With only 45 total rooms and suites, the Gangehi Island Resort is one of the smaller private-island hotels in the Maldives. There are 8 Over Water suites just off the beach, and 8 De Luxe Over Water suites out over the lagoon, which are much larger and have more amenities, but only cost a bit more.
The island is run by Italians and is popular with Italians as well, but the staff all speak English as well, so anyone who appreciates Italian culture, tropical style, and food should be happy. The full-board meal plan seems to be the only option, so meals are included but not drinks.
Gangehi Island Resort is located in North Ari Atoll, about 77 kilometers west of Malé International Airport in the Maldives.
8 Over Water Del Luxe suites (out in the lagoon)
8 Over Water suites (at the edge of the lagoon)
24 Island rooms and suites
Beds: 1 kingsize
Wi-Fi: In some rooms
Entertainment system: None
Room service: No
*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$435 per adult
The Gangegi Spa is India-themed and features a wide variety of massages and Ayurvedic treatments.
Dhoni excursion to the nearby fishing island of Mathiveri.
To reach the Gangehi Island Resort you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by hotel staff who will put you on a sea-plane for the 25-minute flight to the small island where the resort lies.
The Gangehi Island Resort gets excellent reviews from nearly every past guest, so it is consistently exceeding peoples’ expectations. The over water bungalows in particular get raves from everybody, mostly for the tasteful furniture and design. People say the De Luxe bungalows are definitely worth the extra money.
The small island itself gets high marks for its lovely boutique vibe and lush setting. The restaurant and its Italian chefs also get very strong compliments, so as long as you like Italian food (and who doesn’t?) you should also be happy. The few negative reviews that are around seem pretty out of place, and thus don’t seem to be worth paying any attention to.