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Reviewed 25 November 2017

We had a lovely two weeks here and was mostly very good but had a few things that could be improved. Slightly miffed we didn't get a room upgrade having booked and paid directly as others have - thus saving them booking fees but we were happy with our water villa.
Island- small and compact with a great sandy spit which is very nice for a walk. You can just about walk all the way round and it takes about 15 minutes - add the walk out on the spit and its another 20 minutes at low tide. The paths are boarded and wind through the trees and bushes. a downside is that it is very poor signed and takes a few days to find your way about!
Snorkelling - good! Not too much current and there is a big area for learners and two main areas for the more experienced - the marine biologist, Andrea, a very pleasant and informative young man, takes a free group snorkel every day.
Trips - good and reasonably priced trips to mantas, whale sharks, snorkelling places, dolphins, local island and fishing - so plenty to do.
Rooms - beach, garden, over-water and deluxe over-water. roomy and well laid out - nice bathrooms and good access to the sea.
Staff - great and very friendly - except one of the maldivian chefs - but everyone wanted you to have a great time, and we did! Our waiter, Resal, was efficient and always smiling, room boy kept the place clean and tidy twice a day, there is an Italian chef (don't know his name) who was very pleasant and always had a smile and a few words for us each mealtime.
food - good quality and generally nicely presented and cooked. BUT - it was very much the same all the time - especially breakfast. Lunch was good but some nights the evening meal lacked any imagination and flair - it needed to have a wow factor and it didn't. No cheese, cold meats, sushi, nice sauces, very few potatoes but a few fries at lunchtime were available. The food was generally a bit overcooked and dry, in our opinion, and lacked flavour. Good stuff was salads, curries and ice cream! We ate twice at the Thari restaurant, it was my birthday on one of the days, and it was superb, Nice table on the deck with a lovely sunset for one evening, inside the other as it had rained heavily. Made a big fuss of me on my birthday, including a cake and lots of good wishes.
We thought it best to go FB as AI is $125pppd extra and really not worth it. Drinks are quite reasonable - wine $6, beer $6 for draught and gin and tonics around $10 i think, nobody can drink $125 a day, although some excursions are also included as well.
All in all a lovely island, good but not fantastic food, and generally pretty good value for money in our opinion.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Gangehi, Manager at Gangehi Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2017

Dear kenty, thank you for your positive review of our lovely resort. We have shared your feedback about the marine biologist Andrea and the waiter Rusel to the management. Our goal is always to have the highest quality of service. We are happy that you appreciated Thari a’ la carte restaurant (happy birthday again!). Our Kitchen Team is working hard every day to give the best quality of food, presentation and cooking. A large variety of international cold and hot dishes (meat and fish), vegetables, salads, fruits, desserts are always available and served fresh. One night is dedicated to the Maldivian cuisine as well. Our cooks always attend the buffet and they are at guests service for any request. We are looking forward to welcoming you again!

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

We upgraded our room to deluxe overwater bungalow, but the position of the regular overwater bungalows may be better. Our room was lovely, beautiful bathroom open to the sealife below. Comfortable bed, limited bar fridge items (mainly soft drinks & juices). Large sliding glass doors onto our deck, but also sliding glass doors looking onto the neighbours bungalow is a bit weird. They provided bathrobes, but suitable maybe for a 12 year old! Funny, but not a big issue.

We paid for full board, which included all meals. Fantastic. We couldn't fault the food. In the restaurant the chef described every meal prepared in the buffet, to each customer as they arrived. Everything was clean and sanitary, important to us. The waits people were friendly, obliging and willing to do whatever to please. We didnt pay for all inclusive, as the extra cost was much more and although we consumed considerable alcohol, it was far cheaper to pay for it than go all inclusive. We didn't go to the a la carte restaurant, not sure anyone did while we were there.

We turned up regularly in the bar for a drink, even morning tea time! Amazing huge beers at good price! Prices of alcohol weren't as inflated as we had expected.the bar staff were friendly, and as we became 'regulars', anticipated our order. Nice touch.

There are a few little glitches that we wondered what was the issue. They were minor. Like ordering a bottle of wine in the bar, to have one glass there, but take the rest back to the room. That took some thinking and organising, but thats part of the language and custom barrier and not an issue. You just have to expect that things might be done differently to home. Also I lost a camera filter there, but trying to negotiate lost property was again a language problem, but not a big issue.

