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Gasfinolhu island was beautiful - quite unspoilt, casual and relaxing. The reception, restaurant and bar areas are well kept and the bungalows are really quaint. Agree with other reviews I have read that the rooms are a bit tired - just need a bit of updating, but spotlessly clean. The lagoon is very shallow but the snorkelling is good around the arrival jetty. The food was of good quality and a good variety always available. What a pity they are going to bulldoze the island this year and then make it so commercialised like so many of the others, with water villas out in the lagoon. What sets it apart is its laid back charm and more unspoilt feel. What a great choice we made going to this island.
Myself, my teenage son and my parents booked to travel to Gasfinohlu VERY last minute, the week prior to Christmas in fact, looking for a last minute tropical escape from the UK madness. It was an absolute bargain for 2weeks in paradise, all inclusive, and from check-in at Gatwick, to the flight, the arriving in Male, to the transfer by speedboat - everything was spot on.
I had also been to Club Faru (another 3*resort) in February 2008 with just my son, so I had a fair idea what we would be getting for our money for a 3* and of us were dissapointed whatsoever, in fact this was my parents first ever trip anywhere past europe and they were simply spellbound by the beauty and tranquility of the island(s) No larger than a few football pitches long, the little thatched beach huts were woven amongst the palmtrees, all of the same standard, with the odd hammock placed between tree's. The huts themselves were quite simple and attractive(if a little too dark inside from the wooden ceiling panneling and minial interior lighting) but clean and comfortable, as were the bathrooms. Simple touches like a large urn filled with water and a cocnut scoop outside the door were your foot-wash facilites before entering your room, a nice and sensible touch seeing as the island has a barefoot policy - you simple don't need shoes at any time, the sand run's from the beach to the bars and restuarant!!!
Food was absolutely first glass with great variety daily. The staff were incredibly friendly and made our stay so enjoyable. Jessica the representative was always on hand if needed and enlightened us on all the information relating to the island with a simple gathering.
Non-motorized watersport were free for an hour or so each day. The water surrounding the island is very shallow and reaches no higher than your things for miles, however the coral is sharp so it's wiser to take a stoll in the water just at the shore edge. There's not a huge amount to see when snorkling in such shallows, but the island have that covered by offering two fee snorkling trip every day, outside the reef, for swimmers and non!
I could rave on about this lovely little island forever, but you have to see it for yourself. Its good simple value for money in the Indian Ocean, I defy anyone to be disspointed by the standard that Gasfinolhu offers. Sadly it rained for 5days relentlessly whilst there (most unusual for Xmas) but we still had the most wonderful time. Thank you Thomson!
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