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Biyadhoo Island Resort
Somewhat cheap and cheerful, but the beach and snorkelling were fab
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October, 2011
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Neil M
Somewhat cheap and cheerful, but the beach and snorkelling were fab

Cheap and cheerful is I guess a term bandied around a lot with holidays.  It is probably a fitting phrase for Biyadhoo Island Resort during the one or two short stays I have had there though.  My first visit, speedboated from Male' International Airport with friends on a warm thursday evening was pretty thrilling.  Essentially arriving as expat visitors, we were not welcomed entirely warmly, but a nice hearty buffet meal and a bottle of wine got us in the right spirits for an evening in the sea, where my friends were dazzled quite literally by the phosphorescence, which certainly made the evening for them.  Our accomadation was very basic, functional and quite hostel-like in style and simplicity, with basic showers, a double bed and television.  It didnt have strong views or a particularly pleasant private area to sit, but as my friends said it was outside where our attentions lay.  The beach was wonderful and a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful waters and impressive drop off for snorkelling.   The cocktail prices and drinks were veragely priced with cocktails around 7 - 10 US dollars, the sheltered beach bar was also a very pleasant addition for a few days of r& r.  Ultimately I would say if you are looking for a simple beach holiday in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with a fair bit of snorkelling and diving, this resort would be a strong consideration as a budget choice.  A fairly noisy and jovial bar area with live bands and DJs playing often western standards almost provides a Spanish holiday feel to proceedings, which may not be to everyone's taste, but for expats or people who just want a lot of pleasant beach time where they can be well-fed and watered, it's a strong consideration - but this definately ain't the Ritz.

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