Gangehi Island Resort
- Free WiFi
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
My family has a great relaxing time over here, it was an absolute paradise.
As we are Indians Vegetarian, we had a bit of trouble with what to eat as most of the food had fish/meat. Thanks to Venkatesan who used make some Indian food for us and every day, this trip would have turned out to be a small nightmare.
Other than that, rest was great. The staff was polite and helpful. Clean rooms.
Rooms are quite and comfortable without being posh or sterile like to many new developments are. Very comfortable beds and large rooms. Quite island. The perfect place to relax and unwind. Staff helpful and friendly.
Great and very professional dive center with large and comfortable dive boats.
2 restaurants, 2 bars which is fantastic for a rather smaller island.
Also great for single travelers / divers.
I will go back anytime and always.
Myself and three friends all stayed at Gangehi for 4 days. We each had overwater villas and the all-inclusive package. Not having to worry about meal/drink costs was wonderful. We did the dolphin/snorkeling excursion and a separate snorkeling excursion by dhoni. All very reasonably priced, and Alessio, the marine biologist, spotted lots of great marine life including sea turtles, reef sharks, manta rays, octopus, biscuit starfish and too many fish to list. Plus, two great areas to snorkel right from island. Rooms were terrific; views sensational; quiet and relaxing which is just what we wanted. My 3 friends all did spa treatments and raved as well. Excellent food with lots of different choices, including usually 5+ types of fish preparations for lunch and dinner each. Don't miss the homemade ice cream! Staff was wonderfully accommodating...when one of my friends decided to skip breakfast, they actually went to her room to make she wasn't going to come. The largest downside was our trip was too short!
Let's start with, we're in the Maldives, the paradise of paradise vacation spots where reality fades away and life is perfect and happiness and joy are as abundant as the shades of blue out the window... It should be easy to through together something that is (at least) a happy place to vacay, right? It should be.
This place wants to be a five star resort. But it just isn't. It could be. But it isn't. It's solidly stuck at about 3.5, & the extra .5 is because SOME of the staff do take pride in what they do, and act like they care.
Booking is easy enough. You'll get booked in through one of the major booking sites, and they'll help you arrange sea-place transfer through TMA, just like most of the Maldives resorts. Arrival, check-in, transfer, all relatively painless, and when you turn up, the island is probably a bit nicer than you'll expect from the photos. First impressions, check. We should be off to a solid 4-dot review anyway.
The stay is nice, but I want more than "nice" for the price and the place. We turned up eager to check out the gym, after reading about the "well-equipped gym". It's adequate, but not well-equipped if you're a regular gym user. We had booked into a regular water villa, and were happily impressed with the view and the layout, except for a couple things. The stairway leading into the water is barely hanging on for dear life. Granted, if/when it crumbles beneath you, it will drop you into gorgeous, clear, warm water. But it's disconcerting at best. Also, as other guests have pointed out, the "privacy walls" separating you from other resort users are a joke. Of course, if your guests don't mind being subjected to your nudity, and if all the other guests happen to be bikini models enjoying the sun next door, all is well. But let's be realistic. I'm not there to observe 57-year-old Tony dry-docked on his deck 30 yards away.
The food. We are big fans of the local sea-food, and the daily buffet included in the full-board option we booked is generally fresh, local sea-food. It's also well-prepared. No complaints there, until we turned up one night expecting more of the same, only to find out it was "local night" with back to back, spicy Maldivian food. Options were slim to none if you didn't enjoy dining on food that is spicy enough to kill your vocal chords for the night. Of course, it being a full-board situation, we could wash all this spice down with a couple beers, right? Ummm, how about, "NO". Full-board doesn't include ANY drinks. Not even bottled water. That's right. NOTHING.
Let's quick rewind to Breakfast...I expect, for the price of admission, to have a well appointed buffet of fresh fruit options. Unfortunate for me, because, my expectations weren't met, to say the least. Breakfast options were what you typically get at an American motel for the "free continental breakfast".
Now let's consider the fiasco that was checkout day. We had advised the staff of our 11PM departure. Upon inquiring about late checkout options in order to enjoy the after noon before our late departure, we were told that the sea-plane would arrive precisely at 3:30PM. We could choose from several options for late checkout, BUT, we should be ready for the 3:30 flight. After trying to negotiate a later transfer back to Male, we were assured this was impossible. Even God couldn't change this. The plane would be there to pick us up at 3:30PM, on the dinger. We should just be ready at 3:30.
