Sheraton Full Moon Resort Maldives

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  1. chanp
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    chanp Silver Member

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    Didn't see a master thread on this property.

    I went there for 7 nights for my birthday last month. The boat ride from MLE is pretty quick, about 15-20 mins. When you land at MLE, do your immigration and stuff, you will go outside, walk to the left and there will be hotel reps there. You will see a Sheraton employee there with a clipboard. They then collect your luggage and take you to the boat, which was waiting for us. We were the only ones on that trip over to the resort. Also, if you need a sim, there are a few companies at the airport, grab one on the way out. I paid 15 usd for 13 usd of credit, plus 2 dollars for the sim card. I think its like 20 some odd cents a min back to the states.

    On our way to the resort there was a school of dolphins, was nice they shut down the engines and let me take pics and videos. On the boat they give you a cold towel and water bottles as well. Upon arrival, there are employees waving at you, nice welcome with smiles. As soon as you get off the boat, there is a welcome center. They seat you down, get you a cold towel and some sort of fruit drink, which wasn't bad. Check in process was pretty quick. All over water bungalows were taken, so since we used the free nights, we were upgraded to a beachfront deluxe from the standard room booked with the free night promo. OWB is the upgrade for plt's if avail. The next day I inquired about the the OWB again, they said they were fully booked. Then asked about the ocean villas, they said it would come open in a few days. The up charge is 100 usd a night, plus their taxes, in Nov were 13.50 per day. So for 113.50 a night extra, we were in the Ocean Villas. These Villas are amazing. Own private pool, outdoor shower, etc.. You can look at some pics online or Ill post some when my sd card reader arrives. I had uploaded a video while I was there, link below.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP9W03QTqVk

    The food here is expensive. My first night of arrival, it was my bday, we ate at Sea Salt. The restaurant is decent, but not over the top. I ordered a lobster tail a whole fish cooked in sea salt. Did a bottle of red which was not good. The bill was about 300. Prob the worst meal we had while we were there. I ate at every restaurant at the resort and drank in every bar. The best meal we had was a tie between Sand Coast and Baan Thai. I would suggest that you do the breakfast buffet every morning, for two will be currently about 54 usd. That should hold you over until dinner. We did dinner almost every night, but shared an appy, a entree and a dessert with a bottle of wine. If you do that, you can get away with about 100-150 a night. Also, at the Sand Coast, they give you free naan bread, which isn't bad, instead of bread. Drinks at drifters bar are the most reasonable, as they do happy hour from 9-11 I think daily. Drinks are very expensive here, as is everything else.

    Overall the stay was decent, Ill try to post some pics up and videos. The whole notion of its really expensive to ship food and drinks there is a great marketing tool. I paid about 40 bucks for a small 37.5 bottle of vodka in the room. Employees can get a 750 bottle at cost for 13 usd. A fish that cost 3 bucks, they will charge you in the 30 range. You are on a secluded island so they can charge what they want. They best just tell us we are gonna charge you an arm and a leg, not try to say it costs more. The fruits come from near by places and fish local. Most meats were from suppliers near by as well, but IIRC they said it was Australian beef.

    We did do a chefs lunch one day, prob the best meal we had during the whole trip. The head chef comes out at sea salt, does a few dishes with paired wines for like 60 usd. When we got there, they gave us cosmo's, with some canapés. Then we went over to the bbq and they did some huge prawns, a steak as the main and a choc dessert, IIRC. Ill look at the pics.

    The buffets they do on the beach are ok, we did one, but the food was average. I say go to one of the restaurants unless your really, really hungry. I think to enjoy yourself, plan on 200-400 for food and another 100-200 a day on drinks, per day. I think we spent about 2000 on food and drinks for the week.

    I highly recommend getting the ocean villa, if you can. We went snorkeling over by the OWB and thought they were ok. Ask questions, ill try to answer. I did take lots of pics, including menus and room service items. Will try to post later.
     
  2. Captain Oveur
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    Thanks for this report.

    Is there anyone else that could provide a trip report on this property?
     

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