the other two times before but there wasn’t a free room at first, so we got an upgrade (for free) to the waterbungalows for a couple days. The waterbungalows are beautiful but any other rooms also. Because of our room boys Vijayaram & Mohan it… Read more
This was our third time in maldives with my wife. We wanted to stay at the same side of the resort like the other two times before but there wasn’t a free room at first, so we got an upgrade (for free) to the waterbungalows for a couple days. The waterbungalows are beautiful but any other rooms also. Because of our room boys Vijayaram & Mohan it was always clean. So first we ate at the southern star restaurant and met our new friendly waiter Shah Allam. Special thanks to the outlet manager Zakir who found my wifes bag after she lost it. After our room change we met our old friends Kella Afeef & Manik. Both are very good waiters. Shoutout to the next star cook Brighton with his amazing skills, to Rashmika who gave us always fresh fruits & to Sallauddin at the coffee corner. After eating Mannan brought us always safe to our room with the shuttle. He is the best driver. Thanks to the artist Azmee for the unique pieces of souvenirs. The hotel invited all the repeat guests to tea time and here we got the chance to talk to some of the managers like Chelvam, Faiz & Nadeem. They‘re great leaders and took good care of us. The pool king Dulal & his crew always chose for us the best places between pool and beach. The main bar waiter Rahim & Dilhan served us delicious cocktails. We enjoyed the yoga lessons with Vira & the fire show with Snoop (whoup whoup) while Ranga aka Dj BeLz doing fantastic music. Last we want to mention some of the women staff like Tiya, Kathlyn, Malati, Anggie, Eva & Ayu. You could tell from their eyes that all of them smiled continuously even though we can’t see their faces because of the masks. Read less
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Dec 2, 2021 M6229ADmustafas

This is my first time with my wife in Maldives and we come sun island 🏝 the beach was so beautiful and clean and the food is very taste and the staff is very friendly and the welcome us the main bar staff is so friendly thanks bar manager Nuwan and the entertainment activities with snoop we like the aqua fitness with snoop and the evening… Read more
This is my first time with my wife in Maldives and we come sun island 🏝 the beach was so beautiful and clean and the food is very taste and the staff is very friendly and the welcome us the main bar staff is so friendly thanks bar manager Nuwan and the entertainment activities with snoop we like the aqua fitness with snoop and the evening entertainment in the main bar we come everyday to watch the show mr sun island the light show was great and fire show thanks snoop for help us and he is very nicely talking and thanks to DJ belz for the nice music 🎶 We love sun island we will come back again soon 🔜 Read less
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Dec 2, 2021 785ayset

This is my third time in maldives with my husband and we like the resort so much and we like the room is very clean and the beach was amazing the food is so nice and the drink 🍹 is very good we come everyday in the evening the bar and we enjoy the entertainment with snoop and we like the light and fire show was good and snoop he is very friendly… Read more
This is my third time in maldives with my husband and we like the resort so much and we like the room is very clean and the beach was amazing the food is so nice and the drink 🍹 is very good we come everyday in the evening the bar and we enjoy the entertainment with snoop and we like the light and fire show was good and snoop he is very friendly and so kind and we enjoy the aqua fitness in the pool we really enjoy the entertainment thanks to the dj belz he is doing nice music and he knows to make people dance we will come back again for sure Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing entertainment

Dec 1, 2021 O4163ZKmonikaw

This is my first time in maldives with my husband and we like the resort so much and we like the room is very clean and the beach was amazing the food is so nice and the drink 🍹 is very good we come everyday in the evening the bar and we enjoy the entertainment with snoop and we like the light show was good and snoop he is very friendly and so… Read more
This is my first time in maldives with my husband and we like the resort so much and we like the room is very clean and the beach was amazing the food is so nice and the drink 🍹 is very good we come everyday in the evening the bar and we enjoy the entertainment with snoop and we like the light show was good and snoop he is very friendly and so kind and we enjoy the aqua fitness in the pool we really enjoy the entertainment thanks to the dj belz he is doing nice music and he knows to make people dance we will come back again for sure Read less