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.

Rating summary

  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (2327)
  • Very good (1105)
  • Average (334)
  • Poor (111)
  • Terrible (105)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Awesome Holiday at Sun Island

May 18, 2019 Jennifer M Mumbai, India

We had a wonderful holiday at Sun Island in May 2019, it is a beautiful island with scenic views from all sides. The water color is blue, with white sands and is so amazingly beautiful. The hotel is also suitable for families apart from couples. Most of the guests, are majorly Europeans and Asians. The Hotel staff are extremely helpful and take… Read more
We had a wonderful holiday at Sun Island in May 2019, it is a beautiful island with scenic views from all sides. The water color is blue, with white sands and is so amazingly beautiful. The hotel is also suitable for families apart from couples. Most of the guests, are majorly Europeans and Asians. The Hotel staff are extremely helpful and take every effort to make your stay comfortable. We had a great time with the entertainment team Mr.Lito, Ms.Lera and DJ Belz. They hosted aqua gym, Zumba, yoga and many other fun activities near the pool area. Also a lot of games and entertainment was planned every evening which made the evenings fun and vibrant. They involved almost all the guests by encouraging everyone to participate and join the various programs. Kudos to them, for making the entertainment at the hotel both fantastic and memorable!! The hotel has cycles on rent, which really adds to the fun.Kids too had cycles so the whole family can join in the activity. We stayed in Superior beach bungalow, which was really spacious and well equipped with amenities with an awesome view of the beach right in front of our room. We also stayed at the water villa which was very beautiful and spacious with views which are breathtaking. Since we were with kids, we would prefer the Superior Beach bungalow next time again, as water Villa is a bit too risky with toddlers and young kids if they r left unattended. We did kayaking and fishing both of which were complimentary. The hotel has many water sports activities. The food also was really good with continental, Asian and Indian cuisines. We loved the Indian food options,delicious food and variety. The chefs too were very friendly and do a great job with the food. Special mention of Chef Premkumar, Chef Chandaran, housekeeping staff Achindar. All of them made our stay comfortable and memorable. The staff at the reception, and Photo studio were also very helpful and supportive. Looking forward to another visit soon! Keep up the good work! God bless! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best holidays ever

May 17, 2019 Стелла С

I would like to thank the whole hotel staff for making our stay so great. Special thanks to Arjun (our waiter in the restaurant. Just the best one who made each meal time exceptional for us), Rishwan and Iyash (our excursion gides with whom we lived incredible, unforgetable moments, wonderful emotions and thanks to whom we have amazing photos and… Read more
I would like to thank the whole hotel staff for making our stay so great. Special thanks to Arjun (our waiter in the restaurant. Just the best one who made each meal time exceptional for us), Rishwan and Iyash (our excursion gides with whom we lived incredible, unforgetable moments, wonderful emotions and thanks to whom we have amazing photos and videos to keep all those moments in memories). No words can describe how thankful we are to the whole staff of the diving center. The experiances we had with you were just overwelming, exceptional and unforgetable. But most special thanks to my amazing instructor Emmie. You are the best :) You made the impossible become possible and now i have my open water diver certificate. It is an amazing place to visit and to spend unforgetable moments. Thanks again to everyone Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely picturesque island but the standards are dropping

May 17, 2019 gary_martin5 West Molesey, United Kingdom

This is our second visit to this beautiful and tranquil island. Our Superior Beach Bungalow was great, very spacious clean and tidy with plenty of room to chill out.. There is a bath/shower toliet and bidet all kept clean. Towels are changed if you put them in the basket there is also an outside shower. The food was excellant buffet style with… Read more
This is our second visit to this beautiful and tranquil island. Our Superior Beach Bungalow was great, very spacious clean and tidy with plenty of room to chill out.. There is a bath/shower toliet and bidet all kept clean. Towels are changed if you put them in the basket there is also an outside shower. The food was excellant buffet style with plenty of choices. The Server Subash was always welcoming and nothing was too much trouble indeed a very pleasant young man. There was plenty of entertainment in the evenings in the Main bar area. One night we did the Beach BBQ which was excellent and well worth the money. We all went on a 3 stop snorkelling trip where we saw dolphins, turtles, and the beautifully colured reef and fishes. 2 of the group stayed on a remote island for the day to complete their Robinson excursion saying they really enjoyed it. Unfortunately there were some bad moments which can be easily rectified with some staff training. 1) My wife and I went to Vaani coffee shop at 9.50 and sat there waiting outside and waited. So I went inside and the guy sheepishly showed me the time on his phone. When we asked at reception we were told that they do not serve beverages to All Inclusive guests until 10.00. Perhaps the server could have come over and told us we had to wait. 2) On several occassions we had wait at the Coffee shop to be served as all the servers were either chatting together or looking at their mobile phones (not a good impression to the customers !) Being an AI guest you have to sign a chit for any items you have. It became a chore having to go in and ask for it. 3) Laundry service was poor ! We sent some items away only for someone to bring them back saying we did not sign the form. When I asked to see the form he said he was new and he had lost. So how did he know it was not signed ! 4) We tried the laundry again but did not have a form so rang house keeping for one but it never showed up managed to get one from the evening cleaners. 5) We then sent the laundry, which was not checked, in the morning so should be returned that evening but it didn't arrive. When I phoned the next day I was told that it was ready and then hung up. We eventually got our items that evening (a day late !) 6) A minor irritation was the bar keep running out of draught beer then ran out of canned beer so you never knew what you were going to get. 7) We hired bikes for 2 days but the standard of these was poor and need to replaced. Rusty chains, brakes not working, handlebars out of alignment. Summing up the holiday was so relaxing and a great destination but the management need to get a grip before the service outside the Main restaurant declines too far. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating heaven on earth

May 15, 2019 Amish D Mumbai, India

a beautiful holiday destination with warm hospitality well maintained property , travelled as couple for 6 nights and wish could stay more . the rooms are well equipped , pool wel maintained , always smiling staff ready to help you , you will feel at home .
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Honeymoon

May 14, 2019 azxim007

Thank you sun island hotel management for good quality service and friendly staff. I was nice holiday we spend together with my wife. We stayed room 499 we are Maldiviana couple. I recommend sun island for holiday destination special honeymoon . We will come back again