Eriyadu could never post itself as a thriving member of the Maldivian Resort industry - it is simply not in the same league as other big players in the game. There are definite advantages of staying at this small island compared to its more esteemed brothers and sisters, but they are not enough in number.
The rooms are probably the biggest disappointment, with the range of accommodations offered looking like they need a lot of TLC. Ragged, aged, tired and dreary, the owners of the resort have much work to do in order to get this resort up to scratch.
One of its selling points though is without doubt its amazing house reef and beach - and, considering the rest of the resorts appeal, it is a welcome surprise. The reef is easy to navigate, is in close proximity to the island, and is also teeming with marine life. Turtles, eels, and other weird and wonderful creatures can be spotted with regularity, and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
The food too was not amazing, but the breakfast buffet did offer a decent spread, with both local and international options giving guests a chance to experience Maldivian cuisine.
Overall, I went with friends and had fun, but perhaps it was more about the company I was in rather than the surrounds.