Gangehi Island Resort
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With a stay at Gangehi Island Resort in Gangehi Island (North Ari Atoll), you’ll be close to Mathiveri Ferry Terminal and Sunset Beach. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Mathiveri Harbor and Kudafolhudhoo Harbor.
Make yourself at home in one of the 45 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
All-inclusive rates are available at this resort. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all-inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants and 2 coffee shops/cafés, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 8 AM to 10:30 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a computer station, multilingual staff, and luggage storage.
How to Get There
Our family was considering this resort for our short holidays in Maldives.
Then, we realized of the hydroplane transfer cost from/to Malé International airport: 380€ return per adult passenger.
We may understand the cost for singles or couples, but 380€ x 4 adults makes 1.520€ in airport transfers!!!!! as it has no family reduction at all, so becomes a reason to find an alternative place.
Could not fault or improve anything about this resort! Everything was just perfection! Room, views, facilities and food were just unbelievably fabulous! The main thing however were the people. Big thank you to the whole team who could not do more for us and made us feel so welcome and relaxed!! We loved every minute and would so recommend for families.
I travelled to Gangehi in April for 4 days for complete relaxation...all the boxes and more were ticked and I loved every minute. I arrived to the island by sea plane, had a 5 min wait at the airport before boarding, delighted as some reviews say you can be waiting awhile for other passengers to arrive. Flight took 25 mins as had 1 stop off at another island. At check in I was given a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe water villa, shown to the villa by a lovely member of the team. The view was breathtaking and the peace and quiet throughout the whole stay was amazing. I used the gym in the morning which is basic but all that is required for a workout, it's clean and stocked with towels and water. The restaurant staff were very friendly and I enjoyed the food available, it was tasty and lots of choice. The villa was cleaned twice a day and all complimentary items restocked including water. I cannot recommend Gangehi highly enough for the great time I spent there.
We arrived via a speedboat booked with Atoll Transfers online, check-in process at the resort was easy. We were served with a refreshing drink and cold towel. Minutes later we were escorted to our Overwater villa. Room is very spacious, our bed was hollywood twin and not king bed which we did not expect. We have direct access to the sea which was great but do not expect to see any corals! which was slightly dissapointing.
Our housekeeping staff who was in-charge of cleaning the Villa did a good job and we really appreciate it. Do tip them if they have done a good job. There was no toothbrush though, so you better bring your own. When we stayed at Hulhumale hotel for a USD60 a night, they provided toothbrush, toothpaste and all the works and yet Gangehi don't provide toothbrush! I can only roll my eyes!
We also utilized the gym, and twice the water dispenser in the gym was not filled up. During our 2nd visit we informed a lady at the reception about it and the next day when we visited the gym, there was no water in the dispenser yet again. On the last day of our stay then it is was filled up, but only half. This we do not understand.
We also booked the snorkelling package which we didnt get to see much fish or corals, we have seen better in other parts of the world. One thing we enjoyed was yoga every morning, this is a free activity which you have to book.
Breakfast was dissapointing. Not much variety. Almost same type everyday during our stay. Hardly there was any banana in the morning.
Last week I went back to Gangehi Island Resort for the second time in a year. It is truly a small piece of paradise. You can walk around the entire island in 8 minutes: the bluest clearest sea you have ever seen, surrounded by white sandy beach, leading into the heart of the small tropical plant-filled island with water, beach, and garden villas. I have stayed both times in the beach villas - the whole room looks out onto the sea and you step outside straight into the sand and warm water, or sit on the terrace watching the sea-life swim around the house reef.
The villas are large, huge comfortable beds with the sounds of the sea sending you off to sleep. The bathroom is equally large with double sinks and a wet room shower. They are serviced twice a day and so are fabulously clean, despite wandering around barefoot all day. Nothing is not thought of - from the towels arranged on your bed in various shapes of fish, decorated with flowers, to the bowl of water on your terrace to wash your feet in from the beach.
The food is delicious thanks to Francesco and his kitchen team. Every day I would go with the best salad intentions and get wrapped into the world of delicious fish, caught fresh that morning, tasty grilled meats, curries inspired by Indian and Maldivian cuisine....and don't even get me started on the desserts! With coconut being in easy supply, the pastry chef cooked up delights of chocolate, coconut, almond and homemade ice cream every meal time! (diet starts back home.....)
My main reason for returning to Gangehi was to dive. The waters of the Maldives are amongst the best in the world for coral and sea life, and this was Manta Ray season, a personal dream. But they are also challenging waters with strong currents. Any diver, whether with 1 or 1000 dives experience wants to be sure they will be safe. Stefano, lead dive instructor, and his team, deliver every time. The dive center is well organised, with excellent equipment to hire, and 4 dive instructors to ensure every level of diver is catered for. Their house boat leaves in the morning for 2 dives before lunch, and again in the afternoon for 1 dive before dinner. And night dives if you want them. I also did my advanced and nitrox diver courses while I was there. Stefano has been diving in the Maldives for several years and I swear has the equivalent of google maps in his head for every reef within boat range. Whatever you want to see, he knows the best place to look. For me, I had the most magical dives I ever imagined possible - enormous manta rays, 4 metre long nurse sharks, sting rays, eagle rays, and it was octopus mating season but that's another story! And with an on-site marine biologist, Andreas, to answer any fishy questions you might have, this really is a diving experience not to be missed (be careful to check the fish season, depending on what you'd like to see......)
It's likely clear what my thoughts are on Gangehi :) And despite being there twice already I will certainly be back for more of the same. Last points to mention - the spa is also beautiful with a range of ayurvedic treatments - I can't remember the name of the treatment I had but it was 90 mins of massage with hot spices, amazing. And as a solo traveller, the other visitors to the island were incredible people. I have made friends for life in a short but blissful week.