Its a small resort. So opportunities to do things arent huge. But in our 5 days we went on 2 morning snorkeling trips by boat, saw mantarays and were happy with that. The snorkeling around the island is ok, but not incredibke. If you can fit goggles snorkel and flippers in your luggage, you'll save a heap, as hiring their gear was expensive. About $US 100 for 5 days for 2 sets.

The only thing I'd grumble about, and its minor, is that when it rains, the outdoor seating ( recliners and daybeds) cushion soaks up the water, so later when its sunny, the wetness soaks into towels, clothing etc. Annoying. Extra beach towels provided each day, not just beach towel would help this.

We love the peace and quiet and isolation. Walking out onto the long sandy spit at low tide was iconic. A dreamy place.

Room Tip: The overwater bungalows have better views than the deluxe overwater bungalows.
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jen C
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Gangehi, Manager at Gangehi Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Dear Jen C, thanks for visiting us and for posting such a lovely comment after your stay. As you well highlighted, Gangehi Island Resorts is a pearl of white sand, shaded by coconut palms and surrounded by crystal-clear sea. The marine life is one of rare beauty: an amazing variety of tropical fish in all shapes and sizes swim around beautiful corals along with marine turtles and sharks. We do hope you will choose Gangehi Island Resort for your next stay in the Maldives!

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Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Arrived by seaplane from Male and the relaxation started immediately. We had 2 beach villas which consisted of a large bedroom and shower room, a good size deck and a view over the small beach to the open ocean to far away Nika Island. The rooms are comfortable with air con and WiFi, which was a little frustrating as the signal was patchy and the kids ended up sitting outside the front door.
The is a boardwalk path round the island which take about 4 minutes to walk or 40 minute snorkel.
The restaurant food is buffet style for all meals and the quality and choice of food is excellent. The restaurant overlooks a long white sandbar which is a must to walk out on.
There are some excursions you can take, a tv room, gym, spa and a small library and two kayaks. We mostly snorkelled and swam. The house reef is beautiful and teeming with fish.
Stafano runs the dive shop and he is excellent. My son and I went on 4 dives while we were there and his choice of dives sites were excellent. The equipment was good and the marine life was stunning.
So, an unprentious Island which is just great for relaxing. Friendly staff and a stunning sandbar.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Gangehi, Manager at Gangehi Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Sunny greetings from the Maldives. We appreciate greatly for taking time to give us a detailed review of your stay with us. We are very much thankful on your feedback regarding our facilities and service. Thanks for awarding our friendly staff and our professional base leader of the diving center Mr Stefano. We are looking forward to welcoming you and your family back again.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Beautiful little island with everything you need for the perfect 7-day trip to the Maldives.
I recommend this resort because of:
- The vegetation on the island
- The villas
- The food
- The snorkling opportunities

Stayed: October 2017
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Gangehi, Manager at Gangehi Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Dear SilasAlberta, thank you very much for your wonderful feedback and for recommending us to other travelers! We do hope there will be a future opportunity to welcome you back.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

이탈리안사람들이 많은 리조트입니다. 오버워터빌라로 예약했는데 1박은 딜럭스로 룸업그래이드를 해주었고 나머지는 추가요금을 내고 딜럭스에서 지냈습니다. 친절한 직원들과 매일 제공되는 엑티비티로 만족스러운 휴가를 보낼수있었습니다. 불만사항도 즉각적으로 대책을 마련해주는 데이크도 정말 좋았습니다. 다만 오버워터빌라중 오버워터아닌 곳이 있어서 주의하세요.
Great place just for rest and relaxation. But can be boring if you do nothing. Go out for extra activity programs. It ain't cheap but it's worth it. Staff are very friendly and professional looking for solutions when it is demanded. However some of overwater rooms are not actually overwater. Also views and access to snorkeling point differs alot room to rooms. But this is inevitable for natual island resorts in Maldives. Becarefull for which rooms are reserved for you.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Gangehi, Manager at Gangehi Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you for choosing Gangehi Island Resort and for posting such a great review. It is the perfect place for those who love the nearly untouched nature, the crystal clear sea and the peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. We have forty five rooms of five different categories. They are all very well described in our official website and our reservations department is always ready to share more information, if needed. We do hope to welcome you back for a second stay in Gangehi.

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