As any good, well-planning guest would do, after being assured that 3:30 was absolutely, impossibly set in stone, we changed our flight departing Male to 6PM, and we were prepared for departure in plenty of time to catch this 3:30 flight.
I should pause to point out here that the room service kid turned up nearly an hour before the noon departure deadline, and demanded that we vacate the room! "You were advised in the letter", he responded to our protests, "that your checkout will be 11AM." Fair enough, we had been advised. But we certainly weren't ready for an EARLY checkout, and having already noted the noon departure time, we were less-than-impressed by being tossed out of the room at 11. Nonetheless, we gathered our belongings and went for an early lunch to then await the 3:30 departure we had been assured of.
At 3PM, we turned up to the front desk waiting area ready. We were advised that the departing flight "might be a little late, like 4PM". No problem. With the hour time difference between Ganghi & Male, we would still have plenty of time to catch our earlier departing flight at 6PM. We thought little of it, until 4:15. No sea-plane. We inquired. Again. We were told "It's on the way! Soon!" 4:45. No plane. More inquiries. More assurance. "Soon! It's coming"...
Let me skip a lot of the nonsense that followed. After being repeatedly lied to, that the sea-plane was "arriving soon", based on NOTHING but pure conjecture, we demanded a manger, who ASSURED us we wouldn't miss our flight. "Based on what?" we asked, now becoming a wee bit skeptical. "Because", he replied, "I assure you it will be ok!" After more than 2 hours of non-information, this assurance from said puppet manager was more insulting than comforting.
But, it got even better. This Arabic-speaking, quasi-manager of some middle eastern origin (who I will have the courtesy not to name) actually began to accuse us of creating the problem, because we had changed our travel plans to an earlier flight! Remember, we had at this point, been waiting for the outbound flight for the entire afternoon, after having been assured by several staff that it was ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE to change from 3:30PM. Also after having been kicked unceremoniously out of our water-villa an hour before checkout time. Oh. Wait. I already mentioned that.
Here's the kicker. Having seen some ACTUAL manager types wandering the premises, with 6PM rapidly approaching, we demanded to speak with someone who could DO something. The senior managers who seemed to be trying to run the place, were summoned to a back room where they were first briefed at length about us, the problem customers, before we were allowed a conference with their royalty.
We presented our case. We'd just like to leave, or know when we could, and not be lied to for several more hours about the sea-plane that still hadn't showed up. Where was it? Was it actually arriving today? Etc, etc... They nervously suggested that we stay with them one more night, at their cost, and we were advised that they couldn't control the sea-plane schedule, so they had no way to know for sure when it would show up. In other words, all this nonsense about a set 3:30PM departure time, is just that. Nonsense.
At no point did any manager or staff of Gangehi Island Resort apologize for lying to us multiple times or the fact that they have absolutely no policy in place to keep you updated as to the ACTUAL status of your connecting flight. Let's just also note that a proper resort might have a comfortable lounge of some type for out-bound pax to inhabit if they want to insist that this whole episode is a common occurrence.
The plane finally showed up, just prior to sunset. We missed our international flight. Gangehi, I don't feel like our travel plans will include you in the future. If you were even professional enough to take any ownership of the situation, we might reconsider. As it was, a pleasant 4-day holiday ended with a very stressful and insulting experience covering our last several hours there. It might be hard to change such a bad, last impression, Gangehi. Sorry.
A strong 4.8/5 Stars in my opinion.
You know how people would recommend that you try Maldives because so and so
Despite being hyped it still met my high expectations
First off the receiving dock felt stable and safe - Check in was really a breeze (no pun) Welcome drinks etc.
The Room: 5/5
Was too spectacular
I love the outdoorish type of shower
They don’t have a bidet though (please install in the future)
The Food: 5/5
It was amazing. Fresh catch I assume. A lot of raw fish dishes and they were really good.
Serving was big.
There was even a night that the steak was Tenderloin- several big slabs cut and grilled to your liking
The Water: 5/5
You can see a bunch of fishes from the top
We saw a sting ray (it wasn’t Manta season)
A bunch of harmless blacktip Sharks
The Wifi: 2/5
Boo 😆 Maldives barely has any Wifi but decent enough to upload photos just not fast enough to use for Netflix or video conferencing
The Staff: 5/5
Everyone was courteous
Highly Highly Recommended Resort for me
I’d give them a 5 if Wifi was stronger